Andre Kruppa has been steadily running role-playing games since 1979, which means he brings more than thirty-five years of experience to the table. His theatrical training includes many years of lighting design and hands-on production electrics work for professional and community theaters, where he also has spent a lot of time in the booth running lights and sound.
A resident of Maine, Andre heads off to the woods for a long, peaceful camping trip as far from civilization as possible at least once a year (and preferably more!). Perhaps inspired by the tenebrous depths of the primeval forest, he returns to produce a variety of dark and gritty gaming experiences for convention role-playing, primarily in the cosmic horror genre. Using both his own material and scenarios designed by others, he is known for ramping up his games with elaborate theatrical lighting, sound effects, music, and props.
Andre’s love of gaming and his commitment to fostering high-production-value, immersive role-playing drives him to refine his approach incrementally year after year. He plans on doing this for a good long time.
The MythWits return from their long summer nap to strike up the second half of Season 4. We are joined by Dave Robison to talk about Archivos, a story mapping and development tool for writers, gamers, and storytellers of all kinds. We are getting the scoop on this one in a big way so make sure you jump in the chat room on Twitch to ask questions.
Amanda Hendrix and Charles Wohlforth join the MythWits to talk about colonizing the moon of Titan.
AMANDA R. HENDRIX, Ph.D., a planetary scientist, worked for twelve years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has been a scientific investigator on the Galileo and Lunar Reconnaissance missions, a principal investigator on NASA research and Hubble Space Telescope observing programs, and is the author of many scientific papers. As an investigator on the Cassini mission to Saturn, she has focused her research on the moons of Saturn.
CHARLES WOHLFORTH is the author of more than ten previous books. He writes a column for Alaska Dispatch News, hosts a weekly interview program for public radio stations in Alaska (where he lives), and has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, among many other awards.
Mike and Pete are going to TotalCon and we're taking you with us. Make sure to watch live video from the trip on our Facebook page.
Or better yet, go to TotalCon and hang out with us. Peter Bryant is running games there all weekend and he'd love to have you in one of them.
Violet LeVoit returns to discuss the Oscars with us and make some predictions. We may even bet some Quatloos.
Violet LeVoit is the author of the short story collections I AM GENGHIS CUM and I'LL FUCK ANYTHING THAT MOVES AND STEPHEN HAWKING and I MISS THE WORLD. Her bizarro, horror, and erotic fiction has appeared in many publications including Psychos, Shock Totem, Imperial Youth Review, and The Magazine Of Bizarro Fiction. She's also a film critic and contributing writers for film blogs like Press Play and Film Threat, and writes regularly about the golden age of Hollywood for Turner Classic Movies. She describes her work as "Transhuman Gothic".
The MythWits talk to Gina Mazzuca about Global Climate Change.
Gina is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland where she is studying atmospheric science and atmospheric chemistry. She received her M.S. in 2016 from the University of Maryland in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and her B.S. in 2013 from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in Meteorology with a minor in physics/heliophysics.
She had spent the majority of her undergraduate and early graduate career participating in a NASA field campaign where she traveled all around the country deploying weather balloons and making meteorological and chemical air quality measurements. She was also able to fly an instrument on NASA’s P-3B aircraft during this campaign. Her main focus of research is modeling and analyzing the influence that thunderstorms have on air quality and surface pollutants.
During Fall 2016, she took some time off of her studies to intern at the White House with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the department of Environment and Energy.