Celeste needed no Googling to catch virtually all the references in Ready Player One. That is to say, she’s an 80’s kid. She met most of her gaming buddies while working at her big brother Perry’s games and comic shop as a teen. When they weren’t out in the woods running a LARP, or publishing game books, they were customizing the rules of the latest games they were playing at the table. To this day, she is happy to draw cards, stack cubes, and roll dice at the drop of a hat.
Evan is familiar to many as one of the co-hosts of the award-winning podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe (SGU). But once upon a time, he was quite active in helping run a Live Action Role Playing corporation, along with co-authoring several D20 System books. Writing murder-mysteries with (and for) his friends is one of his many pastimes. If you ask him to play a round of chess, he will never say no. When Evan is not podcasting with his friends on WGF or SGU, he works by day for his own financial services company.
Michel Grenier (lovingly known as Mikey G) is a game designer at heart. He loves creating new games, putting them to the test, and fabricating prototypes. One of his specialties is uncovering exploits in any set of rules. Mikey G is experienced in a wide variety of games, second only to Ed. He can often be found furiously scrawling cryptic notes in one of his many game notebooks, or having a spirited debate over game mechanics. When not playing or creating games, Mikey G spends his free time listening to science lectures, cooking, or snuggling Loki the Yorkie. Originally from Danbury, CT, He now lives in New York City.
Ed is a scientist and gamer introduced to both as a kid back in the 70’s. He started programing by “playing” with his mother’s punch cards and continues to dabble in the languages of our robot overlords. He takes occasional breaks from gaming of all sorts to eat and sleep, but only when it’s not practical to keep gaming. He contributes to designs of RPGs, LARPs, computer games, board games, and is currently leveling up as a designer at Angry Duck Games.
Joe Unfried has always loved the alphabet. His grandfather, a master painter and calligrapher, is where he got his excellent handwriting. He also loves reading, writing, editing, chess, chocolate, animals, probability, history, and the law. He plays games a lot and likes writing gaming supplements.
He can swim. Sometimes he wears glasses, and sometimes he wears socks, but it is important to remember that the probability of him wearing socks, and that of him wearing glasses, are stochastically independent.