April 17 2018

Last week we announced that Ed Lehman was stepping down as director of the convention. This week we’d like to give you more information about the new directors.

Katie: Director of Outreach

  • How long have you been involved with Mepacon?

I started coming in 2004 as an attendee, but volunteered to help out. Before I knew it, I was staff, and now I’m a Director!

  • How did you get involved?

Erik brought me!

  • What is your background in gaming?

I started with traditional card games like Rummy from a young age and graduated to D&D 3.5 in High School. When I started coming to Mepacon, it sparked renewed interest in gaming.

  • What is your favorite game?

Pathfinder! I’m a part of two Pathfinder Adventure Paths, and recently started GMing myself.

  • What are your responsibilities as Director of Outreach?

I am in charge of things like signs, marketing, charities, graphic design, speeches, and volunteers. But I couldn’t do it without our marketing team of Matt Caylor and Manda Shafer and our resident Graphic Design Artist Melissa Matos

Trish: Director of Registration

  • How long have you been involved with Mepacon?

Since the first con at the American Legion in Wind Gap. Way back when it was just a couple of us friends helping Ed out with his idea to keep going in the tradition of LehighCon and BoggleCon.

  • How did you get involved?

Ed asked for my help organizing the con. I had volunteered at LehighCon. Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting into, but I knew we would have fun.

  • What is your background in gaming?

Prior to starting at East Stroudsburg in the late 80’s, I had never “gamed”. I met a bunch of great gaming friends through my then boyfriend. One of the other girlfriends said “You don’t have to worry about your boyfriend, the guys will keep him busy playing games so that you can study.” Internally, I said “hell, no.” One of the GMs asked me to come visit a game, 5 minutes in, he asked me to create a character, and the rest is history. I have met all of my closest friends post high school through gaming.

  • What is your favorite game?

Pathfinder, right now. I love fantasy settings best, though I do have a soft-spot for science fiction. I love to play all kinds of games, though! My grandparents taught me to play card games as a little kid, and I’ve never stopped playing any kind of game since then.

  • What are your responsibilities as Director of Registration?

I will be helping the rest of the staff make sure that you all can get registered, pay for the stuff you want, and that everyone knows you belong at MEPACON. I will make sure all the boring business-y stuff works so that all of the great fun can happen.

Erik: Director of Gaming

  • How long have you been involved with Mepacon?

As long as Mepacon has been around.

  • How did you get involved?

I was an MIB with Steve Jackson Games and I found out about the convention and decided to volunteer as a GM at the Inaugural Mepacon.

  • What is your background in gaming?

My teacher was reading the Hobbit with us in elementary school, but when I found out that she was editing things out, I was offended and decided to read it to myself. That hooked me into the world of fantasy, and therefore D&D, and the rest is history.

  • What is your favorite game?

This is a hard question, but I play a lot of Pathfinder and keep finding more ways to play it, so I guess that has to be it.

  • What are your responsibilities as Director of Gaming?

All things gaming. I’ll be working with Steve in Open Play, and Mike, Mary, and Scott in Living Campaigns, as well as all the GMs. I’ll be working on scheduling events, table layouts, and organization at the convention.

Donald: Director of Technology

  • How long have you been involved with Mepacon?

Forever. Back when it was Boggle Con in Wind Gap.

  • How did you get involved?

Ed asked me to join

  • What is your background in gaming?

Played Since basic dnd. Adnd, 2nd edition and of course Cthulhu!

  • What is your favorite game?

Call of Cthulhu

  • What are your responsibilities as Director of Technology?

Teamed up with Trisha and Manda, I take care of Warhorn, our website, and our registration programs.

Lance: Director of Morale

  • How long have you been involved with Mepacon?

“Involved” is an interesting word. I’ve been to exactly one (1) Mepacon, and I spent the Con as a very clueless Red Shirt (volunteer)–trying to find a way to be useful!

  • How did you get involved?

I met the love of my life–who has been very involved with MEPACON for years and years and years. And I figured, she’s important to me, MEPACON is important to her–I need to give the Con a go!

  • What is your background in gaming?

I was the fat kid in “Stranger Things,” except I had all my teeth. We played Dungeons and Dragons, before it became versionized, Star Fleet Battles, Gamma World–all those kooky 80s games. Which, at the time, we’re brand new…

  • What is your favorite game?

Anything that lets me be a big, dumb fighter! Let me spice my non-alcoholic ale with goblin blood!

  • What are your responsibilities as Director of Morale?

As Director of Morale, I’ll be part “Neelix,” part “Jeeves,” and part “Julie, your Cruise Director.” I’ll be helping out all over the Con–volunteering at retail, registration, and Play-to-Win. I’ll be a liaison with the hotel, and I’ll make sure that the rest of the staff and volunteers have what they need. Got a problem? Look for the guy in the red shirt!