Sean K Reynolds was born in a coastal town in southern California. A professional game designer since 1998, he's best known for his work on the Pathfinder RPG, 3rd edition D&D, Forgotten Realms, and Greyhawk. He lives in Seattle with his gamer bride and three cats, and spends his free time reading, painting miniatures, and writing three-sentence biographies.
Round 1 Judges
After growing up in a household with a lifetime subscription to Dragon Magazine, Judy Bauer is now an editor and freelancer for Paizo. As one of those who'll be doing the final polishing of the winner's module, she's understandably invested in identifying contestants whose writing will be fun to read and easy to work with. In her free time, Judy enjoys item creation (she's currently working on a Crystalhue-themed knitting pattern) and long candlelit walks.
Russ Morrissey is the owner of EN World, the ENnies, and EN Publishing, which all results in a very peculiar mix of job descriptions. While he likes to think this makes him some kind of multi-talented Renaissance Man, what it actually makes him is a man with too much time on his hands. A gamer for over 30 years, he began playing AD&D at the age of 10 and has been gaming ever since. But not when he's in the shower, because the books would get wet. And would be weird.
Patrick Renie is the lead developer of the Pathfinder Player Companion line at Paizo Publishing. He believes that roleplaying games serve as a mirror of our reality, and that stories have the power to reflect—as well as alter—how we perceive the world in which we live. Patrick also enjoys drinking coffee, creating mix CDs, and lifting weights.
Round 2 Judges
Liz blames her brother for all of this. An avid gamer for over twenty years, Liz has worked on over 40 different RPG products, helped organize the first unofficial PaizoCon, started and headed the Wayfinder fanzine for its first four issues, then went on to work for Paizo Publishing after being a member of its community for five years. Liz also likes art, baking, coffee, and all things ninja, but not always in that order.
A longtime fan and member of the messageboard community, Adam Daigle grew up on the Gulf Coast of Texas and lived in Austin before coming to work at Paizo as a developer. Adam has contributed dozens of monsters to various Pathfinder products, and continues to dream up dozens of monsters a year to appear in the Pathfinder Adventure Path Bestiary.
Lee Hammock is the lead game designer on Pathfinder Online, previously having worked on Elder Scrolls Online and Fallen Earth. Before working in the computer games industry he worked for DC Comics and has been a freelance role playing game writer since 1996.
Round 3 Judges
Peter has lived the dream of every gamer. He started his own game publishing company, Wizards of the Cost (WotC) in 1990 and was the company’s CEO until 2001. During this time he published Magic: The Gathering, acquired TSR, launched 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons, and published Pokémon. Peter sold WotC to Hasbro in 1999 and in 2002 acquired the Gen Con game fair from Hasbro, which he continues to own. At age 50, Peter decided it was time for a career change and went to film school. He is now focused on making films for geeks. Peter enjoys gaming, hiking, snowboarding, and travel with his sweetheart, Dee.
John Compton, once an archaeologist and a teacher, is now a developer at Paizo and the development lead for Pathfinder Society Organized Play, which is well into its fifth season. He proudly shows off scenarios published over the last year as if they were photos of grandchildren, continues to pad his 5-Star judge rating with more GMing, and is always ready to rattle off underappreciated Pathfinder RPG trivia to unsuspecting passersby. His hobbies include experimenting with archaeometallurgy, watching nature documentaries, practicing martial arts, and taking on freelance RPG assignments.
Crystal Frasier is a writer, artist, and designer whose work has been featured in Paizo Publishing, Kobold Press, Rite Publishing, Dynamite Comics, Prism Comics, and Palladium Books. She owns an inordinately large collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and is currently obsessed with mutating her pet corgi, Calamity Mythos.
Robert Lazzaretti has been drawing maps professionally for 20 years. Most infamously known for creating the maps for the original Planescape campaign setting. Over the years he has drawn thousands of maps for almost every role playing game.
Round 4 Judges
An award-winning game designer and New York Times bestselling author, Richard Baker worked for TSR, Inc. and Wizards of the Coast for twenty years. He has designed or contributed to nearly one hundred game products during his career, and is the author of fifteen novels as well as two Dummies books. Recently he worked as a writer/developer for the Pathfinder Online game. Rich is currently the CEO of Sasquatch Game Studio, a small company he founded to publish the Primeval Thule Campaign Setting. He also works as a freelance game designer and writer. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife Kim and their daughters Alex and Hannah.
James Jacobs has been at Paizo Publishing for over a decade, during which time he's had his hands deep in the innards of hundreds of different adventures. He's currently Paizo's Creative Director, but still somehow finds time now and then to write adventures and books for Golarion, Pathfinder's official campaign setting. His lifelong dream is to catch sight of Bigfoot, Ogopogo, or BOTH AT ONCE!!!! Hey... it's possible—they live in the same place sorta!
Amber E. Scott
Amber E. Scott began her career contributing articles to Dragon and Dungeon Magazines. She soon expanded her author credits to include work for Wizards of the Coast, White Wolf, and Sword & Sorcery. She now contributes regularly to her favorite game system, Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder line. Her most recent books include "Chronicle of the Righteous" and "The Worldwound Incursion," both by Paizo Publishing. Amber posts writing news, thoughts on the roleplaying industry, and pictures of her cats on her professional Facebook page, 'Amber E. Scott'.