Guests

Guest Spotlight: Michael Satran

Michael SatranMichael Satran has been gaming since 1979, and running his Champions / Hero System universe since 1987. A graduate of Rutgers University, with a master's degree in English from the University of Rhode Island, he is currently working on two more products for Blackwyrm Games and two novels.

His first novel "Hellbow Rune, a Novel of Dark Fantasy" was released in August, 2014.

His Champions universe, Legacies, currently contains more than 100 player superheroes, untold supervillians, and a backstory that starts before World War II and threatens the peace and security of Earth into the future.

His writing credits for Hero System are "Secret Origins" (Digital Hero), "Tsunami" (Digital Hero), "Chains of Doom" (Digital Hero), Foxbat for President, War of Worldcraft, Unkindness, Pretty Hate Machines, King of the Mountain, and Imaginary Friends.

Journey to the Center of the Earth and A Bridge Too Far are in development.

Michael can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See Michael Satran at TempleCon at:

Thursday, February 5th, 2:30PM-3:30PM, in the Barrington room
Superheroes and the Masks They Wear: An Open Discussion

Thursday, February 5th, 6:00PM-10:00PM, in the Belcourt boardroom
Champions Complete System: The Ur-Orb of Talld Cult

Friday, February 6th, 10:00AM-11:00AM, Barrington room
Roleplaying Game Adventure Design

Friday, February 6th, 11:30AM-12:30PM, in Con Suite 1 (Room 637)
A Reading of Michael Satran's Work

Friday, February 6th, 1:00PM-5:00PM, in the Belcourt boardroom
Champions Complete System: The Return of Bodito Boditay

Friday, February 6th, 7:00PM-8:00PM, in the Barrington room
Superheroes and Religion: New Gods or Old/New Gods for Old

Saturday, February 7th, 9:00AM-3:00PM, in the Kingston room, Table 1
Champions Complete System: Voice of the Dragon

Sunday, February 8th, 9:00AM-1:00PM, in the Belcourt boardroom
Champions Complete System: Groundswell

 

Guest Spotlight: DJ ZNUH

DJ ZNUHHailing from All Points North and known as New England's Hardest Working DJ, for over ten years ZNUH has performed as far south as Florida, and as far north as Maine! Known and respected by such artists as Andrew W.K., and Terravita, ZNUH continues to push further to explore the boundaries of electronic music, while at the same time ceaselessly focusing on the Journey, not the destination. ZNUH has run his own night in Boston, is a founding member of DESTRUKTATHON, and has had the pleasure of headlining with such bands as Combichrist, Ego Likeness, Faderhead, The Cruxshadows, Voltaire, Bella Morte, and more.

ZNUH has had the good fortune of being part of the lineup for the TOGETHER music festival twice, and has held a total of over fourteen residencies. Currently on rotation with SPELLBOUND DC, PLAGUE and RIOT!, he has also performed for the Black Sun Festival twice, the Dark Star and Electrofestivals, and performed for both Alex and Allyson Grey of the Church of Sacred Mirrors. Interviews have included VampireFreaks and Bruno Kramm of Das Ich. He continues to actively work in Washington, New York, Massachusetts and Maine.

ZNUH's primary mission is to share in the night, to be a part of something amazing, and to leave dancefloors happy, screaming and wanting more.

DJ ZNUH can be seen at TempleCon 2015 at:

Saturday, February 7th, 8:00PM-1:00AM, in The Rotunda
Byzantium: A Retro-Futurist Ball

Guest Spotlight: DJ Chad/DJ Decay

DJ Chad is a Providence area DJ and performer who has been spinning at clubs and events since the early 90s, starting with the swirling Goth and Industrial dancefloors of San Francisco before moving to sunny New England, where he's worked the Goth and Fetish clubs of Providence as 'DJ Decay' (Per Chad:  "OK, in my defense, in my 20s that seemed like a really cool DJ name. We all do stupid things in our 20s, don't we?").


While working as a club DJ, Chad was friends with a number of bellydancers at a time when the local Middle Eastern dance scene was sorely lacking in DJs, so Chad was 'volunteered' to DJ a few Middle Eastern events, where he fell in love with the exotic rhythms and amazing performers in the scene. Since then, DJ Chad has been a fixture at many Middle Eastern dance events throughout Southern New England, lending his DJ and Emcee talents to events like 'Tales Inspired by the Night Circus,' 'Danse Salmagundi Samhain Spectacular,' and the annual 'Shakin for a Cure' Cystic Fibrosis benefit. While getting into the arts and dance scene DJ Chad has delved deep into the global music scene, experimenting with music from the Middle East, India, and more, infusing his sets with an exotic flair.


When not spinning music, Chad also spins Poi and Buugeng as a flow artist, writes mediocre horror fiction, and blogs about puppets.

Hear DJ Chad at: 

Thursday, February 5th, 6:30pm-9:00pm in The Rotunda
Welcome to the Heart of TempleCon, featuring DJ Chad

 

 

Guest Spotlight: Miss Kitty, Imperial Tea Hostess

Miss Kitty Imperial Tea HostessThis fantastic woman is lost in time, jumping dimensional rift to rift. She is a fountain of knowledge, not only of the historical, but specifically of the precise and temperamental ways in which people conducted themselves in the Victorian era. Her travels have led her through the multiple medieval or renaissance festivals that spring up around the country. A few times she has found herself during the civil war, either the one in the Americas or elsewhere. She has taken the guise of gypsy, singing wench, pirate, Mrs. Claus, and even Queen. Her singing group The Three Graces has set the festival stage on fire, unfortunately sometimes literally. She does not just organize tantalizing tea parties, but also pirate carousing, and gothic nightlife. The Hostess with the mostess has had the pleasure of serving tea to the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Attila the Hun. During her time in each dimension she hosts an exquisite gathering of amazing people so that she can educate the masses on proper manners, entertain them with magnificent musicians or authors, provide tasty refreshments, and the pleasure of interacting with the who's who of that reality. Her delightful tea parties have been held during several events across New England including TempleCon, Dr Grymm's Steampunk Bizarre, WaterFire Providence, Steampunk World's Fair, Mark Twain House and Museum, and a score of others. Once you are in the presence of Miss Kitty during her tea party or not, you are guaranteed to be entertained, dazzled, and to the brim with interesting conversation, from the academic to the whimsical.

See Miss Kitty at TempleCon 2015 at:

Saturday, February 7th, 2:00PM-5:00PM, in Con Suite 3 (Room 623)
Neo-Victorian High Tea

 

Guest Spotlight: Zahra

Zahra is a tribal fusion bellydance performer from the Philadelphia, Pa., area. With her "sisters" of Ak'Ana, in 2014 she has performed at festivals and events such as Rakassah East and Spring Caravan in Somerset, NJ; the Witches Ball in Mount Holly, NJ; and with Stoneburner on their fall tour. As a soloist, she performed at TempleCon 2014's Nexus and private parties. As a frame drum percussionist, she played with the Nathaniel Johnstone Band at 2014's Spring Caravan and the Steampunk World's Fair. For this year's TempleCon, catch her as a drummer and a dancer with Nathaniel Johnstone, Tempest, and friends, and dancing to the tribal-infused electronica of Stoneburner. When she's not dancing, she's a professional journalist and copyeditor under the name Christiane Truelove, primarily writing about the pharmaceutical industry. 

 

See Zahra at TempleCon 2015 at:

 

Saturday, February 7th, 8:00PM-1:00AM, in The Rotunda
Byzantium: A Retro-Futurist Ball

 

Saturday, February 7th, 10:00PM-11:30PM, in The Rotunda
Live Music Performance: The Nathaniel Johnstone Band

 

 

Guest Spotlight: DJ Black/Mail

DJ Black/MailDJ Black/Mail (aka Allen Black) hails from Boston, Massachusetts. In order to create an electrifying new experience, he spins a unique combination of styles including classic Goth, Industrial, and 80s New Wave, as well as more modern fare like EDM and Down Tempo.

While getting his start at a nightclub in Portland, Maine, Black/Mail discovered his love of playing a live audience and has since then played in every Eastern coastal state from Maine to Connecticut. He has played for a variety of major events, including the likes of TempleCon and the Nine Inch Nails’ official after party in Portland.

DJ Black/Mail can be seen at TempleCon 2015 at:

Saturday, February 7th, 8:00PM-1:00AM, in The Rotunda
Byzantium: A Retro-Futurist Ball

 

Guest Spotlight: Michael Plummer

MichaelPlummer-reducedMichael Plummer's love of all things gaming started at a very young age, and it wasn't long before miniature war gaming moved to the fore.  The perfect blend of art and game keeps him hooked. Twenty years and countless battles later, Michael counts his painted armies among his most prized possessions.

With a background in logistics, in 2012 Michael became convention coordinator at Privateer Press, where he oversees the planning, implementation, and execution of the company's convention presence.

See Michael Plummer at TempleCon 2015 at:

Friday, February 6th, 10:00AM-11:00AM, in The Grand Ballroom
Privateer Press Panel 'The Next Big Thing!'

 

 

Guest Spotlight: Kelley Hensing

Kelley Hensing is an artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. She attended RISD for undergrad and earned her MVA from the School of Visual Arts. Her favorite medium is oil paint and her art reflects a blend of gothic and steampunk. Describing these visual stories and characters can be a bit more illusive, so she does her best to translate a synopsis of her imagery into words.

 

“Fear and desire drive our primal instincts, while our human intellect constructs rules and technology to control everything around us. What emerges from this is a rich variety of religion and culture that serves to bring meaning  to our world. This is where I find my inspiration, along with a passion for animals and the natural environment. Drawing from these influences, my art can seen as iconic when I portray archetypes, and at other times creates a fable narrated with visual clues to reveal a message. I often merge opposing forces in my work such as beauty and decay, or leave clues to an initial impression that things are not what they seem. I enjoy creating imagery that takes a second look and that inspires a puzzle or mystery for the viewer to decipher for themselves."

 

See Kelley Hensing at TempleCon 2015 at:

 

Friday, February 6th, 5:30PM-6:30PM, in Con Suite 3 (Room 623)
Life Outside the Box 

 

Saturday, February 7th, 6:00PM-7:00PM, in Con Suite 3 (Room 623)
Artist Portfolio Workshop

 

Kelley Hensing will also be vending in the Plaza Foyer throughout TempleCon 2015.

 

Guest Spotlight: Professor Mark Donnelly

Professor Mark DonnellyProfessor Mark P. Donnelly (S.S.S./ E.A.A./ B.F.H.S./ S.W.A.S.H.) has been studying armed combat in various incarnations for roughly 27 years.

One of the founding fathers of the British Federation of Historical Swordplay (BFHS), he founded the Society for the Study of Swordsmanship (S.S.S.), and created the Edenhill Academy of Arms.

Prof. Donnelly is also the auteur of both the Tontine and of S.W.A.S.H.-UK (Symposium on the Western Arts of Swordsmanship through History) which he has organised and hosted on behalf of the BFHS for the last several years.

Prof. Donnelly has instructed at major national and international events such as: F.I.S.A.S. in Verbania, Italy; H.E.M.A.C. at Dijon in France; A.E.E.M.A. in Madrid; A.R.G.O. in Prague; as well as many others. He has lectured on and demonstrated historical combat in the US at Hampton House, Johns Hopkins University, H.A.C.C, Amherst College, and Fort McHenry, and runs classes for K.A.D.S. – The Keystone Academy of Dueling and Swordsmanship.

He is a life-time research associate with Her Majesties Royal Armouries as well as with The Tower of London and with the National Maritime museum at Greenwich. He is additionally an experienced stage combatant and licensed fight director.

Mr. Donnelly writes and produces historical documentaries for: Discovery Channel Networks; History Channel International; National Geographic; PBS; BBC; and several other international affiliates.

He is also the author and/or co-author of over a dozen books currently in print.

See Professor Donnelly at TempleCon 2015 at:

Thursday, February 5th, 11:30AM-12:30PM, in the Barrington room
A History of Time Travel

Friday, February 6th, 11:30AM-12:30PM, in the Barrington room
+3 Charisma (For Real)

Friday, February 6th, 5:30PM-6:30PM, in Con Suite 2 (Room 632)Mad Science Daft Pub Quiz

Saturday, February 7th, 10:00AM-11:00AM, in the Barrington room
Contraptions: Bizarre Inventions No One Mentions

Saturday, February 7th, 11:30AM-12:30PM, in the Barrington room
Undead En Guard - Vampire Duelling With Wooden Stakes

 

Guest Spotlight: Isobel Valo

Isobel ValoAt a young age, Boston-based performer Isobel Valo set out to see exactly what some one could do with experience in traditional Indian and bellydance, a life-long love of costumes, and a not-so-secret passion for the fantasy and historical fiction genres. The answer, as it turns out: Burlesque! Isobel started performing as a solo artist in 2008 at various alternative events in the New England area. But after distinguishing herself with a guest performance in their 2010 "Talky Nerdy to Me" show, Isobel was invited to join Rogue Burlesque on their geeky, comedic, and scantily clad adventures as a supporting cast member.Since then, Isobel has appeared with Rogue and as a solo artist in shows produced by Sirlesque and the Slaughterhouse Sweethearts, and at nightclub events around New England.
Looking forward to her 3rd year performing for a TempleCon audience, Isobel Valo is traversing space and time at "Imperium" on Friday, February 6th.

See Isobel Valo at TempleCon 2015 at:

Friday, February 6th, 7:00PM-9:00PM, in The Rotunda
Imperium: An Evening of Retro-Futurist Entertainment

 

 

 

 

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