Vince Bieksha (NJ)
I never "worked" (read paid for time) for any of the following
I contributed to Battletech as a rules consultant and if you have the
compendium you'll find my name under credits. Many of the suggestions I made
turned up in max tech but no credit there.
I spent many a weekend upstate New York at Companion Games HQ refining rules
on cards and proposing new cards. I was a regional rep, ran tournaments every
month locally and designed my own cards (cards un-ltd).
John Bullington ( Upstate NY)
I just started with GE about a year ago. Have played lots of other CCGS and was a tournament director early on for Mage Knights/HeroClix. I also was under contract to Avalon Hill for a CCG (it got nixed by a trademark lawsuit - was based on Civilization Board game)
Craig Gaddis (Houston, TX)
A supporter for Companion Games (also Alderac's L5R) in the early phases of
the company (mostly a glorified demo peon), I was involved with the GE
market in Houston for about 2 years, but due to business concerns (running
one game store and then opening another), had to put aside my Galactic
Empires career. Then I changed jobs, sold the store, and got into big box
retail. I had thought that my love affair with CCGs, and wargames in
general, had ended.
Until I began to purchase collections again in 1999. I currently hold most
of Gerry Smit's Infected Tribe, as well as the balance of the Crafts by
Marion terrain cards, and will happily sell/trade sets to all comers. I am
also skilled in the lore of promotional cards, the odd effects that rules
offer, and like others on this list, have a vast collection of cards.
I will happily answer any question about GE, and love discussing sick and
demented strategies for making opposing fleets lose all their terrain in
one turn. As far as other games, I am also a fan of MTG, L5R, Shadowfist,
DBZ, Dune, Settlers of Cataan, and about 250 others.
And, like many of the members of the GE community, am searching for the
elusive R/O4 Strategic Deployment.
Howard Kenward (UK-)
When I was playing in the sanctioned tourneys that John Garret
(Companion's rep in the UK) used to run, I was ranked about 4th or
5th in the UK. My tourneys are always "themed" - I doC4 War Veterans and Artist signed cards as prizes.
Aaron Kingery (Upstsate NY) - The other person on the IRC from this area is a tourney director for Star Wars/LOTR.
Started working for Companion Games in Oct of '95. Was one of the Senior Designers from Universe Edition on. Some of my many duties included: Art Director, Convention Coordinator, Playtest Leader (all of the playtest groups reported to me), On-line Rules Analyst, etc. My business card read "Confidential Coordinating First Chief Executive Deputy Assistant to the President"
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