Event Details:

Dates: Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018

The Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Event Website

D&D Panels:

Fri, Nov 30th: 10:30AM-11:30AM ET - Main Theatre

Storytime with Jeremy Crawford.

Storytime is PAX’s opening ceremony where an industry legend descends from their throne to impart wisdom on us all. This year’s Storytime speaker is Jeremy Crawford, the lead rules designer of Dungeons & Dragons and the game’s managing editor, overseeing the creation of all books for the game. Join him in kicking off PAX Unplugged 2018 as he takes us on a narrative journey through his career, from its origins to his tenure at Wizards of the Coast.

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Fri, Nov 30th: 11:30AM-12:30PM ET - Crab God Theatre

Play well with others: Conflict resolution at the game table.

Panelists: Megan Connell PsyD ABPP, Adam Davis MEd, Jack Berkenstock MHS, Grant Ellis, Satine Phoenix, Raffael Boccamazzo PhD

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Fri, Nov 30th: 1:00PM-2:00PM ET - Crab God Theatre

Art & Arcana: The Visual History of Dungeons & Dragons

Panelists: Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Michael Witwer

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Fri, Nov 30th: 1:30PM-2:30PM ET - Leviathan Theatre

Not Having Racism in Your Campaign, Settings, or Table

Panelists: Tanya DePass, Adam Koebel, B. Dave Walters, Carlos Luna, Surena Marie, Poisal, Omari Akil

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Fri, Nov 30th: 4:00PM-5:00PM ET - Mothman Theatre

Creating Dynamic RPG Characters for Theme & Story

Panelists: Adam Bradford, Satine Phoenix, Ruty Rutenberg

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Fri, Nov 30th: 4:30PM-5:30PM ET - Leviathan Theatre

Roll for Healing: Therapeutic Game Master Roundtable

Panelists: Adam Davis, Adam Johns, Dr. B, Dr. Megan Connell, Jack Berkenstock, Hawke Robinson

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Fri, Nov 30th: 7:00PM-8:00PM ET - Crab God Theatre

Inclusivity in Gaming: ASD at Your FLGS

Panelists: Adam Davis, Adam Johns, James Kirk, Jarred Ebert, Jack Berkenstock, Jennifer Wertz

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Fri, Nov 30th: 8:00PM-11:30PM ET - Main Theatre

Dice, Camera, Action: Live!

Panelists: Anna Prosser, Jared Knabenbauer, Holly Conrad, Nathan Sharp, Satine Phoenix

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SAT, Dec 1st: 10:00AM-11:00AM ET - Crab God Theatre

Gaming at School: Making RPGs as Easy as ABC

Panelists: Sarah Roman, Lauren Bilanko, Johnny Young, James Mendez Hodes, Finlay Logan

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SAT, Dec 1st: 1:00PM-2:00PM ET - Crab God Theatre

Latinx in Tabletop: Our Seat at the Table

Panelists: Carlos Luna, Surena Marie, Elwarius, Jetset, David Gonzalez

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SAT, Dec 1st: 1:00PM-2:00PM ET - Crab God Theatre

Latinx in Tabletop: Our Seat at the Table

Panelists: Carlos Luna, Surena Marie, Elwarius, Jetset, David Gonzalez

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SAT, Dec 1st: 1:30PM-2:30PM ET - Main Theatre

D&D Beyond Presents: Roleplay Roulette

Panelists: Kate Welch, Jeremy Crawford, Satine Phoenix, Adam Bradford, Todd Kenreck, Amy T. Falcone, Lauren Urban

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SAT, Dec 1st: 2:30PM-3:30PM ET - Crab God Theatre

Hand Her a Sword: Instilling Confidence in Girls with RPGs

Panelists: Ethan Schoonover, Dr. Megan Connell, Kate Welch, Satine Phoenix, BJ Hensley

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SAT, Dec 1st: 3:00PM-7:00PM ET - RPG

D&D ESP (Dungeons & Dragons en Espanol

Panelists: Elwarius, Mike Balles, and Pablo Abrante running Spanish language D&D sessions

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SAT, Dec 1st: 4:00PM-5:00PM ET - Mothman Theatre

Ask the Wafflecrew Anything

Panelists: Anna Prosser, Holly Conrad, Jared Knabenbauer, Nathan Sharp

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SAT, Dec 1st: 6:00PM-7:00PM ET - Leviathan Theatre

Executive Women in Tabletop

Panelists: Elaine Chase, Heather O'Neill, Cat Tobin, Julie Ahern, Misha Bushyager, Melissa Lewis-Gentry

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SAT, Dec 1st: 7:30PM-8:30PM ET - Leviathan Theatre

Historical & Visual Transgender Representation in RPGs

Panelists: Grant Ellis, Gnomedic, Kikka Delarose, Allyson Dylan Robinson, Shauna Nakasone, Curtis Beck

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SAT, Dec 1st: 8:30PM-11:30PM ET - Main Theatre

Acquisitions Incorporated: LIVE!

Panelists: Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik

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SUN, Dec 2nd: 10:00AM-11:00AM ET - Crab God Theatre

The Tale of the Years: The Evolution of Lore in D&D

Panelists: Kikka Delarose, Grant Ellis, Jim Davis, Mytia Zimmer, Jonathan Pruitt

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SUN, Dec 2nd: 10:00AM-2:00PM ET - RPG

D&D ESP (Dungeons & Dragons en Espanol)

Panelists: Elwarius, Mike Balles, and Pablo Abrante running Spanish language D&D sessions

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SUN, Dec 2nd: 10:30AM-11:30AM ET - Leviathan Theatre

More Than Set Dressing: Handling Marginalization in Games

Panelists: Tanya DePass, Adam Koebel, Andrew Gillis, Allie Bustion, Mikey Zee

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SUN, Dec 2nd: 11:00AM-1:30PM ET - Main Theatre

Acquisitions Incorporated: The 'C' Team

Panelists: Kate Welch, Ryan Hartman, Kris Straub, Amy Falcone, Jerry Holkins

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SUN, Dec 2nd: 3:00PM-4:00PM ET - Leviathan Theatre

Queer as a Three-Sided Die

Panelists: Jeremy Crawford, Steven Kenson, Jeff Sorensen, Heather Wilson

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D&D Participants Include:

Commander Holly

Holly Conrad is an artist and storyteller who writes, streams, creates, and makes YouTube videos. On her journey here she got a degree from the University of Santa Barbara in Medieval History, and studied at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland specializing in folk magic and Medieval literature. These days she spends time rescuing pigeons, streaming, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. Holly plays Strix, a tiefling sorcerer and trash witch, on Dice, Camera, Action, the official Wizards of the Coast D&D show.

Jeremy Crawford

Jeremy Crawford is the lead rules designer of Dungeons & Dragons, in addition to being the game’s managing editor. He led design of the Player’s Handbook and co-led design of a variety of other D&D books, including the Dungeon Master’s Guide, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, and Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes. Before coming to Wizards of the Coast, he wrote for the games Blue Rose, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, and Mutants & Masterminds.

Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass is the Founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago. She’s part of the Spawn on Me podcast, the programming coordinator for OrcaCon; and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at conventions. Her writing appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Vice Gaming, Mic, Waypoint, Wiscon Chronicles, Paste Games and other publications. She's been a Industry Insider at GenCon (2017), Guest of Honor at OrcaCon (2016), and is a partnered variety streamer on Twitch.

Carlos Luna

Carlos is a sound designer and improviser from Chicago. He currently produces the D&D podcast 'The Dungeon Rats'. In 2017 he co-founded Neon Rival, a collective of artists producing audio dramas. He studied improv at The Second City as well as Improv Olympic, and actively performs on stage throughout Chicago. When he's not working on shows or improvising, he can be found making show posters and backpacking. He still hasn't seen True Detective.

Adam Koebel

Adam Koebel: is a Twitch broadcaster, GM-in-residence at Roll20.net and GM for the RollPlay family of shows. He's the co-designer of the award winning tabletop roleplaying game Dungeon World and an advocate for diversity in games. He's been playing Dungeons & Dragons since 1993 and offers up his experience every week on YouTube on his GM advice call-in show Office Hours.

Surena Marie

Surena Marie is a writer, comedian, and artist living in Chicago. She has studied and performed with The Annoyance Theater, IO Chicago and the Musical Conservatory at Second City. Currently, she is a player character on several live play podcasts including Godsfall, The Dungeon Rats and Neon Rival Presents. She also performs in Chicago with the all WOC comedy troupe Matt Damon Improv. When she's not gaming, you can find her panicking in the craft aisle of your local craft store, cosplaying or trying not to get lost in the woods with her strong desire to become the "outdoorsy type".


ProJared is a reviewer, comedian, gamer with an emphasis on RPGs and retro games—most people have never heard of! Jared is playing Diath Woodrow, a human rogue he's played in several previous campaigns.

Anna Prosser

Perhaps most recognizeable as a host and video games media personality, Anna Prosser works day-to-day as Programming Manager for Twitch. She's also co-founder of Misscliks, an online community dedicated to providing support and exposure for women role models in geek and gaming culture (where she also livestreams weekly D&D games). She has lots of crazy stories, from moving to Dubai on 3 days notice to work as a lifeguard consultant, to being crowned Miss Oregon USA, to managing an esports house for Team Evil Geniuses. Anna is playing Evelyn Marthain, a human paladin of Lathander.

Satine Phoenix

Satine Phoenix is an illustrator, comic book creator and author who spent the last 8 years encouraging the Los Angeles Dungeons & Dragons Community. She began by coordinating weekly D&D games at Meltdown Comics and building meetup.com/LATabletopGamers. She founded CelebrityChariD20.com with Keith Baker for Reach out and Read in 2010. Satine co-created Maze Arcana in 2016 with Ruty Rutenberg as a way to connect with fellow gamers across the world. As Guild Adepts, they create tabletop content & travel the world from game stores to conventions teaching others how to take their games to the next level. You can read about her Gaming Escapades over the years on io9.com, Wired magazine, Maxim and Time Magazine.

In 2017 Satine continued Geek & Sundry's GM Tips, previously hosted by Matthew Mercer. In her new format, she showed their audience the value of learning from one another's experiences by interviewing Game Masters from all walks of life. Other shows she's been on recently are Geek & Sundry's Table Top (hosted by Wil Wheaton) & Projectalpha.com's Sagas of Sundry: Dread (game mastered by Ivan Van Norman).

You can watch her Tuesday nights 6pm PST Dungeon Mastering Sirens of the Realms on twitch.tv/dnd. Sirens of the Realms is about an all-girl bard band on tour through Faerun with special guests. Wednesday nights 7pm PST she plays Rose, an Aundairian Elf lounge singer, in Maze Arcana's Inkwell Society: A Neon Noir Live Play D&D game set in Eberron. Dungeon Mastered by Ruty Rutenberg on twitch.tv/mazearcana.


*Ruty* is a US Army OIF/OEF Veteran, Actor, Writer, Voice Over, and Award Winning Dungeon Master & Creator. Ruty's expertise spans multiple platforms, with work alongside all the major studios on titles such as Argo, Fury, Finest Hours, Magnificent Seven, the recently released Growhouse by Snoop Dogg & DJ Pooh, and The Wall directed by Doug Liman. When not acting, voice acting, or writing for film & television, Ruty is writing content for Dungeons & Dragons, and a host of other RPG publishers and game designers. Somehow, he finds the time to stop for panels on the convention circuit—recently PAX, Gary Con, Emerald City & Los Angeles Comic Cons, Winter Fantasy; you can also catch him next at Gen Con, alongside his Maze Arcana co-creator Satine Phoenix. When he can, he loves gaming with attendees and is currently planning the future content as Dungeon Master of the amazing Maze Arcana titles, Orphan Echo and Peanut Gallery….

Nathan Sharp

Nathan Sharp is a Korean-American voice actor, musician and songwriter best known for his music-oriented channel, NateWantsToBattle. Covering a wide array of songs, his music portfolio totals up to over 200 compositions and renditions that range from parodies of popular hits to English renditions of anime openings to music about video games and anime to his original album "Sandcastle Kingdoms" released in March 2017 that charted on iTunes #1 Alternative Albums and Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. His channel has amassed over 1.2 million subscribers and 300 million unique video views.

His voice can be heard in Luck & Logic as Yoshichika Tsurugi, Attack on Titan as Marcel, Gapri in Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator as Craig Cahn, Shantae: Half Genie Hero as Bolo, Midboss's 2064: Read Only Memories as Chad, Heintz in Atelier Firis, Skip Beat! as Imai, Kieran from the original animated series Indigo Ignited, Pinstripe as George the Dog from Atmos Games, as well as Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, One Piece, Rurouni Kenshin, Puzzle and Dragons X, Cheer Boys, Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Handa-kun and Endride.

Nate is playing Paultin Seppa, a human bard.

Lauren "OboeCrazy" Urban

Lauren "OboeCrazy" Urban is a professional classical musician, performing on oboe and English horn all over the Seattle area. When she's not playing a bard in real life she's playing the role of DM for anyone and everyone over the last decade. For the past four years she has organized and ran live D&D games at RTX in Austin to raise money for Child's Play, and from those games a podcast was created! Dungeon Drunks is a liveplay D&D game posted as a weekly podcast that offers adventure, humor, and drink recommendations.

Kate Welch

Kate Welch is the newest game designer on Dungeons & Dragons, a baby wizard if ever there was one. Previously, she worked as a designer for ArenaNet, Double Fine, and Amazon Game Studios. As one of the core members of Acquisitions Inc: The “C” Team, Kate plays the fiery lightfoot halfling monk, Rosie Beestinger.