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February 24th, 2017

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Hey everyone! We’ve got a pretty big update for you today! We’ve greatly expanded our Special Guests Page with a bunch of great media personalities that will be at CMON Expo. They’re from some of your favorite gaming websites, podcasts, and vidcasts. We’re excited to see everyone who will be at the show.

Brittanie Boe – GameWire

Brittanie Boe is known most prominently in the world of tabletop as the unstoppable Bebo, editor of TheGameWire.Com, host of the GameWire YouTube channel, and handles the social media for the brand. The GW brand is the marketing arm of GTS Distribution, of which Bebo is the face. Helping people learn about new and exciting games (as well as fun classics) is her job, and one she relishes. She also helps her daughter create her own tabletop gaming videos and at times they create them together. You find her around the convention playing games and creating content! Feel free to say hi or stop by to take a selfie!

Marty Connell – Rolling Dice & Taking Names

Marty and Tony are the co-hosts of the bi-weekly podcast Rolling Dice & Taking Names. Longtime friends since college, these two southern gentlemen have shared their experiences, thoughts and reviews for the past several years on board games. Their love of games can easily be traced back to their childhood years as they would sit around with family and friends playing the classic board games. In 2001, they began their dive into gaming when they both started playing CCGs, which lead them to the board gaming world. While they sometimes get off track with their ‘squirrel’ moments, you can be sure that when you give them a listen, it is like sitting on a front porch with friends enjoying a Moon Pie and RC Cola while having a good discussion about board games.

Josh Eisbrenner – So1ks Gaming

So1ks Gaming started as a group of friends playing games each week and hosting events at Gen Con each year. After Josh was medically retired, the gang encouraged him to do something he loves. Josh became a reviewer and started a new page for So1ks Gaming. You may not recognize him by his looks but Josh has written over 100 game reviews in a year and half including many CMON Games. The mystery of how he got the nickname Taco is still unknown but we love his Taco rating scale. Josh also has started painting miniatures and loves to share pictures and answer any questions people may have. You can find Josh’s work at www.so1ks.com or talk to him on twitter @so1ks.

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Zee Garcia – The Dice Tower

Zee Garcia has a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida International University in Fine Arts/Theatre. He has previously taught theater for several years, directed over a dozen plays, and been involved with multiple South Florida and New York theaters and theatrical companies, including Murder Mystery, Inc. and The Broward Center for the Performing Arts. He has enjoyed board games for over a decade and has been working with The Dice Tower for years. Zee films and edits reviews, interviews, Top 10 lists, and more. He also hosts and produces Board Game Blender. He lives in Florida, and has done so most of his life.

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Sam Healey – The Dice Tower

Sam Healey is a reviewer and editor for The Dice Tower. He is also the co-host of The Dice Steeple, an audio podcast about our board game hobby from a Christian perspective, with an interest in bridging the gaps between various world-views. He chooses to not align strictly with either the Eurogame or Amerithrash crowd, but instead enjoys playing whatever flavor of game has been chosen for the day…it’s more about the camaraderie around the game, than the game itself. He lives in Homestead, FL with his beautiful wife and their four children.

Dan King – The Game Boy Geek

The Game Boy Geek’s mission is helping you find the next board game you’ll love by attacking reviews with high energy. Over the last 4 years, he’s produced over 1000 videos and reviewed over 850 games which have approximately 5 million views. He’s also a saxophone artist and serenades games as an induction to his gaming library. Dan thrives on being an engaging member of the board gaming community and spreads his contagious energy to everyone he meets one hug at a time. (yes, he’s a “hugger”).

Teri Litorco

Teri Litorco – That Teri Girl

Teri Litorco is a YouTuber blogger, Geek & Sundry contributor, and a CMON fangirl at heart. She bills herself as what would happen if Rachel Ray and Martha Stewart combined to make a single person who loved miniature wargaming more than cooking and folding laundry. While a long-in-the-tooth hobbyist herself, having been painting and playing with miniatures for over a decade, her goal is simple: to demonstrate to the world that painting models and playing games is both fun and easy, and even people who have never picked up a brush or a dice can easily learn and love to do both.

Pep MacDonald – Watch It Played

Focused on teaching games rather than reviewing them, Watch It Played has generated a huge following of loving fans that continually return to Rodney Smith and Pep MacDonald’s videos for help understanding rules. Maybe it’s the Canadian in them, but the guys of Watch It Played are some of the nicest in the industry! So track down Pep and say hello while you’re at the Expo!

Chaz Marler – Pair of Dice Paradise

Chaz has had a passion for playing and creating board games for as long as he can remember. He created his first game in second grade. It was a simple dinosaur themed roll-and-move game. It had a track of about 30 spaces, and used tiny plastic dinosaur toys. It was simple, but his fellow second graders loved it. That was all it took; he was hooked on playing and tinkering with board games from that moment on. But recently, Chaz found his work life slowly encroaching more and more into his home life. He desperately needed a vacation from his vocation. To remedy this, Chaz decided to launch pairofdiceparadise.com, a blog with reviews, news and commentary about board games.

Nathan Pullan

Nathan Pullan – That Teri Girl

Nathan can be found on Teri Litorco’s YouTube channel, where he’s either letting the zombies kill her in Zombicide so he can make an escape, or otherwise trolling her about poor (gaming) life decisions. When not drinking (rarely), he can be found taking the piss out of older games that have lost their way.

Mark Streed – Boardgame Corner

Mark attended the Colorado Institute of Art, from which he has a degree in Occupational Studies in Photography. In the late 80s and early 90s, he was the photographer for Star Trek, Lucasfilm, and Back to the Future magazines. He also spent many hours playing and reviewing all of the LucasArts games. Now, he is a web developer and technical services manager for Wire Stone LLC. He took his confab public as Boardgame Corner on April 26, 2014.

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Tom Vasel – The Dice Tower

Tom Vasel is the host of The Dice Tower, a network of video and audio podcasts about the board game hobby and those who play within it. The Dice Tower audio podcast has been going strong for many years, and the various video reviews from a myriad of contributors, Top 10 Lists, and convention coverage videos are averaging over 2 million views a month on YouTube. He lives in Homestead, FL with his beautiful wife, Laura, and their seven children.

Jeremy Salinas & David Waybright – Man vs Meeple

Jeremy Salinas and David Waybright love talking about board games almost as much as they love playing them. Jeremy started out producing board game videos more than 6 years ago with Drakkenstrike’s Components Breakdown, and set a high bar for production and presentation. Along with David, they developed a new format in early 2016 that is polished and professional, but also casual and accessible. And Man vs Meeple was born. Their goal with Man vs Meeple is to give the hobby the respect that it deserves, and produce board game videos in a way that legitimizes their favorite hobby.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for more updates about CMON Expo 2017!