Genghis Con is proud to bring you these esteemed special guests.
Shane and Michelle Hensley owned a game and comics store called Fun ‘n Games in Blacksburg, VA, while they attended school at Virginia Tech. During that time, Shane wrote for every major gaming company, including TSR, White Wolf, and West End Games, among many others.
In 1994, Shane started Pinnacle Entertainment Group, where he created the best-selling, award-winning Deadlands, Hell on Earth, Weird Wars, and later Savage Worlds and many of its settings. Since then he’s written dozens of books and several novels, and designed everything from card games to miniature games to computer games.
In 2004, Shane joined Cryptic Studios as a designer on City of Villains, the sequel to the smash-hit City of Heroes Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG). Shane enjoyed several wonderful years at Cryptic before moving to Arizona to become Studio Head for Superstition Studios where he was making an MMORPG based on Deadlands.
Deadlands was unfortunately cancelled when the parent company folded, but Shane went on to create a colorful casual game called “Zombie Pirates.” From there he moved on to Petroglyph Games in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was Executive Producer for End of Nations.
Shane still runs Pinnacle with the help of many talented freelancers and partners. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his wife Michelle, their two incredible sons, Caden and Ronan Hensley, and far too many pets. He has a double-BA in History and Political Science, and an MA in Special Operations & Low Intensity Conflicts.
Steven S. Long
Darrell worked in tech, project management, and quality assurance before becoming a full time game designer and writer.
Darrell's first published game was Hard Vacuum in 2000. He contributed to Ninja Crusade 2nd Edition, Codex Infernus, and Savage Rifts before joining the project to revive Torg. He's written extensively for Torg Eternity and is now the developer for the line.
Darrell works in Tucson, Arizona, and actually enjoys the weather there. His goal is to continue making new friends and writing quality games and adventures. He still can't believe how lucky is to earn a living doing what he loves.
Pine Box Entertainment
David Lapp: Pine Box Entertainment Community Manager
David Lapp is Pine Box’s community manager. He's got a long history with Doomtown, having played since the original CCG. In 2016, he became Marshal (World Champ) and was brought on board due to his intimate knowledge of organized play and standing in the community. The cool tournament series are his brain children, and community events are his bread and butter.
Christine Lapp: Pinnacle Entertainment Group Customer Service Representative
is a lover of dogs, beer, unicorns, and everything table top games. She also enjoys visiting places that require hiking up both hill and mountain trails to see the sights. When not traveling and playing games, is often helping her husband David over at . (She is the Pinky to his Brain! “Narf!”)
Like any superhero wannabe, Gilbert has a secret identity: during the day he helps people with his healing powers, while at night he creates fantastic universes where incredible characters live out amazing adventures! For some years now he has devoted himself to writing manuals, settings, and adventures for tabletop RPGs. Currently, he works as a freelance for a number of publishers.
He has created and contributed to more than 20 titles published in several languages, among them English, Polish, and Italian. A sample of his RPG work:
Rockopolis (Minòs Games - 2018)
Buccaneer: Through Hell & High Water (Yellow Piece and Fabled Environments, 2017)
Olympus Inc. (Fabled Environments, 2017)
Kung Fu Adventurers! (GRAmel, 2016)
Darkmoor (Acchiappasogni 2015)
Voodoo Pirates (GRAmel, 2015)
Mythos Savage Worlds edition (Mystical Throne Entertainment, 2013)
Cyberpunk V3 Italian edition (Stratelibri, 2008)
He’s the proud father of two children who are his greatest source of inspiration. Besides RPGs he writes novels, comics, and a lot of crazy projects that could save the world from the next alien invasion.