NEA Game Fest 2024

Sarah Brown

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Gaming Interests Board Games / RPGs
Go-to Game Piece Color Green
Favorite Gaming Memory The very first NEA Game Fest. Watching the space in Hoxie fill up with gamers and seeing everyone enjoying themselves.
Non-Gaming Hobbies Cross stitch, reading, paper crafts
Interesting Fact Gaming has always been a huge part of my life. I met my husband playing Cribbage on Yahoo! Games.

Jim Essman

He/Him

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Gaming Interests Board Games / RPGs
Go-to Game Piece Color Red
Favorite Gaming Memory Playing "All Outta Bubblegum" and hearing the GM say "Alright! You successfully dip yourself in a vat of pickle juice and squeeze through the bars", prompting someone to exclaim "WHAT!?" from two tables over
Non-Gaming Hobbies Video games, jewelry-making, martial arts, watching anime, and generally being a geek
Interesting Fact I have a black belt in Shorin Ryu

Breanna Franklin

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Gaming Interests Board Games / CCGs / RPGs
Go-to Game Piece Color Purple/Blue
Favorite Gaming Memory Playing D&D and a giant snail that we saved taking out the big bad guy before she could get a hit in after eating some "snailroids" (magic leaves that made him even bigger). He was a great addition to the party.
Non-Gaming Hobbies Reading, art, crafts
Interesting Fact I am not only an art teacher but a robotics coach.

Kier Heyl

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Gaming Interests Everything!
Go-to Game Piece Color Red
Favorite Gaming Memory Watching my son teach others how to play a game at a game day
Non-Gaming Hobbies Coding, ranting about Star Wars, rabble rousing
Interesting Fact I know how to say like three phrases in German

Krystle McClung

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Gaming Interests Board Games / RPGs
Go-to Game Piece Color Blue
Favorite Gaming Memory That time we added Wild Magic to a tempest cleric, making her even more of a leprechaun... and the entire party was both amused by, and terrified of her. Constant laughs and shenanigans in any game will always be a favorite.
Non-Gaming Hobbies Cross-Stitch, General crafts, Reading, and leading backpacking groups across western Europe
Interesting Fact Former Vatican employee, and not even catholic!

Rachel Simpson

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Gaming Interests Board Games / CCGs
Go-to Game Piece Color Purple
Favorite Gaming Memory Surviving my first game of Cosmic Encounters by chance at a NEA Gamers Guild meetup at Skinny J's Jonesboro
Non-Gaming Hobbies Baking sweet stuff, cosplay, watching RuPaul's Drag Race, nail art
Interesting Fact I can't roll my tongue!