Lyde Van Hoy

Lyde Van Hoy is a full-time TTRPG creative, and second-generation D&D nerd. With several bestsellers under their belt, such as The Half-Race Handbook and The Adventurer’s Domestic Handbook, they hope to continue creating content that encourages meaningful roleplay and inclusive gameplay experiences. Outside of their work as a creator, they are a stay-at-home parent who works to encourage a love of magic and adventure.

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Noon | Location: Boomer B

How to Design a New Creature

Designing vampires, werewolves, and other mythological creatures. Which parts should be incorporated into our own renderings and artworks? What new traits can be added, while still making them recognizable? How do we avoid derivative or stale monsters? Let’s make monsters terrifying again!

Moderator: Mike Kennedy

Panelists: Mike Kennedy, Mitzi Bartlett, Lyde Van Hoy

Tracks: Horror, Fantasy, Comics, Art, Writing & Publishing, Supernatural & Paranormal

2:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Fiction and Politics: How Can Stories Make a Difference?

Stories have power. They distill the past and tell us how to best predict the future. Can fiction writers make a difference in today's hyperpolitical discourse? Should they feel obliged to try?

Moderator: Daniel Erickson

Panelists: Daniel Erickson, Sheila Hartney, Lyde Van Hoy, Pigeon, B J Thrower

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, Writing & Publishing

10:30 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Late Night Artists Chat Vol. 1

This is a chance for artists and fans to meet in a relaxed setting to talk all things art! Ask questions, share ideas, and socialize. (Hotel side)

Moderator: Crazy Red Artist

Panelists: Crazy Red Artist, Cal Custard, Brenna Deutchman, EBA Comedy, Hall of Femme, Lyde Van Hoy, Carolyn Kay, Kekkuda, Chaz Kemp, Knightmage, Lollalotus, Madi, Mimic Rae, Moe, Michael Mosley, R Karch Photography, WandererTJ, ET Wardwell, Mel. White, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Art, General Interest, Meetup

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner B

They're Literally Fireballing Everything: RPG Game Management

DMs and longtime players offer advice on managing difficult campaigns, problematic personalities, deficient RP interactions, and wacky game mechanics for a richer roleplaying-game experience for all. Topics include communication skills, kinds of players, catering to players and DMs alike, as well as essential Session 0 discussion points and campaign check-ins.

Moderator: Dennis McDonald

Panelists: Dennis McDonald, Joshua Cook, Lyde Van Hoy, Chaz Kemp, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower

Tracks: Gaming

3:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

RPG Adventure Writing

So you've decided to write a game module? Awesome! Game writers and developers share advice on how to write adventures, compensate when players derail the plot, and provide inspirational narrative elements to help players develop characters and engage in roleplaying.

Moderator: Michael Cross

Panelists: Michael Cross, Mark Finn, Lyde Van Hoy, Jeff Provine, Seth Skorkowsky, Christina Stiles

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Gaming

1:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

“I Love You.” “I Know”: Romance in SF & Anime

Talk about the iconic sci-fi, fantasy and anime onscreen love interests that gave us squeeeee.

Moderator: Karen Thrower

Panelists: Karen Thrower, Charles Dane Clark, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Sally Hamilton, Lyde Van Hoy

Tracks: Fantasy, Fandoms, Science Fiction, Film & TV