Welcome to the 2019 Guest Page Archive!

Welcome to the 2019 Guest Page Archive!

These were all of the awesome guests we had at Super MAGFest 2019! Stay tuned for guest announcements for 2020! But in the meantime, feel free to browse this blast from the past.

Materia Collective

Materia Collective

They’re back to talk about that copyright mumbo-jumbo.

Materia Collective licenses, distributes, and releases game music-related projects including arrangement albums, original soundtracks, and sheet music. Our aim is to give video game music - and the fantastic community who shapes and creates it - a place in the spotlight.

Man at Arms

Man at Arms

Their weapons are real and sharp. Watch out!

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Matt Stagmer - Host - Bladesmith - Producer

Matt has been making swords for 20 years. He is the lead blade grinder at Baltimore Knife and Sword. In the summer of 2014 he began hosting the hit web series MAN AT ARMS:REFORGED. Teamed with other talented craftsmen, he brings to life the most requested fantasy arms and armor from your favorite video games, anime, and other pop culture genres. In 2017 he became the host of the TV show MAN AT ARMS : The Art of War starring alongside Danny Trejo to make history's most devastating weapons. In 2018 earned the title Producer for the 2nd season of Art of War and is currently creating his own content on YouTube for the channel “That Works”. You can also find Matt gaming and streaming blacksmithing on his channel www.twitch.tv/stalkertron.

Ilya Alekseyev

Ilya Alekseyev was born in Troitsk, Russia. Since an early age he developed a liking to the art and craftsmanship of bladed weapons. He likes to bring his background in Art History, Asian Studies, and Philosophy into his craft. Ilya is currently an Armorer working with Baltimore Knife and Sword as well as one of the product designers. Among the skills that he brings to the Man at Arms project are his expertise in armor, Damascus steel, bloomery steel, and engraving.

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Takashi Tateishi

Takashi Tateishi

This is the guy responsible for your sleepless nights humming Wily Stage 2

Hailing from Kobe, Japan, Takashi Tateishi composed the iconic soundtrack for Mega Man 2. He later moved to Konami, where he worked as a Sound Producer for Suikoden and the DDR series. His appearance at MAGFest 2019 marks his first time visiting the continental U.S. and his first interacting directly with American game fans.

The Runaway Guys

The Runaway Guys

They’re official!

The Runaway Guys (Chuggaaconroy, NintendoCapriSun and Proton Jon) are a group of Youtubers and Twitch streamers that bring their brand of comedy and chaos to conventions around North America through Thrown Controllers, their traveling game show. They’ve ran the show here for years and now it’s at MAGfest in an official capacity!

OverClocked ReMix

OverClocked ReMix

Twenty years later and still going strong!

Founded in 1999, OverClocked ReMix is an organization dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of video game music as an art form. Its primary focus is ocremix.org, a website featuring thousands of free fan arrangements, information on game music and composers, resources for aspiring artists, and a thriving community of video game music fans. If someone tells you video game music isn’t great, they just haven’t heard the right VGM. They may also be a fundamentally flawed person, but you can keep that to yourself and just scowl.

X-Strike Studios

X-Strike Studios

They rise again like a zombie from Resident Horror.

In ages past, X-strike Studios was an independent film company dedicated to doing justice to video game movies. Now, the long dead husk of game parody once again draws breathe.

Mike Rosson

Mike Rosson

Our wiz with a ukulele!

Born in Baltimore, raised in P.G. and Garrett Counties MD, now lives in Montgomery County MD. Captain of the Video Pirates, voice of Gob, channeler of Big Bill Brody, friend to all and hero of the day, unless he isn’t.

Xavier Woods

Xavier Woods

We really just like seeing this guy smile.

It’s a New Day, yes it is! And, without a doubt, Xavier Woods is a huge part of it.

Legit pop culture phenoms, The New Day proved their place in sports-entertainment history by setting the record for the longest Tag Team Championship reign in WWE history. They also released their own Booty-O’s cereal, hosted WrestleMania and brought some much-needed magic and wonder back to WWE.

You may also know him by his gamer tag, Austin Creed, the host of UpUpDownDown, the greatest gaming YouTube channel on the planet.

Retroware TV

Retroware TV

Classic gaming shows to delight.

Retroware TV is an open online community focused on sharing the awesomeness of all things retro gaming. Retroware TV contributors and community members regularly create the gaming videos, music, podcasts, and articles that make Retroware TV the source for classic gaming videos and knowledge.

Tonya Woldridge

Tonya Woldridge

A master storyteller will leave with many more stories to tell.

Tonya Woldridge is the Organized Play Manager for Paizo, Inc., overseeing the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, and Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild organized play programs. A long-time gamer, she started playing RPGs in high school. Over the years, some of her most frequent games played were 2nd Edition AD&D, Earthdawn, Champions, Shadowrun, and D&D 3.0/3.5. She started Pathfinder with the launch of the beta and has stuck with it ever since. After attending the third PaizoCon UK, she was hooked on organized play and spent several years volunteering for the Pathfinder Society, first as a Venture-Lieutenant in the United Kingdom, then as a Venture-Captain in Canada, before joining the team at Paizo.

Lysa Chen

Lysa Chen

She rolled a 20 for initiative on coming to MAGFest this year.

Lysa Chen has designed Dungeons & Dragons adventures for Wizards of the Coast and the Adventurers League and is distinguished as one of the Dungeon Masters Guild’s premier Guild Adepts. With roots in event organizing for her local AL scene, Lysa’s passion lies in growing and creating a more inclusive D&D community. She serves as a Community Manager for the Adventurers League and the Dungeon Masters Guild and produces and hosts Behold Her, a monthly podcast about women in the world of tabletop games. You can follow her on Twitter @mercyfuldm, or visit her website at lysachen.com.

Robert V Aldrich

Robert V Aldrich

He’s always been our kind of nerd.

Robert V Aldrich’s writing is the result of mixing high-quality 80’s cartoons with mid-tier video games and bargain basement literature. Throw in a few dashes of web comics and professional wrestling and you get something truly unique. Based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, RVA is a veteran author who published his first book back in the halcyon days of 2001. A prolific writer online, most of his work these days can be found at his website TeachTheSky.com. He’s returning to MAGFest to promote his newest books: Proton, RocKaiju, and the 2018 Anthology.

George Ledoux

George Ledoux

The life bringer to our villainous Count Buff Von Studhorse!

George Ledoux’s twenty plus years as a voice actor and producer have established him as one of the most recognizable talents in the video game, narration, and voice-over fields. Best known for his work in “Dying Light”, “Neverwinter Nights”, “Freedom Force”, “Majesty” to name but a few.
He is probably best known to MagFest attendees as the voice of the evil “Count Buff Von Studhorse” in MAGFest Versus!

Lena Raine

Lena Raine

What lovely and magical music making.

Lena Raine is an award-winning composer and producer based in Seattle, WA. She has written original soundtracks for highly-acclaimed video games such as Celeste, Guild Wars 2 and Hackmud. Lena has also released several solo albums and orchestral works such as Singularity, Snowflight, and an upcoming full-length album.

Charlie Rosen

Charlie Rosen

Intense passion for collaborative music making? We thought he’d fit right in.

Charlie Rosen is the band leader, and arranger for “The 8-Bit Big Band” a 30-65 member Jazz/pops orchestra that formed to celebrate and realize some of the best themes from video game music from all consoles and eras arranged in a large ensemble Jazz/Pop/Rock setting!

Blending together timeless musical themes from Nintendo, Sega, Playstation, and more then re-arranging them in genres and styles of all musical inspirations, The 8-Bit Big Band has members from all around the world, but most reside primarily in New York City, and are some of the most highly sought after musicians and performers.

Out side of video game music, Charlie Rosen has made a name for himself within the worlds of Broadway, TV, and otherwise as an arranger, composer, and music director. He is the Music Supervisor/Arranger/Orchestrator for the upcoming Broadway show “Be More Chill” opening in February.

Anthony Burch

Anthony Burch

We like that he likes cats too.

Ashly Burch’s brother.

Anthony is a writer and game designer, known for the Borderlands series, the web series Hey Ash Whatcha Playin’, and the board game World Championship Russian Roulette.

Frank Cifaldi

Frank Cifaldi

Video game preservation should be his middle name. That would be a long middle name to put on his passport though and there’s probably a character limit.

Frank Cifaldi is the founder of The Video Game History Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to making sure the people of the future know everything they need to know about the games of today.

Kelsey Lewin

Kelsey Lewin

She’s examining history while she’s making history.

Kelsey Lewin creates mini-documentaries about odd and obscure topics from video game history on Youtube. She is also the co-owner of Seattle-based video game retailer Pink Gorilla Games, and is involved with various projects at the Video Game History Foundation.

Wes Johnson

Wes Johnson

The fury is real folks. He brings it.

Wes Johnson sleeps rather soundly for a murderer. Or wait, maybe that’s one of his characters. The lines tend to blur.

Most recently, Wes wandered the wastelands of West Virginia as Protectron Robots in “FALLOUT 76.” In “FALLOUT 4,” he dispensed truly bad Baseball history as Moe Cronin, Protectron-ing, and dispensing JUSTICE as the voice of The Silver Shroud. He had fun in “Nuka-World” reprising the Protectrons and bringing newer models to life.

In other realities, Wes was the guy who welcomed you off the boat in Bethesda Softwork’s “MORROWIND.” He was both the Criminal Scum (Lucien Lachance) and the Guards who arrested them in “OBLIVION.” He dealt in cheese and insanity as a Daedric Price of Madness named SHEOGORATH. Wes returned to Tamriel and the Elder Scrolls series in “SKYRIM”, reprising Sheo, Lucien, and Hermaeus Mora. He reprises his Arena Announcer from Oblivion and Sheogorath himself in ELDER SCROLLS LEGENDS.

In previous Fallout wasteland journeys, Wes stole your kills as Fawkes, swayed you to to do evil as Mr Burke, and bitched a lot as Scribe Bigsley in in “FALLOUT 3.” He fought famous Starship Captains as Klingons in “STAR TREK: LEGACY and CONQUEST, and has been proudly UNLEASHING THE FURY and calling goals for the STANLEY CUP CHAMPION WASHINGTON CAPITALS since the turn of the Century.

Wes has been SEEN as well as heard in feature films such as John Waters’ “A Dirty Shame,” Chris Rock’s “Head of State,” “The Invasion,” “For Richer or Poorer,” and has made appearances on HBO’s “VEEP,” “The Wire,” and NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street.” he recently filmed a TV sitcom pilot with the great Ed Asner.

A comedian and impressionist, Wes worked morning radio at WHFS-FM, was the comedy co-host on a national radio show with the late Wolfman Jack, and has performed songs on “The Doctor Demento Show.” He also fought crime... with his voice... as the series announcer for “America’s Most Wanted.” In the end, Wes is happiest about his role as husband to Kim and father to Ben, Sam and Max. He DOES NOT actually live in a mansion, but fakes it well on YouTube. He is owned by a spoiled Chi-weenie.