I have been an avid gamer for about 5 years now. I attended GenCon with my great friend Philip and seeing all these great games (and a few terrible ones) just made me very excited about gaming. Pre GenCon, I started with that gateway game, Settlers of Catan, but what really got me excited was Dominion! After that I got Thunderstone and it went from there. My brother sent me an article about a new gaming convention in Grand Rapids GrandCon. It occurred to me that we could do this in Lexington! So I asked my friend Philip to join me, and also asked the most knowledgeable person I knew about gaming stuff, Greg. The rest is LexiCon history… (Gosh, I really like putting three periods after everything and parenthesis, they are cool.)
Greg “Fransetti” (thank you, Nothing Personal)
Roles: Founder, COO, Schedule-Meister, and Guest Liaison among other things.
Chris is youth and beauty where I am age and wisdom, which is really cool since I am both younger and prettier. 😉 Actually, I’m just old in gamer years. My dad had a collection of the 3M/Bookshelf games and I was an avid player of Acquire, Bazaar and Feudal from a young age. In my teens I became a serious wargamer and gave too much of my part-time job cash to Avalon Hill. And of course I did my share of D&D in those days as well. In the late 90s I discovered eurogames and over the course of the 2000’s became closely involved in much of the gamer community being a contributor to The Dice Tower, co-host of the Boardgame Piratecast, and a regular presenter at GenCon Trade Days. When Chris came to me with the idea for Lexicon, I knew I finally had a purpose for my game collection. Well, lo and behold, the first Lexicon was a smash success, and it just keeps going and going. Despite all the titles they give me, I don’t actually do anything. The fact is my real job is just to be a friendly face.
Roles: Partner, RPG Guy, Tournaments Guy, Tech Guy, Printing Guy, “Hey we need something” Guy
I credit my grandfather for sparking the interest of gaming in me. He taught me to play checkers, chinese checkers, dominoes and other classic games as well as introducing me to logic puzzles. I discovered Dungeons & Dragons and other RPGs in high school. My college years were full of new and interesting games as I discovered the older Avalon Hill and SPI wargames as well as games like Battletech and Warhammer. Other games like Gammarauders and Wabbit Wampage gave me a peek at what modern board games could be. While in college I worked at The Book Haven, an independent book store in Morehead, KY. When I started, the gaming section consisted of one shelf with a few hardbacks for AD&D. I was allowed to expand it, first to a couple of shelves, then to a full 4-foot section. When I left we had a 24-foot section of RPGs, board games, wargames, etc. My successor did a great job of continuing what I had started and after our paths crossed again a few years later, I’m very happy to say, that today she is my wife.
Roles: Partner, Learn to Play Maestro
Hi. If I ever find Reiner Knizia, I’m going to give him a piece of my mind. It is because of him that I am involved in Lexicon. The dude comes to me in a dream and says, “Seek the Master.” WTF? So, I asked him who he was and he said he was Dr. Knizia and that he was here to change my life. “Seek the Master,” he says. And I was like, “Dude, are you talking about like Scott Pilgrim?” Because I thought this felt like that movie except without the punching part or the Captain America part. So, I was like, “Man, I’ve got to start smoking weed.” Which was so I could then tell myself I needed to stop smoking weed. So, I was like I don’t know what to do, let’s go look at cool dice. There, at the Rusty Scabbard, I discovered the boardgame meetup, and the Master was there. Someday I hope to be able to teach and play games like Greg. The Dude is totally dope. For now, I just make sure people can come to Lexicon and have their own Master. Dude, that sounds so wrong.
Role: Lexicon Emcee
I am a comedian and the host of the Buterverse podcast, and I have come a long way from NE Ohio. After a brief stint as a moisture farmer on Tatooine, I washed up on the shores of Puerto Rico. It was this thing for indigo. When not engaged in my deck building empire, I can be found performing stand up and emceeing conventions, corporate functions, and other live events. I return this year as emcee of LexiCon, continuing my bid to become the Donald Trump of tabletop games, but with much better hair. Be sure to check out our comedy podcast and all manner of other ridiculousness at www.thebuter.com.
For more information and booking inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Favorite Games: Mind Games, A Numbers Game, the Blame Game, Two can Play at That Game, the Only Game in Town, and a Whole New Ballgame
Roles: Cosplay Judge, Event Organizer
I am a comedy writer and producer for the Buterverse podcast. I used to perform improv, but have since recovered and now spend my time moonlighting as a Whovian scarf mistress. Once voted “girl most likely to accessorize with capers,” my current obsession is contemplating the best places to wear my Starfleet uniform (hmmm, Lexicon?). Like most sufferers of white guilt, I still don’t quite know what to do with my love of European games. All that colonial stuff is a bit awkward. Until I can reprise my movie role in the upcoming Heathers reboot, I am available to dispense witty prose and judge the odd cosplay competition.
Favorite Games: My only feeling about superstition is that it’s unlucky to be behind at the end of the game.
Roles: Official Greeter of Lexicon (aka Dr. Peter Venkman)
The credit for my interest in gaming is going to have to go to two individuals. First to my uncle who, after escaping the cultural black hole that was Lebanon, Ky at the time, would routinely return to instill in me a love of all things sci-fi, fantasy and general geekiness. Though I have to admit I may have taken it a bit further than he ever intended. The second person would be my best friend Jeremiah. We met in high school and after a brief attempted kissing incident, long story, he watered those seeds planted by my uncle with an introduction to AD&D 2nd Edition and role playing in general. I have been playing RPG’s ever since and have branched out in many facets of gaming.
Favorite Games: Tabletop miniature, tactical board game, and most recently the Living Card Game and Deckbuilding formats.
Roles: Library Director
Jessie was unable to write her own biography due to the recent incident arm-wrestling the Dalai Lama. Interestingly, Jessie has a long history with Lamas, llamas and Lorenzo Lamas. Let me explain. No, there’s only room for a paragraph, let me sum up. So, the whole thing started when Jesse was an adventurous teen-ager seeking her fortune in the high Andes. Unfortunately having dropped out of Catholic School, she was uneducated as to the geography of Peru and to the proper behavior in a majority Catholic country. Suffice to say that there is a difference between llamas and alpacas and between the Pope and “that guy in the funny hat.” Fortunately, Jessie was rescued by the fortunate arrival of Lorenzo Lamas who was in Peru as a way to improve his movie career by moving to higher budget productions. Lorenzo taught Jessie how to attend mass and that llamas are not for babysitting. Unfortunately, the two split ways after a disagreement about the political future of Greenland (Dane them all said Lorenzo) which resulted in Jessie trying to find herself by traveling to India. There, after a long night of competitive stand up comedy, she found herself in the infamous arm-wrestling match with the Dalai Lama. Jessie lost the arm wrestling but won both the amateur night comedy award and downed nearly two shots more whiskey.
It was an accident. I hadn’t intended to be there, I just needed a place to get out of the storm which had erupted from above as I waited impatiently for the trolley. As I wiped the rain from my eyes, I saw the piles of games. Board games, card games, dice games covered the tables surrounded by people laughing and sharing pints of beer. Wondering what magical land I had stumble into, I quietly asked a man with whitish hair who looked like he knew what was transpiring and was immediately dealt in to a new round of the game he was playing. Unlike the complicated carrier-pigeon exchange which took weeks to coordinate a game night with long-time friends, I had found a group that gathered every other Monday at West Sixth Street just to drink a few beers and have a great time around the table. Game on!
Given my penchant for color-coded spreadsheets and wicked box taping skills, I was volunteered to work with the expansive Lexicon library and may still be lost between the stacks.
Should I ever escape, I enjoy all table-top games, RPG’s, dancing, hiking, and kayaking. I also really like dogs even though they are terrible at gaming.
Roles: Coordinator Family Gaming
I started gaming at a young age. It started with video games but when I got to college my gaming experience changed. I started playing games like D&D, Munchkin, and Apples to Apples with friends. This was the first spark to lead me to wanting more. I continued through college only really knowing a few games and then everything changed when my son was born. I took a long hiatus on playing anything until 2 years ago when I moved here to Lexington and discovered the meetup group and Lexicon. Now that spark has turned into a roaring fire. My love for tabletop games increases each year. I love playing a little bit of everything and love teaching my son the fun of playing with friends and family as well.
Favorite Games: Betrayal at House on the Hill, Sentinels of the Multiverse, Catan, and Exploding Kittens
Role: Social Game Guru
Bio: Father of 2 and husband to the best bluffer in gaming history. I’m a huge extrovert that loves getting people together and playing games. Strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet. I’ve been to Lexicon every year and large Werewolf games for the evening gaming events. I own over 200 board games and can teach many of them. If you’re at the convention and don’t have anyone to play with, find me and I’ll either invite you to whatever I’m playing or find a game for you. If nothing else, say hi, I’d love to meet you.
Favorite game: Battlestar Galactica
Roles: Cosplay Coordinator
My name is Anne and I am 24 years old. I have been cosplaying for close to 10 years and LARPing for 7. I have won awards for groups and individual costumes in props and overall as well. I have done costumes to date for Airgear, Avatar the last air bender, Bleach, Hellsing, Legend of Zelda, Ouran High School host club, PokÃ©mon, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1, Street Fighter, Vocaloid, and Xmen.