Guest Creator Joe Meade

JOE MEADE is an eastern Kentucky native with a love for writing, storytelling, and tabletop games, especially in the fantasy genre. These interests, coupled with nearly 30 years of experience with various roleplaying games, made it a natural progression for him to create his own roleplaying game.

Joe’s company, NOBLE QUESTS, LLC, has produced the “Mystic Forces Second Edition” roleplaying game, along with several adventure modules and sourcebooks. Mystic Forces Second Edition is an in-depth, high-fantasy roleplaying game that is the culmination of 25 years of work and revision.

Joe is also the author of a book of short stories titled, “Troves of Fantasy”.  His fantasy adventure board game, “Omens of Destiny”, is nearing completion with a polished prototype that is being demoed locally and at a number of Cons!

Be sure to stop by and check out the full line of products, or just come by and chat. To see the full line of Mystic Forces products now.

Also, be sure to join the Noble Quests Discord server for all the latest information on Mystic Forces and Omens of Destiny including announcements, sneak peaks, live streaming of gaming sessions and more. 

You can also find me on Facebook at facebook.com/OmensofDestiny and facebook.com/MysticForces

Guest Writer JD Byrne

JD Byrne started practicing law in West Virginia more than 20 years ago. It wasn’t too long after that he decided he needed some chances to make up the story for once, to make it come out the way it should, or he’d go mad. He started writing short fiction, mostly science fiction with a little bit a fantasy thrown in, before he discovered National Novel Writing Month in 2007 and took a shot at writing longer stuff. Over several years, and more than a few false starts, he published his first novel, Moore Hollow in 2015. It’s a story of family secrets, political corruption, and zombies – but not the kind people usually think of.

In 2016, he released The Water Road, the first volume of the trilogy of the same name, to be followed by The Endless Hills (2016) and The Bay of Sins (2017). The trilogy is a story of explosive secrets revealed and the attempts by the woman who found them to keep them from consuming her world in a blaze of revenge.

In 2019, he released Gods of the Empire, the first volume of the Unari Empire trilogy, about a steampunk work whose single superpower is starting to show cracks. The two main characters navigate the shifting world while digging deep for secrets that others wish would remain hidden. Widows of the Empire (2021) continues the saga, while Heroes of the Empire will bring it all to a startling conclusion early in 2023.

Many of Byrne’s shorter works can be found on his website or in publications like Aether & Ichor and the Flash Fiction Podcast. His latest story, “The Consequences of Sin,” was part of The Dancing Plague: A Collection of Utter Speculation, released in the fall of 2022 by Speculation Publications.

Guest Writer and Podcaster Terry Bartley

Terry Bartley is a fantasy writer. He has been writing short stories set in his original fantasy universe, Galevyn, for the past year using various characters. You can read all of them on his website. You can also get them in the upcoming collection of short stories, Tyranny of the Fey.

He also hosts the podcast “Most Writers Are Fans,” about the intersection between writing and fandom. Every episode he invites a different writer to discuss their writing journey with them. He features fiction and non-fiction, game designers, and songwriters. It is a lot of fun and provides insight into what it is like to be an independent creative.

Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

Terry is a journalism, literature, and English teacher at Scott Hight School. Terry has professionally written for the Coal Valley News and Screenrant. He has won awards for writing and broadcasting from the West Virginia Associated Press, the National Broadcasting Society, and MarCom. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Phoenix and an M.A. in English Education from Western Governor’s University.

Guest Writer Gary Lee Vincent

Gary Lee Vincent (b. 1974) was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and is an accomplished actor, producer, director, author, musician, and entrepreneur.

As an actor he has appeared in over 100 films, such as MIDNIGHT, MY UNCLE JOHN IS A ZOMBIE (with fellow Guest John Russo), FADED MEMORIES, and STRANGE FRIENDS. He also appeared in numerous television series including: THE WALKING DEAD, STRANGER THINGS, HOUSE OF CARDS, and MINDHUNTER!!!!

His first directorial debut was in the faith-based film, A PROMISE TO ASTRID, starring Dean Cain. He went on to direct DESK CLERK, DISPATCHED, MIDNIGHT (2020)–the remake of John Russo’s 1982 iconic slasher; GODSEND, STRANGE FRIENDS and co-directed JOHN LIGHT, JACK JONAH, A CHILD OF THE KING, CORONAVIRUS: PATIENT ZERO, and CORONAVIRUS: PERFECT STORM and several others.

As an author, Gary has written over 20 novels, including the hit vampire series DARKENED, which includes the award-winning books, DARKENED HILLS, DARKENED HOLLOWS, DARKENED WATERS, DARKENED SOULS, DARKENED MINDS, and DARKENED DESTINIES.  His latest thriller, IMPOUND, is a new release.

In 2009, Gary launched Burning Bulb Publishing as a way for unknown authors to collaborate in a co-op environment to help each other explore opportunities and promote their creative endeavors.  This started a long run of new literature and by 2020, Burning Bulb had published over 200 different novels.

Gary also has recorded three musical albums: “100 PERCENT”, “PASSION, PLEASURE, & PAIN”, and “SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD.”

Guest Writer John Russo

With twenty books published internationally and nineteen feature movies in worldwide distribution, John Russo has been called a “living legend.” He began by co-authoring the screenplay for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, which has become recognized as a “horror classic.”

His books on the art and craft of movie making, such as HOW TO MAKE EXCITING MONEY MAKING MOVIES,  have become bibles of independent production. Quentin Tarantino and many other noted filmmakers have stated that Russo’s books helped them launch their careers.

John Russo wants people to know he’s “just a nice guy who likes to scare people” — and he’s done it with novels and films such as RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, MIDNIGHT, THE MAJORETTES, THE AWAKENING and HEARTSTOPPER. He has had a long, rewarding career, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Recently his screenplay for ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD was made into a five-part comic book released by Avatar to great acclaim; it made the Top Ten of Horror Comics nationally and spawned two graphic novels and ten sequels.

Russo’s latest novel DEALEY PLAZA was published by Burning Bulb Publishing, which has also published Russo’s novels THE ACADEMY, THE AWAKENING, THE BOOBY HATCH, LIMB TO LIMB, LIVING THINGS and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. His short story Channel 666 appears in THE BIG BOOK OF BIZARRO and John was a contributing editor on the Burning Bulb hit anthology RISE OF THE DEAD.

He is also slated to direct two movies: a remake of his cult hit, MIDNIGHT, and a brand new take on the “zombie phenomenon” entitled SPAWN OF THE DEAD.

His popularity among genre fans remains at a high pitch. He appears at many movie conventions each year as a featured guest, and he considers his appearance at the Orion Festival, hosted by Kirk Hammett and METALLICA, one of the highlights of his career.

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