My name is Russ Brown and I have been playing and running Roleplaying Games since grade school, which is about 35 years now. Mostly I have played Dungeons & Dragons and later Pathfinder, but I have tried many other systems at least a few times. I also enjoy board games and especially tabletop miniatures games.
I live in Denver, Colorado.
I have been a fan of Paizo and Pathfinder since Wizards of the Coast released 4th Edition D&D and I found it was not the game for me. I went looking for alternatives and I found Paizo still releasing OGL products. I have been involved with Pathfinder Society since 2010 as a player and event organizer at my friendly local game store. In mid-2014 I became become a Venture Lieutenant for the Denver area. In January 2016 I became the Venture Captain for Colorado–Denver. In May 2016 I GMed my 150th table and became a 5 Star GM for Pathfinder Society.
Around January 2015 I was fortunate enough to make the Top 16 in Paizo’s RPG Superstar 2015 contest. Participating in that contest was a great learning experience and has spurred my interest in roleplaying game design. In February 2017 I resigned as Venture Captain in order to concentrate on Rusted Iron Games..
Rusted Iron Games Products would not be what they are with out the efforts of our regular contributors. Freelance artists, writers and game designers who have worked on multiple projects for us.
Jeremy started gaming with the Blue Box on a neighbors porch, back in the dark ages. He never looked back. He has done artwork for Immersion Studios, Enworld, Rusted Iron Games, Cracked Monocle, Wayfinder, and others, as well as writing for Evil Robot Games, Wayfinder, and was the 2016 winner of Sword for Hire’s Here Be Monsters contest.
Liz blames her brother for all of this. An avid gamer for almost thirty years, Liz Courts has worked on over 70 different RPG products, helped organize the first unofficial PaizoCon, started and headed the Wayfinder fanzine for its first four issues, went on to work for Paizo after being a member of its community for five years, and is now a mostly organic, free range freelancer. Liz also likes art, baking, coffee, and all things ninja, but not always in that order. She is not a werewolf.
Jacob W. Michaels
Jacob W. Michaels has been gaming for more than 30 years, since he was introduced to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the third grade. A newspaper editor in eastern Pennsylvania, he’s had work published by Paizo after finishing in the Top 16 of Paizo’s RPG Superstar in 2012 and 2014. In addition to writing or contributing to several products from Rusted Iron Games, he has published a module, Ironwall Gap Must Hold, with AdventureaWeek.com. A founder of Swords for Hire Development, his work has also appeared in products from Flying Pincushion Games, Jon Brazer Enterprises, Louis Porter Jr. Design, Outland Entertainment, Raging Swan Press, Rogue Genius Games, and in several Wayfinders.
His faithful hound, Holiday, hasn’t inherited his interest in role-playing, but enjoys when her dog friends come over during games. His parents and sister have always been supportive of his hobby, and he appreciates his wife’s encouragement, even if her reaction to watching her first (and only) gaming session was “there are some things you can never unsee.”
He can be contacted through his profile on Paizo.com, where you can also find a full list of his credits.
Mike Welham has been gaming for nearly 40 years after receiving the “Blue Box” for Christmas. A mild-mannered software developer by day, he transforms into a weird gnomish-badger hybrid at night during which he indulges his dark whimsy. He scored a surprising win in Paizo’s RPG Superstar contest in 2012 with Doom Comes to Dustpawn, and has published material through Rusted Iron Games, Kobold Press, Legendary Games, Paizo, Purple Duck Games, Raging Swan Press, Rite Publishing, and Rogue Genius Games. He also joined fellow Rusted Iron Games author Jacob Michaels on the Swords for Hire Development team.