Meet the GMs

Emerald City Game Masters Guild is a collective of carefully vetted, professional tabletop Game Masters based in the Seattle metro area. All of us utilize safety tools at our tables, whether virtual or in-person, and are beholden to the Guild’s Code of Conduct. Please explore our bios to understand each of our approaches to the role!

Private / Corporate Games

Kids' Club

West Marches

Allison Smith (she/her)

Stats:

STR: 13 | DEX: 11 | CON: 13 | INT: 16 | WIS: 18 | CHA: 14

Proficiencies:

Adapting Books and Movies into One-Shots/Campaign Settings, Improvisation, Weaving Scenes, Setting Up Players for High Stakes Adventure

Bio:

AJ was introduced to D&D about 10 years ago but only started running games relatively recently, when she translated the Tortall Universe from Tamora Pierce’s novels into a home campaign. She prefers narrative interest and logic to strict rules and creating scenarios that keep all her players eager to open the next door. Don’t forget to check for traps.

Davey Oil (he/him)

Stats:

STR: 8 | DEX: 7 | CON: 9 | INT: 16 | WIS: 17 | CHA: 19

Proficiencies:

Collaborative Storytelling, Improv, Inclusive Gaming, Teaching New Players and GMs, Gaming with Kids, Minimalist GMing, Freewheeling Adventure

(Genre specialties: Surrealism, Horror, Humor, Fantasy)

Bio:

Davey Oil is a teacher, activist, bike shop owner, queer nerd, and father of two. He is committed to welcoming new players into tabletop roleplaying. He works to build inclusive and anti-oppressive spaces for marginalized folks to gather and play games.

As a GM, Davey works in a style he calls the “Rule of Cool School.” The “Rule of Cool” reminds us to focus not on the rules and stats of the game, but on the fun we make together, exploring, adventuring and developing interesting characters. The “School” reminds us that we are all on a learning journey, newbies and old pros alike!

Doug Johnson (he/him)

Stats:

STR: 15 | DEX: 13 | CON: 14 | INT: 10 | WIS: 13 | CHA: 14

Proficiencies:

“Yes, and…”, Needle Drops, Humor and High Stakes, Audio/Digital Accompaniment, Outrageous NPCs

Bio:

Doug has been steeped in Science Fiction/Fantasy since he was a young lad. He first got the itch for RPGs by playing D&D 3.5 while camping with his Boy Scout Troop. Using a custom soundtrack to heighten the experience, he strives for full immersion gaming whenever he is at the table. Expect big laughs, story driven by the players, and expertly-timed needle drops. Flexibility is king in his court.

Ian Bond (he/him)

Stats:

STR: 14 | DEX: 14 | CON: 14 | INT: 14 | WIS: 14 | CHA: 14

Proficiencies:

Collaborative World-Building, Team Storytelling, Character-Driven stories, Trope Reversals and Inclusive Narratives, Working with Young/New Players, and Damn Good Times.

Bio:

Ian is a Seattle-based actor, fight director, intimacy director, and board game connoisseur (having worked for more than five years at Blue Highway Games). His expansive knowledge of theatre, comics, sci-fi/fantasy books and movies, and board games, combined with his love of inclusive narratives that bend toward justice, grittiness, and character growth provide the foundation for his parties’ epic tales. As a GM, Ian encourages a fast and loose style where player experience supercedes rules. Rules are there to help us craft an exciting adventure together. The best stories we tell are those told collaboratively because no one individual could have come up with them.

Jason Drew Panzer (he/him)

Stats:

STR: 12 | DEX: 10 | CON: 15 | INT: 16 | WIS: 8 | CHA: 14

Proficiencies:

Improvisation, Storytelling, Puns!

Bio:

Jason has been playing tabletop RPGs since cargo pants were a fashion choice, and he has yet to find a better way to get people telling stories together. He favors improvisation over rulesets and storytelling over mechanics. The only two rules at his table are “play your character” and “have fun.” He is most familiar with 5e and the Powered by the Apocalypse games. Stay awhile, and listen!

Josh Tumblin (he/him)

Stats:

STR: 8 | DEX: 12 | CON: 10 | INT: 14 | WIS: 18 | CHA: 16

Proficiencies:

Improvisation, Memorable Characters, Onboarding New Players

Bio:

Josh has been playing role-playing games for nearly two decades. A jack-of-all-trades when it comes to Game Mastering (Game Mastery?), he spends much of his time exploring the outer reaches of the tabletop RPG space beyond D&D, including zombies, superheroes, and professional wrestlers. At his tables, fun is number one, and he’s ready to provide whatever your group is looking for from a game, especially if it’s something new.

Nikki Silveira (she/her)

Stats:

STR: 12 | DEX: 10 | CON: 10 | INT: 14 | WIS: 17 | CHA: 18

Proficiencies:

Teacher Voice, Character Creation, Online Gaming, Working with New Players, Crying in Character

Bio:

Nikki is a teacher, trekkie, LGBTQ+ activist, pop culture geek, and karaoke connoisseur. Although she’s been a life-long lover of fantasy RPGs via computer and gaming consoles, she didn’t get into tabletop RPGs until about five years ago. Once a student’s parent (and fellow geeky teacher) asked what it’s like game mastering; to which Nikki replied, “A lot like teaching third graders, really.” It’s about being prepared, flexibility, knowing when to enforce the rules and when they can slide, ability to foresee what might happen next (and to roll with it when you cannot), knowing all of the things, and funny voices.

Rebecca A. Demarest (she/her)

Stats:

STR: 12 | DEX: 18 | CON: 8 | INT: 16 | WIS: 15 | CHA: 16

Proficiencies:

Fiction (Science Fiction and Fantasy), Nerd Lore, Improvisational Adaptation to Questionable Player Choices

Bio:

Rebecca A. Demarest is a journeyman Dungeon Master specializing in Dungeons and Dragons 5e. She runs a table focused on epic storytelling rather than strict interpretation of the rules; you tell her what you want to accomplish and she will find a way for you to roll for it. Her nerdoms include, but are not limited to, Star Trek/Wars/Gate, Portal, Zelda, Tortall/Winding Circle, Dresden Files, World Mythology and Lore, Fairy Tales, and Oz (the Wizard, and all 14 others).

Sarra Scherb (she/her)

Stats:

STR: 14 | DEX: 12 | CON: 8 | INT: 15 | WIS: 10 | CHA: 16

Proficiencies:

Unique and Memorable NPCs, Improv and Role-Playing, Finding Ways to Help You Get Your Big Moment, Painfully Bad Puns

Bio:

Sarra prioritizes satisfying narrative and memorable moments over strictly following the rules. Her games incorporate record-scratching reveals, weird and wacky NPC encounters, surprising settings, and homebrewed hybrids. Get into character, heat up your dice, and expect the unexpected: this party’s just getting started.

Gary Thomson (he/him)

Stats:

STR: 11 | DEX: 13 | CON: 10 | INT: 17 | WIS: 8 | CHA: 15

Proficiencies:

Storytelling, Flexbility, Fun, Humor, Overthinking Everything, Animal Handling

Bio:

Gary is a fantasy/sci-fi writer based in Seattle, WA. He has played games his entire life, enjoying gathering with friends and family to laugh, challenge each other, and grow closer. Gary started DM’ing D&D 5e when his son caught the D&D bug and needed a DM. It stuck and kept growing until, two years later, Gary was running several after school programs a week and half-day camps over the summer. Gary enjoys crafting rich worlds, surprising challenges, and epic adversaries. He is well-versed in D&D 5e, Dungeon World, and Epyllion and is always looking into new games and game mechanics that he and his players might enjoy.
 
Gary believes rules are meant to be followed, but not at the expense of story, heroics, or fun.

Chad Breeden (he/him)

Stats:

STR: 11 | DEX: 11 | CON: 11 | INT: 11 | WIS: 11 | CHA: 11

Proficiencies:

Upending Expectations; Tying Players to the World via Relationships, Items, and Consequences; Mashing Up Settings, Themes, and Genres; Establishing High Stakes for Bad Jokes; Creating Puzzles; Pulling the Rug Out from Under Players; Adapting When the Players Pull the Rug Out from Under Him; Asking for Skill Checks with Alternate Ability Scores; Cleaning the Tops of Refrigerators

Bio:

Chad had been interested in D&D for years before he finally thought, “Maybe I should just run a game?” during grad school. A decade later, he’s still GMing, walking the tightrope balance between crunch and fluff. He loves to run a variety of games, including but not limited to D&D 5e (especially Eberron), Numenera, Call of Cthulhu, Genesys (especially Star Wars: Edge of the Empire), and a silly prehistoric, speech-limited game he’s revamped called ‘Og’. Chad has always considered role-playing an exercise in empathy, and loves seeing how he can respond to players when they take a path forward no one was expecting.

Davell Toles (they/she/he)

Stats:

STR: 12 | DEX: 8 | CON: 16 | INT: 10 | WIS: 14 | CHA: 20

Proficiencies:

Voice Acting, Dramatics!, Descriptions, Creative Combat, Finding Loose Change

Bio:

Dee is a Voice Actor, Musician, and Streamer. Having spent a decade and a half reading and consuming Fantasy, Sci-fi and Eldritch Novels, the translation to telling their own stories through the medium of Tabletop was a short leap! Dee has toyed with a myriad of systems and is always excited to tell new stories with anyone willing to roll the dice.

Quinton Chastain (he/him)

Stats:

STR: 9 | DEX: 9 | CON: 10 | INT: 15 | WIS: 12 | CHA: 15

Proficiencies:

Gritty Realism, Mouthwatering Culinary Descriptions, Improvisation, Fantasy Cartography, Moustache Twirling

Bio:

Quinton (“Q”) first began playing D&D and other RPGs when a friend inherited a collection of their father’s AD&D modules and rule books. In the basement of a house on the rain-swept shores of the straits forming the border with the Dominion of Canada, ancient tales were lived, riddles solved, monsters slain, villains thwarted, and heroes felled… all while studying Theatre and Journalism at the local community college. In the nearly two decades since, Quinton has worked as a chef up and down the Pacific Coast. His hobbies include bicycling, gardening, brewing, and baking. He shares his adventures with his two dogs, Ripley and Dax, and a lovely, supportive partner, Michelle. “You must be the DM you wish to see in the world.”