Skirmisher Game Development Group


Michael O. Varhola

Michael O. Varhola is a writer who has authored or co-authored 34 books and games — including Ghosthunting San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country, the swords-and-sorcery novel Swords of Kos: Necropolis, and two fantasy writers guides — and who has published more than 120 games and related publications. He is the founder of game company Skirmisher Publishing LLC, editor-in-chief of d-Infinity game magazine (, and editor of the America's Haunted Road Trip series of travel guides. He has edited, published, or written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, is a combat veteran who served eight years in the U.S. Army, and lives in the Hill Country north of San Antonio, Texas. He also has an active online presence, notably through Facebook ( and a variety of other blogs, forums, and sites.


Brenda Cass

Brenda Cass is a software developer, data scientist, and game developer. She is an owner of Skirmisher Publishing LLC, and is responsible for the company's technical capabilities. She is developer and designer for the Little Orc Wars video and miniatures game franchise, coauthor of the Swords of Kos fantasy campaign setting, and resident 3D printing wizard. She is currently in development with the Swords of Infinity universal role-playing game system, and runs d-Infinity Online ( You can catch her live playtest sessions every Monday at


Clint Staples

Clint Staples is a game developer and professional miniatures sculptor. He is the primary author of the upcoming "Ragnarok" series of games, and the successful "Mythos Society Guide to New England". His musing on the Runequest RPG may be found on d-Infinity every Thursday. When not exploring the wilds of and around Winnipeg, he pursues his interest in the medieval and ancient world.


William T. Thrasher

William T. Thrasher is an author, illustrator, and game designer living in the state capital of Frankfort, Kentucky. He currently writes and illustrates for Skirmisher Publishing LLC and is the author of too many Cthulhu Live scenarios to count.  When not writing or drawing, William volunteers at the Franklin County Humane Society.


Chris Van Deelen

Chris Van Deelen is the author of the Skirmisher Publishing LLC sourcebook Creatures of the Tropical Wastes sourcebook and co-author of its Wisdom from the Wastelands post-apocalyptic game supplement. He is also a devout father and family man, a practicing martial artist, and overall one hell of a nerd!


Jesse Roy

Jesse Roy is a chemical engineer, game designer, terrible illustrator, and an enthusiastic storyteller. He principally helps with playtesting, and is able to approach games equally well from a technical standpoint as he is from an enjoyment perspective. Currently, Jesse is developing a tactical tabletop miniatures game, "Price of Glory," as well as the campaign setting for the world that the game takes place in.


Ollie Cass

Skirmisher’s Vice President of Business Development is a 28 year Army veteran who retired as a Colonel in 2013. Ollie was deployed around the world during his career, to include Iraq and Afghanistan. Ollie continues to serve his country as a diplomat currently stationed in Canada. Ollie began gaming in 1980/81 during the birth of table top fantasy gaming. Ollie joined the Skirmisher team from its inception in 2001, and also is also the author of "USSMC FM 7-22: Space Boarding Operations".


Robert "Mac" McLaughlin

Mac Mclaughlin is an owner of Skirmisher Publishing and president of the successful Florida based live events production company, MindGame Productions. He is a four year Army veteran and author of several acclaimed Skirmisher games, to include the Cthulhu Live 3rd Edition LARP, and Chevauchee miniatures games. 


Sam Slusky

Sam Slusky is an Aeronautical engineer working for your least favorite big airline. When he's not alternatively saving and ruining your next big vacation, Sam enjoys playing video games, reading, and whatever his wife tells him to enjoy. Sam enjoys game development from a mechanical, competitive, and gameplay feel aspect, he's currently helping playtest and develop Swords of Infinity with Skirmisher.