Guests of Honor

Each year, Origins invites several notable people in the gaming industry to be Guests of Honor at the show. We love showcasing the positive impact these people have on the hobby!


Designer Guest of Honor - Elisa Teague

For the past 18 years, Elisa Teague has worked in all facets of the Tabletop Game Industry, having a hand in the creation of over 100 games, from design and development to art direction and graphic/packaging design to production management, as well as numerous puzzle projects, events, and books. Her latest games that she designed include many versions Geek Out!, Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk, Lions and Tigers and Bears - Oh My!, and Kingdom Hearts Talisman. She is also a writer for Dungeons and Dragons and other RPG systems, occasionally playing or DMing in livestreams or other special events.

When not designing games (or playing them), she enjoys geeking out about Star Wars and Marvel, cosplaying for fun, hanging out with her cats, collecting vintage clothing, and taking on other nerdy endeavors to feed her never-ending desire to do “everything."

Meet Elisa at these events!

Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk | Wednesday, 1pm - 3pm | 16728
Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk | Friday, 10am - 12pm | 16729
Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk | Saturday, 10am - 12pm | 16730
Geek Out! | Friday, 1pm - 3pm | 16731
Geek Out! | Sunday, 10am - 12pm | 16732
Game Designer Royalties and What to Expect to Earn | Friday, 4pm - 5pm | 16733
RPG Worldbuilding with Gaby Weidling, Rodney Thompson, & Elisa Teague (M) | Saturday, 4pm - 5pm | 16734

Artist Guest of Honor - Lisa Sell

With more than 14 years experience in sculpture, graphic design, and illustration, Lisa Sell is an award-winning artist with a passion for fantasy and science fiction. Her sculpted masquerade masks, fantasy sculptures, and illustrations are published, sold, and collected around the world. A graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design, Lisa is best known for her work in 2 part resin sculpture, along with her graphic design and illustration work for the sportswear industry, tabletop game companies, conventions, and private collectors. In addition to masks and freestanding sculptures, her detail oriented creations include jewelry, figurines, and wall art – all hand sculpted and hand painted from her original designs.

Each year, Lisa explores new mediums and avenues of artistic expression even as she adds to her ongoing lines of masks and figurines. Grateful for the opportunity to be Origins 2019 Artist Guest of Honor, Lisa is excited to return to Columbus to share her artwork and experience with gamers, fans, and their families.

Meet Lisa at these events!

Hall B - Booth 653
Intro to Sculpting Workshop Part 1 | Friday, 8pm - 10pm | Event ID 12819
Intro to Sculpting Workshop Part 2 | Saturday, 8pm - 10pm | Event ID 12821

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Author Guest of Honor - Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70s she worked as an artist’s model and then went into the computer programming field. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.

Meet Mercedes at these events!

Career Expectations: What Can You Expect From a Writing Career? | Thursday, 1pm - 2pm
Reading for Writers: How Important is it for a Writer to be Well-Read? | Thursday, 3pm - 4pm
Mercedes Lackey’s Fantasy Quarterly Magazine | Friday, 1pm - 2pm
Networking: Who Should You be Talking to? And how? | Friday, 3pm - 4pm
Collaboration: Logistics of Collaborative Writing | Saturday, 11am - 12pm
Q&A with Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon | Saturday, 1pm - 2pm
Using Folktales, Legends, and Myths in Your Storytelling | Sunday, 1pm - 2pm

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Author Guest of Honor - Larry Dixon

Larry Dixon is a respected, funny, friendly and completely approachable guy with a diverse and adventurous history. He is a “Player Character,” as he puts it, whose life seems like fiction — but he is completely for real. Educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts during High School, and then at the Savannah College of Art and Design, his story work became as popular as his artwork. He has been an uncredited co-plotter or co-writer for many popular properties, bringing jovial and energetic approaches to collaborative work.

Meet Larry at these events!

Getting Started in RPGs: What’s the First Step? | Thursday, 11am - 12pm
Writing RPG Fiction: The Nuts and Bolts of RPG Writing | Thursday, 2pm - 3pm
Collaboration: Logistics of Collaborative Writing | Saturday, 11am - 12pm
Q&A with Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon | Saturday, 1pm - 2pm
Branding & Marketing Yourself and Your Content | Saturday, 3pm - 4pm