About the Convention

Four score and a few months ago, a few friends decided it would be a "dam" good idea to run a gaming convention in The Dalles, Oregon. Why did we think this? Well, we are Crazy Gamers™ of course! Thus the idea of WagonCon was born. Since then we have had a few board members come and go but the desire to showcase gaming in the beautiful Columbia Gorge lives on.


We really do hope (please, really please!) that all of you will join us for our next WagonCon event!

WagonCon: Two and a half days of Role-Playing Games, Board Games, Miniature War Games and Collectible Card Games.

Camp Wagoncon:Two days of gaming out in the wilds!


About Us

Aaron Bowman (aka Master Blaster)

Aaron Bowman enjoys romantic walks on the beach, fine dining, and playing RPGs with friends. He's been gaming religiously since 1990, and counts anything from the Savage Worlds line, Motobushido, Horror Rules, Monster Hearts, and the D&D Eberron campaign setting amongst his favourite games. Besides RPGs, his other passion is miniature wargaming -- he enjoys Bolt Action, Warhammer 40K, and Mordheim.
Aaron loves gaming conventions, such as GameStorm and Tacticon, and is excited to be involved in the inaugural WagonCon, and bringing it to his home town of The Dalles.


Denise Harwood (aka The Iron GM)

Denise Harwood has loved games since she could use a computer or shuffle a pack of cards and has been addicted to Dungeons and Dragons in particular since 1993, when she first saw a 2nd edition character sheet. She has played many other systems, spent time in MMOs and hours over board games, but Dungeons and Dragons remains the place she calls home. She currently runs 5th edition Adventurer's League games as often as her husband will let her at the local gaming shop.


Jonathan Chiaravalle (aka Dwarven Holy Man)

Jonathan Chiaravalle has been playing RPGs since 1986 when he snuck the D&D red box set into his house (his father thought it was Satanic) and was rolling dice under the blankets illuminated by his electric torch.  In 1988 he came out from under the sheets and has played a variety of RPGS since then including: D&D, Pathfinder, Exalted, Gamma World, Shadowrun, Savage Worlds, Godbound, Mutants & Masterminds, 7th Sea and many others.  Once called a "Geek Lord" for managing a game store on the east coast, his quest of gaming excellence has brought him to the northwest where he continues to hone his craft of becoming a Master GM and bringing excellent rpgs to the Columbia Gorge.  


Matt Buckley (aka Philosopher of Star Alignment)

Matt Buckley started slaying dice and throwing dragons at the ripe age of 10 years old.  Playing as a Human Wizard in the Basic Red Box D&D set.  Then he was given a copy of the original purple box with dice you filled in with crayon.  History has never recovered.  Now he's a gamer who loves fantasy, sci-fi and urban Gothic horror.  Matt has played D&D, Rifts, Hero's Unlimited, Vampire (Classic and World of Darkness), Savage Worlds and WEG systems to name a few.  Life long gaming has been his escape, passion and drug of choice.  Currently Matt is a Megaversal Ambassador for Palladium Books who has been running Rifts games at various conventions including GameStorm, GenCon and the Palladium Open House.


Sherry Parker (aka Halfling)

Sherry Parker has been an avid gamer most of her life.  She started with classic board games and discovered RPG games, thanks to her brother, in 1989 with the release of 2nd Edition AD&D.  Much of her time at the table has been as the GM and she has run a variety of games, though her current favorites are Legendary Lives and Horror Rules.  All told she has run and played in far more games than we have space to list here with a special place in her heart for all one-book-wonder games.  Additionally, her love of board games has led to a large family collection of board games.  She enjoys attending gaming conventions such as GameStorm and WagonCon, as well as Sci-Fi/Fantasy conventions like Orycon where you can see her show off her costuming skills.