About

About GM John Welker
John Welker has been involved with role-playing games since the 1970s, with over 40 years in the field. John is a Professional Role-Playing Game Master, Vice-President of RPG Research, Founder of Spokane Area Gaming Alliance, with decades of organized play and convention experience. John is available as your game master for one-shots and campaigns, for special events, parties, or even just a regular fun group.
John can provide games through online services, or in-person within the following locations:
  • Up to 30 miles from Spokane - main service area, no additional travel fees.
  • 30 to 100 miles from Spokane - extended service area, $30 travel fee.
  • 100+ by special arrangement only, additional travel fees may apply.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

  • Retired United States Army Reserves 21 June 2006
  • Last Deployed 27 January 2003 - 02 July 2004
  • United States Army Reserves - 02 February 2001 - 21 June 2006
  • United States Army (Active Duty) - 23 August 1989 - 02 February 2001
  • United States Army Reserves - 26 April 1985 - 22 August 1989 

ROLE-PLAYING EXPERIENCE

"I started role-playing with Dungeons & Dragons in 1979. Since then I have played various gaming systems to include Shadow Run, World of Darkness, Battle Tech, Doctor Who, DC Heroes, Marvel Superheroes, Top Secret, Call of
Cthullu, Star Frontiers, Gurps, Toon, and many more. Live action role-playing experience includes, Amtgard, Society for Creative Anachronism, World of Darkness and True Dungeon.

I joined the RPGA in 2000 at my first GenCon and Pathfinder Society in 2012. I was a Wizards of the Coast Delegate for two years. I was the D&D Adventures League Local Coordinator for the Spokane and Eastern Washington.
I am currently the D&D tournament organizer for Uncle's Games. In addition to running games in stores I have run games at multiple conventions to include SpoCon, Rad Con, and Winter Fantasy, with the highlight being the
D&D Open Tournament at GenCon 2004 and 2005.

I am founder of Spokane Area Gaming Alliance (S.A.G.A) a not for profit organization that organizes and runs tabletop games for stores, conventions like World Con (Sasquan 2015), and charities like Extra Life (Children's
Miracle Network Hospitals)."

In 1979 my grandmother gave me Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set featuring
the module B2 The Keep on the Borderlands and I have been a Dungeon
Master ever since. I played and run games across many genres to
include Shadow Run, World of Darkness, Battle Tech, Doctor Who, DC
Heroes, Marvel Superheroes, Top Secret, Call of Cthulhu, Star
Frontiers, GURPS, Toon, No Thank You evil, The One Ring RPG,
Adventures in Middle Earth, Star Wars and many more. Live action
role-playing experience includes, Amtgard, World of Darkness, True
Dungeon and even though it’s not considered a LARP Society for
Creative Anachronism.

I joined the Role Playing Game Association (RPGA) in 2000 at my first
GenCon and Pathfinder Society in 2012. I was a Wizards of the Coast
Delegate from 2005 to 2008. I was a Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers
League Local Coordinator from 2014 to 2016. I am currently the
Vice-President of RPG Research, the founder of Spokane Area Gaming
Alliance (SAGA), the Vice-chair of gaming for SpoCon, and a Tournament
Organizer for Uncle’s games in Spokane Valley.

In addition to running games for multiple stores, I have run games for
a few charities such as Extra Life (Children's Miracle Network
Hospitals) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp. I have
run games at multiple conventions to include (in no particular order)
SpoCon, Rad Con, Fan Nexus, Pac Con, Lilac City Comicon, ZOECon and
Winter Fantasy, with the highlight being the D&D Open Tournament at
GenCon 2004 and 2005. In 2015 I was the Head of gaming for the 73rd
World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Sasquan.
After which I formed SAGA to support tabletop gaming for stores,
conventions and charities.