Mike has participated in various aspects of the role playing game industry for the past decade. Besides authoring the Victorious RPG, he was the founder of the dragonsfoot.org’s gaming e-zine Footprints as well as writing a campaign setting (DF11 Guide to the Realms of Aedenne) offered on the site.
Mike was also a contributor to Troll Lord Games’ Castles & Crusades fantasy RPG, in all three of the core hardbacks (Players Handbook, Monsters & Treasures, and Castle Keepers Guide), authoring two modules (U1 Shadows of the Halfling Hall and U2 Verdant Rage) as well as the first edition of the Castellan’s Guide to Arms & Armor.
He also worked with Gary Gygax from 2006 to 2008 on various C&C and Lejendary Adventure products such as Castle Zagyg Volume One:Yggsburgh and Essential Places.
Currently Mike is a host on the Save for Half Podcast, a show about old-school RPGs and the modern games inspired by them, which is now entering its second year of production. Prior to that he was one of the founding hosts of the Save or Die Podcast, a show focused on OD&D and the Basic/Expert boxed sets.
When he is not developing games or recording podcasts Mike is writing short stories set in the Victorious RPG world, such as To Catch a Unicorn published by Dark Oak Press in their second Capes and Clockwork anthology and Top 10 finalist in the 2016 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll for Best Steampunk Short Story. He is also at work on a full-length YA novel featuring zombies in the deep south.
Mike is a professor of history with degrees in both European and American History, emphasizing the Victorian era and both World Wars.