Born at a very early age, I’ve been gaming since 1992 or so (with 1st & 2nd ed AD&D… GO THAC0!). I’m super happy to be running a 4th ed game with some amazing people right now. I also DM for the D&D Encounters program at Modern Myths in Northampton, MA.
If you’re looking for me on Facebook, you’ll find me here.
I recently was a contributor on The Tome Show (episode 196, about the Underdark Survival Guide), one of the best D&D podcasts out there.
Here’s my latest gamer bio, published in the program for the 2012 ConBust, a local convention run every Spring at Smith College:
Joe Lastowski is a writing teacher and performer. He has taught writing classes at Barnes & Noble since 2001, been a guest lecturer (in creative writing) at Springfield Technical Community College, and has run other writing workshops at libraries, conventions, and other events as time has allowed. He was hired by Barnes & Noble to do stage magic for the last few Harry Potter book releases, and has done technical assistance and filming for other professional magicians. In his spare time, he does fire performance and burlesque (with the Happy Hour Burlesque troupe). As a gamer, he’s been playing or running a variety of games (tabletop, LARP, play-by-post, etc) since 1992, and currently runs a home D&D game as well as DMing for the D&D Encounters program every Wednesday at Modern Myths in Northampton.
For Conbust 2012 I ran a zombie apocalypse 4e D&D game (“The Spoiled of War”… a Walking-Dead-in-D&D setup that went GREAT!), performed with Happy Hour, ran a creative writing class, and spoke on the following panels: GMing 101, Stage Magic for Storytellers, and Character Building 101.
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