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About Pinnacle Entertainment Group

Pinnacle began in 1994 with Fields of Honor (a historical miniatures game) and The Last Crusade (a collectible World War 2 card game designed by John R. Hopler).

Certainly what we’re best known for is Deadlands, which has now been going strong since 1996.

Deadlands has appeared as a roleplaying game, a miniatures game, a collectible card game, a collectible disk game, and a comic book. The roleplaying game can be found in its original “classic” edition, in the d20 system, and “Reloaded” for our current house system, Savage Worlds. It has also been translated into Steve Jackson Games’ popular GURPs system.

The Current Team

Pinnacle’s staff is spread out all over the world, from the hills of North Carolina to the deserts of Arizona and across the seas to Australia and Great Britain.

Studio2, our warehouse and fulfillment partners, are located in Knoxville, TN. They’re not part of our company, but have been our friends and associates for many years.

Jodi Black
Jodi BlackChief Operations Officer
Jodi likes to brag on her Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity sisters for introducing her to gaming while in college. She remains an active alumna member of Zeta. She is married to Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s Savage Worlds Core Rules Brand Manager, Clint Black. Together they own and operate Carolina Game Tables, making Game Tables for Real Life. You can usually find them at a convention to show off tables, but they’re always happy to talk about Savage Worlds and Pinnacle’s plans!

Jodi Black handles day to day operations for Pinnacle including shipping negotiation, Kickstarters, and managing our ever-increasing team.

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Simon Lucas
Simon LucasProduction Manager
Simon’s been working with Shane and Pinnacle for nearly 20 years as a licensor, licensee, a freelancer, and editor. He ran Pinnacle for a few years, overseeing Deadlands Reloaded, Pirates of the Spanish Main, Solomon Kane, and more.

Simon moved from the UK to the US in 2008 when he starting working on video games, culminating in 7 years working on Neverwinter Online in California. He’s back in Arizona now with his wife and three children, where he rides herd over all Pinnacle products.

As Production Manager he works with the printers to get all the books, boxes, cards, and plastic made on time and on budget. He’s also looking forward to being able to devote some time to writing, specifically for Rippers, his favorite Savage Worlds setting. It’s widely reported that he is never wrong.

Christopher Landauer
Christopher LandauerDirector of Marketing
“Landauer” was born and raised in the great state of Colorado where he co-Manages the Rocky Mountain Savages who are responsible for the #Savage100, the Savage Cruise, and Friday Night Bar Fight®!

Agility is his dump-stat and he would have put more points in Performance if he’d have known that he’d be running PEG’s social media, Twitch stream, and official events like Expedition Deadwood and Hollerween.

As Director of Marketing you’ll see him enthusiastically encouraging you all to increase your Savage Worlds collections!

Aaron Acevedo
Aaron AcevedoArt Director
Aaron is a long-time friend of the company. He freelanced for Deadlands classic, Hell On Earth, Weird Wars, and a slew of Savage Worlds products over the years. We’ve not had him all to ourselves, though—he’s worked on A Song of Ice & Fire, Babylon 5, Call of Cthulhu, L5R, Suzerain, Unknown Armies, Wheel of Time, and World of Darkness properties, among others, and produces art and design for bands, comics, films, and games.

As our Art Director, Aaron is always going to be on the lookout for new artists, cartographers, and designers. If that’s something you’re interested in, send him an e-mail at [email protected] and link your portfolio.

Dr. Amy Bliss Marshall
Dr. Amy Bliss MarshallPresident of Sigil Services
Having abandoned academia for the gaming world, SWADE grabbed Amy from the clutches of despair. As a published author, avid gamer, and general nerd, Amy has expanded the online offerings and created our team of conversion experts working to bring ttrpg games to Virtual Tabletops like Foundry VTT and Roll20. As VTT Director, she leads some of the best people around in building cool things to make players’ lives easier and bring that extra bling to your virtual table.

Outside of gaming – she’s lived all over the US and Japan, can cook or crochet just about anything, and does yoga daily. She is also among the finest meme collectors known to connoisseurs and enjoys bringing a bit of joy to all the peeps on our servers every day, even though she tries to hide as much as possible.

Alida Saxon
Alida SaxonAssistant Art Director
Alida started working with Pinnacle years ago providing cartography and illustration. She’s produced work for Deadlands, Weird War 1, The Last Parsec, Rippers, and a bunch of other Pinnacle properties and continues to do so while assisting Aaron with managing art production for various upcoming projects.

Beyond Pinnacle she has done freelance work for Onyx Path, Catalyst Game Labs, and Savage Mojo – where she is currently serving as their Art Director. In her deep, dark past she got her start in freelancing doing marketing and advertising art for companies with a distinct lack of treasure maps and night horrors.

Clint Black
Clint BlackSavage Worlds Core Rules Guru and Community Manager
Clint Black started as a freelance writer with Pinnacle before 2003, but his activity grew significantly with the advent of Savage Worlds. Clint transitioned from a playtester on the original design team to the creator of one of the first settings (Necessary Evil) to one of the contributors to the core rules with the Explorer’s Edition.
Along the way, he worked on multiple Savage Worlds projects and soon transitioned to the Core Rules Brand Manager. In that capacity, Clint worked on multiple iterations of the core rules, Companions, supplements, and setting books for Savage Worlds. He also serves as Pinnacle’s head forum/Facebook admin and has been the Savage Worlds “Rules Guru” and answer person for years.
John Goff
John GoffDeadlands Noir / Deadlands Dark Ages Brand Manager
John’s association with the Pinnacle gang goes all the way back to the Dark Ages (known today as “the mid-80s”), when he passed much of his free time killing Shane and John Hopler’s characters on a weekly basis in a variety of unique and (at least to him) entertaining ways. Since then, he’s held a fairly unusual mix of jobs, including private detective, fraud investigator, and interrogator for the U.S. military.

For the last decade or so, he’s also been employed as a writer and game designer, both full- and part-time. Although he’s authored, co-authored, or edited over two dozen works for Pinnacle, John is certainly best known for his first solo project, the Dime Novel Night Train. There is no truth to the rumor, however, that John receives a royalty for each player character slain while playing the adventure.

John has been involved with Pinnacle’s forays into miniature rules dating all the way back to the original Great Rail Wars game. He also worked closely with Shane on producing the latest version of the Showdown rules.

Michael Barbeau
Michael BarbeauPathfinder® for Savage Worlds Line Editor
Michael began playing RPGs at a very young age. He’s run tournaments and enjoyed helping people find games they would love while working at a game and comic store. Beginning with a job at Ninja Bee Studios, he playtested video games, tabletop miniature games, and board games.

Michael began work as a freelancer with several miniature projects and RPGs. In his time with Pinnacle, he’s produced an RPG as an ACE licensee, worked closely with a team to produce Pathfinder® for Savage Worlds, managed the Rise of the Runelords conversion, and has other projects in the works.

In his off time, he continues his own games and running RPGs for his friends.

Sean Owen Roberson
Sean Owen RobersonRifts® for Savage Worlds Line Editor
Sean has avidly played tabletop RPGs and wargames since the early ’90s. Sean’s managed a Games Workshop store, volunteered as a missionary overseas, been the Master at Arms of a renaissance festival jousting troupe, and served in US Air Force military intelligence. Sean has degrees in Mandarin Chinese, visual design, and recently earned a BA in game design and production. Before he’d even graduated, Sean was delighted to begin working with Shane and all the great folks at Pinnacle.

Sean led the update of Rifts® to the Savage Worlds Adventure Edition and is the primary writer and designer of multiple books in the series. He coordinates Savage Rifts® development with Kevin Siembieda of Palladium Books and has created adventures for other games, including Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay: Wrath & Glory.

Brian Reeves
Brian ReevesDeveloper
Brian Reeves is a long-time gamer who got his start in 1980 with the original D&D Holmes Basic Set. His first official RPG material were two submissions to Torg’s original Creatures of Aysle book back in 1991. Since then he has written material for GURPS, Dungeons & Dragons, and several titles for Ulisses Spiele’s Torg Eternity. An avid Savage Worlds fan since 2008, he has contributed to licensee properties such as Monster Hunter’s Club, Buccaneer: Through Hell and High Water, and Sigil Entertainment Group, as well as Pinnacle’s Rippers and Deadlands settings. At PEG, his role as a developer involves content writing, editing, and layout for our various lines.

Brian is based out of Vancouver, Washington, where he lives with his wife, daughter, and two hyperactive dogs.

Jessica Rogers
Jessica RogersDeveloper
Jessica’s been playing RPGs since she was a kid in the ’90s. Ever since, gaming has become a huge part of her life. She enjoys connecting with gamers of all types and believes that there should be a place in gaming for everyone.

She joined the Pinnacle family in August of 2019. Under the team’s wings she’s worked on many projects ranging from One Sheets to larger projects like Deadlands: The Weird West. Some of her favorite projects include 50 Fathoms: Fire and Earth, Dawn of Daikaiju, Disaster at Gran Atomica, ETU: Pinebox Perils, Rippers Expedition: South Pacific, Deadlands: Crater Lake Chronicles, and the previously mentioned Deadlands: The Weird West.

Donald Schepis
Donald SchepisDeveloper
Donald Schepis is a career game designer and writer in both digital and physical games. At PEG, he covers a wide range of responsibilities, including design, writing, product management, editing, and running crowdfunding campaigns.
Donald started his career in video games working on kid-friendly mobile games. He worked as both a designer and producer on multiple projects, from designing the puzzle-platformer KnickKnax to managing a team of 13 international developers working on educational games for use in K-6 classrooms.
As a writer, Donald worked on multiple canceled projects in video games, including a VR first-person shooter! He even taught game design and programming at university before he joined the Pinnacle team.
Christine Lapp
Christine LappCustomer Service
Christine Lapp is a lover of dogs, beer, unicorns, and everything table top games! She also enjoys travelling to places that require hiking up hill and mountain trails to see the sights. When not traveling and playing games, she is helping her husband take over the world at Pine Box Entertainment! (She is the Pinky to his Brain.) If you ever see her at a convention or tournament, stop and say hi! She would love to get a game in.
Sara Martinez
Sara MartinezCustomer Service
Sara is a mother of two who likes to play, run, and write RPGs in her brief moments of spare time. She came to Savage Worlds through original Deadlands and has been obsessed ever since. She also likes to dabble in board game design and writing short fiction, so is just an all around word nerd. Sara lives in the Denver, CO, area with her husband and kids (and parents) and loves to go to the local conventions. If you see her, say hi!
Danny James Walsh
Danny James WalshLicensee Manager
Danny started tabletop roleplaying while at University studying rock music, fine wine, and bonfires by castle—and sometimes attending classes for his Philosophy and Classical Studies degree. He has edited for some of the industry’s most respected companies including C7, Onyx Path Publishing, Modiphius, Triple Ace Games, and Third-Eye Games, amongst others.

A long time fan of Savage Worlds, he was brought on by Pinnacle as developer, writer, and editor for Savage Tales of Horror before transitioning to his current position as Licensee Manager.

Alongside his gaming work he is a full-time parent for two little gamers in the making, enjoys board and skirmish games, writing too many songs on guitar to remember how to play them, and all things movie and music related.

Scott Woodard
Scott WoodardWeb Updates and Writer
Originally introduced to roleplaying games thanks to a gifted copy of the Holmes’ blue box edition of Dungeons & Dragons, Scott hasn’t looked back since, believing that RPGs are the “pinnacle” of the tabletop gaming experience!

Career-wise, Scott has worn a number of oddly-shaped hats over the years ranging from practical special effects fabricator and puppeteer for the film industry to TV and radio promo producer, voice actor, author, playwright, and yes, game designer. He is one of only five Americans to have written officially licensed Doctor Who in the form of three audio adventures for Big Finish Productions, he won several awards for his on-air marketing work for the Kids’ WB TV network, and his latest non-fiction book, Cinema and Sorcery, is a massive guide to sword-and-sorcery films from the silent era up to the present day.

Scott’s first project for Pinnacle was proofreading a few chapters of Deadlands Hell on Earth: Reloaded which then led to his editing Deadlands Noir and eventually writing duties on The Sixth Gun and Flash Gordon.

Darrell Hayhurst
Darrell HayhurstDeveloper
Darrell worked in the corporate world before becoming a full time game designer and writer. He worked with Fat Messiah Games, Third Eye Games, Gunmetal Games, and ran the Torg Eternity line for Ulisses Spiele before joining his friends at Pinnacle. His role is line developer: writing content and making sure everything gets done for various Savage Settings.

Darrell works in Tucson, Arizona, and actually enjoys the weather there. (Madness!) He attends various conventions, and is happy to chat with anyone about the past, present, or future of gaming.

Thomas Shook
Thomas ShookLayout Designer
Thomas starting playing RPGs in his early teens. His first endeavors into the game were with the old box sets of D&D. Some of his fondest years of gaming during high school and college were playing Middle Earth Role-playing, Rolemaster and Top Secret/S.I.

He stumbled across Savage Worlds, fell in love with it instantly, and it became his go to system. After several conversations with Shane, Thomas joined Pinnacle as a an editor and layout designer. He has worked on several products including: Lankhmar, Rippers, Weird Wars I, RIFTS®, and several other lines.

In addition to working with Pinnacle Thomas has had the honor of working with other companies in the game industry including Gun Metal Games, Sigil, Modiphius, and GRAmel.

When not working on various projects Thomas enjoys spending time at the beach with his kids after relocating to Australia from the States.

Michelle Hensley
Michelle HensleyBusiness Administration
Michelle handles all the bookkeeping, accounts payable, and taxes for Pinnacle. She’s also a reality check on all our wild ideas. When Michelle isn’t trying to rein in Pinnacle’s finances she’s riding herd over Shane and their two sons, Caden and Ronan.

Virtual Tabletop Team

The Pinnacle Entertainment Group Virtual Tabletop Team works hard to bring Savage Worlds assets to a variety of platforms. Here are the faces behind the pixels:

Joseph Schnurr
Joseph SchnurrSavage Worlds Nerd, Git-Fu and Regex-Fu certified
John Stevens
John StevensTeam Lead, Epic Canadian troll
Jon Odishoo
Jon OdishooGraphic Designer - Website and VTT Conversion
Rich
RichSWADE Sheet Lead Developer Roll20
Florian Radlberger
Florian RadlbergerFoundry VTT SWADE Sheet Lead
Josh Olsen
Josh OlsenCSS Wizard
Jeremy Puckett
Jeremy PuckettRoll20 and FVTT Tech and QA Champ

Shane Lacy Hensley – President

Shane and Michelle Hensley owned a game and comics store called Fun ‘n Games in Blacksburg, VA, while they attended school at Virginia Tech. During that time, Shane wrote for every major gaming company, including TSR, White Wolf, and West End Games, among many others.

In 1994, Shane started Pinnacle Entertainment Group, where he created the best-selling, award-winning Deadlands, Hell on Earth, Weird Wars, and later Savage Worlds and many of its settings. Since then he’s written dozens of books and several novels, and designed everything from card games to miniature games to computer games.

In 2004, Shane joined Cryptic Studios as a designer on City of Villains, the sequel to the smash-hit City of Heroes Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG). Shane enjoyed several wonderful years at Cryptic before moving to Arizona to become Studio Head for Superstition Studios where he was making an MMORPG based on Deadlands.

Deadlands was unfortunately cancelled when the parent company folded, but Shane went on to create a colorful casual game called “Zombie Pirates.” He then returned to his friends at Cryptic Studios where he served as the Executive Producer of the new Dungeons & Dragons game, Neverwinter. From there he moved on to Petroglyph Games in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is currently the Executive Producer for End of Nations.

Shane still runs Pinnacle with the help of many talented freelancers and partners. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his wife Michelle, their two incredible sons, Caden and Ronan Hensley, and far too many pets. He has a double-BA in History and Political Science, and an MA in Special Operations & Low Intensity Conflicts.

Shane’s Credits include:

Novels, Fiction, and Comics
Deadlands: The Cackler Graphic Novel (Pinnacle)
Sole Survivor (West End Games)
Blood of Tarrian (West End Games)
Darkfall (HarperCollins)
Dead End(West End Games)
Prisons (White Wolf Studios)
Reaching for the Stars (West End Games)
The Trilogy With No Name (Pinnacle)
Deadlands Noir; Tenement Men (Pinnacle)
The Last Parsec: The Searchers (Wendigo Tales / Pinnacle)
Necessarily Evil: Fallen (Wendigo Tales / Pinnacle)
Weird Wars Rome: Without Fear (Wendigo Tales / Pinnacle)
Texter (Amazon)

Major Licensed RPG and CCG Work
Torg Eternity (Ulisses Spiele)
Army of Darkness Roleplaying Game (Eden/MGM)
Killer Instinct Collectible Card Game (Topps/Nintendo)
X-Files Collectible Card Game (Topps/Fox) (Unpublished)
Star Wars: Secrets of the Sisar Run Roleplaying Game (West End Games)
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (Fantasy Flight Games)

Computer Games
Unnamed Project (Exec Creative Director / Daybreak Studios)
Neverwinter MMO (Exec Producer / Cryptic Studios & Perfect World)
End of Nations (Exec Producer / Petroglyph Games & Trion Worlds)
Zombie Pirates (Studio Head / Dust Devil)
VP of Product Development (Fire
Deadlands MMO (Studio Head / Cheyenne Mountain)
City of Heroes / City of Villains (Writer and Designer / Cryptic Studios)
Marvel Universe Online (Writer and Designer / Cryptic Studios)
Thunderscape (Designer / SSI)
Entomorph (Designer / SSI)
Panzer General (Designer SSI)
Operation: Watershed! (Designer / 4-H/USDA)

Roleplaying Games
City by the Silt Sea (TSR/Hasbro)
Nightmare Lands (TSR/Hasbro)
Earth, Fire, Water, & Air (TSR/Hasbro)
Ravenloft Monstrous Compendium II (TSR/Hasbro)
Terror in the Skies (FASA)
Humans (FASA)
Temple of Rec Stalek (West End Games)
When Axioms Collide (West End Games)
Techbook: Ships (West End Games)
Crosshairs (West End Games)
The World of Aden (West End Games)
Campaign Chronicles (West End Games)
A Fist Full of Zombies (Eden/MGM)
Warhammer 3rd Edition Game Master’s Toolkit

Collectible Card Games
The Last Crusade (Pinnacle/Chameleon Eclectic)
The Last Crusade: The Russian Front (Pinnacle)
Deadlands Lost Colony: Showdown (Pinnacle)

Miniature Games
The Great Rail Wars (Pinnacle)
Rippers (Pinnacle)
Fields of Honor (Pinnacle)
Fields of Honor: The American War For Independence
Conan: Rise of Monsters (Pulposaurus)

Pinnacle Products Personally Written or Developed
The Last Crusade (Producer)
Fields of Honor
Fields of Honor Fields of Honor:The American War for Independence
Deadlands: the Weird West
The Quick & the Dead
Deadlands Players Guide
Deadlands Marshal’s Guide
Hell on Earth
Waste Warriors
The Great Rail Wars
City o’ Gloom
The Last Crusaders
Savage Worlds
Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition
Savage Worlds Deluxe
Evernight
50 Fathoms
50 Fathoms Explorer’s Edition
Rippers (Developer)
Necessary Evil (Developer)
Necessary Evil: Breakout
Deadlands: Reloaded
The Savage World of Solomon Kane (Developer)
Traveller’s Tales – The Gottleib Horror
Weird Wars: Weird War Two (For Savage Worlds, with Mike Montesa)
Numerous One Sheets
Deadlands Noir: Old Absinthe House Blues
Deadlands Noir: Companion
Savage Worlds Fantasy Companion
Savage Worlds Horror Companion
Savage Worlds Super Companion