Shawn “The Mad Wizard” Merwin has been designing and editing for the roleplaying game industry for over 15 years and over 2 million words of content. His Dungeons & Dragons work has ranged from 3rd to 5th edition, showing up in sourcebooks, adventures, articles, and Organized Play administration. Shawn has been a driving force in several Organized Play programs across the industry.  In addition, he has written material for Kobold Press, Goodman Games, Mongoose Publishing, Kenzer & Co., and many more. Shawn is the Lead Editor and a Designer with Encoded Designs, helping to guide their assorted games, adventures, and other products. For the last few years, Shawn has been the co-host of the Down With D&D podcast where he discusses rules, adventures, and the newest releases for the World’s Oldest Role Playing Game.  This year, the “Mad Wizard” received the lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Winter Fantasy for his work with Adventures League.

You can follow him on Twitter @shawnmerwin. @encodeddesigns, @downwithdnd  or see the mad wizards Menagerie on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/encodeddesigns/overview