Team Restoration

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JUSTIN JACOBSON

Board Game Necromancer

Justin is an attorney. Damn good one. But mostly he loves games. So, after 20 years in the halls of justice, he gave that all up to start Restoration Games. How’s that going? You can tell the answer by the big grin on his face. Justin lives in South Florida with his wife (a “real” attorney), his two daughters, their dog Shyann (lab-whippet mix), and Laurel the cat (ragdoll). Between Justin and Rob, Justin is definitely the better cook. Game-wise, Justin likes to play all sorts of games from heavy Euros to pure Ameritrash, kids games with the kids, solo games with, well, himself. His favorite game of all time is Robinson Crusoe by Ignacy Trzewiczek, published by Portal Games. (But his second favorite game is Pandemic Legacy: Season 1.) Justin runs the day-to-day operations of Restoration Games, which means that when something goes wrong, it’s his fault. But don’t worry, he’ll fix it!

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ROB DAVIAU

Chief Restoration Officer

Rob is a game designer and has been for 18 years now. As Chief Restoration Officer at Restoration Games, his job is to find old games, fall in love with them again, and then edit and polish them for modern times. This means playing a lot of old games, which is a burden but someone has to do it. Rob lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and kids (although one is going off to college!) and designs original games in addition to restoring old ones. He has a passion for baseball and history, even so far as to have his college degree in Classical Civilizations. Rob has been a professor, copywriter, and PROFESSIONAL COOK, JUSTIN. He cut his teeth on 1st Edition AD&D and never stopped being a gamer.

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JASON TAYLOR

Visual Restoration Wizard

Despite his obvious lack of rhythm Jason is known to rock a nasty air drum solo in the middle of a brainstorm session. This explains the numerous dents on his Wacom pen and pencils. Jason brings that same enthusiasm into all his design and illustration projects. But of all the projects he’s ever worked on, board games are by far his favorite. No other project offers such a large and varying canvas to paint stories onto. His favorite game is a toss-up between Settlers of Catan (when he can convince 2 out of 3 of his kids to play), Heroscape, and Star Wars: Escape From Death Star (1977) (the first board game he ever played). Jason handles all of the art direction and graphic design for us. Basically, he is the guy who makes all of our stuff look amazing. And he has graciously offered to judge the cook-off between Rob and Justin.

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LINDSAY DAVIAU

Production Superhero

Lindsay Daviau began her illustrious career in tabletop games at Hasbro, where she served as graphic designer and art director on projects such as Heroscape, Sorry Sliders, Bop It!, Guess Who, and many more. She began working with Restoration Games to help out during the hectic production schedule on the company’s first three games and quickly revealed herself to be invaluable. As Production Superhero, she not only helps make the games look good, she makes sure they get done right and on time. Just so happens, the company’s CRO, Rob Daviau, is her husband. So she’s officially banned from judging the cook-off. Sorry, that’s just the way it is.

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SUZANNE SHELDON

Master-Of-Fireworks

In the dark drear that is the Internet, Suzanne is a bucketful of sunshine. She is a regular contributor on the Dice Tower Network, including segments on crowdfunding and board game apps, and she is a mainstay on board game twitter (@425suzanne). She has been a vocal advocate for inclusiveness, diversity, and accessibility in the hobby —- core principles of Restoration Games. As Master of Fireworks, she makes sure people take notice of everything we’re doing and that we put on a good show, from our digital face to community outreach to convention presence. As for the cookoff, she has one thing to say: “May the best pie win!”

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noah cohen

Epic-Level Excelomancer

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Brian neff

In-House Time Traveler

Brian got his start in video games but soon realized the tabletop world was for him. Since 2016, he has been melding story and mechanics together to make games come alive. Brian has worked with Restoration Games since 2019 as the In-House Time Traveler, updating games that came out before he was born. His job is to make sure all the rules and story fit into the updated box, in part by shaving off the prickly bits through tons of playtesting. When it comes to the cookoff, as long as he gets to eat good food, he's happy.

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jenn skahen

Chaos Wrangler

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Stephen Baker

Petit General

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ian reed

The Technicolor Wrench

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