Michelle Lyons-McFarland has been working in roleplaying games since 2000, working in-house on lines such as Shadowrun, BattleTech, and Dungeons and Dragons and freelancing for companies from Green Ronin Publishing to White Wolf/Onyx Path Publishing. She has a particular interest in the overlap between games and education, bringing her two worlds together. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in English literature at Case Western Reserve University with the goal of becoming a professor and game designer — a lofty goal indeed.
Matthew McFarland, also known as BlackHat Matt, has been writing and developing roleplaying games professionally since 1998. Most of the work he has done has been for White Wolf Game Studio (now Onyx Path Publishing), where he contributed to almost all of their game lines (including both incarnations of the World of Darkness). He spent three years as lead developer for the Dark Ages game line, and wrote the Ennie-winning demo chronicles for Vampire: The Requiem and Mage: The Awakening. In 2015, Matt created and developer the newest World of Darkness game, Beast: The Primordial. In Matt's day job, he is a speech-language pathologist for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
In 2012, Matt and Michelle founded Growling Door Games. Their first roleplaying game was the Ennie-nominated curse the darkness, following by the Shakespeare emulator A Tragedy in Five Acts. In 2015, in collaboration with Martin Caron, they published a new edition of the classic investigative horror RPG, Chill.