EMILY CARE BOSS
Emily is one of the foundational figures of the indie RPGs movement, a pioneer in expanding RPGs to several lesser-explored genres (romance, relationship games) and formats (specific numbers of players, Nordic-style larp, structured freeform). Her Three Quick Games about the Human Heart series is legendary, and the stuff that she's currently working on continues to push boundaries.
Emily first became a good friend and peer designer through regular exchanges of people and games between Boston and her home region of Western Mass, particularly though the JiffyCon series of small weekend meetups that she helped organize. We also used to trade playtests of experimental freeform games, back when that was a less developed format in tabletop.