Sea Dog Game Studios (SDGS) was created to make innovative products of interest to geeks and gamers. We specialize in unique games and accessories hand crafted and designed by us out of our small studio in Dublin Ohio, USA. We also specialize in open world games that allow the gamer the freedom to explore and game in several different styles.
Founded in 2005 by Brian Carnes, SDGS first released Sailpower: Fun Scale Combat in the Age of Sail, a large scale sailing ship game, and began to make a showing at various conventions where Brian and his crew worked to make the most impressive large scale games possible.
In 2009 Sea Dog Studios purchased the well received 26 year old renaissance pewter line from Brian’s family. This had previously been sold almost exclusively at Renaissance fairs under the name “Lizards Wizards and Ringz.” As re imagined, the line is being sold under the Lizards Wizards product name as a product line for Sea Dog’s new pewter brand Valkyrie pewter. It is sold not only at ren fairs, but also at conventions. Brian rightly envisioned that the Renaissance fantasy jewelry business was of great interest to his fellow geeks and gamers!
In 2010 SDGS launched a new game called TechCommander. This is a sci fi action game that not only draws inspiration from the pages of science and technology journals and the latest thinking about high tech warfare, but from another geeky passion, the video game. Originally planned for a quiet couple years of testing, the deathmatch became a very popular convention game wherever it was played.
in 2013 SDGS debuted the second edition of Sailpower via a successful Kickstarter campaign. We also launched a line a of modular terrain, and terrain bits.
The core of SDGS is creative people who believe that we can still make things that are unique, and not part of the big corporate franchised machine. It is a labor of love to make that happen. Our products are created by many of the people you can meet running the games at the shows (just ask them!). We make them mostly by hand and hope to provide original products and new ideas to fellow geeks and Renaissance fans!
Brian Carnes is a long time fan of all things geeky, historical, or high technology. As a child his two main passions were drawing old sailing ships, and drawing cutaway rockets and airplanes. With a passion for technology, Brian has worked as an IT professional for over 12 years, but also has attended and or volunteered at conventions for gaming or sci-fi. He also has worked at his family’s booth at the Ohio Renaissance festival selling pewter. Most of Brian’s family is creative in some way with passions ranging from fine art to jewelry to ceramics and beyond. Content previously to build geeky things and write mainly as a hobby, in 2007 Brian had a revival of his family’s art business passion with his cousin Sarah. He began casting sailing ships to go with his age of sail game and looking for fellow creatives to bring SDGS to life!
Other Sea Dog Game Studios Personalities, Collaborators, and Retail partners
These are folks that you might meet at conventions or shows that are involved with making Sea Dog Game Studios fun and creative. Many of these folks are volunteers and all of them are most helpful in bringing great experiences to people at conventions and fairs.
Catherine “Tyger” Oberting
Cat is our resident shop mom, keeping everyone straight and applying her attention to detail to quality control, the new and improved masting, and to welding for the pewter line. Cat’s geeky interests include being a fan of Zelda, anime, and fantasy literature
Dave “Captain Cannon, Redbeard, The Duck,” Oberting
Dave is a geek with a passion for geek toys and pirates! He grew up playing D and D, building spaceships from legos, and taking robotics classes in high school. Today Dave is a senior GM and play test lead, and helps coordinate GMs at major conventions. In addition he runs SDGS’s molding and casting shop which produces resin ships, TechCommander units, and pewter renaissance jewelery.
Elizabeth “Valkyrie” Carnes
Elizabeth is the SDGS business manager. Also known to Brian as “the wife,” Elizabeth is a life long trekker, sci fi geek and bookworm. She enjoys going to Renaissance fairs and various conventions. She manages SDGS’s Ohio Renaissance shop, and handles all those crazy book-keeping things her crazy husband is too busy to keep up with.
Ed “The Pirate” Wedig
Ed is our Graphics Designer, Volunteer and Event Coordinator, Senior Sailpower GM, Webmaster, Kickstarter coordinator, and all around awesome gamer geek extraordinaire. After seeing Ed’s passion for other games, we asked him to give Sailpower a try and we have enjoyed his hard work and professionalism ever since! Check out Ed’s awesome Portfolio.
John is currently the lead TechCommander GM for Origins, and a passionate TechCommander fan and board game collector. When not fragging noobs or scoring skulls he can be found driving buses about campus.
Josh “Major Disaster” Potter
Josh is from Moorehead Kentucky, where gaming is a somewhat new pursuit. Josh works as a electrical contractor in the area, and in his spare time builds awesome gaming terrain. You might recognize his work at various SDGS events including the space cargo ship, the drop-ship, and many of the buildings. Josh also enjoys competitive air-soft and might be found at local air-soft haunts in the Ohio-Kentucky area.
Becky is a master modeler, and a long time gamer also helped as proof editor on both the TechCommander and Cogs of Valor projects. She often engages in a bit oh treasure hunting with her customized Sailpower ships or quietly builds up a chip lead in TechCommander!
Our awesome GMs Past and Present (in no particular order)
Dave Hankins, Dave Hannigan, Dee Davis, Josh Epstein, Will Bennedetti, Ann Christy, Paul Neher,Timothy Pertuset,Mike Christensen (also the former SDGS webmaster, and creator of the original Sailpower shipsheet application),Sarah Christensen (A jeweler by trade, Sarah sculpted many of the small parts used in Sailpower kits from wax masters),Chris “Admiral Tang” Neill (TechCommander Beta Senior playtester), Scott “Pinja” Maddy (TechCommander Beta Senior playtester), Brian Mccabe (TechCommander Beta Senior playtester), Christina Titus, Melanie Gerhard, Scott Smith, Ken Head, Cassandra Angel, Jeff Greenwood, Evan Musheno, Christie Seibold, Andrew Beardsley, Carl Racke
Last edited 5-15-14