Meet the New Guys: John Ayers and Josh Bury!

If you haven’t noticed over the past few weeks, there are a couple of new faces here at Professor Beej. The response to the recent call for writers was phenomenal, and I can’t thank you enough for that. We’ve had some fantastic folks show interest in joining up, and it makes me sad we couldn’t field everyone as regulars. (Which isn’t to say we aren’t always looking for guest posts. Because we are!)

That said, though, we were able to find spots for two person-sized nuggets of awesome: John Ayers and Josh Bury.

So without further rambling on my part, let’s get right into getting to know these guys.

John Ayers (@FalconX2)

I’ve known John a long time, and in that time, I’ve come to expect good things from him. Whether it’s tech support, a D&D campaign, political discussions, or a piping hot bowl of zuppa toscana, John doesn’t do half-assed. When I started looking for new writers for the blog, I thought about folks who’d be able to fit the tone and style of the blog, and John’s name immediately popped into my head. I actually approached him about becoming a regular because of how much I always enjoy our in-depth discussions on pop culture and geek media.

And hopefully, you will, too. His article on Parenting and Animal Man made me want to go read comics for the first time in years, and he’s just lucky that I didn’t change his article on H.P. Lovecraft and retitle it to “There’s Love(craft) in the Air Tonight.” I can’t wait to see what else he has in store for us.

Josh Bury (@ThrownGauntlet)

JoshI met Josh initially when I returned to Star Wars: The Old Republic and decided that PvP was going to be my primary focus. After a few Google/Twitter searches, I ran across his old SWTOR blog, Thrown Gauntlet, when I was thinking about being a PvP tank on my Jedi Knight. I watched a few videos and followed the guy up on Twitter.

Turns out, he’s one heck of a nice guy, and when I posted my call for writers, I got an email from Josh. With his new, awesome gig at Darth Hater, he couldn’t very well write for TG anymore. And rather than start a new geek media blog from scratch, he drank the Kool-Aid and became one of my minions a regular here at Professor Beej, where he is writing about such awesomeness as tabletop gaming, board gaming, roleplaying, and pretty much whatever strikes his fancy that isn’t SWTOR.

So if you have a few minutes, mosey on over and check out his articles on tabletop roleplaying and his “System Shock” articles on choosing the right RPG system for your group.

So don’t be shy–say hello to John and Josh! Give them a warm welcome and let them know what a killer job they’re doing.

By B.J. Keeton

B.J. KEETON is a writer, teacher, and runner. When he isn't trying to think of a way to trick Fox into putting Firefly back on the air, he is either writing science fiction, watching an obscene amount of genre television, or looking for new ways to integrate fitness into his geektastic lifestyle. He is also the author of BIRTHRIGHT and co-author of NIMBUS. Both books are available for Amazon Kindle.


  1. Thanks! I was both excited and conflicted when B.J. offered the spot to me. I don’t have a lot of free time on my hands these days that isn’t spent with my wife and son, so I didn’t want to make any commitments to B.J. I couldn’t keep. I respect him to much for that. But I think I can keep the gold flowing for him. For a little while at least.

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