Monica Valentinelli

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Monica Valentinelli
BornMonica Valentinelli
OccupationFreelance writer
GenreFantasy, role-playing game, horror, science fiction

Monica Valentinelli is an Italian-American game designer, author, essayist, editor, and game developer. She studied at University of Wisconsin–Madison, and holds a B.A. in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis.[citation needed] She started working in the hobby games industry in 2005.[citation needed] She is the author of several roleplaying games and supplements, as well as short stories and essays, and is an anthologist as well. Since 2016 she has been an industry speaker and Guest of Honor at several game conventions.


Monica Valentinelli contributed to All Flesh Must Be Eaten and the Ninja Burger RPG, and also served as Marketing Director for Steve Jackson Games. She rose to prominence as a game designer when Margaret Weis Productions hired her as lead writer and line manager of the Firefly RPG, which was released in 2014.[1] After leaving MVP, Valentinelli was announced by Onyx Path Publishing as the lead designer for the second edition of Hunter: the Vigil.[2]

Aside from her contributions to Roleplaying games, Valentinelli co-edited the anthology, Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling with Jaym Gates.[3] Publishers Weekly described as "both enjoyable to read and an incisive work of commentary on the genre" of speculative fiction.[4] Charles de Lint wrote that he loved the anthology, Upside Down.[5]

Valentinelli was one of the selected Industry Insider speakers for Gen Con 2016, the first time that the convention had majority of women speakers, and she wrote on her blog that she had seen critics falsely describe the list as being composed of indie gaming people, which she felt indicated it was "meant as a slight as it is inconsequential to the opiners. Much like small press or self-published to some, in fiction."[6] She cancelled her Guest of Honor invitation to OdysseyCon in 2017, citing a previous experience of Sexual harassment by OdysseyCon volunteer Jim Frenkel, leading to a discussion of sexual harassment at gaming conventions and more generally in the RPG industry.[7] In 2017 she was Guest of Honor at Ropecon in Finland [8]


  1. ^ "Monica Valentinelli on the difference between the Firefly RPG and the Serenity RPG". Geeknative. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  2. ^ "Light your candles for Hunter the Vigil 2nd Edition". Onyx Path website. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  3. ^ Liptak, Andrew (1 December 2016). "13 science fiction and fantasy books you can't afford to miss this December". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  4. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  5. ^ De Lint, Charles (2017). "Books to Look For". Fantasy & Science Fiction. 132 (5): 80–89 – via EBSCOhost.
  6. ^ Mettler, Katie (2016-05-18). "Gen Con, major gaming convention, has more female than male speakers for the first time ever, making some gamers grumpy". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  7. ^ "Cons Need to Stop Using the "We're Just Fans" Defense When Things Go Terribly Wrong".
  8. ^ "Ropecon guest of honor".