Jeff Goins - President and CEO
Jeff Goins is the founder of Dwarven Tavern. He has been part of the gaming world since he was 15 when he discovered Dungeons and Dragons. He founded the Dwarven Tavern when he was 29 after he submitted his first and only story to the Dragon Magazine. Upon rejection due to its content, Jeff started his own company with his wife, Lisa, and (at the time) three children. It started small, but became bigger than he could ever anticipate, much to his own delight! Now Jeff focuses on reviewing the latest RPGs, as well as hosting what is known as the Tavern Talks with fellow Taverneers to talk about methods and parts of anything gaming-related, from how to be a good gamer to different aspects of what you'd encounter.
Lisa Goins - Social Media Manager
Lisa Goins is the co-founder of Dwarven Tavern. She found out about Dungeons and Dragons when she went to the library at a very young age, ripping a page out of a book about it as her only source to the gaming world. When she met Jeff, he formerly introduced her to gaming and Dungeons and Dragons, as if the page from the library had been a skeleton key to a world she would soon love to be a part of. Years later, when hearing of Jeff's plight over the rejection to the Dragon Magazine, she insisted he create his own company. That company was Dwarven Tavern, which she helped him build from scratch each and every time it changed format. Now Lisa enjoys sharing with the world what is going on at the Tavern, via Facebook and Twitter, and helps with video work and behind-the-scenes with her trusty photo-taking abilities.
Lyric Goins Goforth - Vice President
Lyric is the third child of Jeff and Lisa, and is married to Josh Goforth, to whom she introduced the wonderful world of gaming. Lyric is artistic and kind, sharing her love of gaming to anyone who's interested. She enjoys spreading the word of gaming so much that she created the Beginner's Videos, a youtube series of instructions on different aspect to RPG gaming, as well as creating the webcomic The Tavern Club in order to also remove stigmas from what it is to be a gamer. Lyric's ultimate dream is to be a permanent host to the Dwarven Tavern, both exploring aspects of gaming with new followers and beginner gamers, as well as entertaining returning customers and frequent guests. She is a co-host with Josh on the Table 5 Podcast.
Ian Goins - CFO and Youtube Personality
Ian is the fourth and last child of Jeff and Lisa. He is a video gamer from the start, playing Mario since before he grew a beard (at the adorable age of 5). You can find Ian at any time of the day down in the studio playing video games, and it is his desire to bring video games to the youtube channel. However, despite his love for video games, he is also a frequent tabletop and RPG gamer, mastering every aspect to it from Dungeon Mastery to LARPing. Ian sits in on Tavern Talks every now and then, but his favorite part of being at the Tavern is coming up with the next idea to get new gamers involved in the community, be it card games or interesting Tavern Talk topics.
Josh Goforth - Reviewer and Podcast Host
Josh met Lyric in 2011 and was not very big into gaming at the time, but wanted to learn more. He was embarrassed of his curiosity until Lyric explained that gaming was what she lived for and that he should take pride in being geeky. Upon Lyric's insistence, he joined her in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign with Jeff as the DM and was sold from that moment forward. He was already a video gamer, but the world of RPG, once opened, explored new routes he'd never ventured before. Now Josh helps out at the Tavern with anything he can, be it Tavern Talks or reviews, or even going to conventions and talking with people on the exhibit floor. He is a co-host with Lyric on the Table 5 Podcast.
These are the Dwarven Tavern Floor plans circa 2000 using the Campaign Cartographer software.
We received the software way back toward the beginning when the internet was just a pup. The contact for the software was in the UK and had no idea who we were. We requested the software continuously for about a month via email when finally we reached them on the phone. When the voice on the other end heard who was called, he sighed and said, "You certainly are a persistent fellow, aren't you?"
We convinced him to let us have a copy to review if we produced a floor plan of the tavern to show off what the software could do. It turned out quite nicely, and history was made.