Cogwheel Gaming was started because Eclipse, Crash, & Stormi enjoyed playing video games together and thought maybe others might like watching what they did.
By day, Crash is a mild mannered technology teacher named Aaron “theartguy” Smith. By night, he’s a gamer who lies about being mild mannered by day. His interests include visual arts (his first degree), teaching, gamification, game based learning, project based learning, and finding out what the shiny button does.
Crash DMs all of the current D&D campaigns that get streamed.
The wife of Crash, Stormi was featured in many of his videos in the past. In addition, she was known to do a stream or two. In fact, she was a lot more likely to be streaming than recording videos.
Stormi had Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and tended to be better than Crash in a lot of games, including but not limited to racing games and Minecraft PvP.
Stormi passed away on June 19, 2016. She is missed.
Eclipse, otherwise known as Matt, needs to finish writing his bio. The name “Cogwheel Gaming” was his idea, and it was a darned good one.
Chris often goes by “Akari.”
In our Circulus D&D campaign he played Vex’Sarin Sylvor, Kar’Goth Ironmaw and Galin Kaldor. He also played Sox (Not Gox) in our Pack Tactics campaign and Amara Graverunner in our Hit & Abyss campaign.
Cindy passed away from undiagnosed liver failure in mid-November 2021. She is missed.
Ellie maintains the Elekk.xyz Mastodon instance and is the “datefriend” of Io.
In our Pack Tactics campaign she’s playing Daldain and in our Hit & Abyss campaign she’s playing Mezire. In Pack Tactics Season 3 she plays Niwri, in Critical Recovery she plays Zuta, and in Critical Knowledge she plays Aripa.
Erik often goes by “Synrgy” or “Syn.” He is immensely proud to be Logan’s father.
In our Circulus D&D campaign he played Obaim Metalcaster. He also played Vasol Mudspine in our “Escape from Hooson” oneshot and has played Agum the half-orc barbarian more than once.
In our Hit & Abyss campaign he’s playing Erik Perez.
Erik (the player) is also Puerto Rican, which is the only reason he gets to do Erik (the character)’s accent the way he does it.
Io is the “datefriend” of Ellie.
Io’s mom also writes books and is the only member of stream chat to ever earn Inspiration (twice) (so far).
Jen was one of the first fans of our podcast, to the point where they were asked if they wanted to join in. To our delight, they said yes.
In our Circulus D&D campaign they played Meepo Chippedclaw.
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Logan is Erik’s son.
In our Circulus D&D campaign he played Fenix Shamash Fax Norcruuth Generalis II.
Matt is not Eclipse. He is a different Matt, and is Tom’s brother-in-law.
In our Circulus D&D campaign he played Aristobulous Ravenscroft.
In our Hit & Abyss campaign he’s playing Ulfgar Stonebender.
Matt also GMs our Mutants & Masterminds games, which we don’t stream or record but reference more than once in our streams and recordings.
In our Hit & Abyss campaign, Milly plays Page(s Turning).
In her free time Milly enjoys reading things on her Twitch stream, including fan fiction of questionable quality. You have been warned.
Tom is Not-Eclipse-Matt’s brother-in-law.
In our Circulus D&D campaign he played Panqarim Darkstone, Bertha Beestinger, Uorth Ironmaw, and Meiros Orcbane.
In our Hit & Abyss campaign he’s playing Reyleth.
Tom also has some books on Amazon. You should check them out using the link below.