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J. Halk Games

Deadly By Design

J. Halk Games is a family owned and operated tabletop gaming company dedicated to the OSR (Old-School Revival) movement. Founded originally in 2017 with a focus on the Fifth Edition of the World's Greatest Roleplaying Game, our focus shifted to First Edition Fantasy in 2019, with a full dedication to only OSR products in 2020.

About Our Business

Truly A Family Business

J. Halk Games was created in 2017 by Joseph and Karen Bingaman. With their children Lori, Alex, and Hailey all playing roles withing the company, along with close family friend Robert Smith, it is truly a family-owned and operated business dedicated to quality gaming that is Deadly By Design. 

The basis of J. Halk Games started with Joe's gaming groups of the early 2000's, with the World of Durmin setting getting its start there. Over the last 17 years, the files on the computer of gaming sessions, adventures, items, spells, NPC's, traps, and monsters has created a unique world to produce quality gaming products that live up to our motto: Deadly By Design.

Who's Who

The Faces Behind J. Halk Games


Joseph Bingaman

Owner, Lead Designer, Lead Editor, Lead cartographer, Art

Joe has been GMing and designing since 1987, at the age of 8. His first published adventure, Lair of Elaacrimalicros, is available on DMsGuild. In addition to designing for J. Halk Games, he also has done work with Rob Kuntz's Three Line Studios and Alarms & Journeys magazine.


Karen Bingaman

Head of Financial, Gamebreaking Playtester, Designer, Art

Karen authorizes all expenses for J. Halk Games. To put it bluntly, if she doesn't clear it, it doesn't happen. 

In addition to this daunting task, she also will try to break any playtest she is involved with, as well as design material and contribute to art.


Lori "The TPK Kid" Congdon

Social Media, Convention Sales, Playtester, Designer, Art

If you've visited our table at a convention, chances are you dealt with the bubbly Lori. Lori does sales and social media for the Home Team, as well as some designing and small art pieces. A voracious playtester, she enjoys playing odd race and class mixtures to test how those work for a product, just in case.

She got the name "The TPK Kid", as her first ever d20 roll was an attack roll of a 1 that resulted in a TPK.


Alex Bingaman

Designer, Cartographer, Playtester

Alex wrote his first adventure, Sewers of Irvinia, at age 10. He is also quick with the pen when it comes to cartography. As a playtester, Alex almost exclusively plays a barbarian.

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Hailey B.

Artist, Playtester

In just six months, Hailey B. jumped from just playtesting to taking the lead on art for her twin brother's adventure "Sewers of Irvinia". Her style is very reminiscent of OSR artwork, being pen and ink with shading.


Robert Smith

Designer, Gamebreaking Playtester

Robert has been part of Joe's gaming circle for over 2 decades, and has assisted with the design of several adventures over that time. He is taking the lead design on the upcoming quarterly series of small side trek adventures. As a playtester, he works with Karen to try and break every single thing they playtest to get all the bugs out. If all else fails, burn it down.


Upcoming Releases

Coming Soon From J. Halk Games

World of Durmin Box Set Kickstarter

Kickstarter Launch: August 2021

Sewers of Irvinia

Release Date: December 2020

Upcoming Events

    Fri, Aug 13
    DoubleTree by Hilton
    Aug 13, 2021, 8:00 AM CDT – Aug 15, 2021, 5:00 PM CDT
    DoubleTree by Hilton, 123 E Wisconsin Ave, Neenah, WI 54956, USA
    J. Halk Games is a Proud Sponsor of PhoenixCon 0 at the beautiful Doubletree by Hilton in Neenah, WI. Tickets on sale. August 13-15, 2021. Visit their website at
    Mar 25, 2021, 12:00 PM CDT – Mar 29, 2021, 3:00 PM CDT
    Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, USA
    We are running the entire disco trilogy TWICE over Gary Con XIII. Come get down with us in March in Lake Geneva, WI! Individual sessions to be listed when times and dates are confirmed.
  • Alaethalsurr's Brood
    Mon, Oct 12
    Autumn Revel I
    Oct 12, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Autumn Revel I
    The PC's are hired by a merchant named Nazir, who has had several caravan's disappear in the Eastern Wastes. Nazir would like to find why his caracvan shipments are going missing, and, if possible, recover the lost items. A 1st Edition AD&D/OSRIC adventure for 4-6 players of levels 9-11.
  • The Devil's Playground
    Sun, Oct 11
    Autumn Revel I
    Oct 11, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Autumn Revel I
    The players have discovered the location of Shadow, the villain from The Missing Villagers. It is located atop a live volcano, and are tasked with infiltrating and defeating Shadow. A 1st Edition AD&D/OSRIC adventure for 4-6 players of levels 9-11.
  • The Gnomish Mastermind
    Sat, Oct 10
    Autumn Revel I
    Oct 10, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Autumn Revel I
    A highly organized group of intelligent gnomes is discovered to be behind many new magical weapons used by various villains across the land. The PC's are tasked with finding the hideout of the gnomes and stopping their operations. A 1st Edition AD&D/OSRIC adventure for 4-6 characters of levels 6-8.
  • Into Claugvoarex's Lair
    Fri, Oct 09
    Autumn Revel I
    Oct 09, 2020, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
    Autumn Revel I
    Want to check out our newest release? Now's your chance at Autumn Revel I.
  • The Brewmeister's Minions
    Mon, May 25
    Con of Champions
    May 25, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Con of Champions
    A preview of an upcoming OSRIC/ First Edition Fantasy product
  • Lair of Elaacrimalicros
    Sun, May 24
    Con of Champions
    May 24, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Con of Champions
    Enjoy a trip down memory lane for J. Halk Games to our first published adventure, Lair of Elaacrimalicros.
  • J. Halk Games: Who We Are, What We Do
    Sat, May 23
    Con of Champions
    May 23, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
    Con of Champions
    An AMA with beer. Ask Joe anything about J. Halk Games, how he likes his steaks, working with Luke Gygax and Rob Kuntz, his hobbies, anything. KEEP IT CLEAN!
  • Draffin Keep
    Sat, May 02
    Virtual Kobold Con 2020
    May 02, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM MDT
    Virtual Kobold Con 2020
    A long-awaited adventure is revealed!
  • Design Q&A with Joe
    Fri, May 01
    Virtual Kobold Con 2020
    May 01, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM MST
    Virtual Kobold Con 2020
    More like beer and AMA. Ask about anything gaming, how he likes his steaks, his music playlists, whatever.
  • J. Halk Games' Kobolds!
    Fri, May 01
    Virtual Kobold Con 2020
    May 01, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM MDT
    Virtual Kobold Con 2020
    Our take on the classic "Tucker's Kobolds"; think Home Alone meets Saw. You WON'T want to miss this.


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