the alternative games team

Dave Burbank, Founder and Executive Director

Dave Burbank is a graduate of the drama program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked for the Takoma Park Maryland Library for over 15 years. As an illustrator and writer he is the creator of the Takoma Park Library's SummerQuest interactive reading game. He started running D&D programs in Takoma Park in 1996, and has been running and playing D&D games for over 45 years.



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Sam “Shammo” Horne, Chief Creative Officer

Shammo earned his Master’s of Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. He taught middle school social studies for several years, and has been working with kids for much longer. Shammo was the first person to join Dave and run groups for Alternative Games (then Takoma D&D), way back in 2000. He found his voice in roleplaying and over two decades he’s seen how the game can help players understand academics, build confidence, and develop social skills. In his downtime he likes to write songs, listen for his music inside his adventures!


Dee Harris, Senior Activities Coordinator

Dee Harris earned their Master's of Education from the University of Maryland, College Park and has spent time teaching social studies in public schools. Dee has been playing roleplaying games for 15 years, and has been running groups with Alternative Games (and Takoma D&D) since 2008. They value games as a fun and flexible way of learning. In their free time, they also make art, tell stories, and write games!



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Thomas “Tommy” Vorhies, Senior Activities Coordinator

Tommy Vorhies first joined Alternative Games (at that time simply referred to as Takoma D&D) as a player when he was eight years old. He has been running groups for alternative games for 18 years, and has been playing roleplaying games for 24! He has played in and run an assortment of different games for Alternative Games, including Dungeons & Dragons and D20 modern. These games have reinforced his belief that the core of gaming is growth and fun, no matter what game you play!