Melissa Rogerson was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1970. Through her childhood, her parents ran a shop selling children’s games and books, and her father ran a Bridge club. Thus, it is hardly surprising that she loves games. In 1983, she attended her first gaming convention (for RPGs) and met her future husband. In 1996, she represented Victoria on its Youth Bridge team at the Australian National Championships.
A fluent German speaker, Melissa has translated a number of popular boardgames from German to English. She has contributed to the Gone Gaming blog, Boardgame News and The Opinionated Gamers since 2005, and has run boardgame clubs and events at local primary schools and libraries. She is a co-chair of Boardgames Australia.
Since 2014, Melissa has managed the Tabletop gaming area at PAX Australia, a three-day festival of gaming held in Melbourne.
Melissa has worked as a consultant in interaction design and user experience, and is currently working full-time on her PhD project, “Between Cardboard and Computer: Modern European Boardgames and Digitisation.” She teaches interaction design, game studies and impacts of digitisation at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology.
She and her husband Fraser have two daughters, who are both in secondary school.