Bryan Merlonghi
Oceanside, CA
United States

T: +1 831 359 6748




  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Undergraduate Studies, Information Systems)

  • University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware (B.A., in Biological Sciences and Philosophy; B.S. in Nursing)

  • Registered Nurse (RN BSN)

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

  • BLS Certified (Basic Life Support)

Work Experience

[Owner / Founder / Lead Painter] - Studio Merlonghi

  • Miniature Painting
  • Terrain Painting
  • Set design
  • Miniature Sculpting
  • YouTube Channel management, content production, talent
  • Private / Group Painting Lessons
  • Miniature Photography
  • Marketing
  • Clients include: Gary Gygax, Dungeon Dwellers, Toy Vault, IDW Games, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Geek & Sundry, etc...

[Contractor] Talent - Consultant - Legendary Digital Networks - Geek and Sundry - Painters Guild Season 3
April 20, 2018+

  • Consulting on all logistics, talent acquisition / accommodations, miniature prep and materials for Painters Guild Season 3
  • Script writing for 'Pro Tip' 30 second / 90 second show segments
  • On-screen Talent for 2 Episodes + Painting Round-Table w/ actor Will Friedel
  • On-screen Talent for 'Pro Tip' show segments
  • Crew during all shoots for on-hand assistance with set prep, talent prompting, and consultation

[Contractor] Business Development Consultant - Nurses Educational Opportunities
May 12, 2018+

  • Social media education
  • Business development
  • Team building
  • Leadership training
  • Website modernization
  • Marketing infrastructure implementation

[Contractor] Talent - Legendary Digital Networks - Geek and Sundry - Game the Game
May 9, 2018

  • On-screen Talent for episode of Game the Game: Takenoko

[Contractor] Talent - Legendary Digital Networks - Geek and Sundry - International Tabletop Day Livestream
April 28, 2018

  • On-screen Talent for Grimm Forest, Speed Jenga, World Wide Wrestling RPG

[Contractor] Production Assistant – Not Impossible Awards
January 2018

  • Served the needs of the production team to put on the Not Impossible award show in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Stand-in for Erik Weihenmayer
  • Coordination and execution of event on-site at the Zappos theater

[Contractor] Writer: Hunters Books
November 22, 2017

  • Fictional game content writing for Outbreak: Undead 2nd Edition

[Contractor] Consultant / Talent / Crew: Legendary Digital Networks - Geek and Sundry - Painters Guild
November 20, 2017 - January 5th, 2018

  • Consulting on all logistics, talent acquisition / accommodations, miniature prep and materials for Painters Guild Season 2
  • Script writing for 'Pro Tip' 30 second / 90 second show segments
  • On-screen Talent for 3 Episodes w/ actor Will Friedel
  • On-screen Talent for 'Pro Tip' show segments
  • Crew during all shoots for on-hand assistance with set prep, talent prompting, and consultation

[Contractor] Talent / Painter: Legendary Digital Networks - Geek and Sundry
October 16, 2017

  • Talent / Painter: On-screen 'speed painting' and 'instructional' for Games Workshop's Shadespire TV commercial

[Contractor] Puppet Fabricator: Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
August 28 - September 8th, 2017

  • Puppet Fabrication / Painting: Puppet painting / armature tooling for Supermansion, show airing on Comedy Central and Sony's Crackle

[Contractor] Talent / Painter / Set Decorator: Legendary Digital Networks - Geek and Sundry
July 22 - August 8, 2017

  • Talent: On-screen with host Will Friedle for Painters Guild
  • Painter: Painting miniatures for Painters Guild
  • Set Decorator: Creating the miniature set / shot compositions

[Contractor] Marketing Director: Alderac Entertainment Group
May 2017 – August 2017

  • Building influencer list
  • Influencer outreach
  • Community building / Management
  • Retailer demo events (coordination / execution)
  • Event planning (conventions)
  • Product marketing – marketing campaigns (roadmaps / execution)

Marketing Manager & Social Media Manager: IDW Games
August 2016 - January 2017

  • Marketing manager
  • Social media manager
  • Public Relations
  • Community cross-promotion with Nickelodeon and TMNT branded products
  • Press Release copywriter
  • Product copywriter
  • News article writer
  • Sales promotions at conventions
  • Convention planning

eCommerce Productions Coordinator: West Marine
September 2015 – February 2017

  • Day-to-day Production Support for eCommerce webstores

    • JIRA - Defect/Enhancement Request Management, WCMS - HTML coding updates for &

    • Coordinate with Marketing Team to setup (SAP) Hybris driven coupons and promotions to support events on the websites.

    • Web Release Management, coordination and deployment of builds with IT App Dev and eComm to Testing and Production.

  • Support UAT Analyst in User Acceptance Testing of defects and new feature development

  • Contributor of the Test Advisers A/B testing team to cultivate ideas for increasing conversion rate and marketing reach to drive increased sales for

eCommerce Internet Publisher: West Marine
August 3, 2015 – September 2015

  • Use of Hybris (SAP) to publish products (electronics) to the eCommerce platform /

  • Basic HTML / CSS coding

  • Rebate management

Founder of Immersive Interfaces LLC / Deep Dark Studios
September 2014 – Current

LLC Founder

  • Licensed two games in 2016 (Cutthroat Kingdoms and 7 Days) to AEG set for 2017/2018 release dates
  • Formed LLC and registered to develop future brand assets

Game Design / Development
Cutthroat Kingdoms designed in 2014, licensed to AEG in 2016 (2017 release via Alderac Entertainment Group)

7 Days 
Designed in 2016, licensed to AEG 2016 (estimated 2018 release via AEG)


Rule Writer/Playtesting Lead
Wrote the rulebooklet and worked in conjunction with a copywriter for refinement, edit and final review. Organized playtesting to develop and test ruleset.

Layout Direction
Worked with AEG's layout artist to develop layout of the cards, components, game box and rulebooklet.

Merchandising Director
Created T-shirts and give-aways for convention purposes.

Art Director
Directed the concepts and illustrations of all game content. Character design, etc...

Set Designer
Built set elements of the game both in-box, and for convention display.

Video Director & Script Writer
Prior to sale, our team produced a video commercial for CK. I directed the team and a producer/cinematographer to release an indie commercial to market the game.

Marketing Director
Guerrilla marketed CK for three years (from initial conception to sale) to develop a nationwide fanbase, including retailers both in the US and Canada, prior to licensing.

Cutthroat Kingdoms (“CK”) Project Lead
Worked remotely with AEG's Director, AEG layout artist, AEG developer and an independent illustrator in Germany to produce, organize, and plan delivery of the boardgame according to our delivery-to-market release schedule.

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Deep Dark Studios is an independent art studio dedicated to all matters of immersive experiences, whether it be film or games. The goal is to bring people closer together in unconventional, and sometimes radical ways. 

What do we do? 

  • Miniature Painting
  • Set Design
  • Set Painting
  • Game Design
  • Art Direction
  • Game Marketing

Rulebook Writing / Editing

Who are we?

Bryan Merlonghi, Founder / Painter / Game Designer
Cullen Knappen, Miniature Painter / Contributor
Ali Punzalan, Game Developer / Contributor


All creative content, Deep Dark Studios, Cutthroat Kingdoms, 7 Days, Primal, etc... copyrighted and/or trademarked by Immersive Interfaces LLC, all rights reserved 2017. Any photographs featuring Geek and Sundry or Legendary Pictures are owned and (c) by Legendary Pictures.


Bryan would like to thank:

Alderac Entertainment Group, CMON, IDW Publishing, Legendary Digital Networks, Geek and Sundry, and many many more for all of my creative pursuits and inspirations.