I have been gaming for about 28 years (since I was 12). I played a wide variety of games including AD&D, Call of Cthulu, Chill, Champions, Fantasy Hero, Marvel Superheroes, Gama-world, Rune Quest, Star Frontiers,Role Master and Traveler. I’m divorced and currently pursuing a PhD at Portland State University. Due to the obligations of school and family, I have less time for gaming than I’d like.
I like games that include a mix of city and wilderness adventure with ongoing plot lines and lots of character development. I enjoy games in which players are encouraged to develop non-standard characters with creative story hooks and interesting abilities. I dislike being restricted to standard character archetypes; however, I do not enjoy gaming with players who min-max and try to justify it by claiming that they are being “creative.”
When running a game, I like for my players to become involved in the story. I encourage them to think about how their characters fit in the campaign setting and to develop interesting back-stories. I try to provide well developed campaign worlds in which such characters can adventure and develop.