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Bbanzai28's Bio

Gamer, reader, movie watcher, Ć«bergeek.

I started playing D&D in 1977, in 2nd grade. At the time, I barely knew what was going on, and the friends that also played were equally in the dark. I really loved the interactive storytelling aspect, and D&D became a major creative outlet from that point forward in my life.

I’ve played almost every game I could get my hands on, from the old cardstock-based cutout D&D, through AD&D (Unearthed Arcana is still one of my favorite D&D books ever). I love the details: the old cantrip system, vocal, somatic, and material components of spells, keeping track of what you carried in your backpack, encumbrance, etc. I like to use many of the small details like those to some strategic advantage. As a player, I always challenged myself to not do things the easy way if a more clever way would do.

I can remember the day my Dad brought me to the Waldenbooks in Cortana Mall in Baton Rouge on my 7th birthday. He said I could buy one thing, anything, as my birthday gift. I chose the Red Box D&D set that was everywhere at the time. It had module B4 – Keep on the Borderlands. I was loving it.

After I got home, my Mom saw what I had purchased, told my Dad that D&D was that devil-worshipping game the preacher warned all the parents about, and it was promptly thrown into the garbage. I’m not sure if you can relate, but it was traumatic. It ignited a rebellious nature that has never gone out, and if I’m lucky, will never go out.
I traded my toys and gadgets for other kid’s D&D books. I kept them in my locker at school, and let my closest friends keep them for me over the summer. Multiple times I was caught, and my collection trashed, but I just started building it up again.

When I left home and went to college, I was finally free to openly enjoy gaming, and I did. After, when I went into the military, I was astonished to find so many people that played. And not just D&D – GURPS, MERP, Rolemaster, Cyberpunk, Top Secret, Amber Diceless RPG, Rifts, Call of Cthulhu, and many no-rules, made up by the seat of our pants games. Besides computer technology (which was my profession) it became my major preoccupation. This is when I really began amassing my collection of RPG books and paraphernalia.
This was really my first chance to sit at a table with other serious roleplayers, and build characters over a period of years. Great stuff – if you haven’t found the right group to do this, you should.

So that brings us to the present. I run multiple campaigns, and play in multiple campaigns. My wife is a gamer. My 12 year old son is a gamer. I am currently playing D&D 4th edition and Pathfinder. I find Pathfinder much more enjoyable; I was not a fan of the direction D&D took from version 3.5 to 4.0. I am a plot and intrigue roleplayer, not really a wargamer/diceroller type.

The games I run are rules-light, fun-heavy, and rather chaotic. I like to see the party respond to relatively unique situations, and they seem to enjoy it as well.

As a sideline, I have been working on a campaign world for a long time (roughly 25 years, on and off). This is the Skarr campaign world. Take a look at the wiki to see what I’ve come up with.

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