I’ve been running games of D&D for about 18 years now. My friends and I started back in 2nd Edition and we managed to keep pretty much the same group of people (with some additions as time went by) gaming together for all those years. Recently in the last several months its been getting harder and harder to get the old gang together and it finally got to the point where I decided that maybe after 18 years it was time to find some new people to play with.
I’ve mostly been a GM over the years. I enjoy being a player but I really enjoy running games. As I look back I can honestly say originally I had no idea what I was getting into. I was 14 years old and went to a store and told the guy behind the counter I was interested in playing D&D with my friends. He asked who would be running the game. I had no idea what that even meant but I said “Um, I guess I am.” He handed me the AD&D 2nd edition Dungeon Masters Guide. I took it home, read it several times and was hooked. I realized though that no where in it did it give me rules for creating characters or monsters. So a week or so later I went back and bought the Monsterous Manual and the Player’s Handbook, then finally sat down with my friends to play. We ran a 5 year long campaign (from 1st level up to about 17th level) and then ended that one when 3rd edition came out. We did another 5 year long campaign that went from 4th level up to 23rd level when we finally ended. In between there, we’ve done shorter campaigns and one shots of D&D and other games (Call of Cthulhu, Vampire: The Masquerade, Shadowrun, and others). When 4th edition came out I investigated it pretty heavily but didn’t enjoy the changes that had been made to the game, so instead of going with 4E we started playing Pathfinder (aka D&D 3.75).
While I started playing in 2nd edition I also take a lot of inspiration from 1st edition and OD&D. Gary Gygax is an idol of mine so I always look for inspiration from his works and try to keep that classic D&D feel in my games.
We strive for a good mix of role play, combat, intrigue and puzzles. I don’t have any weird rules and I like to run things pretty by the book with minimal house rules. I enjoy having a campaign going where even a player who has only ever read the core book can join in and not feel completely lost at whats happening.