It all started when I picked “The Warlock of Firetop Mountain” off a bookshelf, in LIverpool, back in 1983. This was amazing, inspirational, a peek into a world that I wouldn’t get to explore fully for several more years. But the seed was sown…
After moving to Holland, I had no idea where or how to get my hands on any real role-playing games, until “Het Oog des Meesters” (an early edition Dutch version of “The Dark Eye”) was published. I bought it, consumed it, strong-armed my friends into playing it.
A couple of years later, I had managed to get Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (and Rogue Trader, too), and we had regular games on Saturdays until we were old enough to go out, drink beer, and dance with girls. It all died down a bit after then, until university.
But since university, I’ve always been running something or other, and sometimes managing to play in someone else’s games too. There’s been Werewolf, Vampire, Mage, Elite: Dangerous, (A)DnD from second to fifth edition (not fourth – there was no fourth edition in the reality I inhabit), Pendragon, Conspiracy X, lots and lots more DnD, and recently Mythras (RuneQuest 6) and Only War.
Basically, I GM because usually I’m the only one who wants to. I enjoy the story telling, the seat of my pants winging it improvisation, the outrageously bad accents I get to use for NPCs.
But most of all, I just love the friendships gaming has blessed me with over the years. At least half of my best friends are people I have shared a (virtual) gaming table with, and many of those I met for the first time at said (virtual) table.
Outside of role-playing I’m a husband and dad, a computer programmer by trade, a rock musician who realised that was never going to be the day job many years ago. I lift weights, run, and try to learn karate. And I support Liverpool FC, because I was born there and they have been my team for as long as I can remember.
“Rock and Roll is the only religion that will NEVER let you down.” ~ Lemmy Kilmister