I began way back in 80 or 81 with Basic D&D. Yup the red, blue and teal books.
I got to play a few games of Warhammer Fantasy where I had a revelation about gaming.
I actually role-played for the first time.
A villainous wizard had the entire group over a barrel. I (a feeble wizard’s apprentice) offered myself to him in exchange for power. The group went ballistic at me, not the characters but the players. I pledged myself to the villain, put my staff at his feet and stepped behind him so that he would have a clear shot at the group and as he was about to end them, I launched myself at his back and planted a dagger of Nergal in his side. Surprising the DM and saving the group much to their reluctance and grumbling.
I continued playing until my senior year in HS (89) when I broke away and ran my own D&D game. I was later introduced to FASA Star Trek OS which I ran around 90.
Call of Cthulhu followed as well as Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse around 91 and 92.
I took a break for a few years to concentrate on college. In ’96 Werewolf: The Apocalypse produced a 2nd edition and I was hooked again. I put together a group of players and it lasted a year with me commuting back and forth between St. Louis and Kansas City.
1996 I started up another Werewolf: the Apocalypse game in St. Louis. When that was over, I played in a few short-lived games of Vampire: The Masquerade, Vampire: The Dark Ages, Hunter: The Reckoning, Vampire: Victorian Era, and Warhammer Fantasy until 1997 when ÆON TRINITY was published.
I ran about 5 – 12 people through all the modules that were available as they published. The game ran until 1999. Later, I ran a few games of Aberrant.
I played in a Star Trek (Last Unicorn) game where we ran Federation characters hunting down Marquis terrorists and then we made up Marquis characters who were eluding Federation officers.
I played in some stories of Mummy: The Resurrection, Orpheus and Demon: The Fallen.
In 2001 Exalted hit the shelves and our group took to it right away. I ran The Tides of Dragons and Stars. We played it pretty solid for over a year.
I ran Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a while in 02. I turned one of the players into a vampire without the rest knowing about it and watched him capture, torture and turn a few of the players until one of them became chosen and ended the vamp in an epic showdown. This turned out to be some of my better sessions as each game night turned out to be like a single episode of the show.
I played in a revised Werewolf: The Apocalypse game and it produced one of my favorite characters. Alex, the son of Silver Fang leader. He started out as an arrogant-spoiled-jock-chauvinistic-asshole who learned the meaning of pack, loyalty and leadership through benevolence.
At this point, I decided to return to the world of Exalted and follow up The Tides of Dragons and Stars with a high-level (100XP starting characters) dark and gritty Exalted game called The War of the Dead where the Mask of Winters marched on Lookshy. The game culminated in the death of half the party when they decided to prematurely storm the Mask in his Manse by scaling his new behemoth, the great snake, Apep. The remaining three eventually routed the Mask.
I took a break from gaming for a few years and in 2006 I attended the Sci-Fi convention in St. Louis called Archon. I played in a game of second edition Exalted. I was the only person at the table that was not already friends. During play I “stunted” several times during the game which freaked the other players out. By the end the group was asking if I wanted to game with them, so I joined up.
Present day I just finished running an Exalted, 1st Edition game which ran 40 sessions.
I am also working on my next game, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Rage Across St. Louis that will start around March of 2014. Rage Across St. Louis