I first played RPG's over twenty five years ago – classic AD&D (and later Tunnels & Trolls) with school friends. I still remember buying my first polyhedral dice, and splurging on lead miniatures from Ral Partha, Games Workshop and the rest…
Since then I've played a lot of D&D and Traveller, and some Call of Cthulhu. I like both DMing and playing, they're quite different experiences. D&D 4e is excellent, a huge step forward from 3e so far.
I enjoy puzzle-solving and finding creative ways of overcoming obstacles. I don't fare too well at long bouts of role-playing although I do occasionally develop a genuine character. Ideal sessions for me are light-hearted and fun. Bending rules to make things quick and enjoyable are all but obligatory.
When I'm not playing tabletop RPGs I'm a professional technical database administrator on Oracle systems, spending money on computers, recorded music, books and sometimes the environmentally unfriendly products of Stuttgart's finest manufactory: Dr.Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.