I’ve been gaming since the late 80’s, being introduced to D&D by an older cousin, cutting my teeth on the old D&D Basic “Black Box”, and Games Workshop’s Heroquest boardgame…before quickly moving onto AD&D 2nd Edition and it’s fantastic campaign settings.
After taking a decade long hiatus from tabletop rpgs, I found myself with a steady job as an Academic Library specialist and more spare time on my hands than I knew what to do with, and so was inspired to pick up my old hobby. Since that time I’ve followed the development and release of Paizo’s Pathfinder and eventually played in several games of that campaign, a few Star Wars SAGA games, and a Hero System one shot. I’ve also ran several games using Savage Worlds, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (3rd Edition)…which has remained my longest running campaign ever (2+ years and counting).
I run a gaming blog over at cabalsandcantrips.wordpress.com, which I’m trying to update more often, and I frequently make use of my library’s inter-library loan system to track down obscure titles and occasionally games.
I enjoy bizarre science fiction and fantasy; especially the stuff produced from the 1960’s through the 80’s, including William S Burroughs, Harlan Ellison, Michael Moorcock, and anything from Heavy Metal Magazine. The film works of Terry Gilliam (Timebandits, Jabberwocky, 12 Monkeys) and Ridley Scott (The Duelists, Legend) and the fantasy films of the 70’s and 80’s (Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards, Conan: The Barbarian, Krull, Clash of the Titans, Excalibur) have also had a big impact. There’s also genres of hard science fiction (Alien, Outland, The Foundation Trilogy) and cyberpunk (Bladerunner, Neuromancer, Shadowrun), both which have remained favorites of mine over the years.
In the near future I’ll be attempting to start up a play test of the new D&D Next/5th Edition, as well as continuing my Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay campaign.