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Runark's Bio

GM and Player for Palladium Books; Rifts, Palladium Fantasy, TMNT, Robotech, Ninjas and Superspies, BTS, and Dead Reign, and Heroes Unlimited.
I first learned about roll playing games around 1981 or 1982 (I was 5 or 6), my brother was into Auto Duel and taught me how to play. I discovered Palladium a couple years later, it was 1985 when I got my first Robotech book; ROBOTECH BOOK 3: ZENTRAEDI. It was the coolest thing ever, but I still didn’t fully grasp the concept of gaming for a few more years. By the 6th grade I was part of an AD&D group. We played 2 or 3 days per week. I also had most of the Robotech Books and had seen every episode of Robotech several times over (85 episodes). In Jr. High I finally started a Palladium group and we played Robotech almost every day. But then we moved from Alaska to Seattle. I quickly found a group to play with and learned about Rifts, and Palladium Fantasy. We would go back and forth between Robotech mixed with a little Rifts thrown in, and AD&D 2nd Ed. We played almost every day, and at lunch in school. Yep, those were the good’ol days lol. We moved to Yakima at the start my freshman year of High School, and I had to find a new group to play with yet again. In Yakima, D&D in general wasn’t very popular and most people played BattleTech/MechWarrior, G.U.R.P.S., Marvel Super Heroes, Palladium, White Wolf, and Star Wars (West End Games)
The biggest issue I came across was trying to get groups together. This person didn’t like that person, or some people wanted to play only certain games that no one else wanted to play. I found Palladium Books to be a great neutral ground kind of system. It had elements that appeased most gamers. So to this day that’s what I play.
Lately though, I have been losing players (some I have been gaming with since 1991) for one reason or another. It’s kind of sad really, but that’s life.

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