I've been inspired from a young age, through many random elements, to follow a life of gaming – including but not limited too:
- Mazes and Monsters
- Osbourne Choose your Own Adventures
- Warhammer 40K
- Lone Wolf
- Text Adventures on my dad's home computer
I got into roleplaying through the Fighting Fantasy books, and my first game was the Maelstrom system using those same rules.
Paranoia, WHFRP, Call of Cthulhu and Golden Heroes got me through my school days. University I played Magic and some D&D, then worked in a roleplaying shop and played quite a variety of games.
Played a lot of Live Action Vampire; Discussed Mage with my slightly obsessed brother, and picked up Over the Edge as I began my working life for real.
While all this was going on I became a christian and marvelled at some of the interactions faith and rpgs have had, in the public eye and in my own life.
As origin stories go, mine is devoid of radiated animal bites, ancient mystic wise men sharing their insights or any government conspiracies to activate my subliminal programming. That said I do have a birth mark on my right arm that may be some kind of map. But I beg of you do not remove said arm in hopes of finding buried treasure.