I’d say I started gaming when I was introduced to Final Fantasy at the age of about 8. After that I picked up a Hero Quest box set, a random D&D module at a yard sale, and the rest is history. I’ve tried almost everything at this point, but I find myself moving from one game to another every 6 months or so. I’m a big fan of video game RPG’s and almost all boardgames. My favorite RPG’s/Games include Final Fantasy 2 and 3 (aka FFVI), White Wolf’s Exalted, Warhammer 40k, Catan, Arkham Horror, Magic the Gathering, Risk:Legacy, League of Legends, Happy Wars, Minecraft, Dragon Force, Shadowrun, E-Fed Wrestling, MMATycoon, etc. I’m also a husband/father/traveling salesman/BJJ instructor/NES collector/Sword Collector.
My GMing experience includes a few unsuccessful Shadowrun and D&D campaigns over the years. It wasn’t until 2012 that I completed my first actual campaign as a GM. I enjoy taking existing systems, using the source material, and manipulating the mechanics to fit my group of semi-casual gamers. I’m a big fan of homebrew stuff.
I’ve written a few game books over the years doing all the writing and graphic design myself. It began when I produced my first Space Marine codex for Warhammer 40k. I’ve also produced my own set of Magic the Gathering cards and I’ve written/published a zombie novel which sells on Amazon. I love gaming and getting people to just have fun, but I’ve always been way more in to the storylines than my buddies. Because of that, I’ve always had to simplify my games to cater to various personalities. For me the best games are the ones that take on a life of their own. What is fun for the players is good for the game regarding of whether it sticks to the game mechanics or script. I always strive to find that balance between having a funny and productive session and policing a group of Monte Python dice-chuckers that take every chance to destroy all my preparation. Thus is the life of a mediocre GM. The struggle to find fun, fairness, and common sense.
As a player, I prefer to play support roles. This has gotten me in to trouble with more advanced players that take advantage of how naive and trustworthy I can be. I just don’t see the point in running through a campaign in any other way than as a party. But you know how rogues can be. Now that doesn’t mean I won’t betray a party member on the last session, but I always strive to keep the group working together as one to progress the storyline. I like storyline more than throwing dice, I can’t stand the cliche dwarf/elf racism trope, and I always say that if a game mechanic requires a calculator, I don’t want any part of it. I try to be helpful and fair wherever possible, but I have a hard time with harsh GM’s that use everything in my background story against me. More than anything else, I just want to have fun and meet some new people that share the same love of role-playing games. I’m willing to learn new systems and I’ve got a pretty open mind to most suggestions.
In full disclosure, I should confess some of the sins of my pass:
- I wasn’t a fan of Star Wars until I was about 28 and was trying to find something to get my kids in to things other than Batman.
- I tried to read LOTR and hated it. The movies also bore me.
- I buy comics for the pictures, but I still get the gist of whats going on.
- I quit World of Warcraft after the first 30 days. The artwork and music were great but the addiction aspect of it was obvious right away.
- I haven’t played a Legend of Zelda game since SNES. It was awesome. I’ve just never owned a nintendo system since.
- The only Star Trek episode I like is the one with Tribbles. It’s one of those things that I feel like I’m supposed to like but I just can’t get in to it.
- I’ve never played Chrono Trigger and I like Final Fantasy 3 (VI) better than Final Fantasy VII
That’s all I can think of for now. Hopefully my geek card doesn’t get revoked.