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Valerianus's Bio

I first began gaming seriously with D&D and AD&D back around 1985 or so. I was an early adopter of AD&D 2nd Edition and the original World of Darkness. I ran an ongoing D&D campaign world from 1992 to 2011 (passing from 2nd edition to 3rd edition to 3.5 edition), when I left the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations where that game was based, and moved to Arizona.

Since that time I have switched from D&D 3.5 to Pathfinder primarily, though I do love the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, and would love to run Mage: The Ascension again when the 20th anniversary edition finally comes out.

I am happy to say that I have two regular campaigns going at the moment – the Pathfinder campaign “Heroes of Midhgardhur” (now in its 4th year) and the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG campaign “Rise to Glory” (started on the very eve of 2015).

At some point I might be talked into reviving my New World of Darkness chronicle, “The Whitethorn Foundation,” but that is really a project for another time. I am also absolutely enchanted by the new Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG. DCC and the original conception for “Midhgardhur” share a lot of the same roots in Appendix N.

Post Scriptum: New developments in the world of D&D have not really changed any of the above opinions. D&D 3.5 is no longer supported, regardless of recent reprints of the core rulesbooks for 3.5 (and 2nd edition, and 1st edition!). D&D Next (D&D 5th edition) looks . . . interesting . . . but I have really fallen in love with Pathfinder and committed to that as the fantasy RPG system of choice for my campaign (although the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG is awesome too!).

In June 2015, I published my first novella set in my fantasy game world of Midhgardhur. It is entitled “The Saga of Asa Oathkeeper,” and it is available on Kindle at