July 14, 2008
Since the summer of 1977 with blue box basic d&d. do the math :) Started with d&d and have played most everything, or something like it, at one point: D&D, AD&D (1st, 2nd, and both 3.x Eds), Gama World (old TSR version), Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest (2nd Ed from Chaosium), Stormbringer, Traveller (old GDW version with 3 little books), Champions (various Hero Games editions), RoleMaster and MERP, Cyberpunk, Castle Falkenstein, The Chronicles of Amber, Chill, Shadowrun, MTG and various other CCGs, Heroclix, Pirates of the Spanish Main CMG, Warhammer Fantasy (both tabletop battles and rpg) and 40k, and a variety of other games both War and Board type such as Car Wars, Ogre, Zombies!!!, Battlestations, Republic of Rome, Civilization, Blackbeard, oh, the list really goes on... Suffice to say, I've played a lot of different things. Along the way, I've worked in all aspects of the industry (retail, wholesale and manufacturer/publisher), written for and been published by R Talsorian, West End Games, TSR (in an issue of Dragon magazine) Chaosium and Green Ronin, and published my own magazine (Vortext; look it up on rpg.net). Long time.
My favorite character - and longest running - would be Trent; a (at last play) 2nd Ed, 10th lv Paladin of Chantea in the Forgotten Realms setting.
Back in high school, i played in a old-style Traveller game run by a friend of mine. I was playing sort of a Jedi Master kind of character and was engaged in a dog-fight with my one-time pupil, now tool of evil. He was giving me the standard sort of speel about "You are weak, old man; your powers grow feeble while mine have swelled beyod your comprehension..." etc. I fired off a volley of missles from my fighter, rolling both a 12 (on 2d6) for hit (critical success) and another 12 for location (critical location), and replied "And yet it is you who will fall this day; for I am a true follower of The Way (the GMs version of The Force)," as his fighter imploded.
I remember in Trent's (see fav character) first adventure - before the rest of the party knew he was a paladin and he went around as a simple pilgrim - encountering an inert gargoyle (playing "dead" as a statue). It seemd odd to me, so I gave the GM the high sign which meant I was detecting evil on it and he nodded to me. I wared the other party members to "Stay back! It is a Thing of Evil!" To which Gerg the Strong (burly fighter) reposponded, "How is it that you know this?" Trent replied, "How is it that you do not?"
Since moving out of the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005, I've not been part of a gaming group and I'm jonesing pretty hard for a game.
It's a good way to meet other local gamers