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Michael

Location:

Austin, TX

Member since:

June 12, 2011

What are your favorite genres? (horror, fantasy, western, sci-fi . . .)

Well being an old grognard, I still like the good old fashioned medieval fantasy setting. I liked Ravenloft because even though it's horror it's still that time period setting. I'm not objected to trying other genre/settings though.

What was your first RPG experience?

I was 10 years old. My friend's older brother (He was 15) and his friends were playing this neat game and I didn't know what it was. I watched and listened and learned. They walked me through the game and helped me understand what I was doing. At the time I was well versed in text adventure games on my Commodore 64 so D&D to me was a text adventure with dice, books, and sheets. I may not have been the greatest role player in the world, but I understood what was going on and I liked it a lot. Been hooked ever since. It's my preferred game over pretty much any other game.

What are your favorite game systems?

I love 1e and 2e AD&D, but it's been so so long since I've dealt with it, I'd need a good refresher course. I tolerate 3e (3.0/3.5) simply because of the OGL and the crap load of great source material out there. Is it the greatest mechanics set? Not really but as a DM it does what I need it to do, which is to be relatively easy (at least for me) to customize and tweak it all I want. As a DM I also like a system that I can easily teach to a newbie. As a player, I don't mind the system somebody chooses to use, I just want them to know the system well enough to teach me it and not have the character generation process take 20 years. I have recently been introduced to Pathfinder.. the self described "3.75"..I have mixed feelings about it. I like a lot of it and I don't like a lot of it. The DM in me says "oh cool look, a nice collection of house rules for my 3.5 game (I went so far as to call it "[masked]" to a hardcore PF fan) I also love WFRP 1e but haven't played in ages.

What websites do you prowl for rpg releated information?

The big two I look at a lot are EN World and RPG.NET

Introduction

Hello, my name is Michael. I've been in the hobby in some form or another for 25 years now. I cut my teeth back on AD&D 1e back in the "good old days". Looking for some real time game sessions because game sessions online are not what I expected.

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