Not really sure where to begin, so I’ll start at the beginning – well, at my beginning at any rate. I was born into a military family and I am the youngest of nine children. I spent most of my childhood moving from one base to another as my father changed duty assignments, but was never really alone coming from a large family. While growing up I got to see many places and meet a great many people from places all around the world. I spent my time doing the things that all kids do – making friends, playing games, and letting my imagination run wild. I finished school and went to college for a short while, but ran out of funds. With this change I followed family tradition and went into the military – in large part because they offered me the chance to travel the world again. During this part of my life I again got to travel to many new places and meet many new people. I got to see and do things that a great many people will never have the chance to do. The experience was unlike anything I would have been able to imagine and in many ways was the time of my life. It was during this time that I met the most wonderful women in the world, fell in love, and got married. Shortly after this, I left the military and we started a family. These days I’m fairly well settled in the home we are building and the family we are raising together. I try to squeeze in as much gaming as I can around family, work, church, and other commitments, but as much as I love gaming I understand that there are other things that have to take precedence.
My love of fantasy and gaming started at the ripe old age of five when my older brothers introduced me to the wonders of chess and then a short time later the Hobbit. It was a very short time until I had built up a respectable (for a six year old…) library of games and books. I spent many long hours enjoying the competition of gaming – board, card, or otherwise – and fantasy and science fiction books. It was a few years later that I first encountered a role-playing game – in my case Dungeons and Dragons. Several of the regulars at the local gaming / hobby store, Hobby Castle, were playing it one table over from where we were playing War at Sea. Once we had finished our game I went over to see what they were doing. They were kind enough to let me roll up a quick character and play for a bit. That was all it took. I was severely hooked. I managed to talk the owner into keeping a copy of the game in stock while I saved up my allowance and worked in the store for him long enough to buy my own copy. I then turned around and got several of friends to try out the game. Some stuck it out with me as we learned to play while others didn’t for a variety of reasons. I enjoyed that game greatly and always have something of a laugh when I look back at how we did things.
In the thirty odd years since then, I’ve played in or run just about every RPG anyone has suggested to me including, but not limited to Dungeons and Dragons, Gamma World, Aftermath, Runequest, Villians and Vigilantes, Star Wars Roleplaying Game, Paranoia, Traveler, and many, many others. I have enjoyed all the different settings, systems, and gaming, but more than any of these I have enjoyed the time I got to spend with friends new and old around the table as we let our imaginations run wild together. These days I play in and run a D&D game a couple of times a month and periodically get in a one shot game such as Paranoia. I hope to keep gaming for many years to come especially since my oldest son has shown an interest and gotten me to start running a game for him and some friends (at least as long as his grades are kept up…).
So anyways, that’s me in a nutshell. If there’s anything more you’d like to know, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll do my best to answer.