G'Kar: Let me pass on to you the one thing I've learned about this place. No one here is exactly what he appears. Not Mollari, not Delenn, not Sinclair... and not me.
Come check out my painting and gaming blog!I am honoured to have received these awards from my fellow Geeks; RPGGeek of the Week #84 VGGeek of the Week #37 Love Spreader of the Week #144 Noble Knight of the Love Thread The Golden Meeple 3rd Place in the 2011 RPG Critter Creation Contest Pyuredeadbrilliant!My Path to Geekdom in 500 words...
It was all my Dad’s fault.
Back in the 1970's, when I was just wee, my Dad developed a fascination for military modelling and gaming from the Napoleonic
period. He built dioramas of 54mm Airfix
plastic models, and bought games such as War of 1812
and Quebec 1759
. As a little tyke I remember being fascinated watching my Dad build and paint intricate models of British Riflemen, Polish Lancers and Black Watch Highlanders.
It wasn’t long before I was trying my own clumsy hand at painting, buying up boxes of Airfix HO scale Waterloo kits and painting them in Humbrol enamels. Then my Dad bought dozens and dozens of Britains
Waterloo figures and modelled a 3’ by 5’ board with hills, trees and a river. He even made up a simple set of chess-like rules for my brother and me to play. I was a miniature
gamer before I even knew what miniature gaming was.Andrew becomes an RPG Geek
Then, in 1981, My Dad did it again, buying me the Dungeons & Dragons
basic set for Christmas. We bought (really awful) D&D miniatures from our local Leisure World, painted them up, and my Dad ran me, my brother and my Mom through a game. I loved it. My passion for painting little plastic men grew into a passion for role-playing of all kinds. In addition to AD&D my high school group played an obscene amount of Champions
, and later, at university, my friends and I embraced the moody pretentions of White Wolf
's World of Darkness
. Through clubs at school and friends-of-friends I can say that most of the really important people in my life have sat down for a role-playing game with me at one point or another. Andrew becomes a VG Geek
Around the same time my Dad came home one day with an Atari 800
computer. It's hard to really express how incredible this was for me as a 12 year old boy. I knew exactly one
other kid in my whole school who had a home computer at this time. It was like we had been elevated to the rank of child-gods
, the way kids must have felt in the 50's when they were the first in their neighbourhood to get a colour TV. I spent an unhealthy number of hours playing Star Raiders
and Missile Command
. I can still hear the sound of the alarms blaring as my star fighter warps into a Zylon-infested sector.Andrew becomes a BG Geek
The next big breakthrough for me came with the Gamemaster Series
from Milton Bradley
. I picked up a copy of Broadsides and Boarding Parties
and loved it so much I rushed out and bought Conquest of the Empire
, Axis & Allies
and Fortress America
as each game was released. These are still some of my favourite games to this day, and many of them continue on in one form or another. I became an Ameritrash fan before I even knew what that
meant. Since then I've been a non-stop collector of board games, with a special focus on ones that come with little plastic men.Please visit my microbadges page and see if one of these fine 16x16 images is right for your lifestyle.
Some of my miniature collections...
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