Gaming has touched much of my life and I've made many friends through it.
My earliest memories of roleplaying gaming are my mum bringing home the redbook D&D box (I have no idea where she got it or what prompted her to pick it up) and walking around the playground in primary school, spinning collaborative tales with my friends Chris, David, Jack and Tristan. I don't know what order those things happened in, but I do know it was at least a year between reading D&D and playing any games that actually involved rules or dice.
The twins, Chris and David, were con attendees (along with their big brother Andrew, who is now one of my dearest friends, although I don't see him anywhere near as often as I'd like) and were instrumental in me coming along to my first con. I have no memory of why, but my first con was down in Canberra; I think it was CanCon, but I'm not sure. This was about 25 years ago. I would have been 10 or 11.
I don't remember much about that first con (I remember that there was a Robotech game, but that's it), but I was hooked.
Chris and David have since stopped going to cons and I stopped with them, at the age of about 13. I didn't do much actual gaming for my high school years, only really getting back into it afterward, hanging out at Sydney university and making loads of friends through SUTEKH, the gaming/sci fi/fantasy/general geekery society. That's how I got to be much closer to
New South Wales
Jingle Bells, Cthanta Smells, I will kick his ass
Because I am an awesome Crab with style, charm and class, oh!
, who I'd known in high school but only peripherally.
Between the urgings Hida, Andrew and my girlfriend of the time (who I met in my friend Lisa's extremely short-lived Vampire
game), I got off my butt and actually ran a game based on the ideas I'd been talking about for a while. That game was Worlds Apart, a GURPS (originally 3rd Ed, eventually 4th) alternate history hidden-supers game that ran for 10 years. In theory, it's still going, but I haven't actually run in years, since some players moved to Scotland and things just lost steam. Ah well.
These days, I feel like I'm kind of over GURPS. I still think it's the best simulationist universal system around, but I'm more in the market for things that work more off narrative logic.
I've been a practical resident in the Sydney convention scene since my return in 2001. Haven't managed to make it to the last couple, partly because of the difficulties of juggling taking care of our little guy and there just not seeming like there are many games there which looked interesting. Maybe I'm just getting grumpy in my old age.
I'll do more gaming when he starts school.
through conventions. Neither of us remember exactly when. She was probably behind bars, running the canteen as she did so well.
We bonded during our friend Kane's Agone
campaign, as romantic rivals for Hida's character. Eventually Hida was my best man at our wedding.
I've played in a lot of campaigns over the years. Some went nowhere after the first session, some ran for months or years. Right now, I'm only in two:
game that's been running for a few years now (three, I think).
And a Song of Ice and Fire
game by the same GM, which started as a one-shot taster of the system but now seems to have become an ongoing proposition.
All my other games have either just petered out, or (far more rarely) come to climactic endings. Sigh.
My current campaign is a Smallville
(merged with bits of DramaSystem
) game, Ennietown. Originally conceived as "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen versus the Breakfast Club and Press Gang, by way of Teen Wolf and Zapped!", it's since become more supernaturally focussed, but still very much set in the 80s.
I love looking at how game mechanics work and how they encourage different behaviours, different ways of telling stories. I love reading new games and seeing new perspectives on this amazing hobby.
My other hobbies are far more passive than my gaming ones. I read quite a lot (although not as much as Rhi, she's a machine!), watch a lot of TV on DVD (a lot of "genre television", but also a number of procedurals like Bones
, plus comedy stuff like How I Met Your Mother
, Parks and Recreation