Please, call me "Steve" regardless of what nonsense I have currently set as my Contact name. It's the name I've responded to for as long as I can remember, other that briefly responding to "Frank" when I was in the Navy for reasons that seemed stupid even back then.
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I am 41 and have been married for the last decade and a half plus. I have two beautiful daughters (12 and 10) that are my "Pumpkin" and "Banana," respectively.
As I like to tell my wife, I am a man with simple, yet specific, tastes.
I can no longer call myself a multiple college dropout (both the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of Illinois @ Champaign-Urbana) as in November of '07 I earned my Bachelors of Science in Technology from Excelsior College.
I spent 8 miserable years in the Navy, where I operated a nuclear reactor on a submarine. Yay for 6+ years of sea-time straight - wonder why I got out...
I now work for the SUNY Polytech Colleges of Nanoscale Science & Engineering
doing laboratory stuff when I'm not killing time uploading Items here.
I was introduced to the hobby in 1989 during my sophomore year of HS; at the time I had a thing for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and after talking about it with one of the guys I had class with, he ran a couple of solo games for me, and I was hooked. I developed a core group of friends that I played with, and I'm still in good contact with just about all of them even though I no longer live in the same general vicinity as the rest of them.
I started with TMNT
and then moved onto AD&D 2E
as there was a little more mass appeal for generic fantasy vice mutant animals from the rest of my group at the time, and then to Rifts
is what we spent the vast majority of our time playing as HS progressed, and I have fond memories of the mayhem that we created in those various dimensions.
After HS I hit a dry spell as I couldn't really find enough folks to make a good group and thus didn't play again until 2003 when some of my similarly inclined Navy buds decided to get me back into it by dragging my wife along into a D&D 3.X
campaign - that actually worked out quite a bit better than I expected, but once she got pregnant that put an end to that pretty well.
In June of 2007 I joined an existing group
(that I found through an online post at my FLGS
) in running the Savage Tide Adventure Path
, which lasted on and off until the beginning of 2010; sadly, I had to stop playing on a routine basis owing to my wife going for her MBA and thus me needing to tend more to the childrens. I had been enjoying 3.X
quite a bit up until I actually saw the system starting to strain at the higher levels, and was even more depressed that the system they were switching to was one I had been championing myself for some time: Savage Worlds
And after a random conversation with my wife it was determined that things had settled back into predictable enough patterns that I could once again begin gaming, and I returned to the IGG
at the beginning of 2012 for some old school WEG Star Wars 1E
That lasted a little more than a month, and the month was mostly spent with me missing sessions. Huzzah!
In March-ish of 2014 I stumbled across another Geek user who was looking to run a Rise of the Runelords
Pathfinder campaign, and we kicked things off in April
. That switched to testing out D&D 5E with the Starter Set
before once again I had to call things quits.
I happened to see a post on Facebook to the Schenectady Wargamers Association
in late January about a group looking for another 5E player, and we kicked things off in late January
. The group is fantastic (and quite willing to take a chance on "random internet schlub" - aka me) and we are having an awesome time playing what's turning out to be my favorite version of D&D to date.I'd really like to run a couple of campaigns
that don't use any sort of D&D rules, but as the ideas behind them seem to appeal to only me, they're likely to never get off the ground.
I found out over the 2010 holiday season that one of my wife's extended family played M:tG
back in the day and I had been getting together with him on a semi-routine basis to play some card games, mostly Summoner Wars
That came to an end when he moved to Maine early in 2013.
In March of 2013 I acquired a Nook HD+ and - by way of an N2A card
- converted it to an Android tablet; as such, I should be able to play some games by myself that I otherwise wouldn't have a chance to do.
Plus, Hey, That's My Fish!
really works much better as a video-ed game as there's not that setup time to deal with.
I read a lot - my tastes run the gamut from the comics of Mutts
, Sherman's Lagoon
, Bloom County
, Calvin and Hobbes
(not that C&H
should count because I can't think of anyone who DOESN'T
like that) to the more noirish works of Andrew Vachss and Joe R. Lansdale to the horror stylings of Dean R. Koontz, Stephen King (his short stories moreso than his novels - he tends to be a wordy fuck) and Richard Matheson to the sci-fi goodness of Issac Asimov ("The Ugly Little Boy" made me cry it was so beautiful) to the oldie-but-goodie All Creatures Great and Small
works by James Herriot to the quite whimsical Harry Potter
books (if you haven't read, you need to give them a shot - good stuff).
Within the decade I also "discovered" the Watch
series by Sergei Lukyanenko, the works of Harlan Ellison, the "Gray Mouser and Fafhrd" stories by Fritz Leiber and the "First Law" series by Joe Abercrombie, which I believe is now my gold standard for sword-n-sorcery mayhem. I'm also coming to the conclusion that too much of modern fantasy is rife with wisecracking protagonists who just squeak by with victories; I can hardly keep some of them straight they're so interchangable...
More recently I have gotten into Charles Stross's The Laundry
books, and really am liking those.
I like good horror (In the Mouth of Madness
, The Thing
(1982), The Ring
) and bad horror (which tends to veer into really shitty comedy - think the Jack Frost
that doesn't star Michael Keaton).
I like good comedy (think As Good As It Gets
) and bad (like Shakes the Clown
- comedy gold).
I enjoy a good drama (Dangerous Liasons
) and action flicks that don't suck balls (Matrix
? Good. Matrix Revolutions
My musical tastes run from the punk compilations to Barry Manilow to Abba to Megadeth to Eminem to Pat Benetar to Avenged Sevenfold to my most current fave, the pirate-metal band Alestorm
. I've also recently become enamored with the music of The Birthday Massacre; well, their two most recent albums, anyway, and Pins and Needles
moreso than the other.
80's music holds a special place in my heart because most of it is so damned irritating.
I like "The Simpsons" and was pissed as hell that they took "Arrested Development" (which I am going on record here saying that it was Best. TV show. EVER.) off the air.
I also introduced my wife to and caught her up with all the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" episodes, which really is the TV version of Fiasco
I am recently enamored with "House of Cards," the BBC version of "Sherlock," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Big Bang Theory," "Parks and Rec," "Portlandia," "Orange is the New Black," and "Archer."
Oh, sweet Netflix - I could kiss you.