I can't remember a time when I didn't love games. I started off in video games when my mom bought me a ColecoVision. How many hours I spent playing Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., and Venture? I couldn't tell you. From there I expanded into board games and fell in love with Chess at the age of 8. My uncle is a formidable opponent in Chess. To this day I think the score is something like 542-5, me being the 5 of course. I got into RPGs rather late. I had known about D&D since the age of 13 but I didn't actually play in an RPG until University where I entered a Shadowrun 3 campaign. Soon afterwards I was introduced to minature games (Warhammer, Flames of War, etc.) and became hooked. I am still an active player of all games.
My particular favorite types of board games are military strategy. I tend to favour longer play times and more complex mechanics especially around combat and conquest. Building empires is a passion of mine - and perhaps a sign of minor meglomania. Some of my all time favs (in the order that I thought of them) are Settlers of Catan, Game of Thrones (Only with the Clash of Kings expansion though), Risk, Axis and Allies, and Republic of Rome - a game that inspires me every time I play it. I wish I could gather people to play it more often.
I started Golden Laurel Entertainment with Wayne Pulis and Jonathan Mauro because I was tired of just dreaming about making games. I wanted to actually do it. I am a writer and have written many short stories and a novel (which is very satisfying) but I wanted to try my hand at another type of creative project. Now I find myself hooked and excited about the products that GLE has in store for the next 2 years. I hope you all enjoy them.
Richard Pulis founded GLE in 2007 after finishing a Master of Arts in Medieval History at the University of York, UK. He has training and experience in graphic design and animation and is currently part of the GLE Creative and Executive Teams.