Monday, June 22, 2015

My RPG Person Profile

[This is Zak S.'s idea, from his blog Playing D&D with Pornstars. Between this and the first post you've got all the info you'll need about me!]

I'm currently running (at home): 2+ year Labyrinth Lord campaign with some house rules and AEC options, plus some one-off sessions of Into the Odd when I get the chance. 

Tabletop RPGs I'm currently playing (at home) include: Nothing at present. (Seattle people get at me!)

I'm currently running (online): Monthly house-ruled Labyrinth Lord game set in the Underdark using some of the Veins of the Earth material posted on the False Machine blog. 

I would especially like to play/run: Dungeon Crawl Classics, 5E, Eclipse Phase, FASERIP, more Into the Odd

...but would also try: I'd try anything as long as it's not with a bunch of dinguses. 

I live in: Seattle, Washington, USA

2 or 4 well-known RPG products other people made that I like: The Dungeon Dozen by Jason Sholtis, Fire On the Velvet Horizon by Scrap Princess and Patrick Stuart, Into the Odd by Chris McDowall, Vacant Ritual Assembly by Clint Krause

2 or 3 novels I like: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All by Laird Barron (collection, not novel, but yeah)

2 or 3 movies I like: Nightbreed, Neon Maniacs, Big Trouble in Little China

Best place to find me on-line: G+

I will read almost anything on tabletop RPGs if it's: About why RPGs are important or meaningful to you, if it's got tips to make me a better GM, or if it's packed full of cool/weird stuff that triggers my imagination. 

I really do not want to hear about: how your way of playing is the right way, min-maxing, talking about "censorship" when people call you out on being a jerk. 

I think dead orc babies are ( circle one: funny / problematic / ....well, ok, it's complicated because....) an interesting way to explore morality in-game, but ultimately up to each individual group. 

Games I'm in are like (link to something):





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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Welcome to Lend Me Your Steel-Bearing Hand

A Brief Gaming History:

When I was 11, my dad bought me the Moldvay Basic D&D boxed set at a flea market in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey. It was missing some of the dice (including the d20)*, but I took it home and fell in love with it. I immediately started drawing dungeons and rolling up characters. I didn't quite grasp the rules, but my enthusiasm more than made up for that. I ran my friend Doug through the included module--The Keep on the Borderlands, and the whole thing filled me with this sense of mystery and possibility that I never lost. Doug and I got our other friends involved in our games, and he and I switched off running them (he ran more than me, though). We moved on to Shadowrun, Marvel Super Heroes, Gamma World, GURPS and Call of Cthulhu through our teenage years.