- Date of Birth
- April 26
- Good day one and all. I will not bore you with details about me. Actually, you wouldn't necessarily be bored, there'd just be TMI. So I will focus more on my gaming background.
Won my first game of chess after beating dear old dad at the ripe age of 6. I grew up playing Avalon Hill table top strategy board games like France 1940, Bismark, Midway, Panzer Blitz, Luftwaffe, D-Day, Blitzkrieg, Kriegspiel and Outdoor Survival ... and the old APBA Pro Football and golf games.
In 1972 I went to my first Renaissance Fair in Agoura, CA. where I was introduced to a Medieval miniatures game designed by Gary Gygax called Chainmail. Soon after Gary's Chainmail smushed with Dave Arneson's Blackmoor (like peanut butter & chocolate ... we all know how that turned out) and Dungeons & Dragons was born. Which began my transition from table top strategy gaming to table top role play gaming.
Throughout most of the 70s I spent crazy hours creating fictional worlds, equipment & encounter charts and monster libraries for D&D. Living in Waukegan, Illinois in 1977 and 1978 I stumbled upon a local hobby shop that pointed me to the Dungeon Shoppe, just across the border in Lake Geneva before it moved to Milwaukee. So I went there.
It was Gary Gygax's house (remembering the glass display case counter when you first walked in still gives me goosebumps) and I practically lived there on the weekends for almost 2 years with Gary, Dave, Julie, Rob, Jim, Brian and the gang. I have a whole library wall in my house filled with old notebooks & binders, sketches, maps and hand drawn dungeon tiles that eventually made its way into the AD&D 2nd Edition. Had no idea at the time what I was into, but it was magic.
Years later after an honorable discharge I got back into D&D, running a 2nd Edition campaign that ultimately lasted 12 years. Even released my own Campaign Masters Series 2nd Edition DMing aids (debuted at Pacificon in 1985). Which was also my first introduction to the Society for Creative Anachronism. SCA's got some crazy dogs.
During that time my dad also got me into video games. My first multiplayer game was a MUD version of Castle Wolfenstein. Eventually I tried Ultima Online (graphics ... woot!) but found it to be a bit too "territorial" for my tastes. Then came Everquest, which was kind of like D&D but it was so linear I couldn't play it.
My nephew got me into DAoC, but waiting with others for quest mobs to respawn got old pretty quickly. Though the open world was new and the PvP was amazing. Then came a succession of MMOs: WoW, Earth & Beyond, Guild Wars, Auto Assault, SWG, DDO, LOTRO, STO and SWTOR. E&B and WoW eventually moved me away from D&D into the digital frontier. I tried DDO but at the time the universe was centered around a town and it just felt too confining.
Was the 2nd team MT for Incite, which at the time was Thorium Brotherhood's 3rd rated progression guild, until the guild broke up just before Wrath was released. Loved it but it became a 2nd job. So I have become a "casual raider". Contrary to popular belief, those two terms are not mutually exclusive.
Still play STO on occasion for the PvE starship combat, but have focused mostly on playing LOTRO and SWTOR with the wife. TOR is our main, and it looks like WildStar will be replacing LOTRO as our 1st alternate.
I am also vested in Star Citizen (Rear Admiral pledge so I'll be there for the DFM) and Elite: Dangerous (Premium Beta). Still looking for a SC organization to join.
Oh ... I am also BIG on StarCraft and StarCraft 2. I suck at it in PvP because my APM is the equivalent of a prairie chicken's IQ. Most who've thumped me were assholes about it which turned me off of playing online. So I play offline a lot against the AI. I visited the SC2 forum and added Wednesday night StarCraft to my calendar and will try and make some of those.
- Next door to Oblivion.
- Not enough space.
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