First, a bit of background: I am a second generation gamer. By which I mean that my dad, his brothers, and my mom all played D&D when I was a kid (I was born in ’74…same as D&D, or so the story goes). I remember sitting up at night leaning up against my bedroom door which opened onto the living room, listening in on their adventures. It was therefore no big surprise when I took an interest in it myself. I always borrowed my dad’s books and loved nothing more than to flip through the Monster Manual and Fiend Folio.
Once I got to the point I could buy things on my own, I started buying any RPG that caught my attention. GURPS (second edition) was my first. Cyberpunk2020. Rifts, Palladium Fantasy, D&D (of course), and on down the line through a who’s who of RPG gaming goodness. I played Star Frontiers, Gamma World, three different versions of Star Trek, and even took a peek at the old FASA version of the Doctor Who RPG.
If this were High School, and I was a cheerleader, you might call me a slut. And it continues to this day. I’m always looking over the next big thing. I contemplated trying to put together a group for the latest round of Warhammer 40K games. I found a copy of Victoriana when I heard that Abney Park (an awesome band, if you like steampunk) was using those rules to do an RPG based on their songs. I’ve made my share of Shadowrunnners, usually either a street sam or a rigger. I played first edition Earthdawn.
You could say I’ve forgotten more about role-playing than most of the latest crop of players has learned.
And RPG’s weren’t the extent of it either. I have a (mostly) complete set of Star Fleet Battles, and have no problems with the tax code rulebook. I can allocate energy for an entire fleet in the time it takes most players to do so for one ship. I was a member of BLADES, the local game store’s Car Wars club. We never made it to the regionals, but we had a hell of a time trying.
Then of course, there’s all the different editions of Battletech. When I wasn’t playing, I was building. Either I was creating terrain pieces, or arena maps, or just building characters I might never get to use.
My “Book of the Dead” would be a sight to see. In it you’d find my elven Ranger, who faced Tiamat, and survived (saving the rest of the party at the same time). Then there’s Valentine Victor Vargas, gnomish thief extraordinaire, and expert at the expeditious retreat. Sir Eglemore, the undead skeleton knight determined to find the dragon that cursed him into undeath (and roasted the flesh of his bones at the same time). Captain Crunch, the custom built pick-up designed for tournament Car Wars play, which could take a 150 mile per hour collision and allow the driver to survive. Or how about his cousin, flambe? He was a tournament legal, survivable car bomb. Most memorable are Toog, Padaras, and Lady Charity.
Toog was a half ogre. He adventured to prove his worth to the goddess of beauty. He thought that if he earned her favor, she would make him handsome. She never did, but he learned to overcome his handicap. Now he runs an inter-dimensional fighting pit.
Padaras was from Monte Cook’s Arcana Evolved. She was a Sibbecai who had grown up among a street gang, and then fought her way out of that gang to earn her self respect and redeem the crimes of her youth. With her bow, Bloodharp, she could shoot anything almost from any distance.
Lady Charity was the daughter of nobility. She ran away from home to become a pirate, and would have made a name for herself as ‘Queen of the Seas’ had she not been bitten by a ghoul, and turned undead herself.
Latest is Jonah. A gunslinger on a desert world. The game is like steampunk, but with a lot of cowboys and indians for set decoration (the indians are actually aliens), and with demons for bad guys. He died in a gunfight, just exactly the way he wanted to go.
So if we ever meet one day, after the introductions (and please, forgive me if I act like a hyper child when I find out you read my blog, I’m not really like that in real life…it would just be cool to meet one or all of you), don’t be surprised if I act the part of the grizzled veteran with a whole lifetime of war stories. Because on paper at least, that’s exactly what I am.