Friday, May 17, 2013
Who am I?
As a way of easing into this Gaming Blog world I am suddenly fascinated with, I thought I would introduce myself. What follows is an excerpt from the introduction to my recent project. I’ll talk about what that is later, once it’s a little further along, and I’m sure I’m not just duplicating others’ efforts. Suffice it to say, it’s an OSR “book” of sorts. Anyways, on to me…
I began my life-long journey in Role-Playing Games with Moldvay’s 1980 version of the Basic Rulebook. I was 11 years old and in the sixth grade. I had just moved back to my hometown in
Northern California to stay with my grandparents while my mom went into the Air Force. One day a new friend of mine, Richard Schmidt, asked me “Do you play D&D?” To which I responded “What’s that?”
Since then I have played every edition of D&D, and have found that 3.5e seems to be my favorite. In addition, I have played a whole laundry list of other RPG’s in just about every genre. These days I play in a regular game of D&D with other 40-somethings who refused to outgrow our beloved hobby. We bring our kids and let them play together while we sit at the table and have grand adventures with minis and a battle mat. Each session has food provided by one of the families. We are the new breed of Domesticated Geek.
Yet, despite the 30 years of gaming experience I have, that old Moldvay red book still holds a certain amount of charm for me. I can crack that ancient tome open (though the copy I have isn’t my original one), and I am instantly transported back to the 6th grade, when the whole idea of fantasy role-playing was new and wondrous. I sometimes long to just roll up a fighter, and explore the Caves of Chaos™.
So, where does that bring me today? Well, from a gaming standpoint, I do a lot of thinking and tinkering, but not a lot of actual playing. I like to write new rules, rules variations, and even gaming systems. But I usually have to rely on others to play test and critique them. So far, this hasn’t worked out too well. But, I still enjoy the process of writing stuff for games.
Among my current projects are Life of Rage, an RPG where the characters are all orcs, a soon-to-be revealed addition to the Basic rules, using Moldvay’s book (and Cook’s Expert Rules) as the basis, and then a few odds and ends of gaming. I always seem to have some irons in the gaming fire, despite being busy with school (getting my Masters in History), writing fiction of various lengths and genres, working a full-time job, and having a full family life.
Yep, life does indeed move pretty fast, Ferris.