thread: 2005-04-27 : The Open House 4: Handshaking

On 2005-04-27, The Metallian wrote:

I check this blog once every two weeks or so because I find it very interesting, but I have not yet felt compelled to post. I find this theory business very interesting and dabble in "indie" games, though at heart I think I'm primarily into "Exploration of character and setting, especially as they interact. [I derive] A great deal of satisfaction arising from experience of sis internal continuity." (to quote Emily's post in a recently-linked thread) My secondary interests are "modeling" and (as a player, anyway) "gamism" as it relates to strategy/tactics/effective use of resources, but I like to keep my in-game actions within the bounds of "actor stance" as much as possible. I suppose you could say I'm a fairly "conventional" gamer who likes to experiment and try to understand What's Really Going On in a roleplaying game.

I'm originally from Massachusetts and live in New Jersey. I'm a 26-year-old software developer and I'm married to a geology professor who is also an avid gamer. I run a regular D&D game due to player demand and enjoy it well enough, but would probably be happier running something else. (probably because the system makes it difficult to develop an internal continuity or exploratory experience that is satisfying to me...too easy to "undo" events, too easy to "skip over" elements of exploration that I enjoy) I do like to play various indie games at cons. I recently ran one-shots of InSpectres, Paranoia XP, and another game written by a friend. I love running Over the Edge one-shots, too. My Best Campaign Ever was a Nightbane campaign that ended 5-6 years ago.

I recently met you at a Double Exposure con in New Jersey. You gave me a quick demo of DitV (which I'd read about on and this blog), and I was impressed and bought a copy. ("Fallout" appeals to the continuity-fiend in me.) I have yet to read it, however, as it takes me forever to get through books that don't pertain to my job or my D&D game these days.


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