On 2005-05-09, Dave Laurence wrote:
My name's Dave, I read here fairly regularly (and always come away with something interesting) and at the Forge daily. I spend a lotta time at RPG.net, but mostly for the PbP forum these days.
I'm 31, been living in Fukuoka, Japan for (gawd) 9 years now, happily married to my wife Akiko for 2, presently preoccupied with the terror of heading back to the States and going to grad school - Linguistics, so I can actually get some training in the English teaching thing I've been doing for so long. Planning to come back here when I'm finished, but looking forward to the chance to get some face-to-face gaming in while I'm there.
I've been role-playing since elementary school, and have vivid memories of gazing reverently at a copy of blue-box D&D in the playground at recess. ("What's the crayon for?") Playing back then was, of course, very "cargo cult" style, but through junior high and high school I did a fair bit of gaming. Things tapered off in college, with warhammer taking over, and went completely away for my first few years here. I still haven't worked up the courage to try role-playing in Japanese or with actual Japanese people (although I probably could, if I would just put in the effort), but I've been having a lot of fun with PbeM with a couple friends from back home. (Mage for 2-3 years and now Exalted - I know, I know, very mainstream. I blush.)
But I really like what's going on here. I own and can't wait to play Dogs, and also have an itch to try out Otherkind if possible, as well as a whole raft of other Forge-type games. I like to think that exposure to this bleeding-edge stuff has informed and helped my mainstream gaming. Thanks, Vincent! Someday when I'm actually in the states I'm hoping to get to a convention and say that in person. (Don't worry, not all of it, just the "thanks" part.)