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

On 2005-05-09, Michael Curry wrote:

Better late than never, I guess.  I'm Michael, I'm 38, and (like several others here) I've been gaming since junior high.  I was a bit odd in that I owned a copy of Runequest before I owned D&D, but after that I followed a fairly normal progression until college, where I played too many bad house systems and a smattering of MERP and Warhammer FRP.

Once I graduated, of course, I pretty much went from less-than-stellar games to no games at all, until I discovered the Compuserve RPG Forum, and that was my gaming fix for several years (and it's where I met some of the people I game with FTF these days).  I mainly got my FTF fix from Ambercons (and a couple of semi-local Amber DRPG games), so that meant my gaming was all Amber, all the time.  That was, in retrospect, a bit too much Amber.  Of course, I'm still attending
Ambercons, and I'm on the con committee for one (The Black Road in Marlborough, MA), so apparently I didn't entirely burn out on it as a setting.

I found The Forge a couple of years ago.  I was pretty bored with most of the RPGs that were coming out from the big publishers, and the whole small-press RPG scene was like a revelation.  It's all managed to rekindle my enthusiasm for the hobby, and I've been lucky enough to get to play (or GM) games like My Life With Master and Dogs in the Vineyard.  I definitely have a better appreciation of the importance of mechanics (and dice) than I used to, and I've taken some interest in the theory side of things too, which is one of the reasons I'm here.  I don't know if I'll ever actually attempt to design a game of my own, but it's still plenty interesting to learn about the process.

Oh, and I've got a little gaming blog of my own called
Flaming Monkey, which is actually already linked from here.  Thanks for that.


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