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I think we should get to know each other a bit. Building community takes time and a little effort, so this is my little bit of effort to reach out to folks.

Answer the following questions as vaguely or specifically as you wish. I don't want to pressure folk, so skip any question you find too awkward. I just want us to get to know each other a bit. And yes, I'll start.

First, pick an RPG or "RPG Item" to use as your geeklist entry. (If you've never done this before, look for "Add Item" under this header.) Choose a game for whatever reason - doesn't matter to me. Give an explanation of why you chose the game - again, as vague or as specific as you wish. Love it, hate it, curious about it, can't get it out of your mind, etc.

Then answer as many of the following questions as you wish:

1. Where do you live?

2. Is there something about your username and your Avatar you want us to know?

3. How involved are you on the other Geekdo sites (BGG, VGG)?

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?

6. What are some of your favorite things about role-playing?

7. Do you prefer games with a GM or GM-less? Any idea why that's so?

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?

[10. Add your own question!]


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451. RPG Item: MH-00: Marvel Super Heroes Role-Playing Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:839]
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Andrew Butler
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1. Where do you live?
Canberra, ACT, Australia

2. Is there something about your username and your Avatar you want us to know?
The Phantom is Australia's best selling comic (apparently) and I collected them for many moons

3. How involved are you on the other Geekdo sites (BGG, VGG)?
More of a lurker there (and here too)

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
Since late 80's

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
I've dipped my toes in and out as my situation changed.

7. Do you prefer games with a GM or GM-less? Any idea why that's so?
Never tried a solo one

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?

Proably 10? But am super keen to try anything.
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452. RPG Item: Galaxy Far Away: Ultralite Star Wars [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I've been playing PbF for how long, and only NOW found out there's list to be cool? I'm always late to being cool.

1. Where do you live?
Currently in Portland, Oregon. We're looking to move to North Carolina within the next few months - as soon as we can establish a house.

2. Is there something about your username and your Avatar you want us to know?
Umm. The username was mostly out of laziness and an online moniker I've had for many years. Literally a life-long story, made short: but I actually hate it and I would love to change it. I have in most other platforms, but redoing all the stuff I have on here is DAUNTING.

For my avatar? I've been a huge Star Wars fan since I first hit a double digit age, despite the ups and downs. I also love infinite loop gifs. The more seamless, the better. The more mesmerizing and hypnotic, the better too.

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3. How involved are you on the other Geekdo sites (BGG, VGG)?
BGG? Very. Board games are probably my single most favorite past time, and it's very easy to maintain information on my collection and plays on there. But overall? I'd say RPGG has probably overtaken BGG for my overall time consumption between the two.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
I think I first started playing near the tail end of 2013. Star Wars: Edge of the Empire had its full Core Book release, and Age of Rebellion was still in beta.

We had entertained jumping into D&D 4e, but we never actually got together. Neither the setting, nor the rules drew great appeal to me. My prior experience to D&D was the old Bioware and Black Isle Studios video game RPGs, and seeing how drastic the rules felt to me, it just didn't click. So I never played any other PNP RPG until 5e rolled around at some point. We jumped into that a few times, but Star Wars was always our love.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
All forms of gaming have always had some sort of hiatus for me. Sometimes deliberate, sometimes I just had to shift my priorities.

6. What are some of your favorite things about role-playing?
Ideally? They give me a limitless space to do things. In practice, that's not always 100% true, but still. I also like that I get to use my imagination in a structured way. It allows me to undertake the mindset of someone's life in a completely different and normally intangible way.

7. Do you prefer games with a GM or GM-less? Any idea why that's so?
GMs. While GM-less games can be very good (Alice is Missing is probably my favorite...) - Those have a very different feel, and a set of rules/restrictions which prevent the feeling of tactical infinity. Having something that can evolve unexpectedly and out of the player's control gives a better sense of verisimilitude to the experience.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
Hmm... Honestly, I'm not exactly sure how many. I don't feel as "well versed" as most others on here. The majority of my experiences are with NDS/Genesys and 5e. I have played a lot of indie RPGs as well. My "wish list" of systems to play is pretty huge though. But finding anyone that wants to reliably play anything other than 5e is often a challenge.

I would play almost any of those again. But personally, I'm not a tactical miniatures player. I'm not a wargamer. So mechanisms that reinforce that sort of tactical minutia are lost on me. Games that require several checks to resolve a single task, tend to lose my interest as well.

I wasn't a fan of Pathfinder or Starfinder, And I probably wouldn't love anything that had an "extra crunchy" system. Anything that gets in the way a fun and interesting narrative experience, is usually a detractor. I'd almost be more interesting in a book that describes a setting. Cyberpunk Red's Jumpstar Kit has one book just dedicated to the world lore, it goes into detail of the city, what the typical day-to-day things you'd find there, the food, drink, sleep, The gangs, the corporations, the timeline. All that was way more tantalizing and stirred my imagination than the essential rules to play. The former was the hook, the later is just a formality to me. If I could take the book of lore, and apply it to any generic system of my choice? That's perfect.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
Umm... I love cheese.

[10. Add your own question! What's your favorite season and why?]
I'm partial to late spring, or early autumn.

I love the diversity of colors, but temperate temperatures. I like it when we aren't feeling the extremes of cold or heat. If I could live in a universe that had a perpetual spring, or perpetual autumn, I probably would.
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453. RPG Item: Vampire: The Masquerade (Revised Edition) [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:219]
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Anthony Ross
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I'll start off by explaining my game choice; I for the longest time was d20 System only. Every game I bought and played had to be the d20 System, that was until I was invited to play a game I had never heard of: Vampire the Masquerade. Ever since that first session, I was changed. It opened up the world of non D&D/d20 based RPGs.

1. Where do you live?
I live in Kentucky, on the border of Southern Indiana

2. Is there something about your username and your Avatar you want us to know?
My avatar picture was drawn by my girlfriend and now I use it for everything. My username is something I made up when I was like 12; I was real big into Star Wars so I was Jedi Master AJ, which eventually became masteraj

3. How involved are you on the other Geekdo sites (BGG, VGG)?
I have an account with both, but I don't find myself really craving Board Games or Video Games as much

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
I have been playing since 2008

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
Pretty much steadily, I have breaks here and there because life happens; but it's never off my mind

6. What are some of your favorite things about role-playing?
The creativity of making characters, worlds, or adventures. These games allowed me to go and create worlds I probably would not have done or thought of without. I also enjoy collecting as many books as I can

7. Do you prefer games with a GM or GM-less? Any idea why that's so?
I can honestly say I have never played a GM-less game

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
Many, since I branched out past the d20 system I basically dipped my toes into as many systems as I can. I am always up for any system, there is no perfect system so all have their strengths and weaknesses, it's fun to experience them all

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
I plan on starting a YouTube channel soon that's dedicated to RPGs. I finally have all the equipment I think I need, so I should be recording here soon. Also, I am a big collector of RPG books, my goal is to one day have a personal library dedicated to RPGs
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454. RPG Item: Dungeons & Dragons Set 1: Basic Rules [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:135]
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1. Where do you live? Elkridge, MD with my girlfriend and 2 cats, Montage and Echo.

2. Is there something about your username and your Avatar you want us to know? I've used this user name since I was 13, it is a combination of a Sith lord and the main villain from the Lords of Magic video game.

3. How involved are you on the other Geekdo sites (BGG, VGG)?
Very active on BGG, my activity has shifted from trading to PIFFing since the pandemic has killed most of my regular gaming. I look forward to my weekly fully vaccinated group getting rolling again in the next month.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
My dad ran D&D for me and some friends when we were young and I spent many late nights role playing in high school with my core group of friends playing a Grand Theft Auto style game using Paladium and L5R.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
I've played regularly whenever possible, there have been a few 2-3 year breaks in the past 20 years when life was too busy or groups broke up.

6. What are some of your favorite things about role-playing?
I love the long-form story telling, I find that I can be much more emotionally invested in a character I've played or been around weekly for years or a villain I've loathed for months.

7. Do you prefer games with a GM or GM-less? Any idea why that's so?
I've only played a few GM-less games and only as 1 shots. I think having a GM who cares about the long-term narrative helps me to care more about playing a part instead of trying to be the hero which can lead to being very boring/predictable.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
I've played: D&D (multiple versions), Paladium, L5R, Dark Heresy, a custom one a friend made about being biplane/airship pilots, Savage Worlds, Cthulhu, 10 candles, probably forgetting a few.

I'm probably willing to play most of them again, the exception being that I refuse to EVER play a low level D&D character again. I find the first 5 levels of D&D to be some of the most miserable, uninspired, repetitive "heroes save village from goblins"

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
I like 3d printing, mini painting, Board/Video games, Magic, Movies, Cooking, Travel.

I love to promote community and bring people together for shared hobbies.

I will actively eat things I don't like until I develop a taste for them. (licorice, whiskey, raw onions, olives, etc) The only thing I struggle with still is spicy stuff.


10. (Ask my own) What is the easiest dish to make that you feel is outside the norm and more people should try making?

I would recommend Luksha, they are really easy potato pitas that taste great with butter as a side or can be used for almost anything like stew or curry.
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455. RPG Item: Dungeon Masters Guide (AD&D 1e) [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:22]
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Eric Teoro
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I fondly remember buying this DM Guide the year it was first published. It was at Christmas, snowing, and I was enthralled reading it and using the random dungeon generator.

1. Where do you live?

Grew up on Chicago's southside. I now reside two hours away in central Illinois, but I still live in Chicago.

2. Is there something about your username and your Avatar you want us to know?

7 = homage to the Divine
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avatar = Ripacandida town crest - family's hometown in southern Italy

3. How involved are you on the other Geekdo sites (BGG, VGG)?

Fairly active on BGG.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

Rolled my first character around 1976. I was blown away by D&D; there was nothing to compare it to back then.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?

Probably a 25+ year hiatus. I'm amazed at all of the RPGs that are out now.

6. What are some of your favorite things about role-playing?

The freedom to imagine and create, the journey learning about my characters, the memories created with my Wife and Friends.

7. Do you prefer games with a GM or GM-less? Any idea why that's so?

I prefer GMs - love the creativity and ability to explore avenues that they bring to the table - thoroughly enjoy co-creating a story with them and fellow players.
8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?

Probably six or seven - given the right people around the table, all of them. At present, I am focusing on Pathfinder, D&D, Trail/Call of Cthulhu, and The One Ring. I want to try Starfinder, Star Wars, Dresden Files, and 13th Age. I would love trying a WWII RPG, e.g. a commando unit or resistance.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?

So very thankful for my Wife and so very happy She has become a gamer.

10. If you could make one contribution to RPGs, what would it be?

To write a book on how roleplaying can help one develop a virtuous character (as in one's own character).
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456. RPG Item: The Strange [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:466]
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Chris Williams
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1. Where do you live? Eastern NC, close to the beach.

2. Is there something about your username and your Avatar you want us to know? Well my username has been with me for decades and my avatar... well as much as I hate to say one of my favorite comic characters is a psycho, it's Mister Gone from The Maxx.

3. How involved are you on the other Geekdo sites (BGG, VGG)? BGG, very, VGG? Well let's just say my steam library is damn close to 2k so that's a lot of work.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs? 28 years. Holy crap has it been that long?

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus? Steadily, I DM almost every week and have been doing so since I was 13

6. What are some of your favorite things about role-playing? Getting a bunch of oddballs at a table to pretend to be better people, heroic people, for a short few hours.

7. Do you prefer games with a GM or GM-less? Any idea why that's so? I prefer GM because it allows for more interaction between players.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again? Dear sweet monkey. There's no way I could estimate. My library of RPGs takes up an entire wall in my house. The only one I've not liked was the 'End of the World' series by Fantasy Flight. The lore was great but the core game was not fun.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you? I paint miniatures!

10. What are your top 5 RPG systems? Savage Worlds, D&D, The Cypher System, D20 Modern, Godlike (ORE system)
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457. RPG Item: Player's Handbook (AD&D 2e) [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:307]
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Mike Haverty
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1. Where do you live?

In the Tulsa area, Oklahoma, USA.

2. Is there something about your username and your Avatar you want us to know?

Early on I used Siddhartha online because I was a Hermann Hesse fan back in the day. As the online population grew, Siddhartha tended to be used already so I briefly switched to SiddTHX when I got into home theatre for a while, before settling on SiddGames here on BGG. Everything I do online now is SiddGames.

My avatar is just a screencap from The Matrix, one symbolic image of many from that movie - Neo being lifted into the belly of the Nebuchadnezzar.

3. How involved are you on the other Geekdo sites (BGG, VGG)?

I'm 99% of the time just on BGG. I do almost nothing on VGG and my main link to RPGG is the chain of generosity.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

One day in the late 70s my best friend told me about a game called "Dungeons and Dragons" that he and his dad played at someone's house over the weekend. All I remember is that he had a torch and he hit a lizard man in the face with it, but my mind was awhir.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?

Fits and starts, mostly. My parents actually played red box D&D with me in the beginning until we moved and never took it up again. I dabbled in high school, picking up the AD&D core books and making characters with friends at lunch, but never really playing much.

In college, I stumbled across 2nd Edition and looooved it. It's still my favorite overall version of D&D, although a chunk of that is probably nostalgia. The rules for creating your own classes; making the spheres of magic mean something and being able to specialize in them - it was all good stuff. For some reason I really like the blue color scheme in the original 2E books as well - as seen in the image for this geeklist entry.

Then pretty much nothing for a decade beyond some dabbling, followed by my current group going through RPG phases every few years. 3E, 4E, a little 13th Age (which I like a lot), some Gunslingers & Gamblers, and some 5E.

I buy and trade RPGs far, far more than I play them.

6. What are some of your favorite things about role-playing?

The best part is definitely hanging out with friends. I enjoy the systems and the settings, making characters, world building - but in the end it's having a good time with friends.

7. Do you prefer games with a GM or GM-less? Any idea why that's so?

I can't say that I've actually played a GM-less system. I own a few but have never actually tried them. I'm getting old and curmudgeonly, as are my friends to some extent, so we might be too old for such tricks.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?

Hm, counting the D&D flavors and a few others... maybe a dozen. I think I'd play any of them again - haven't had a bad experience with any.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?

Just enjoy being around all you gamers, of all types. BGG is pretty much my only online community. And shout-out to Chuck Dee who shone a light on this list over in the RPG chain of generosity.
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458. RPG Item: Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:70]
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Jim Paprocki
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My first thought was to throw up the Moldvay Basic Set as my "defining image", because that's where it all began, but it's this West End Games Star Wars game that showed me it's all right to play cinematic one-shots and dispense with the battle grids and the tracking of rations! It felt very fresh in 1988!

Anyway, here's the Q&A:

1. Where do you live?
Green Bay, Wisconsin. I grew up here, but spent my 30's in Missouri. We moved back "home" after having kids.

2. Is there something about your username and your Avatar you want us to know?
At my first job my network ID was JPACT001. My initials plus the code for the department I worked in (actuarial.) I've kept that jpact handle ever since. My avatar is just an ode to my appreciation of fine cask-aged beverages!

3. How involved are you on the other Geekdo sites (BGG, VGG)?
I'm a long time BGG user, going back to roughly 1999-2000 when it was just a database and didn't have the forums and social media aspects. I was and am a hardcore strategic board game player. I don't spend any time on VGG, but I play an embarrassing amount of Fortnite.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
Dad bought me Moldvay Basic in 1981. He tried to upsell me to the D&D Electronic Labyrinth Game while we were in Toys R Us, because it cost more, but 12-year old me detected there was more game in the books than in that nondescript touch pad device. (Don't get me wrong; that electronic D&D is a remarkably good logic puzzle. It's just mot an RPG.)

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
Pretty steady, but the intensity varied a lot over the years. Even when I didn't have a home campaign I'd get in a few convention one-shots or s RPGA organized play each year. From roughly 1995-2015 I was way heavier into board games. It's sort of evened out more for me for the past few years.

6. What are some of your favorite things about role-playing?
I find the creative aspects to be very inspiring: world-building, character building, story-telling. I bias toward combat and tactics at the table. Love the social aspect and just breaking away from life's responsibilities with some good friends.

7. Do you prefer games with a GM or GM-less? Any idea why that's so?
I think my sweet spot is GM-driven mini-campaigns. But a GM-less one-shot can be a ton of fun. I think what those have in common is that players aren't overly attached to the fate of their characters.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
Dozens. There's only so much time to game, so I'd like to keep my play library relatively narrow, and the "play again" category is pretty small. I like D&D and its retro-clones, and I like the modern rules-light stuff that has emerged.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
My other hobbies include cooking, cocktails, whiskies, and collecting and reading classic sci-fi and appendix N books. My wife does an admirable job of getting me to go out walking and hiking with her, and I find myself dabbling in birding; not sure if that will have legs or not.

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459. RPG Item: The Veggie Patch [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:5669]
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Hi. I choose The Veggie Patch as my banner of sorts for this thread because it was quite the find for me. A RPG setting that is both original, accessible and exciting.

While my RPG-related discipline is awful, particularly when it comes to learning new systems and putting them into use, Veggie Patch is one that I truly want to. Among other reasons because it seems to be very family-friendly without really dumbing things down.

Now for the questions.

1. Where do you live?

Curitiba, Brazil.

2. Is there something about your username and your Avatar you want us to know?

The Avatar is currently a bit idealized. The eyeglasses have been gone for years now. Unfortunately, so has the hairline. But that is ok.

The username is pretty much my real name. I like openness; it invites trust.


3. How involved are you on the other Geekdo sites (BGG, VGG)?

I have contributed to BGG on occasion, but I tend to like RPG more. VGG I have barely visited at all. I'm sure it is fine, but I am not much of a VG person.


4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

Since the late 1980s, although there were long spells without playing any.


5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?

Sure, quite a few. For various reasons steady playing just isn't a well settled habit in my life - although there are good indications that this may be about to change for the better.


6. What are some of your favorite things about role-playing?

The narrative challenges and opportunities, the colaborative aspects, the ability to actually build a shared story.

And as of late, the chance of establishing what my ideal of a RPG would be. I have come to realize that what I favor isn't particularly typical, nor particularly commercial - and that is probably a very good thing once I have unraveled the specifics.


7. Do you prefer games with a GM or GM-less? Any idea why that's so?

I think I have a slight preference for the presence of a central narrator, mainly because it adds a nice element of asymmetry and entitles someone to break any impasses and dilemmas that might arise. But I do value player participation and creativity, even presentation of challenges for the narrator.

GM-less is probably fine. I don't think I have actually experienced it.


8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?

Around 20 or 30, probably. But not nearly enough of most to get a good grasp of what makes them tick (when they do).

For the most part I would choose narrators if given the chance and not care all that much about the systems. Even systems that I do not much like can be fun with the proper environment and particularly the right group and narrator.

Still, going by system alone, I would probably need a good elevator pitch to consider playing medieval fantasy again if given a decent alternative.

For a simple numeric percentage of those that I have actually played... perhaps half of them, with a half dozen or so that I would truly enjoy revisiting... and some three dozens that I want to make a better acquaintance of.

It is one of my oddest RPG-related quirks. I like to know new systems, even though I am by now positive that the narrator makes more of a difference.


9. Anything else you want us to know about you?

You can certainly be forgiven for doubting me (facts are facts, after all) but I truly want to build a solid framework for presenting RPGs and even specific sessions. I may even be about to materialize such an effort. I expect it to be a lot of help in achieving fruitful, pleasant game sessions.

Also, I love the ePUB digital format and wish it was given more attention. I expect that it will once a new generation of ePUB readers achieves better handling of tables.

Oh, and I would love to have a regular group (online or otherwise) for practicing spoken English. I have tried once or twice, but the obstacles are considerable.

10. Are you really like that?

Why, yes I am. Sorry about that.
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