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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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26. RPG: Ars Magica (5th Edition) [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:21]
RPG: Ars Magica (5th Edition)
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Ars Magica (currently 5th Edition) ist the one RPG i played the most and will probably play the most in future. The magic system is just awesome.


1. Where do you live?

In Koblenz, Germany.

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

No, not really, i chose it one time as an Alter Ego and still stick with it.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?

lydon brought me here and i lurked quite some time. I remember me asking him: "Why should i create an account, pfft GG and thumbs, who cares!" Now i am an addict...

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

As for lydon it started in 1984 with 'Das Schwarze Auge'. My elder brother actually bought it, but it was me that got hooked. But i was stranded wit a new and great concept (RPGs) but no players to play with...
That's where lydon came in: We knew each other since kindergarten and lost contact when we went to different schools at the age of 10. We reconnected in 85 i think because of a listing of players for 'Das Schwarze Auge'.

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

There were a lot of ups and downs along the way. Right now i am lucky if i spend one eveneing per month playing RPG.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?

I like it, when an RPG not only grips me during a session, but also between them. This might be one of the reasons i like Ars Magica so much, where the development of your Magus between sessions is of relatively high importance.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?

Another one for Rollenspiel

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

At least 25, but often it was just a one night affair...

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

I am thinking about a new Ars Magica campaign right now and toying with the thought to use Fate rules and put the Ars Magica magic system on top of this...
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27. RPG Item: Chill: Adventures Into The Unknown [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:1140]
RPG Item: Chill: Adventures Into The Unknown
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I picked Chill because it is one of the games my friends and I had the most fun with back in my RPG heyday (high school). It also set me onto my path of interest in the Cthulhu Mythos, and taught me that the best role-playing games aren't merely about killing stuff!

1. Where do you live?
Tacoma, WA (for over 4 years now). Grew up in the Los Angeles area (La Puente/West Covina), but glad to now be in the Northwest!

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
I'm a big Call of Cthulhu fan, and I usually find it easy to pick some obscure Great Old One/Outer God/Elder God that no one would think of using...

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
Not very. I had posted on occasional threads and read some reviews, but not much more than that.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
Roughly 28 years.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
I played steadily from the 5th grade until well after college. Only in the last couple of years have I completely fallen away, due to lack of time. I still can fit in the occasional one-shot or convention, but no campaigns to speak of. cry

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?
Limitless options. I have long felt that board & card games are an inferior form of entertainment, since players of those games may only do what is allowed for in the (very strict) rules. But in RPGs, your character can innovate, negotiate, and otherwise do that which is unexpected.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?
"RPG"! But traditionally, I believe there's a hyphen in there.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
Jeez, we're talking 40-50 systems, at least! Of those, I would probably play 75% of them again. I try to avoid the real stinkers!

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
I'm glad to see there is now a place for fogies like me to go on and on about the games they love but never actually play anymore. laugh
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28. RPG Item: Das Schwarze Auge: Abenteuer Basis-Spiel (2nd Edition) [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:4950]
RPG Item: Das Schwarze Auge: Abenteuer Basis-Spiel (2nd Edition)
The Das Schwarze Auge: Abenteuer Basis-Spiel (2nd Edition) of Das Schwarze Auge was my first step into the hobby. After having watched a TV report about some guys playing warriors and mage, I looked for Das Schwarze Auge everywhere. As a kid, my radius was not very large and it took me over two years to find it. On a vacation trip with my parents to Kiel at the Baltic Sea, I happened upon the box, spent all my money (30 Deutsche Mark, thanks Grandma!) on it. Back in our vacation home in Laboe I read through the rules on a mild afternoon, understood only half of it, but was completely drawn into another world. That was the event that brought me into roleplaying, and I associate the smell of the Baltic Sea with RPGs ever since.

1. Where do you live?
Lübeck, Germany. Only a year ago I moved here, at last fulfilling my dream to have the Baltic Sea at my doorstep (at least figuratively, I have to walk 6 minutes to the beach).

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
It is a completely invented name. For long years I went with Drako Lefevre, but at some point eight or ten years ago it did no longer sound good to my ears, and was awkward in e-mail addresses and ebay usernames. So I toyed with some ideas and Thalendar emerged as the winner.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
I had heard of it, but nothing more.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
The Das Schwarze Auge: Abenteuer Basis-Spiel (2nd Edition) came out in 1988, and most of my old gaming stuff was released from 1988 to 1991. So I think it has been 18-20 years since I got first involved.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
In school we had always some campaign running, mostly Shadowrun. When I moved away from my hometown after school, the gaming circle broke up, and despite some attempts, I never found a lasting group again. So for about 10 years I have only played a few times. I never stopped buying RPG book, though.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?
I love to delve into the imaginative worlds other people have devised. That is my main reason for collection RPGs, even if I don't get a chance to play them. Being a hero for some hours without risking your real life is also a great thing for me.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?
roleplaying. I can also go with role-playing, but I always thought role playing without any connection between the role and playing it was odd.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
I have played about 15-20 different systems. I would play them all again. Even some awkward rules can participate to the original flavor of a game.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
I love the sea (especially the Baltic Sea), rough weather, strolling through nature without seeing anything man-made, and I love live music (rock and blues). I absolutely hate hot weather.
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29. RPG Item: Twilight: 2000 (2nd Edition) [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1079]
RPG Item: Twilight: 2000 (2nd Edition)
Max Coffey
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Victoria
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Version 2.2 boxed set. This was the basis for the GDW House rules for Twilight 2000, Merc: 2000, and Dark Conspiracy games. I run these games and ran even further. I massaged these rules and used them as the basis for my own house rules, When Heroes Go Down. I designed a 1940 WW2 milieu in Burgundy France with the PCs as members of X troop, X(Inter Allied) Commando. I wrote a number of missions for them, and for when they wanted a change, I wrote Mission "Fumpf", where they get to play SS commandoes on the eastern front near Krakow, December, 1944. Guilty pleasure I know, but it is a lesson in history.

1. Where do you live?

I live in a rowhouse complex on a native reserve on the border of Esquimalt, View Royal, and Saanich in the city Of Victoria, British Columbia.

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

It is the callsign of a doomed Spitfire pilot in an old battle of Britain movie whose title escapes me. Memorable in that he dies a fiery death with his AM radio switch on as people on the ground listen in horror. It affected me deeply and I have used that as my callsign in flight sim contests and as my online handle.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?

Since 2005, I have been daily on the Geek. Almost all of my game collection is posted. I don't have an avatar but I do have four microbadges.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

Since September of 1977, when I borrowed my friend Doug's white box of the D&D trilogy. Whoooohhh. So different from the board wargames I had been playing for a year. I designed a town and a small dungeon with a dragon at the bottem of the forth level. Yeah, it was kinda bad. Shortly after. . . the Red Box. More accessible and kinder to beginning DM's.

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

I played pretty steadily up until my third boy was born, and we moved from Toronto Ontario to Victoria, BC, in 2000. Board games I could play solo or get occassional opponents, but the well dried up for RPGs. I continued writing campaigns and scenarios for both fantasy (my own world Lattice) and modern (Twilight: 2000 Nord Kapp, and Dark Conspiracy MegaToronto circa2023 and my homegrown 1940). Things heated up considerably 2 years ago when I met up with some young blood (20 somethings) at the FLGS (Skyhaven Games) and we have played several RPGs since.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?

Immersing the group in alternate personalities and imaginative situations, hopefully discovering something wonderful and exotic.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?

RPG. Roleplaying.

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

I reckon about 80. I would give time to play 15% IF the DM was GOOD, or me. Not really ego, I just have a lot of experience and players say I'm good.

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

Gaming is much of what makes my life a joy. It allows for social interaction and stimulating mental activity. I really need it. It got me through some really bad times, but it was my wife who saved my life and enabled me to become whole. In 1999 I was diagnose with Schizo-Affective Bi-Polar Disorder. Manic Depressive. It explained a lot of my behavior and life up to that point. For a year I did nothing about the diagnoses. When we moved to Victoria, it was a new beginning, so I decided to get help. It took a long time with therapy and different trials with all sorts of different medications to get me stable, but I have reach it. I have been blessed and I have a great joy that I wish to share. Gaming is my outlet.
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30. RPG Item: Advanced Melee [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:385]
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Jeff Jones
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Round Rock
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1. Where do you live?
I live in the Austin, Texas area which is the only place worth living in the whole state.

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
As a self identified existentialist I tried my best to come up with something absurdest for a nickname on some long forgotten online forum. Although my favorite existentialist writer is Camus, for some reason that just didn't sound all that edgy. Kafka just sounded better even though I wouldn't consider him the inellecetual equal of Camus or Sartre. I've been using it for years and it has become my online "brand" to a certain exitent.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
Read BGG daily, posted somewhat frequently and tracked my collection and game ratings there.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
Thirty years.

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

There was a hiatus after I got married for the first time and moved away from Lubbock where my group was. I re-connected to my original Gm (still the best I've ever played with) about ten years ago when I moved to Austin where he lived. RPGing ever since.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?

To me, roleplaying is as much of an excuse to get together with my friends and have a good time.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?

I really don't care. Any of those gets the point across.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
Around ten. Probably would play only three or four of them again.


9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
I have very expensive hobbies (Boardgames, Wine and Photography) which means I have no money.

I am happily married to a wonderful woman who is tolerant of my foibles and amazingly smart. Her family has always played games together but they were the standard mainstream ones. I have, over the years, converted them. On of my proudest moments was when we went to her parents home and there was a brand new copy of Agricola on the table. I can get a four player game of Agricola going almost any time.

I have two cats and no kids.

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31. RPG: Basic Dungeons & Dragons [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:102]
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Hi all,

1. Where do you live?
Singapore, a little island state in South East Asia (and no, we're not a part of China) ~ William Gibson has called this place Disneyland with the death penalty.

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
Cthulhu F'tagn!

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
Somewhat ~ my current RPG streak restarted about two years ago when some old friends got back together. It's been board games for a while before that.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
22 years.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
Quite a bit of a hiatus; between marriage and job and many friends moving away out of country

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?
Travel to far off lands, meet interesting "people", and kill them.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?
I don't care, really.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
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You tell me *heh*

Seriously though, over the years I started off with Dragon Warriors, moved on to D&D Basic set, AD&D, Shadowrun, Cyberpunk, Rifts, Earthdawn, Call of Cthulhu, 7th Sea, D&D 3rd ed, Ars Magica, Unknown Armies, Anima, Vampire, Warewolf and just last night, back to D&DCyclopedia, just for the heck of it. My current group tends to have campaigns in seasons like a TV series, we'd end a season after a major advancement of plot and move on to something else, and possibly change GMs for a change of pace, and will revive the game after another one or two changes.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
None too stable is I.
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32. RPG Item: GURPS Myth [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:7689]
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Simon Crowe
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My addition is a slightly odd GURPs sourcebook that I can't imagine many people used. But it reminds me of the first campaign I ran and was proud of.

1. Where do you live?
Sheffield, UK.

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
Well it's effectivley my first initial (S) and my last name (Crowe). But it's been a nickname for about 12 years, since my school days. I used to write 'S. Crowe' at the top of my essays, but I have such an unintelligable scrawl it ended up as Scrowe, which a teacher refered to as sounding like some sort of disease. Nice.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
I rate games I played at least twice, and log all my plays. Very occasional reciews and session reports.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
About 13 years at my reckoning. Started with Middle Earth Roleplaying. My Tolkein-obsessed friend GMed, and we had two players each controlling two characters (gasp!). One of mine was a hobbit, starting my lifelong love of playing characters who aren't very good.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
In the early teenage years maybe once a month. Things picked up when I went to university (once a week). And it's really picked up recently with two weekly sessions and one monthly session.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?
Creating/exploring/fleshing-out the background of various interesting settings.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?
From writing it in a previous answer I realise I spell it Roleplaying. I always enjoy when the predictive text on my phone calls it Role Slaying.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
Almost 20 would be my guess. I can't think of any I definitely wouldn't play again, a good GM would usually be able to get my interest going with a good pitch.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
I always feel a little guilty at having a Games Designer badge, when I only wrote one tiny bit of a poorly-received book. But not guilty enough to ask someone to take it away, it makes me feel important!
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33. RPG Item: Dark Fate [Average Rating:10.00 Unranked]
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Marcelo Paschoalin
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Santo André
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1. Where do you live?
Santo André, SP, Brazil.

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
Sthephens Fermmoylle was my first really hated villain in a six-year campaign (GURPS at the time). He was so hated that some players gathered at parties (they were 13-, 14-years old at the time) to discuss how to defeat him. The name was a minor tribute to a character in the book "The Cardinal".

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
A few reviews--mostly in Portuguese--a few session reports (mostly in English) and a few game designs listed under my belt. During Secret Santa time some fellow users requested info on boardgame stores here in Brazil.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
Let me see... 23 years so far. 1986 players here in Brazil are usually referred as belonging to "Xerox Generation" (few people had books and copyright was hardly a issue to the earlier gamers). It's a dark past, but it was the basis of RPG here in Brazil.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
I had a 2-year hiatus, with no gaming group. Yet I've bought most of my books on that same time period.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?
Be a hero! The chance for a regular gamer be a hero is th emost precious facets of roleplaying.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?
RolePlaying, with a capital P in the middle of the word. When I need to write something more formal I use roleplaying.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
Wow, though question... ... 25 at least... 5 of them I'd gladly play again.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
Steffan O'Sullivan was the man who allowed me to become a RPG writer. Years ago, using FUDGE as gaming system, my first book was published here in Brazil, and that was the gateway to my other works. I'm truly grateful to him since them.
And now I have my first published work in English available. It's not the end of an age--it's the dawn of a new age for me.
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34. RPG: Mage: The Ascension [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:75]
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1. Where do you live?

Ft Benning, Georgia, USA

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

Just a compression of my nickname "Trey" and my last name, Stone.

3. How involved, if any, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?

Pretty involved, most notably on the Religion, Sex and Politics forum.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

32 years.

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

The military life has forced hiati here and there, but I game when I can.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?

Coming together, making a story, having an adventure, having a laugh, even occasionally hitting real drama emotionally.



7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?

No preference.

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

Many, and most I would play again.

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

In this age of computer wizbangery, nothing beats, books, dice, pencils, paper and friends you can see.
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35. RPG Item: HōL [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1669]
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I've chosen HoL as an item. It's an amazing piece of work: an extremely sharp parody that pokes fun in all the right places, and yet includes a perfectly workable system that really does work well, and a setting that is coherent, expansive, detailed, and full of plot hooks. It's a great read and great fun!


1. Where do you live?

Currently my permanent base is in York in the UK. But I'm actually living in Madrid, with wife and baby in tow, as I'm working here. And when I get back to the UK we'll be moving house to some other part of the country entirely, yet to be finally decided on. This makes collecting and playing RPGs difficult for me...


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

It's my name! I'm very lucky to have an unusual name that I love and is hardly ever taken as a username. Most Greeks with this name go by "Stelios" (the nominative case) but I've always used "Stelio" (the vocative case) in English.


3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?

I first made an account in 2004 and have been contributing bits here and there since then (see, for example, my support badges). But I found it difficult to add much to the database because of the speed with which BGG users add new items.

I spent some time in the community as well. This included playing in the Werewolf forums, but I got disillusioned by the emphasis on playing the game by the rules rather than by the roles (I would place my votes based on how I interpreted my character's actions in a role-playing sense rather than by what I thought was the most rational action for me as a player).

For me, RPGG has been a lush verdant expanse of wilderness, ready for joyful exploration. And although I do still use BGG, I try to do it through the rpg.geekdo.com domain as much as possible.



4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

I started with the Dungeons & Dragons Set 1: Basic Rules back when I was 11, I think. That was in 1989, so twenty years now.

Except that that only refers to my love affair with commercial RPGs. When I was much younger, probably around four or five years old, I invented my own role-playing game (before I knew such things existed) called Boggle's Kingdom. I ran it as a one-on-one game, one GM and one player, and it involved making some shapes with my hands to simulate some of the action. I could go on in great depth, but that's enough of a taster. Ah, good times.


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

From picking up D&D, I played RPGs throughout school and again throughout university. Also at university I was introduced to LARP, based on White Wolf's Vampire: The Masquerade. When I started work in a new area of the UK it took me a while to find a gaming group, and it was actually only LARP groups that I found. Since then, I've not had a dedicated tabletop RPG group, and this makes me sad.


Recently I've dipped my toe into playing RPGs on forums. That seems to be going well so far, and is a way to reconcile my geographical uncertainty and lack of predictable free time (note the wife and baby).


6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?

I love the freedom that tabletop RPGs afford: being able to get together with a group of friends and imagine a world together. That's truly wonderful.


7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?

I didn't think about it much, nor had much need to really. But I've written the phrase so many times now that I've deeply involved in RPGG that I've made my choice: it's role-playing for me.


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

About forty different systems. I love games of all kinds, so I think I'd play any of these again. I think that who you play with is more important than what you play. It's like going on holiday: the destination may be amazing, but it's the people that you're with that really make it enjoyable.


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

On and off, I'm working on a super secret RPG that few people know about, and will be unleashed on an unsuspecting GeekDo (probably) as a Christmas present.
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36. RPG Item: Victoriana Core Rulebook [Average Rating:8.18 Overall Rank:945]
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I chose Victoriana 2e for my image, as it's one of my favorite rpgs. I'm attracted to its flexible setting and modular rules, which, depending on where you set the dial, can facilitate the gamut from Victorian-themed gritty occult horror/mystery to "steampulp" swashbuckling action-adventure.

1. Where do you live? I live in the Dallas-area Metroplex. But really, I've lived all over. There is a good chance that I will be moving south of Big D to Waxahachie (little w?) in a few months. It's a small town, and I fear that it will be more difficult to find local folk to play with.

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know? Not much to tell... I'm a Christopher Marlowe fan is all.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo? Zilch. Actually, I only discovered that I liked playing board games relatively recently, about four or so years ago.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs? Lessee... I started playing, like many gamers my age (late 30s), about 1981 with the Moldvay B/X set of D&D. Soon after came Call of Cthulhu and DragonQuest. There were others, but those were the biggies.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus? I pretty much stopped playing rpgs in high school. I picked up CoC again in college for a time, then utterly quit until about four or five years ago. So my last hiatus lasted 15+ years! How I got hooked again is a long story the telling of which I will spare you.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing? One would have to be the collaborative story-telling aspect... But also, and this is something that is hard to articulate, I am drawn to the sheer tactile hedonics of gaming--the oddly satisfying, almost ceremonial, focus on manipulating small objects, the sound of thrown dice, cards being flipped, the whole velvety click-clack of tabletop gaming. It goes back to the casting of lots, or so I'm convinced. Acts of sortition tap into a very old part of human psychology, and I think it's the same place that much potent story-telling comes from.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way? I am 99% sure it's hyphenated.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again? I've played a lot of systems. I'm one of those supposedly mythical omni-gamer types. For instance, I like 4e and Pathfinder [audible GASP] as well as indie press diceless gems like Montsegur 1244. It's hard to say, but I've played at least 30 different rpgs comprising more than a dozen systems. Aside from Victoriana (using the Heresy core system), the others I play regularly or wish that I played more regularly are: Savage Worlds (esp. Deadlands Reloaded, Realms of Cthulhu, and Solomon Kane), FATE (Spirit of the Century), PDQ (S7K), the dice system in Dogs in the Vineyard, 12-Degrees (Colonial Gothic), 6-6 (Alpha Omega), Burning Wheel, Gumshoe, and the FATE-like system in Chronica Feudalis.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you? Um, I like funny-looking cats.
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37. RPG Item: At Rapier's Point [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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I selected At Rapier's Point not because I own it nor have played it, but it might represent my rpg style. As was pointed out to me in my review of the Marvel Superhero RPG by TSR, I am a simulationist. I like the mechanics of a system to have considered every real phsyical aspect within reason. I like systems which are detailed in their considerations, but simple in their execution/resolution. (Thus I picked a Rolemaster item.)
But, none of that is worth sacrificing the narrative. Roleplaying is still about a bunch of friends (or hopefully friends-to-be) getting together, enjoying each others' company, and creating an exciting, amazing story. (Thus, I picked a module/source piece.)

I live in Omaha, Nebraska, USA currently. I moved up here 3 years ago. I was born in Chicago. My family moved to South-Central Missouri when I was 3.5, and all the time inbetween then and now was in Missouri.

My username has quite a history. When I was in early high school I started using the handle(when I could) Master Blaster, referring to my absolute mastery of the NES game Blaster Master. In college I was in a group of folks who gave people nicknames, usually ones they didn't like. I misunderstood what they were calling me for two years, thinking it was Indy. By the time I found out what it actually was and meant, Indy had already become its own thing, so I kept it as a handle. (Those were the days of MUDs and bulliten boards.) For years I was MasterIndy. Recently I wanted to create a different handle, partially because Indy always seemed to be taken and paritally to drop the arrogant "Master". I had younger friends who referred to Columbia, Missouri, where I had lived for 13 years during my college degrees, as CoMo. And thus, Indy of Como.

I only recently got involved on BBG, mostly reading reviews and participating in the RSP forum. I think the most respectful form of evangelism is to unapologetically, graciously engage in conversations of faith. As is common for me, though, I found the furious rate of those threads hard to keep up with, especially when my computer broke.
I am into boardgames mostly as a quick-fix kind of hobby anyways--roleplaying is by far superiour when it is good, though boardgaming is quicker, less committed, and more consistent.

I started actually roleplaying when I entered college, circa 1993, so about 15 years now.
During college play was pretty steady, with the usual gaps because of tests or breaks. The group I was with usually only ran one game at a time, and through the next 13 years it was pretty much that way. We almost always had a game running. Since leaving CoMo in 2007, I have definitely had a hard time finding regular gaming. I was running a Rolemaster game for a while, but we only met about once a month for 4-5 hours. That just isn't sufficient. Too many higher priorities from other players, and not enough synchronicity in our schedules. I might start turning to strangers...

Putting good roleplaying experiences into words seems hard to me, but there is that time, when the suspension of disbelief is held tightly, everyone in the room is excited by the plot developments, hooting and hollaring at other PC's accomplishments, and the minusha(sp) of hitpoint-counting and experience-gaining fades into the background.
These are the moments I remember with great joy.

Roleplaying is my preferred spelling. I'll add it to electronic dictionaries.

I think I could get a pretty close count...Rifts, Marvel, Shadowrun, Earthdawn, Mage:tA*, TOON*, Rolemaster, AD&D, D&D 3E, Warhammer fantasy*, Unknown Armies*, Call of Cthulu*. Asteriked games are games I played at a convention, probably only once. I can specifically remember one indie system* which I cannot recall really any details about. Add a handful for systems I have forgotten and I have a count of 18. My groups and I don't explore that much, we tended to run long campaigns (1yr+ weekly) in the same system and setting.
I'd play again all of those except Mage, TOON, and AD&D. I'd only play D&D 3E with the right people, since I don't like the D&D system. But as someone else said, it's mostly about who you are playing with.

9A. I feel that my Christian calling is to those who are questioning their faith or aren't as sure as they used to be/would like to be. If that's you, write to me. I don't have a pep talk for you, or a laundry list of reasons you should be happy, just my own life to share. Also, I was a 30yr atheist first, so I get that perspective if that's you, and I can tell you what thoughts led to my change in faith.
9B. I am both player and GM, I like to do both. My most recent group fell apart when I wanted to step down for a while and play; the player who volunteered to GM never stepped up to the plate.
9C. I do not believe in GM vs. players, it should be a cooperative experience.
9D. I have decided the next thing I'm going to do in roleplaying is try to run adventures, not campaigns. (To me, adventure != one-shot. Adventure is 2-5 sessions of gaming.) Do this just to game, and to not stress busy people(including myself) out with an undefined-ending time committment. And maybe then others will step up and GM too.
9E. Married September this year. I don't think my wife will enjoy roleplaying, but we haven't given it a try yet. She enjoys many of the boardgames I've introduced her to, everything from Ticket to Ride to Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game to Mille Bornes.
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38. RPG Item: Book 01: Flight from the Dark [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:256]
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I picked the first book in the Lone Wolf series of gamebooks, because that's what I've been playing recently. I love the series, and ProjectAon.org has them all online!

1. Where do you live?
I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in a fantastic cohousing community that offers a lot of gaming opportunities. If you haven't checked out cohousing, and you're a gamer, you owe it to yourself to do so.

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
You'll never guess what it means.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
I've been very involved, for the past two years. I'm the designer of Zombie in My Pocket, and I'm a big proponent of Print and Plays games.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
I've been playing since I was 11 years old, and I turn 32 this month, so...21 years! Although there was a big break between graduating from college (2000) and my next RPG (2008). So, I've been playing for 13 years, I suppose.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus
See above. That, and my current group just took about a year and a half off. We're back on now, and I'm excited.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?
Scheduling meetings.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?
Roleplaying.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
Oh, I'd say I've probably played five. I'd play almost all of them again, all but one.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
I thought, when RPGG was being discussed, that I wouldn't have any use for it. Turns out I'm really excited about it, especially since there's lots of good content for Lone Wolf and Fighting Fantasy. It's also been part of what has lead me to getting my D&D (3.5) back together.
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39. RPG Item: Earthdawn [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:349]
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Wow, I completely missed this geeklist... silly me.
Anyway, picked Earthdawn because it was my first bought RPG and it's one of my favourite fantasy settings.

1. Where do you live?
I used to live in Kraków, Poland - but I moved with my girlfriend to study in the UK, Rochester, Kent. I study in Canterbury. Not sure on staying here, I'm beginning to be home sick for some reason.

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
Not really. Kristof is a simplification of my real name, which has its roots in either the computer game Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption or the movie "The Truman Show". Can't remember which. "Lord" is there not because I'm royalty and not because I'm a bufoon, but because "Kristof" on it's own is usually taken and this is what I usually use to make it more unique.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
Quite a bit, but mostly in the forums. Nothing too exceptional.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
Around 11 years, although throughout the whole period I haven't played nearly as much as I would like.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
See above - I actually never had a chance of playing a long-lasting campaign. Most of my games are either one-shots, or something which is planned out as steady gaming, but falls apart after the third or fourth session. So I'm in a state of perpetual hiatus, so to speak.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?
I love constructing stories and seeing how they play out. I have a keen interest in how characters tend to come to life when you create them and let them loose - both in books and in games. So I always love being surprised when an adventure goes in a direction I haven't foreseen. I also love the satisfaction as a GM, when the players end a session smiling and generally happy about the last few hours.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?
I tend to use the abbreviation, RPG. When referring to role-playing, I spell it as seen. I wonder why, though.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
I played several systems (about 5 or 6), of which I liked most, and would like to give the one or two I didn't quite enjoy another go. I also played and GM'd a number of homebrewed systems (including some variations on existing games).

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
I love to discuss RPG's and to share views on the hobby. I consider RPG's to be a form of art and would like to see Universities pick it up as a regular wild module, as it's extremely interesting from several angles.
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40. RPG Item: Metamorphosis Alpha [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:3000]
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Oh goodie! This thread got rezzed and now I have a legitimate opportunity to spout off on one of my favorite topics: Me!

I picked Metamorphosis Alpha for the picture because I think that's the first RPG -oriented product I ever bought all by myself. ("White Box" D&D came first, but that came recommended.) MA still seems like a pretty cool concept for a game -- has it been brought into the future by anybody and ported to D20 at least?

Those days are still clear in my mind: Turned loose in the book store with a certain amount of white-hot cash, burning, burning, burning in the pocket. Spending hours going over everything in the hobby section -- which just seemed like an overflowing treasure chest of weird and wonderful stuff -- trying to figure out just what to buy. Finally deciding on something and then poring over it at home only because it was too dark to see in the car. Do you remember those days? (Free drink for anyone who remembers the 'Book-Tique')

On to the questions:

1. Where do you live?

I live in Olympia, Wash., a grey, yet strangely vibrant little burgh that sits at the southern end of Puget Sound. I've lived in the Pacific Northwest for all but two of my 40-plus years and it's hard to imagine living anyplace else.

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

I've been around computing long enough that I used to be able to use my first name ("Marcus") as a login on a bunch of different systems and BBSs or whatnot. Those days are long over, and when I signed up for the main email account I still use, "Marqos" was as close as I could get. It's weird -- some people think that's actually how I spell my name. Also, it's kind of a minefield to give it out over the phone because people just automatically put in a 'u' after the 'q'.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?

Moderately involved, I guess. I'm not quite what you'd call an old-timer, but when I first came to BGG, geeklists were actually a great source of information, as opposed to mostly entertainment. GG seemed harder to come by, especially if you didn't want to write yet another session report for Puerto Rico.

I came on board too late (and without the knowledge, honestly) to really contribute to the database, but I piled up a nice little heap o' boardgames after greedily devouring all the information I could digest. ("German" games? WTF are these things? Oh, wow. Neat!) Once I got "caught up" on the world of gaming, I started enjoying the social aspects of the site more though I don't think you'd mistake me for a power-poster.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

I bought "White Box" D&D in 1978 after being exposed to the virus by a pair of school friends. (First character? A fighter named 'Dobold' who died at the hands of a berserker in the second room of a dungeon sketched, Lincoln-like, on the back of an envelope after school.) AD&D followed almost immediately. (I'm pretty sure the Monster Manual was already out then, and maybe even the PHB. I def. remember eagerly awaiting the DMG.)

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

Big-time hiatus. After the high school/early college years, there was a prolonged drought of not only RPGing but gaming in general. A mostly random invitation from a then-colleague, now-friend (both laid off from the same sinking company) brought me back into the RPG world just in time for the launch of RPGG.

Now I just have to find a way to convince some new friends to take a spin through through the Diaspora universe. "C'mon guys, let's generate a cluster!"

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?

I love it when someone just absolutely nails it. I love it when someone delivers *that* line or their character takes *that* action that is so right-on and in character and spontaneous and perfect that you can only sit back in your chair and smile. If you're not cracking up laughing, that is.

There aren't usually too many of these in a session, but they're enough to keep me coming back. (Kind of like my golf game, actually.)

6a. What's your least favorite ting about role-playing?

I don't really care that much for rules-quibbling. Trust the GM to make a fair ruling and move on. Of course it *really* sucks when you can't trust the GM to make a fair ruling...

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?

The copy editor in me opts for "role-playing", but the writer in me usually tries to work around it with "RPGing".

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

Not that many -- I bet I could actually name them: White Box D&D and AD&D of course. I worked for a while on a Gamma World campaign which never hit the table. I played a couple sessions of Morrow Project, which I remember loving. (And btw, what happened to that one? That seems ripe for a re-issue and/or export to another system. Hack the crap out of Mouse Guard?)

Played a crap-load of Champions during HS (ahh, memories.) I had every intention of running a 'Toon game; characters were created but nothing came together in the end. And I distinctly recall a pair of Paranoia sessions.

Throw in Rifts, (Quiet, you! It's fun, at least the way we play it...) Pathfinder and Mouse Guard in my recent return to the hobby.

I would play AD&D again (have, actually) but I doubt I'd go for a re-visit of Champions. (Just not that into supers these days.) Paranoia rubbed me the wrong way because it seemed like the GM was always laughing about stuff that we players had no access to. 'Toon has potential and though I'm given to understand that Morrow Project as-written isn't that good a game, the idea is still cool.

In general, I'm most interested in exploring the new directions RPGing has taken in the years I've been away.

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

My god. Haven't I done enough damage already?
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41. RPG Item: The Manual of Exalted Power: Infernals [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:2388]
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Erich Vereen
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Guess I'll try to answer these questions too ^_^

1. Where do you live?

Wilmington, NC

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

I created it using the Dark Elf name generator in one of the last 2E Dragon Magazines. It means Dragon's Fire (according to the charts anyway)

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?

I had been a member since 2007, but I really didn't get involved until this past December when I found a board game group in my area to join. Since then Ihave done a few session reports and such, but I have been more active here on the RPG side of things than I have been on BGG.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

1977. God I'm old!

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

Oh, there have been long dry spells of no RPGs, as I have always had trouble finding groups. I did play a lot at one time on RPOL.net (a play by post forum), but I've even had to scale that back due to family (a child will do that ^_^). I look at myself as more of a collector and reader now, although I will play given a place and a time. ^_^

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?

I think I agree that it takes a lot of time to devote that I just don't have anymore. That is one reason I have turned to board games recently. There are actually a few games out there with roleplaying opportunities, but the games themselves are only an hour or two before they are finished.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?

I've always used roleplaying, but the dang spell checker always tells me it's wrong. >_<

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

Played... probably thirty or forty. Read... more than a hundred.
As for what I'll play... I'll play anything. Problem is in my area if you aren't a D&D aficionado, it is difficult to find players.

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

Yes, I enjoy long walks on the beach, holding hands, and...

*THWAP* OW!!!!! Sorry honey.

I'm married (13 years) with one child (who already has his daddy's love of computers, board games and reading). I have a weird sense of humor, think Babylon 5 was the most interestingly created space opera in recent memory (until they had to design a new season five after having to shove the previous season five into season four), live for Doctor Who and the Winter Olympics, and have an imagination that tends to get me into a lot of trouble at times.

Oh, and I am waiting impatiently for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, TRON Legacy, and the return of Futurama.
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42. RPG: Old School Hack [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
RPG: Old School Hack
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This is a great list, I wish I hadn't missed its previous incarnations!

I chose SotC because it's the RPG I'd most like to play but haven't....

Update (3/24/14): I've changed the entry to Old School Hack because: (1) it fits right in my high fantasy wheelhouse, (2) I write a lot of reviews, few of them glowingly positive, so I'm kind of a hack, and (3) it's free and awesome, and you should try it out.

1. Where do you live?
The land of role-playing: Los Angeles! Except they call it "acting" and "therapy" out here.

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

My usual choice (caelum) was taken...so I was scrambling for an interesting word....

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?

I was a parasitic lurker but not a contributor. It did fuel a two year long (and continuing) dive into the wonderful world of modern boardgames - especially welcome because my wife will actually play those!

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

Since the early 80s sometime...I was young enough for dates to be meaningless, at least.

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

I played throughout high school and then stopped during college and grad school, only beginning again in the early 2000s.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?

The social aspect is one I enjoy. And world-building, tactics, having an amazing story come together...lots of things!

7 (old version). Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?

Hyphens rule!

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

I like both varieties. In GM games, I love the sense of exploration and battling against overwhelming odds. In GM-less games, I love the sense of collaborative storytelling. To use a phrase I kind of hate, but that is nevertheless very useful: they scratch different itches, and I wouldn't want to have to choose between them.

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

Played... probably a dozen - read, three times that, easily. My current group is D&D only. I'd play most anything, with the right group.

Probably up to about 20 now. I think I'd play all of them again, except possibly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I mean, I'd play that for a one-shot, but I wouldn't want to play it for weeks on end like I did as a kid!

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

I have a lot going on at RPG Geek, but I'm most proud of the RPGG news blog (check it out - we work hard at it!) and my product reviews.

10. When will you get around to actually creating something?

I wish I knew the answer to that...but now that I've brought it up, hopefully it will become a reality!
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43. RPG Item: S1: Tomb of Horrors [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:100]
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1. Where do you live?

Dallas, Texas

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

Aldie is a nickname I received in my first job out of college - there were too many Scotts in our group - so I became Aldie.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?

I was the creator of BGG - so I was pretty involved

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

Since a teenager - we used to play AD&D all the time - albeit with the incorrect rules.

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

There was a hiatus during my first 4 years at college - but that last year saw a major uptick.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?

I'm a tactical player - I like mini/maxing the situation. I also like being the least played character class - I was always the hacker in Shadowrun.

Least Favorite: Trying to pretend to be someone I'm not. I'm not good at acting.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?

role-playing.

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


I guess about 8 systems. I'd play 20% of them again

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

I wish I had a more regular group for RPG'ing. I'm not the most vocal person, but I have my moments.
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44. RPG: Serenity Role Playing Game [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:337]
RPG: Serenity Role Playing Game
Bill H
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1. Where do you live?
NJ

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
No, it's a secret.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
Fairly active, entering a few games, uploading a few pictures and files, writing a few Geeklists, reviews and session reports.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
Since 1979 (31 years). I started playing play-by-email D'n'D in college.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
Played pretty steadily in the 1980's, then switched to online RPGs (and pen-and-paper once or twice per decade).

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?
Interactive storytelling. I love books and I love how I get to influence the story when playing a(n) RPG.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?
roleplaying, but usually change it to role-playing when it gets flagged by spell-checkers.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
Nearly a dozen. 10-20%

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
I'm trying to get back into D'n'D (last played 1st edition) but 4th edition seems much more complicated. I'd rather find a system that focuses more on the storytelling and less on lists of feats and how often they can be triggered and what their effect per level is, etc.
And I want to try Serenity. I loved the show and film, and would love to play in that world.
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45. RPG Item: Heavy Gear (2nd Edition) [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1224]
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Paolo Robino
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Dueville
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1. Where do you live?
A small town just 15 Km from the city where I've been born and raised. Actually, I bought house here because it costed gobs of money less than in my hometown, but I must say that I enjoy the tranquility of a small town (not that my hometown was a big city itself in any way...).

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
It's my real name (duh). I thought that using my real name was a good way to keep in mind not to post too much silliness around.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
I was lurking on BGG since the early '00s, registered in '05, became a patron in '08, but I made most of the GeekGold on RPGGeek.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
Started in the early '90s...

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
... but I've been on hiatus (except for some one-shots) since the early '00s. Been bitten by the bug again recently.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?
The sense of an extended narrative. And the fact that I met some really good friends while playing.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?
"Role-playing", I guess. If anything, because it doesn't get caught by the spelling corrector.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
Uh, probably around 20. I would play again at least 80% of them, but I would be more interested in trying some of the games I have that I still have to play!

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
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46. RPG Item: Monster Manual II (AD&D 1e) [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:221]
RPG Item: Monster Manual II (AD&D 1e)
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I chose this book since it was my very first RPG purchase back in 4th grade. What's funny is we didn't even have the PHB or DMG. We just made up stories on the spot, using the monster manuals as inspiration. I guess we were playing collaborative storytelling gaming before it was cool!

1. Where do you live?
Sunny California! By which I mean cold and foggy San Francisco.

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
Uh, I think it came about through an escalating series of jokes and wordplay. Futurama and alcohol may have been involved. Regardless, I'm sure it makes no sense to you. Frankly, that was so long ago, it makes no sense to me either.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
I wouldn't say I was "involved" but I certainly lurked the hell out of BGG for years.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
20-odd years.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
More or less steady, any breaks were pretty short.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?
I love science, history, and politics. Thanks to RPGs, I get to take my passion for non-fiction books and use them as creative inspiration in my games. Whether it's using The Economist's "Week in Politics" blurbs for events in Rifts or Eberron, or modeling a character after Erasmus of Rotterdam, I love being able to combine my two passions in creative ways.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?
One word usually, but I'm not consistent or picky.

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

Huh. I have to think about this. Silhouette, D&D 1-4, Rolemaster, WFRP3, Palladium, Mutants & Masterminds, Vampire, Ars Magica, Mechwarrior, Call of Cthulu, and probably some I'm forgetting. I'd play most of them again, though I definitely prefer some more than others.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
I run an inebriated nerdy lecture series called Nerd Nite SF. It's mostly science and technology, but we've certainly covered nerdniness in other areas, including RPGs and video games. There are Nerd Nites all over the world. If you live near one, please check it out! See http://nerdnite.com
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47. RPG Item: Psi World [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:6134]
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Jasper van der Meer
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Psi World wasn't a great game, but I mail ordered it out of the back pages of Dragon #97, the May 1985 issue. The blocky 1980s line art ad copy sold this RPG, and the ensuing six week shipping time felt like an eternity (everything takes an eternity when you're barely ten years old.) Ripping into its brown paper packaging was pretty exciting, and the GM screen listing all of those psionics was pretty sweet!

1. Where do you live?
Atlanta, Georgia, in a 900 sq ft. eco-friendly/retro-fitted Craftsman house built in 1924; I live inside the city between Little Five Points, Cabbagetown, and East Atlanta Village. If you visit Atlanta, then there are two truly world class sights to see: The Atlanta Botanical Gardens and The Center for Puppetry Arts. The rest of the city is ok. It's no San Francisco, Berlin, London, or Istanbul by a long shot.

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
It's an internet handle I've used since 1992. I had a dream about a bloodstone sea.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
Lurked from 2002 to 2005. Joined in 2005. Became a patron in 2010.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
Since 1983? But I went on semi-hiatus for five years. I became less interested in RPGs and more interested in, well, many other hobbies and academic interests. I've always loved reading, writing, hearing, and telling stories, however.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
Oh, yeah. Chemistry, botany, philosophy, forestry, environmental activism, and environmental service projects and so forth ate up a lot of time. My geekiness is broad.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?
I read James P. Carse's Finite and Infinite Games in high school, but it still works as an explanation on why I like RPGs. RPGs are a species of games that do not necessarily need to end. Theoretically, an RPG could be played forever. There's something sweet about leaving a game open-ended, like in childhood when you and your friends promised to always be ready to come out and play for as long as y'all could draw breath. It doesn't matter that one day, you all played together outside for the last time and probably didn't realize it. The spirit of an infinite game is the important thing.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?
Eh, I'd like 'roleplaying', but English is a non-synthetic language in lexical construction, excepting normativity. 'Role-playing' works as an adjective modifying 'game', and 'role playing' works as verb. Kill-joy munchkins 'roll play'. Grammar geeks and linguistics nerds can be overbearing in prescriptive usage, however.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
Geeze. Dunno. 50? Less than 20%. Indie press games have taken the hobby in a direction in which mechanics inform theme and theme informs mechanics. That's really good.
Old school roll-to-hit systems are shot; those systems morphed into console and PC gaming, which are fantastic automations of the hobby we love. Really. Think about how many people play RPGs on video game platforms. Think about how marginal RPGs were from the 1970s through the mid-1990s. RPGs are mainstream thanks to video games. Your grandmother still might think d20s are demon eggs, but she has the handle "BrN2KiL" on Call of Duty 7. After the dust of the Satanic Panic settled, our hobby won, y'all...

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
When the zombie apocalypse arises, I have the chainsaws. C'mon over, y'all...
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48. RPG Item: Savage Worlds Explorer's Edition [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:112]
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Bruce McG
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I picked Savage Worlds because I keep returning to it... which is rare for me because I'm always ferreting around.

1. Where do you live?

I live in Bright, Indiana which is right outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

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

Oh, no... it's a big secret. cool

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?

I was a big user of BGG; I love data, so I spent lots of time entering and rating my collection. I did tons of research. As far as involvement in the community, though, it was next to zip.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?

30 years.

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

There have been slow points but never a stoppage. At one time it really looked like it might happen, but we got pulled back in.

6. What's one of your favorite things about role-playing?

I love systems and mechanics, but... Nothing beats a game with a strong story when I get completely immersed in what's going on.

7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?

Until I read this question, I've never thought about it! I think I use roleplaying.

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

Oh my... A wild guess would be 40. I'd play at least 90% again. As much as I love systems and mechanics, a good GM can overcome almost any system.

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

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49. RPG Item: Stone Age [Average Rating:3.80 Unranked]
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William Hostman
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1. Where do you live?
Eagle River, Alaska. It's a suburb of Anchorage.

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
It was originally foisted upon me because my then roommate and her friends (sysops all) felt I looked like Aramis from the then recent Disney Three Musketeers.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
Moderately, but not moderatorly.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
Since 1981. No single break longer than 90 days.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
No single break longer than 90 days.

6a. What's one of your favorite things about role-playing?
Favorite: When players surprise me. Which is why I love Burning Empires and Mouse Guard... the players DO surprise me.
6b. What's one of your least favorite things about role-playing?

Rules Lawyers and rules-rapers.


7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?

"roleplaying"

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played?

well over 1000, if you count the various different sets of Traveller, Star Wars, and Star Trek mechanics...
Traveller (7): Call it 7... CT, MT, TNE, T4, T20 playtest, MGT playtest (essentially 5 iterations), MGT release (a different game from the playtest, really, tho close), plus using EABA for it. Used some elements of T5 in my last MGT game.
Star Wars (3): WEG 1E, 2E, D20 1E, Edge of the Empire
D&D (7): brown book, BX, BECMI/Cyclopedia, AD&D 1, AD&D 2, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0*, solo of Next Playtest
Warhammer (6): WFRP 1E, WFRP 2E Playtest, WFRP 3*, DH, RT, DW*
Judge Dredd (2): GW and d20. CGen only for Traveller ed.
Star Trek (5): FASA, LUG-TNG, LUG-DS9, Decipher, PD1E (dice pool).
WWG Storyteller (7): VTM1, VTM 2-3e, VDA, WWTA, MTA, Streetfighter, MET 1E (as a TT, not as a larp)
T&T (9): Tunnels and Trolls 5.0, 5.5, 7.0, 7.5, M!M!, MSPE, Gamma Troll World (solo only), 6.0 (Solo Only), DT&D Preview (solo Only)
Albedo (1): both the older Paul Kidd/Thoughs & Images editions.
Ars Magica (1): 3E/4E (not different enough to count separately)
BWHQ (4): Burning Wheel Revised, Burning Empires, Mouse Guard, Playtest for Freemarket, Burning Wheel Gold
L5R (2): 2E and 3E.
Middle Earth (2): Ice's MERP, C7's The One Ring
Misc Fantasy (17): Arabian Sea Tales, Arcanum, Arrowflight, Chivalry & Sorcery, Chronica Feudalis, Dreams, DL5A, Elfquest, Epiphany,Hero Wars, Pendragon, Palladium FRP 1E, Rogue Swords of the Empire, Rolemaster 1E, RQ3, Stormbringer, TFT, Tribe 8
Misc Samurai (3): Sengoku (1E Fuzion), Blood & Honor, FGU's Bushido,
Misc GDW (7): Space 1889, Twilight 2000 1E, 2E & 2.2E, Dark Conspiracy, Dangerous Journeys, Traveller:2300/2300AD
Misc Mecha Sci-Fi (8): Mechwarrior 1E, Mechwarrior 2E, Robotech, Mekton II, Heavy Gear, Jovian Chronicles, Mekton Zeta
Space Operatic Sci-Fi (7): Alternity, Spacemaster 1E, Spacemaster 2E, Space Opera, Worlds Beyond, Shatterzone, Cosmic Patrol, Traveller†, Star Frontiers
Invading Realities Sci-Fi (2): Rifts, Torg
The 'Verse (2): Serenity, Firelfy
Furry Sci-Fi (1): Justifiers, Albedo†
Misc Sci-Fi (13): Rhand, Aliens, Reichstar, TMNT, Red Dwarf, Starships and Spacemen, Fading Suns, Babylon Project, Nova Force, Mars 2100 Playtest, Diaspora, Battle Born, GSol
Misc Cyberpunks (5): Cyberspace, Shadowrun 1E, Shadowrun 3E, CP2013, CP2020, 2300AD†, Rifts†, TORG†,
Superhero (6): V&V, Champions (3/4e)†, SAGA Marvel, TSR MSH/AMSH, GURPS Supers†, Heroes Unlimited, MWP's Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, Heroes Unlimited
Post-Holocaust (0†): T2K 1E†, T2K 2†, T2K 2.2E†, BWR†
[b]Universal Systems (9):
d6, Masterbook, GURPS, Hero (3/4/5e), CORPS, EABA, TWERPS, Simply Roleplaying, Unisystem Light (BTVS), FUDGE
Other (15): Gangbusters, Ninjas and Superspies, Danger International† (Hero SYstem 3E), Chill, Bureau 13, StarAce, Timemaster, Paranoia, Tales from the Floating Vagabond, Toon, TFOS, Gamma World, Cat, Orkworld, Castle Falkenstein, Spirit of the Century

Holy ___!!! 150ish... and I've missed several... A bunch of 1-shots

* demo only
† counted in another category

What percentage of those would you play again?

Not as many as a decade ago. Looks like about 41.

Traveller (2): MT, MGT... either being housruled into a new edition for all reasonable purposes
Star Wars (3): WEG 1E, 2E, EOTE
Warhammer (5): WFRP 1E, WFRP 3, DH, RT, DW*
Judge Dredd (1): GW
Star Trek (1): PD1E (dice pool).
T&T (2): Tunnels and Trolls 5.5, M!M!,
Albedo (1): the older Paul Kidd/Thoughs & Images edition.
BWHQ (4): Burning Wheel Revised, Burning Empires, Mouse Guard, BW Gold
L5R (1): 3E.
Misc Samurai (1): Blood & Honor
Misc Fantasy (8): Arcanum, DL5A, Arrowflight, RQ3, Elfquest, Pendragon, Rogue Swords of the Empire, Arabian Sea Tales
Misc GDW (2): Space 1889, T2K 2.0E
Misc Sci-Fi (3): Justifiers, Starships and Spacemen
The 'Verse: Firefly
Superhero (3): SAGA Marvel, TSR MSH/AMSH, MHR
Universal Systems (4): d6, CORPS, EABA 1E (not 2E), Unisystem Light (BTVS)
Other (2): TFOS, Spirit of the Century, Diaspora

Hmm 43 of 150 I can list off... about 25% I'll give most things a second shot.

Several I'll run the setting but not the rules...
Reichstar, Serenity, Fading Suns

Looking forward to trying:
More FATE
Age of Rebelion
Hollowpoint DITV.

Want to try but am too cheap to buy
Several.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
I want feedback on Stone Age. I used it because I wrote it.

Oh, and don't GG me, Steffan... send it to whomever is giving out for reviews for their prize fund.

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50. RPG: Champions (HERO System 5) [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:177]
RPG: Champions (HERO System 5)
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Champions is my all-time favorite, which is kind of funny because I wasn't a comic book fan before playing Champions. It's probably the most complete collection in my game room from versions 1-5 anyhow. I don't usually do the digital stuff, but I have just about everything else ever published for it.

I like it because it was probably the first character build game I ever played. I'm not exactly a munchkin, but I do like being able to think of a character and give it the powers, abilities, etc, that I think it needs to be true to its concept. That's a lot harder in most games I've played.

1. Where do you live?
I live in Allen Park, Michigan which is a suburb of Detroit. Before that I was in the next suburb over from age 7. My family is originally from Montreal but both my parents are anglophones and I speak no French.

2. Is there something about your username you want us to know?
The "S" stands for Steve.

3. How involved, if at all, were you on BGG (BoardGameGeek) before coming to RPG Geekdo?
I've been a daily reader and sometimes poster since 2005. I had written over 100 reviews on BGG before moving to being primarily an RPG poster.

4. Roughly how long have you played RPGs?
Since 1979.

5. Have you played RPGs pretty steadily, or was there some hiatus?
I've played at least monthly and more often weekly that whole time with many of the same people. It probably helps that I graduated high school with no plans and so never went off to college. I did go to local schools eventually but never graduated.

6. What's at least one of your favorite things about role-playing?
I like stories. As a GM I want to make sure that the players have the chance to grow their characters in ways that interest them. Same thing as a player. I almost always have some long-term story-related goal in mind when I start a new character.


7. Do you prefer to spell it: "role-playing", "roleplaying", "role playing", or some other way?
I'm usually a role-play type since it doesn't anger my spellchecker.

8. Roughly how many different systems have you played? What percentage of those would you play again?
I have no idea. Quite a few. Probably more than 40, not including homebrews. I haven't played very much indie stuff. There have been a few things I wouldn't play again but I'm not sure how many of those were gm/group related and how many were actually bad systems.
Some of the things I wouldn't play again were more theme related than system related. So I'd play in the Storyteller system again, but it would take a lot of convincing to get me to play Vampire again.

9. Anything else you want us to know about you?
I am a plumber in a group of mostly mechanics in my game group. I sometimes think they're competing to see who can create the most broken character.

10. What's the story behind QOTD?
I had read somewhere that wavemotion wanted to get more conversations in the forums. Back in the mid-nineties I did a QOTD at work (until some of the answers nearly got me fired). I thought it might fire up some conversation here too. I only planned to ask for a couple of months (starting in November and ending in December of that year). It caught on and it seemed crazy to stop when it appeared to be working pretty well.
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