This is part of my virtual playground. I love to create: webstuff, writing, roleplaying game scenarios, characters and worlds.
Currently, I play the scoundrel Arabet in the Rapscallions podcast at Runelanders.com; check-it-out and give-it-a-listen!
I began playing the red-box of D&D in 1981. I was eleven; the adults who pondered the game could not figure out how it was a game. It had a plethora of rules and tables and charts, but how did you play? That disappointing first night awoke something in me. There had to be more in that box than the disapproval of the elders. I pondered the rules, I read the book carefully, almost memorizing it and then there it was: The potential of the rules made characters come to life in my head and I have been telling stories about adventurers ever since. Sometimes I game it out, other times I write it out, and when in the company of dreamers, I talk it out. That's why playing in the Rapscallions is such a pleasure. Master players playing a masterful game.
Moments of growing-up: J.R.R. Tolkien's creations—Tom Bombadil and I have an understanding that just makes me wonder where the hell he came from? If you know, do not tell me. This is a part of my childhood that I hold dear. On the other end of the spectrum, I love space opera and followed faithfully the voyages of Honor Harrington for an indeterminate time. I believe in the plurality of choice: will you be Voldemort? Snape? Harry? Hermione? Ron? The battle is in figuring that out for yourself.
I sadly have too many books: check out the tsundoku on my libib channel. It has achieved a critical mass and could probably power the Death Star. I am *way* behind my planned reading for the decade.
I can be found running a large quantity of different RPGs at Gryphcon.org every year. The last Gryphcon, I ran eight slots, every slot had players, and it was a blast: from my Mutants and Masterminds scenario to the Vampire myth at midnight. I really enjoyed what the players did with the characters and how each game ended. I am looking forward to the next Gryphcon and already thinking about what games I am going to run. No spoilers, yet.... I love conventions, but sadly have only been to GenCon once in my life: 1998 with my friend, Chris Harris. We drove over to Chicago and lived large (very small) on the con floor. We even found the miniatures events and had a great time perusing the tactical battlefields.
When not gaming or reading, I can be found writing. I also try to squeeze in a few video games (Assassins Creed, Shadow of Mordor, Skyrim), and an occasional television show (Elementary, Wu Assassins). I work full-time at my day-job as an Elementary Special Education Teacher. Finally, and most important, I make time to be a father of three.