CALL OF CTHULHU
What's with the stigma attached to roleplaying games (RPGs)? Oh yeah, it's because geeks play them. Well, I'm a geek. I've got my own web page, so I know it's true.
For those of you who might not be quite familiar with what I'm talking about, let me explain. Yes, there is such a thing as roleplaying in a sexual relationship (where you dress up as a maid and pretend you don't know your lover, etc etc) but I am not talking about this kind of roleplaying. A traditional roleplaying game like Dungeons and Dragons is sort of like a board game, but instead of your game piece being a little red marker or a metal shoe, you play a named "character" that you make up. Everyone's seen or read Lord of the Rings, so basically you pretend you are a character like Bilbo Baggins or Strider or Gandalf or whomever and you run around in this made-up fantasy world solving puzzles, slaying dragons and that kind of thing. It sounds pretty infantile doesn't it? Well so does hockey so there you have it. There is a bare bones demo on how to play D&D at http://www.playdnd.com/demo.asp if my description doesn't fulfill your needs.
I got into RPGs in the ninth grade with my friends Kenny B and Keith Smith. I played Dungeons and Dragons, and it was fun. I decided to make up my own RPG (being the creative guy that I am) and it became known as Power Enterprise, the superhero roleplaying game. It was a lot of fun, let me tell you, and literally scores and scores of people played it over the years. One day I hope to publish some aspect of that game.
But for now, I have just had my own pulp sci-fi game, Spaceship Zero, published (as of December 2002) by Green Ronin Publishing out of Seattle. I co-wrote the book with my friends Warren, Andy, Adrian and Bob, and it was a lot of fun. Plus I illustrated quite a bit of it. We did a good job, I think, and I hope the roleplayers around the world gobble it up and send us their filthy monies!
I've played quite a few different roleplaying games in my time, but the most important ones to me are at the left. Click on the links to find out more.
If you live in the Vancouver area, and you're interested in finding out who and what else is going on in the world of roleplaying games, check out the group I started in 2000, The Vancouver Gaming Guild (www.vancouvergamingguild.com)
Here is a list of
RPGs that I've played (that I can remember): Warhammer, Champions, Star
Frontiers, Gamma World, Feng Shui, Whispering Vault, Star Wars, Aberrant,
Legends of the Five Rings, Conspiracy X, Vampire, Hol, Ork!, Paranoia, Seventh
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