What would you say the initial appeal of roleplaying was for you?
Did the things that appealed to you about gaming change over the years and how so?
First off,worse than going though my notes,Im having to remember everything! That's why it's going to be hit or miss.
My attitude toward rping initially was non-existant.I learned the game in a war gaming group that mostly played WW2 mini's and to me a D&D night was a night I didn't get to kill Nazi's.Slowly my war gaming became less and less and more D&D.It was a quick step to DMing.
Now to me it is performance art. A vent for my creative juice in EXACTLY the way I want to use it.That's what makes DMing great,the fact that you tell the exact story that your players puzzle over. Go to Comment
In 1974 ,I was 14 I had been playing board games for 2 years.My only knowlage of gaming came from what little was in Analog Magazine. I had purchased Melee mail order . It was a man on man battle game.I made a campaign set in a post apocalyptic setting centered around random monsters and treasure(9 volt batteries).
I had invented D&D , being unaware of it's existence!!! How many other peeps had made this leap too?
RPG's were inevitable. Go to Comment
I'm not sure of the year,but at a convention I made the acquaintance of Tom Moldvey(best known for his Giants of the Earth series in Dragon Magazine of TSR.. We got into a discussion of how primitive the idea of a campaign published by the major companies of the time were, I made an appointment to meet with him Sunday morning and show him my game. I chickened out. They bought Forgotten Realms, now Ill be the first to admit that Realms is way more in depth than my world was.But what if I had gone to that meeting? Go to Comment
You were the one who suggested a sub. I was thinking forum before you said that,now I'm in too deep. No , I do not have an end game, I was kinda gonna keep adding things until I felt that it was a good memoir.I don't see me spending more than the next week on it.Ill get bored and move on.Plus this is not my future in gaming,I have to get on with that. Go to Comment
GM RULE #2 TRY TO SAY "YES"
When it matters and sometimes when it doesn't say "yes",especially if the table is chanting for it! Change something,let a player hit who missed by one,don't even make them roll if it's a great plan.Say "yes"!
(very true of a lot of less than critical situations)
MY Motto- What's it cost me? Go to Comment
As you requested, a comment but no actual vote. I skipped over some of the contents b/c some of the content is just too game-specific for a non-gamer for me but I read most of it.
Firstly, personally I am indifferent to whether this is a sub or a forum thread (on a theoretical level). I think the main reason of why you're getting a low score is because as it is, this sub appears to be in draft form like you are typing up your experience in stream-of-consciousness notes form and haven't tidied any of it up. If you don't feel like tidying it up at all, then it's prob. better in the forums. The actual content is fine as far as I could tell since this is your memoir and I can see that it is filled with a lot of information of personal gaming experience etc and has a logical structure talking thru how you first started and then going by chronological order of your progression.
In your subs so far, I find the formatting has always been a little less than what is to my liking. I know you capital all your titles but can you bold the headers and also put an extra line between sections? No big issue but just makes the subs more reader friendly. Not sure whether you work from Word or not but if you do, copy and pasting from Word to the Input Sub page still retains the formatting if you just have bolded headers and plain text. If you want to start looking at somewhat more advanced formatting (different sized headings, putting text in boxes, inserting a page break etc.), take a look at Strolen's CSS Demonstration sub accessible through the "I am Helping" link under the Library drop-down menu. Go to Comment
One thing that puzzles me though is why this sub belongs under an Ethereal lifeform inhabiting the Swamps? Other than that, a solid sub that's complete but just doesn't particularly draw me. Go to Comment