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RPG Meme Bandwagon

Just jumping on the bandwagon... (via Ed and Nate)

What is the first RPG you ever played?
Dungeons & Dragons' Basic Edition. The one that came in a box with a red dragon on the cover, contained the "In Search of the Unknown" dungeon and allowed you to go up to level three before forcing you to buy Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. I did this within 2 years of play.

What RPG do you currently play most often?
Owing to the time requirements associated with combining a job, graduate school and parenthood, I play basically nothing at the moment. I desperately want to change this.

What is the best system you’ve played?
That's hard to say. I don't get particularly attached to systems. I do this to create stories/characters. If I had to pick a system, I'd pick Amber. This is less because it's an innovative gaming system than because the rules fit the feel of Zelazny's stories pretty well.

What is the best system you’ve run?
Amber, again and for the very same reasons plus one more... Amber's rules are simple and don't get in my way when I GM. In the interest of honesty, however, most of the games I've run in the last few years have either included no rules or minimalist rule systems that are stylistically similar to Amber.

Would you consider yourself an: Elitist/ Min-Maxer/ Rules Lawyer?
This brings out some contrasting sides to me as a player and gm. If "elitist" refers to someone who's into the storytelling side of RPG's, I guess that I'm there. If not, I'm not. As someone who DM'ed first edition AD&D for many years, I could be something of a rules lawyer in that system--if only because I knew the game so well.

If you could recommend a new RPG which would you recommend? Why?
A new RPG? Sadly, I haven't played many new RPG's in a while. The ones I have played haven't awed me.

How often do you play?
Under normal (not overworked) conditions, I generally play monthly.

What sort of characters do you play? Leader? Follower? Comic Relief? Roll-Player/ Role-Player?
I've played a lot of characters that are a hero with a magical background. This ranges from paladins to princes of Amber to bards... I've also played a fair number of mages--typically with a dark past.

What is your favorite Genre for RPGs?
I'm flexible, but I like non-standard fantasy. When reading, I generally prefer science fiction to fantasy, but since pretty much no one I know actually runs science fiction, I don't have any playing experience to back that up.

What Genres have you played in?
Science fiction, horror, fantasy and superhero. Probably more, but I can't think of them at the moment.

Do you prefer to play or GM? Do you do both?
I prefer to GM. Much of the joy I get out of gaming revolves around creating the setting and the story. You just don't get to do much of that as a player.

Do you like religion in your games?
I've nothing against it. Though a lot of campaigns I've run probably contain religious themes, they haven't been overt. Indeed, the one time anyone suggested I do something overt (something about the fruits of the spirit, I think), I managed to be very polite and avoided gagging.

Do you have taboo subjects in your games or is everything “fair game"?
I don't think I've got any intentional taboos, but there hasn't been a lot of sex or an in depth exploration of a romantic relationship. I know I've made some political observations here and there, but again, not particularly overtly.

Have you developed your own RPG before?
For a while there, it seemed like I developed one for each campaign I ran. That is, of course, when there was any system at all.

Have you ever been published in the Gaming Industry? If so, what?
Nope. I'm unpublished for the moment. Perhaps I can make an attempt at that after I work on finishing the novel I was writing before going back to graduate school.