The Inevitable Introduction

Posted: March 2, 2011 by Raparth in Uncategorized

Greetings, fellow citizens of the ‘Net.

I’m the far-less-chipper left-brained half of this “Just a Couple of Gamers.”  I’ve gone by the unique (insofar as I’m aware) gaming handle of “Raparth” for the last 8+ years.  Anymore, though, I also give out my first name of “William” to be a little more personable.  This post will both serve as something of a getting-to-know-me introduction and the beginnings of what should be at-least-weekly posts about my struggles, lessons, encounters, anticipations, and general experience as it pertains to gaming.  The posts will, if I turn out to have any self-control whatsoever, be put up on Wednesdays, to offset Cynthia’s Saturday posts.

I’ve been a gamer for, essentially, all my life.  I’m a solid second-generation gamer, something that I know not everyone has experienced.  Some of my earliest memories are “playing” Zork “with” my dad, though, really, it was more just looking over his shoulder and making suggestions of what we should do.  I’ve been a roleplaying gamer since just before the 3rd Edition of Dungeons & Dragons game out.  (Wikipedia tells me this was in 2000, so I’ve roleplayed since approximately age 10.)  I started doing a few years later (2003-ish), but had been doing your more general computer gaming before 10.  My life, as it is, has always included gaming.  It is an excellent way to have a little escapism, a little catharsis, or some socialization.  With my undergraduate college career nearing it’s end, truly free time is not a common luxury.  What I do have tends to go to gaming, both for the raw fun-factor and the casual social environment.  Most of my closest friends are gamers, as a result of this.  When the opportunity presents itself, gaming allows Cynthia and I to hang out in a constantly-changing environment that both entertains and challenges us.

When it comes to games, I’ve played a great many, and almost every genre I’m aware of.  Roleplaying games (from Morrowind to World of Warcraft to Dragon Age to Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines) are almost always at the top of my most-played list, but I’m a big fan of Strategy Games (Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri to Supreme Commander to Age of Mythology), First-Person Shooters (Half-Life to Prey to Serious Sam), Board Games (Arkham Horror to Settlers of Catan), and tabletop roleplaying games (Dungeons & Dragons to Mage: the Ascension to Exalted).

I tend to be a Game Master (or Dungeon Master or Storyteller or Storyguide or…) in more games than I play in, but I thoroughly enjoy both roles.  Right now I’m running a sandbox-y Mage: the Ascension (pre-Reckoning/Week of Nightmares for those of you White Wolf fans) and am going to be starting up a Scion game (a newer White Wolf game where you play literal demigods in the modern day {e.g. one Player Character is the daughter of Hermes, while another is the son of Hel}) in two weeks.  This later one Cynthia will be in as a player, which I thoroughly look forward to as it’s been nearly a year since we were in a tabletop game together.  I am also currently a player in a friend’s Shadowrun game.

As a side note, I’m the GM (in name, but we’re really an officers’ council of currently-3 members who make decisions) of a small raiding guild in World of Warcraft (on the Fizzcrank server, Alliance side, name: The Lost Gods).  We’re taking it a little slow right now, but at the end of Wrath we were easily the best raiding small guild on the server.  Cynthia and I play it often together and really enjoy the community of friends we’ve developed in it.

Well, I think that’s it for this week…  I’ll post next week more in-depth about running games and leading guilds and more about dealing alternating-ly with your significant other and the players/members in your game/guild.  I’m far from an expert, but it’s a big thing to have to deal with and I always appreciate any stories/hints/tips/feedback in relation to it.  Eh, I’ll probably talk a little about the games I’m running too.


“May all your hits be crits,”

~ Mr. Pacman



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