Speak Geek: RPGs

I have this blog, so it should really be no surprise that I’ve got some sort of fascination with roleplaying games. What’s fairly unique about me and RPGs is how long I’ve been playing them. There are those who have been playing since they were invented. I’m not one of those people. I wasn’t around when they were invented. I have been playing from a very young age, though. Most people seem to be introduced to RPGs in high school or college (their late teens). Some people start a little earlier, like middle school (early teens/tweens). I started in elementary school. Specifically, I started in 3rd grade, which would put me at around 9 years old. Not only that, I started with a fairly complex system: MERPS (Middle Earth Role Playing System) from Iron Crown Enterprises. I was also introduced to Marvel Superheroes around this time, and that was the first game I bought for myself.

I had no concept that such games were new, or considered geeky, or were anything but normal. I did fall in love with them, though. More games followed, as I got my hands on anything that seemed interesting. Top Secret, Torg, Warhammer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, Call of Cthulhu, Shadowrun… but I never bothered with Dungeons & Dragons. I can’t really guess at why. A friend who I introduced to RPGs eventually picked up D&D and ran it, and I never had a problem playing it (then again, I’ll play just about anything), but I never had any interest in picking up any of the books or running it myself.

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Reboot

A new blog title, a new look, and a new roleplaying venture!

Welcome to A Boy and His Dice, my latest attempt at an RPG blog, picking up where KeegsOnline left off… 5 months ago.

Coinciding with this relaunch is the beginnings of a new game I’m running, using the Warhammer 3rd edition rules and setting. The last of the three core players made his character last night, and we hopefully begin play this coming Saturday. There will, of course, be game reports.

More coming soon!

Details on Warhammer 3rd Edition

I have been a fan of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (published by Games Workshop) since I was a kid. It was one of the first games I ever bought (I believe it was my third), and my first fantasy game. I really liked the dark, grim setting, even though what was presented was a pretty poor representation of the Warhammer world. I didn’t realize just how cool that setting was until I started with the Warhammer Fantasy Battles wargame in high school.

I never played it much, though it was always in the back of my mind. I found the mechanics a little too complex when I was younger, and so it always had that stigma, even when I was more experienced and probably would have been able to run it with little or no problem. When Green Ronin and Black Industries published a 2nd edition, I was intrigued, but since I was involved in other gaming activities at the time, I didn’t pick it up until recently, and even then, only skimmed through it. It seemed to include more of the rich and fantastic setting than 1st edition, but still seemed quite lacking to me. There was just so much more in the world than what was detailed, so much more you could do!

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