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I'm one of the RuneQuest/Gloranthan Simons and have been playing RQ since I was 18, or in 1982, I'm a massive Glorantha fan and have been since I played Apple Lane with students at Warwick Uni. I tend to play in long-running campaigns and have been fortunate to play every week with a stable group, stable in that they don't change people very often. As I've gotten older, I've been lucky enough to write articles for my website, for fanzines and for a few supplements (RQ, BRP, Legend, Revolution). I have been to some long-running UK and German Conventions (Conjunction, Convulsions, Continuum, Tentacles and Eternalcon) and have been to some one-day cons (Dragonmeet, UK Games Expo). I normally GM nowadays, but like to play at conventions, unless I am GMing. I love RuneQuest, HeroQuest and D100 games in general, but my current sweet spot is an adapted version of Revolution D100.

Outside of gaming, I am married to a fantastic woman, who unfortunately hates my "Crazy Hobby", but still lets me play every week, go to conventions and spend most weekends on the computer writing stuff, although she asks me every month or so when I am going to grow up and stop playing my Crazy Hobby. I work in IT and have moved away from programming to more of a managerial role. I was brought up in Northamptonshire, in the East Midlands, but have lived more than half my life in the West Midlands, in Coventry, Birmingham and now Walsall, so I am a Midlander through and through. I have lived in Crewe, Naas, Dublin and Moscow, each of which was interesting in its own way.

Glad to see the Tavern is back - It was unavailable due to some kind of certificate issue.

I think I'm quite normal and have to get geeked up when going to Conventions, but I might not be, as evidenced when speaking to someone accompanied by his son, when I said something and his son looked horrified, to which he said "Don't worry, that's just Simon, you'll get used to him" ...
 
Greetings, Ian here; long time lurker, recent joinee.

TL;DR: 50+ in Redditch; current faves Hostile, Ironsworn, Midderlands and Liminal, but reading not playing (yet).

Longer version:
I am 50something & living in Redditch, West Midlands, finding my way back into RPGs after a long layoff.

I started out playing wargames (mainly SPI, GDW and Avalon Hill) and got into D&D when my brother bought the basic set in the late 70s/early 80s (at the games shop by the tunnel entrance in Liverpool), followed quickly by Tunnels & Trolls, Traveller and Runequest, and then a whole heap of other games including Dragonquest (back to my SPI roots - numbered rules paragraphs anyone?) in the search for the one true system.

Had a short break from RPGs at University, and didn’t recover until I came across the Classic Runequest kickstarter back in 2015 (soooo long ago and still not completely fulfilled...). Since then I have read lots (OpenQuest, Mythras, Fate, Dungeon World [makes my brain hurt - not sure why], Traveller/Cepheus Engine [really liking Hostile+Solo], Ironsworn, Swords & Wizardry, Cortex Prime) but played little due to family commitments. Currently eagerly awaiting my print copy of Liminal and trying to solo with Hostile, Ironsworn and (new purchase) Midderlands - though I REALLY want to use Renaissance (Openquest) rather than Swords & Wizardry due to my long-time, Runequest-induced, aversion to classes and levels. Hoping to get to a Spaghetti Conjunction in the next 12 months and maybe get some more gaming in once my son goes off to University in October.
 
Hi Ian, my route into RPGs was fairly similar to your own. Still got my Avalon Hill Squadleader and Panzerblitz bookcase games. I'm originally from Redditch and still go back there a lot to visit family (I'm only on the other side of Worcester in Malvern). I'd be interested in some Cepheus/Hostile gaming, possibly when your own family commitments permit?
 
Welcome!

I think more of us experienced that "lay off" than you'd realise.

And thanks for having Soaghetti ConJunction as an aspiration.

It's probably too soon, but - as an old RQ player - are you aware of "Glorantha Games", next Saturday?. It's a one day Glorantha based Con at the same venue as SCJ run by a friend of mine.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1131792383646493/
Hi Simon
Thanks for the welcome and the heads-up - I had seen “Glorantha Games” coming up, but I will be in East Anglia visiting family that weekend (Mothering Sunday and all that...). I am keeping an eye on the UK Gaming Conventions listing for possibilities, though fitting in weekends is complicated at the moment.
Cheers
Ian
 
Hi Ian, my route into RPGs was fairly similar to your own. Still got my Avalon Hill Squadleader and Panzerblitz bookcase games. I'm originally from Redditch and still go back there a lot to visit family (I'm only on the other side of Worcester in Malvern). I'd be interested in some Cepheus/Hostile gaming, possibly when your own family commitments permit?
Hi ltd
Thanks for the reply.
Most of my wargames were lost during the fallow years - only Dreadnought (first wargame we bought), Dragon Pass, Cry Havoc and (oddly and for no good reason I can think of since all the rest of our Squadleader collection has gone) Crescendo of Doom. Lots of Eurogames and lighter, family compatible games to play with the, er, family have filled the gap for boardgames, but I never quite got there with RPGs (partly because I went down the rabbit hole of system choice/tweaking analysis paralysis rather than just getting on with it). Anyway Cepheus/Hostile might well work, but I suspect I am unlikely to be able to commit to anything until the Autumn - at which point we will be adjusting to not having children around all the time and looking for things to fill the time.
Cheers
Ian
 
I am keeping an eye on the UK Gaming Conventions listing for possibilities, though fitting in weekends is complicated at the moment.
Welcome, Ian.

If you can get free for a weekend (or a day) at the beginning of June, then there are currently lots of Liminal seats available at the UK Games Expo, along with so many other RPGs and maybe a few boardgames or something (er, about 2 halls of the NEC worth).

Martin
 
Welcome, Ian.

If you can get free for a weekend (or a day) at the beginning of June, then there are currently lots of Liminal seats available at the UK Games Expo, along with so many other RPGs and maybe a few boardgames or something (er, about 2 halls of the NEC worth).

Martin
Hmm, had been thinking about Games Expo (haven’t been for a couple of years) but have just realised there is a family wedding on the Saturday.... Hadn’t noticed the Liminal offerings - maybe I can get there on Friday or Sunday though.
Cheers
Ian
 
Hi I'm Andrew,

I had a late start into gaming when I was about 25.

I'm from Manchester, which is where I also live now, but I also grew up in various areas of the Midlands, mostly locales around Mansfield and Chesterfield, and some time in southern France, due to being half-French. Went to five different primary schools as we moved. One secondary school Tupton Hall, a commonality I share with Ric and a few others who attend the Garrison Cons, coincidentally.

I attended university at St. Andrews studying Latin and Greek Mythology for one semester, then ran away (literally, my family didn't hear from me until I was 21) to America, but dutifully completed end of year exams in Princeton, before bunking off the degree completely and starting a new life touring with the bluegrass band circuit. There in, I survived on an income of making band shirts and gear, and wood carvings, until I ended up in Cincinnati by the absolute intention of believing that the setting for my then favourite book Beloved by Toni Morrison would somehow also be a place of 'freedom' for me.

It was in fact a wonderful place to live, though I continued to tour in the summers I also settled there. I quickly started craft, t-shirt and other commissions at all the local book shops, and in Cincinnati there are LOTS, as well as sales of art in local cafes and bar restaurants. After two years eking out holiday and extension Visas I couldn't face a return to England and tried out for an art school, with no money, no visa, they accepted me and so started a quite successful career in which I won enough money to keep going for the entire four year course. Probably too much money in fact. And I was also a complete idiot who would give that money to any doe eyed loser who'd tell me they needed it, so it didn't last. But I was Mid America's "Number 1" printmaker for a couple years and got to do some pretty big exhibitions, including speaking alongside popular Japanese artist Akira Kurosaki (name drop!) I also was the first freshman in the history of "The Kreihbel Award" to win it.

Life moved on, I had my own press and still made art and joined conventions but again the Visas were rolling to their bitter ends and once again, facing a return to the UK aka Hell in My Mind was untenable. So after seeing the signs, I sold my press, my stand up bass, and gave up my lovely apartment and gated community with a shared pool overlooking the city, to start an RN course. I mean I literally some some signs saying "Change your life, become a Nurse" as my Dodge Intrepid honked it's last hurrah and went out in a splurge of smoke and dead radiator issues outside a rural university. So I moved into what was basically a seven man bed-sit in the ghettoised area of the city, became "the only white dude who ever walks round here" to some lovely friendly guys, whom my dog constantly stole sausages and other BBQ items from. Spent everything I had, sold everything else, and got through one year with top marks before being told non-Americans could not enter the second year. Well damn. But I did get an ambulance qualification too.

Anyway that leads me to about 2006 when I met me previous wife, Holly. And suddenly there I was in some guy's basement, crawling around under a table with a hard hat and a lamp playing Cthulhu in a Mine. Then it was off to GenCon where I won entrance to the "black letter' games which are invite only and occur after midnight for my apparently entertaining role playing. There followed a slew of gaming conventions up and down the mid-west, driving through snow bound Wisconsin with trucks overturned on the side of the road, such was Holly's keenness to attend every con there was. I loved this. Eventually we moved in together in Mount Prospect, Chicago, in an apartment right next to the game shop that her friend Sean owns.

I wondered how I might extend that Visa a bit more. Anyway, after much discussion, Holly and I decided to move to the UK together and get married, and with her by my side, it seemed I could face this country again. That was 2008. By the end of 2008, Holly, who had Asperger's was so horribly treated by my direct relatives that she wanted to go home, I followed, and was deported and given a five year ban. And that's pretty much when my life ended.

Or seemed to. Holly refused to come back, I don't blame her, but the same applied even when, after working five jobs simultaneously I managed to get a house. In her words, "Just freeze, don't make any friends, just wait and come back and try again in five years." Well long story short, I couldn't. The split was beyond sad but amicable and I met my current wife who was amazingly supportive in mid 2009. Having heard of my love of gaming and wanting to do something to bring some joy into my life, she signed us up to Furnace 2009 at the very last minute, just making it before the list closed. She herself had never even heard of gaming. She's now a GM!

And that's how we get to now. Ten years on, I always go to Furnace without fail, I attend Seven Hills, and now have started attending Revelation and on occasion North Star. The friends I have made there and the venue has helped me so much and has been of such meaning in our lives that we got married there. My non-immediate family came up trumps and realised what my nuclear family had been like, and have rallied around me, so I suddenly have "rabbits friends and relations" as the wife calls them (literally almost 100 cousins) always about, and am also planning our family gatherings to be held at the Garrison. I've done another couple of degrees in that time and worked some jobs which brings us up to date. So because of all that life stuff gaming has been mostly all Garrison cons since 2009, though my wife and I did try to seek out groups with no luck in Manchester (all university based very immature ones, not for us) but now we have GoPlay Manchester to look forward to!

Andrew
 
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Hi All, saw the link on Twitter and thought I’d pop over and see what’s going on. 51 and living on the Worcestershire/Warwickshire border. Originally played lots in the 80s then did more miniature gaming until rediscovering RPGs a few years ago. Fan of OSR and 5e, Cthulhu, Black Hack and Labrynth Lord.

Current group struggles to get together even one a month, so always open to games. Plan to get to the next spaghetti conjunction if I’m free.

Paul
 

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Hi All, saw the link on Twitter and thought I’d pop over and see what’s going on. 51 and living on the Worcestershire/Warwickshire border. Originally played lots in the 80s then did more miniature gaming until rediscovering RPGs a few years ago. Fan of OSR and 5e, Cthulhu, Black Hack and Labrynth Lord.

Current group struggles to get together even one a month, so always open to games. Plan to get to the next spaghetti conjunction if I’m free.

Paul
Welcome!!
 
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