Hi, I’m Alex, living in Hertfordshire and working in London on software architecture for customer experience for a big online fashion retailer.
I came across a Games and Puzzles article about D&D in 1975, loved the idea but couldn’t afford the white box rules, so drew up a dungeon and made up some rules and pretty much carried on doing that one way or another. I played a lot in the 70’s and 80’s, D&D, RQ, Traveller, Space Opera and the early versions of my ‘Starguild’ game. Much less in the 90’s when I lived up in Leeds, but was drawn back by 3e in 2000. I spent a decade as a participant, moderator and admin on ENWorld until about 2010 when I fell out of contact with a regular gaming group.
In the last ten years most of my gaming has been once a year at a house-con over in America with people I met from ENWorld, never got into the con scene in the UK (went to one once, and then it closed down. I hope it was a co-incidence!).
Ironically I’ve done more gaming since COVID than at any time in the last decade, with a regular game on Sunday evenings over Zoom with US friends; a series of one-shots, one-pagers by Grant Howitt and playtests.
I run Plane Sailing Games limited, where I publish games and hacks of other systems (when permission is granted). My first game was Starguild: Space Opera Noir (an OGL game although falling a long way from the d20 tree). Last year I published a story game about women spies in WW2 France called A Cool and Lonely Courage. Simple rules to tell emotionally complex stories, it was nominated in the ‘best game’ category at the ENNies this year. I’m currently working on Love & Barbed Wire, a letter-writing story game about WW1 correspondence, and Starforged which is recasting my old Starguild game with ‘Forged in the Dark‘ rules.
Many of us have played a lot more during COVID. The hobby seems to be well positioned to support us all in our isolation.
The WW2 covert operations rule set sounds intriguing.
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