in his career he founded a religious order,
a monastery with places for monks, nuns, and
families. He started down the path of pacifism
after seeing too much bloodshed. But once his
monastery established and thriving, he had a
change of heart. He donned a suit of blood red
plate armor and began preaching the overthrow
of the evil Emperor (who was a demigod spawn
of the main evil god). He then established a
second order, called the Blood Monks, whose
existence continued for hundreds of years, serving
as non-political protectors of the land and
was a straight cleric in an AD&D 2e game
set in a homebrew world. Incidentally during
the later part of the campaign I played a second
character simultaneously who ranks high on my
list of favorite PCs. Rinaldo Alphonse de Louis
de Cavalcanti, a swashbuckler of the first order.
are your favorite RPGs? In no particular
order: Lacuna, Beat to Quarters, Savage
Worlds, Risus, WFRP 2nd, New World of Darkness,
Weapons of the Gods, and Dust Devils,
was your first RPG session like? I
honestly don’t remember. I do remember
we were playing with Red Box basic D&D,
but we didn’t grok most of the rules,
so just made them up on our own.
I want to cast Magic Missle
(me): Okay roll 1d8, on a 3 or better you
I attack with my sword.
(me): Okay roll d6, you hit on a 5 or 6. This
guy is tough.
was your WORST RPG session like? Oh
man I don’t know. I’ve been really
fortunate with games. Perhaps the time I basically
railroaded the players to investigate a cultic
temple in Kara-Tur. I had maps, NPCs and all
kinds of goodness planned. About halfway there
they looked at each other and said, why the
heck are we going there anyway. I convinced
them to continue but it was a lost cause.
was also the time I was introducing role-playing
to a friend and we were playing a Viking game
and I kept reminding him that he was a Viking
and they would do “X”. I was a real
jerk and probably turned him off of role-playing
forever. He is still a close friend though.
is your all-time favorite person to game with?
I’d have to say my current gaming group.
Our goals and wants for gaming match up nicely
and complement one another where they differ.
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