When I was growing up, we had a games closet. Some of my favourites were "Escape From the Death Star", "Disaster", and
"Concentration", but there were many others. My parents didn't play chess so I borrowed a book from the library and taught
myself. I taught my brother to play too, but since I won a game of stalemate, I think we may have been a little sketchy on the
When I was 12 or 13 I was introduced to role-playing games. It wasn't long before I started collecting games and components.
When I got to College in 2005, I noticed that there were no gaming groups. I started one in Cornwall and another one in Kingston.
These days I try to get together with friends at least once each week to play different games. I am currently hosting a game
of Edge of the Empire - a Star Wars RPG set in the Episode IV timeframe.
As kids, my siblings and I had a Colecovision. We had a number of games for it and for the Atari adapter. All three of us loved
playing those games. My first computer was a Colecovision Adam and it had two games: Buck Rogers and Dragon's Lair. When I got a
real computer, I was introduced to a whole new type of game. I have a love for computers and a love for games, but surprisingly,
I'm not a huge video game player. I prefer the hands-on stuff with real people in the room. That isn't to say I don't play games
on computer or console, I just don't seem to play as much as some of my other friends. I currently own an Xbox 360 Star Wars
Limited Edition with Kinect.
Lone Wolf. I can't talk about games without mentioning Lone Wolf. This is a series of books introduced in the 80's. You have a
character that you create in book 1 which you build up in the subsequent books. The original series is 28 books long and I have
23 of them in hardcover collector's editions. Apparently they have begun to continue the story, as I noticed an advertisement for
book 29 on a fansite. The series was originally re-released by Mongoose Publishing, but for some reason, they were
forced to give up to a German company called Mantikore-Verlag. I purchased the collector editions as they were released, but sadly,
Mantikore-Verlag has discontinued publishing them. The original writer, Joe Dever, recently passed on. His family has vowed to
finish his unfinished work, but at this time, I have no idea where I can get the ones I'm missing.
My first exposure to RPGs was Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. When I was 12 or 13, a friend of mine was forced to get rid of all
of his RPGs and sold them to me for $40. The collection included a number of books for AD&D, a beautiful set of copper dice,
the Gamma World box set, the Marvel Super Heroes box set, and the Star Frontiers box set. Although I played AD&D more often,
Star Frontiers was always my favourite. I had a friend with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Toon, as well as another friend with
Paranoia. We even tried to write our own games (though we never finished one).
The many flavours of D&D all appeal to me for different reasons, though I liked the d20 concept the best. I had only a little
exposure to AD&D 2e, and almost none to D&D 4e. I know I'll never be able to keep up with the D&D 5e books as they
are released, but I will keep an eye out for the titles that I think would best suit me. I recently discovered that someone has
published a "Middle-Earth" setting for D&D 5e. I really hope I can track down a hardcover version.
Below is a list of some of the RPG games that I have on hand. I've managed to build a modest collection of indie games through
DriveThru RPG - they often offer PDFs for free. I won't list them
here, but me and a group of my friends had a field-day with
Munchkin by Steve Jackson Games was the most popular game that we played at my gaming club gatherings. It is a card game that
comes in many different flavours which can be used stand-alone or blended together. My collection has grown over the years and
I have a lot invested in it. Here is a list of the flavours of Munchkin that I currently own. In many cases I also own all of
the expansions and special promo cards. I also have plenty of other stuff including boards, dice, bookmarks, temporary tatoos,
Christmas cards, and other items that help during play. If you are ever in need of gift idea for me: size XXXL Munchkin t-shirt!
I am very proud of my Munchkin collection, in fact if you fall dead in front of me, there is a really good chance that I will
loot your body!
I have a good collection of other games. I enjoy these most of all because they are hands-on. You have to pick up the piece,
roll the dice, pick a card... Some of these games take an outrageous amount of time to play. I still have games sitting on
the shelf that haven't even been opened. Some games are amazing, some are not-so-much. The one thing that the good games have
in common is a simplistic rule system. That doesn't mean that the complicated games aren't fun. The games I like the best almost
always have a number of expansions - which I try to purchase when I can. Below is a small gallery of the games I have that
are most popular with my gaming friends or that I have been building over the course of many years.
I own an XBox 360 Star Wars Limited Edition Kinect which I found at The Source by pure chance a couple of Christmases ago.
It is painted to look like R2-D2 and does his beeps on power cycling and inserting/removing discs. The controller is gold
with painted wires to look like C-3PO. I don't play console games nearly as much as my friends, but I do play either my
XBox or Steam games on most days. I play Sid Meier's Civilization VI just about every morning before starting my day.
Here is a small gallery of my current gaming habits and a couple of games that I am likely to play again: