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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Discovering Fantasy Grounds

In my last post I talked a little about my start in gaming, so this carries on from there to my discovery of Fantasy Grounds.

In the winter of 1985 I discovered a new gaming group, and that lead to 7 years of awesome gaming and fun times. Year round we could pretty much be found in the camping trailer parked in their parent's drive way or in the living room of somebody's house playing something. The list of games we tried out and liked or didn't like was crazy.

Monday, 28 March 2016

So back in the summer of '81

Doesn't quite have the same ring as the Bryan Adams hit but it will do.

The previous school year, I had a Language Arts teacher who took a different approach to the subject. She read us J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit", complete with nuances, inflections, tones. She gave every character a slightly different voice, to the point with your eyes closed you could tell which character was speaking. Part of chapter or a full chapter two or three times a week. We also got to watch the 1978 animated version of "The Lord of the Rings".

The class also put on a version of "Robin Hood" as a school play. I was excited to be one of the Sheriff of Nottingham's guards. I can't act - I know it now, and I knew it then, but I was hooked on the fantasy genre and Tolkien in particular.


The Roman Empire and I


I mentioned in my first post that I have always loved reading, and that I enjoy history. I am particularly interested in the Roman Empire. To me its a fascinating time period. Yet another reason why I wanted to start work on the xml version of Weird Wars Rome for Fantasy Grounds.
So today I thought I would share some of the authors whose books I have immensely enjoyed reading…specifically the books around the time of the Roman Empire.


First….a little about me


I apologize to those few folks that stumble across my own little piece of internet fame, I am not sure what kind of adds you'll see here yet.
Since May of 1992 I have served as an infantryman in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Been to a few ugly places in this world, and seen a few nasty things. Its been a fun ride, and I am glad that I have had the opportunity to wear the uniform. I won’t pretend it was all fun and games, nor will I pretend that I necessarily agreed with whatever mission I was on at the time. When I enlisted, I knew what I was in for. My father wore the uniform for 44 years. Every journey comes to an end at some point, the end of my current one is fast approaching. 21 July 2016 will be my last day in the CAF. My body can no longer take the punishment I have put it through, and its letting me know in no uncertain terms.