|Paco Garcia Jaen
Born in Spain in 1972, Paco started playing games in 1990, when a sports injury forced him to stay at home for a few weeks and spent his time immersed in Lord of the Rings and Dungeons and Dragons adventures.A trained photographer, graphic artist and psychotherapist, he founded G*M*S Magazine in July 2010 to help promote his passion for games and gaming, and help both big and small companies reach their gamers.
With over three decades of gaming experience, this self confessed computer-herd spends her time between her passion for eLearning, running her hobby websites, reading, writing (lots!) and playing games at every chance she gets.She is well known for her work in RPG Resource, where the bulk of her writing can be enjoyed.
|Thilo Graf Hi everybody, my name is Thilo, but most of you may know me from my rampant reviewing under the screen-name Endzeitgeist. I’ve been playing roleplaying games for about 15 years now and started playing with 2nd edition Planescape and Ravenloft (which were incredibly hard to get in Germany!) – my love for dark and gritty settings has never ceased and I still love them. I’ve been a DM for all this time and RPGs are still my favourite hobby. Apart from versions of (A)D&D, I’ve also played Engel, Shadowrun, old WoD (Vampire and Wight), Midgard (the German Old-school-Rpg), Call of Cthulhu (which I love to death), Trail of Cthulhu, Warhammer Dark Heresy and several others. Right now, I’m DMing a weekly campaign that switched from homebrew-3.5 to homebrew-PFRPG with a focus on horror, madness, insanity and political struggles.
Apart from reviewing, I’m working as a translator, programmer, editor as well as a teacher at a university and currently work on my PhD. I’m also a language nerd and am constantly trying to pick new ones up.
I’ve started reviewing both thanks to Lou Agresta nudging me in the right direction and Dark_Mistress’s excellent and informative reviews.
My ambition is to be as impartial as possible in my reviews and I hope it shows.
You can contact me in my email address.
|Chris Bowler I’m a gamer… I’m not ashamed of that. I’ve played games all my life. My earliest gaming memories are of games like Ghost Castle, Mouse Trap and Screwball Scramble. In my early teens I remember big box games based on Tv Shows, like The Crystal Maze and Gladiators.
By the time I was sweet sixteen I was heavily into wargaming and roleplaying. Obviously I played Warhammer, from 5th edition through to 7th, I also concocted my own version of Mordheim from what I read in White Dwarf (interestingly my game was eerily similar to what is now Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition).
Talking of Roleplay, during the early years I played a hybrid 1st/2nd edition AD&D game, which lasted for over 5 years, although the players came and went. I finally retired my rather vast collection of 2nd ed books in favour of the simpler d20 system, right after 4th edition was released!
As I hit university and the roleplaying group was split across the country I took to playing cards, Wizards of the Coast’s Star Wars Trading Cards to be precise. The game was an absolute blast and actually was the long and slippery road that led me into eurogaming, believe it or not!
I discovered Settlers of Catan after visiting a friend in Oxford. The two of us loved the game so much that we each bought a copy. Now of course, I own all the expansions too. Settlers led to Board Game Geek and that of course led to many, many, many other games.
My collection, not including out of print games, roleplaying or collectable games is now close to 100 games and growing. I am an eclectic gamer and I’ll play almost anything. I have dozens of Eurogames and a host of Ameritrash games. I have dungeon crawls and farming games. Co-ops and all-for-one Munchkin like games.
My current favourite game is Warhammer: Invasion, a war game in card format that includes a massive amount of strategy as well as hand and resource management.
I also have two gaming related blogs, Unboxed: The Board Game Blog, in which I take a game and review it one week and then review an expansion/variant/scenario the week after. My other blog Duke of the Blood Keep is a hobby blog containing detailed step by step guides on how I painted various miniatures including a recent series on Descent.
So that’s about it, I look forward to many more years of gaming and, of course, pontificating on them!”
Greetings from the frozen north, and welcome to a foray most strange into the realms of role-playing and review! I’ll be your host in this humble nook of the net, and throughout forthcoming entries would like to share with you a variety of stories, experiences and bouts of brainstorming. Who in the blazes am I? Just a curious, at times fairly wordy fellow (for better or for worse) with a passion for stories, writing and role-playing among other hobbies; I began with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons back in the day and have explored and enjoyed a great many games in the interim.
From Paranoia to Palladium, I’ve had fun experiencing different mechanics, settings and styles of storytelling; I’ve run and played in numerous campaigns over the years in myriad flavors (some a great deal of fun, some awful as can be)–be they second, third or fourth edition Dungeons & Dragons or other directions, such as World of Darkness, Rifts, Spycraft, or even such boggling extremes as PDQ versus GURPS–it’s been a fun ride and a long learning experience.
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