Also known as…
This blog grew out of my livejournal account – which has its archives before 2010 and also contains unedited braindump on many other topics.
On Google+ I’m +Richard G, available for constantcon games during the day in France, and therefore inconveniently early for USonians. Over there I have run Carcosa Wacky Races (a PbP hallucinatory Mad Max game) and a couple of sessions of Tartary.
I’m old school just because I’m old – so culturally rather than politically. Been roleplaying since 1982, with a brief hiatus from 1996 to the present. I was also a professional (video) game designer for some years, but I think I’ve finally clawed clear of that rubble. Now I’m making a nuisance of myself around the OSR blogs until such time as I grow up and put aside foolish things.
I’m mostly a Call of Cthulhu head with occasional forays into DnD, but my favourite flavour is Flash Gordon/Barsoom anything-goes lunacy.
Thanks to Zak I now know I’m a wannabe sociable, usually straight shooting, guiltily expressionist, would-be sneaky, queasily greedy, strongly curious, mildly fancy and frequently laid back garage rocker/scrambler. And I care about WOTC exactly to the extent it affects the player pool. On the new/old axis I think I could enjoy both styles but I’ve never actually tried playing Forge or Turku. I can see things about all of them that would prevent me wanting to do them long-term.
I’ll add that I am interested in theories of roleplaying as a kind of useless diversion – they interest me in so far as theories (and rules) always embed philosophies or opinions about the world. But when it comes to actual play I prefer as close to rules-free as possible. So no complex ruminations on edition-dialects or initiative here.
When I’m not writing about games I’m an architectural historian, sometime museum exhibit designer, husband, father, reader and gin enthusiast.
I want to get a game going. I live outside Paris and speak halting French. If you’re interested, drop me a comment on my latest post.