About The GM

Hey!

My name is Ray. I am happily married with two children. I drive a school bus for the Head Start program in my county. And, I've been gaming for nearly 25 years. But it started when my dad read J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" to me when I was about seven or eight years old. I started Role Playing the summer I turned 14.

Since then, I've played so many games! Board games, card games, role playing games, collectible card games, live action role playing games, video games and computer games! And there are *SO* many stories I could tell, I wouldn't know where to start. But since we're playing Amber, I'll tell that story.

I had been playing AD&D for a long time, as well as Shadow Run and a couple others, but I was getting burned out. Honestly I was about ready to swear off role playing games for good. But luckily for me I had just started back to college for the second time and I had an awesome English Composition instructor. About a week into the class, he pulled me aside and asked, "Are you a gamer?" I was not expecting that! "Is it something obvious?" I replied. Heh. I would have liked to see the expression on my face. Anyway, we started talking about games and I confessed how I was thinking about giving it up. That's when he asked me if I had heard of Zelazny and his "Chronicles of Amber." or the Diceless Role Playing Game based on the books. I hadn't so he brought the Corwin series the next day so I could borrow them. That was on a Friday. By Monday I had read all of them and wanted more! When I returned his books on Monday, he told me that his gaming group had just lost a player and had a spot open if I was interested. I went to the next meeting of the group and by the end of the session, I had my very first Amber character! That was 12 years ago!

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