My involvement with RPGs began in 1983, when I was eight years old. My friend Scott introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons at school one day, He showed me the Basic D&D (Moldvay) book and helped me create my first character, a hobbit with a “fire sword.” We played at recess and I was immediately hooked on this new game, which felt like a natural progression from the Choose Your Own Adventure series and other gamebooks my friends and I all devoured. Scott didn’t use dice or maps or anything as DM, it was totally free-form and improvised — a model I eagerly emulated a few days later when I ran my first adventure.
I still love playing tabletop RPGs when time permits (with books, dice, and maps no less!), and occasionally I’ll write something about games I’m thinking about, playing, or thinking about playing.