Games

What games do I play?

Currently – Dungeons and Dragons RPG (D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder), Kings of War (a Miniature battle war-game), World of Warcraft (online game, MMORPG), Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC), and a varied scattering of board, card and computer games.

I also write adventures (primarily for D&D), wrote (and run) a Play-by-email fantasy game, and I’m working on my own d20 version of a Gamma World RPG (combining elements from both 4th and 6th editions).

What have I played? (or still have the game/rulebooks, and expect to play again)

RPG’s – In particular I’ve played all versions of D&D (up to and including 3.5/Pathfinder), Star Wars, M.E.R.P. (Middle Earth Role-Playing), Call of Cthulhu, Champions, Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play, Shadowrun, and Gamma World.

Computer Games – Neverwinter Nights, Warcraft, WoW, Diablo, Portal, Age of Empires, Descent, Dawn of War, Civilization, Freelancer, Quake, Starcraft, Torchlight, Doom, Alone in the Dark, Nethack…

Board Games – Hero Quest, Warhammer Quest, Dungeon Quest, Talisman, Car Wars, The Lonely Mountain, Carcassonne, Sequence…

Card Games – Flux, Munchkin, Chez Geek, Unexploded Cow, Kill Dr Lucky, Mille Bornes, Frag, Spellfire, Illuminati, Magic (the gathering), Falling…

and the more traditional card games like 500, Crazy Whist, Canasta, Rummy… etc.

A History of Miniatures

Two and a half decades ago (late 80’s) I began collecting an assortment of metal figures (or miniatures) for various games, primarily Dungeons and Dragons. Some figures came with board games, or figures that got my interest in the shops (I bought three dragons in about 1987), or part of something like a toy set related to a book/movie/game, etc. The idea of using the figures with games was a great one, but rarely would I have a suitable figure to do anything with, so I just collected them. I probably had some thoughts about painting them, but time, skills and materials weren’t as suitable as I would have desired.

In the 90’s, (when playing Warhammer Quest) my figure collection expanded greatly when I started getting (mostly plastic) figures from Games Workshop. I did a little bit of painting then, not necessarily very well, and with a limited range of paints.

Late in the 00’s years (maybe 2008) I discovered the Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures – and I could start collecting pre-painted figures to represent the characters and NPC’s in my restarted (3rd Ed) D&D campaign, and more importantly – the monsters. By this stage I also had figures for board games like DungeonQuest, and for the Star Wars RPG.

I’ve also been collecting Dragons. I’ve got over 40 Dragons – in ceramic, metal, coal, plastic, resin, jade, stone, and a glass one in a bottle! They range in size from 15mm high to 34cm tall. (The largest ones aren’t miniatures!)