Who are you people?

Atanamar (Mike T)

  • 1986: imagined that playing D&D was like being in Dragonlance.    
  • 1987: Because of the Satanic Panic, started out with Middle Earth Role Playing instead.
  • 1988: Progressed to Rolemaster, became a d100 zealot and disdained the many-diced nonsense of D&D.
  • 1990: Got over it with the release AD&D 2E, fell deep into the Forgotten Realms.
  • 1990 - 1999: Played 2E and Rolemaster on and off between bouts of Magic the Gathering addiction.
  • 2000 - 2014: Fell off the face of the earth, got married, bought a house, so on and so forth. 
  • 2015: 5E came out, became obsessed with all things TTRPG anew.  
  • 2018: Started the Kobold Press Midgard Organized Play group. Met rad people.
  • Have since been playing and running Pathfinder, Numenera, Starfinder, Savage Worlds, 13th Age, D&D 4E, D&D 3.5, Call of Cthulhu, Delta Green, and anything I can wrap my brain around.
Other stuff:
http://www.mindfulofmetal.com/
https://midgardadventures.org/
https://app.roll20.net/users/1753305/atanamar-sunyata

Medraut

A brief RPG focused BIO of a major nerd.
  • 1979 - Started DMing after getting the D&D Basic Set after the store clerk lied and told my parents I could play D&D without buying all those books on the wall.  I have since both ran and played  every edition of D&D.
  • 1984 - The Marvel Superheroes Game by TSR entered the picture.
  • 1987 - Star Wars by West End Games started taking up a major chunk of my time.
  • 1991 - Vampire the Masquerade hit.  Rare period of my life when I was playing another RPG more than D&D. Also expanded into Champions, Warhammer Fantasy RPG, some Rolemaster, and a little GURPs.
  • 1995 - I completely missed the AD&D 2E “Skills and Powers” book because I was entirely sucked into White Wolf games. 
  • 2000 - D&D 3E hit and I returned to my D&D roots.  However, the OGL d20 craze caused me to move a bit further afield in my gaming than I had earlier.  Started thinking about RPGs from a more mechanical point of view.
  • 2007 - Joined the (now defunct) Lords Of Tyr podcast and started a blog focused on RPGs and comic books at http://www.aherotwiceamonth.com/.  The heyday of the blog was during the D&D 4E years.
  • 2018 - After pretty much exclusively playing with people I knew, I began gaming online as part of a group focused on Kobold Press Midgard Campaign Setting.  This opened up my gaming circle considerably. 
  • 2019 - Started posting at https://xaositects.blogspot.com/
Oh, and sometime in the middle of all this I got married, bought a house, acquired way too many dogs and cats, moved halfway across the country, bought another house, etc.  But that stuff is all boring, right?

Dorian aka DeeKay

Hello! I started playing role-playing games way back in middle school (6th grade). A friend invited me to a home-brewed red box D&D game using the Elf Quest setting. I had always loved fantasy and science-fiction and according to my mom had an extremely active imagination. After one game I was hooked and never looked back. That was thirty years ago.

I live outside of Boston with my wife and two dogs. My other hobbies include working on our 160-year-old house, collecting and building Legos, and just about anything related with sports (go Cowboys!!).
  • 1986 - Introduced to red box D&D using the Elf Quest setting. Loved it. 
  • 1987 - Transitioned to AD&D and was fascinated with the many different books. Deities and Demigods remains a favorite from the line. 
  • 1990 - RIFTS (palladium Books) is published and becomes my go-to game for the next decade. RIFTS is where I learned my craft as a game-master. The ability to adlib and handwave were paramount to running a RIFTS game. It’s still one of my favorite game settings. 
  • 2000-ish D&D 3.0 - 3.5 and other various systems (I see you, Exalted 1e!). 
  • 2008 - 4e D&D! Perhaps my favorite version of D&D. Loved the classes, and it was so easy for me to run as a DM. I still run the game occasionally and referenced it often when I was running 5e D&D.
  • 2009 - Pathfinder 1e - Loved this game and still do. If you’re giving me only one game to keep on a deserted island, it's a toss up between 4e and Pathfinder.
  • 2010 to about 2014 I’m playing various games but mostly Pathfinder. 
  • 2014 5e D&D is released which I run pretty much until 2019. I ran a three-year campaign using Kobold Press Midgard setting. Much fun was had but all good things must come to an end. 
  • Present day - Ran a few games of 13th Age, playing in a Planescape campaign with the Xaos Gang. Taking a break from running games and enjoying being a player for now, although I am reading a bunch of games and thinking of my next campaign. Starfinder, Pathfinder 2? Not sure yet!

Cosmosis

The man formerly known as “Cosmosis,” who later changed his name to an arcane sigil and then, because no one could speak of him verbally, back again to Cosmosis, played his first D&D game in high school (some time in the late 1980s).  He didn’t play often, but when he and his friends did, it was usually in Ravenloft.  The first RPG he ever bought with his own money was West End Games’ second edition of Paranoia, because it reminded him of Douglas Adams’ books and looked hilarious.  And it was.  The second was one of the TSR Marvel Super Heroes modules, because it had Spiderman on the cover and Cosmosis did not understand you needed the core rulebooks to run an adventure.

[Insert solemn musical dirge here.]  Many years of non-roleplaying passed, as he pursued degrees, art, love, marriage, parenthood, and work, not necessarily in that order.

But starting in 2014, he slowly returned to reading - then playing - RPGs with Pelgrane Press’ Trail of Cthulhu and Dreamhounds of Paris, then 5E, then Pathfinder, and ultimately, Kobold Press’ Midgard setting and the amazing online community around the Midgard Organized Play group.

He currently resides in Texas with a wife, a daughter, three dogs, one cat, five chickens, and a sculpture of a vampire.

Yenrah

1998-2017- Nothing really. Did start listening to Critical Role and other DnD podcasts in 2015 and that was neat, though couldn’t find a group in the local area
2018: Finally found a DnD 5E group online and have fallen deeply in love with TTRPGs ever since.

Lazzamore

A totally, 100% accurate and complete un-embellished bio of Lazzamore: (Even though I’m one of the youngest Xaositects, I don’t even feel the need to pad this to be more impressive!)

  • 1996: Satan himself trembled as I came to be.
  • 2003-ish: Blades of Avernum got me into fantasy.
  • 2005: The Midwest itself trembled as I came to live there.
  • 2008-ish: Warhammer 40k got me into the Table-top.
  • 2010-ish: I had to watch as my brothers played D&D... But my time had yet to rise.
  • 2014: a Minecraft server got me into roleplaying formally.
  • 2015: I discovered the world of Fiction Writing.
  • 2017: I discovered the world of online TTRPGs at last!
  • 2019: The forces of evil themselves scramble in panic as they realize that I am fully unstoppable. And also a contributor to this blog.

As you can see, “Lazzamore” is a soon-to-be household name for his soon-to-be subjects.

Clayton Thomson 

a.k.a. Evan Zaar and TheZombieZaar; both are just a name de plumes

With all the meat and brains zombies eat, do they go Number 2?  That and many other mysteries of the universe are fun to ponder.

I returned to D&D in 2015 when 5th Edition was released, after a rather long hiatus.  A few months after its release, I not only DMed my first game, but my first campaign: Curse of Strahd. How’s that for audacity?

I love to play and DM, particularly at my local IRL and online games each week.  Friends try to pull me into new game systems, but I’m just too lazy to learn another system. So, 5th Edition is my stake in the ground when it comes to RPGs.

In the real world, I’m a software product manager, D&D gamer/designer, and entrepreneur.  My sports interests are ice hockey, English football and rugby, and professional cycling.  When it comes to music, I’m into metal, progressive metal, progressive (the jazz of rock), and of course, rock.

The Chicago area is home, and believe it or not, I like cold weather (so long as I’m dressed properly for it).  Mr. Freeze and I are buds.




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