Missive #29: Getting Old…Remembering Great Games and Gamers
Today I turned 44 years old. I got a little nostalgic and started thinking of all the games I’ve been a part of over the years and all the wonderful friends I’ve made through gaming. I started gaming in jr. high, deep in the woods of beautiful East Texas, and of course we started with the DnD Basic set about 1978-79. Many hours of great gaming were had on Grayhawk, and on our own world “Elder World.” Some of the great friends I met and still love include: Robert West, Thomas Driver, Scott Austin, Wayne Walker, Lee Johnson, Trey Gorden, Alan and Mark Champion, and I”m sure there were many others. We played Traveller, Fantasy Trip, Squad Leader, Civilization (the board game), and many others. In 1983 I moved to Houston and made many new friends and fellow gamers that became my lifelong campaign friends: John Roberts, Lorien Mace-Foux, Cliff Maxwell, Lee Martin, Jon Mueller, Maurice Vera, Chris Duncan, and Jerry Blakemore. I attended the awesome 80s Cons and played other games like Cyberpunk, Chill, Call of Cthulhu, and many others. Now I’ve been gaming over 30 years and I still play the occasional game with John Roberts, Jerry Blakemore and Lorien, as well as my more recent (last 10 years) friends: Cray Crouse, Landon Gregory, Preston Dubose, Micah Mogle, and many others in the Bryan/College Station area. I would be remiss not to mention my ongoing games with Mark Ramsey. Creativity unleashed! My 21st Century friends and I have played many, many hours of Dungeons and Dragons, Evernight, Vampire, 50 Fathoms, Deadlands, Low Life, and many others including my own Pinebox campaign and Realms of Cthulhu and Agents of Oblivion. In the industry I’ve met and befriended/corresponded with many whom I admire greatly including but not limited to: JD Wiker, Clint Black, Sean P. Fannon, John Goff, Shane Hensley, and of course Sean Preston! I have been a partner with great talents too in my 12 to Midnight boys: Jerry Blakemore, Trey Gorden, Neal Hyde, Craig Largent, Mark Ramsey, Brendan Quinn and Preston Dubose. So…many years, many games, and many friends. Here is to at least 30 more years! Thanks guys and gals, it’s been a lot of fun! (especially enjoyed the pizzas, chips, mnm and skittle mixes, Moutain Dews with Doritoes, cakes, pies, fajitas, and well….the list goes on). I know I’ve forgotten some folks, but my brain is only so big, so please excuse the oversight. Even better, is that my two sons, Jerry’s son and daughter, Mark’s oldest daughter, Lorien’s oldest daughter, are all Gamers! Till next time.