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About Spence

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  • RPG Biography
    Was introduced to RPG’s with the original D&D game and the Arduin Grimoire supplements. Judge’s Guild’s City State of the Invincible Overlord became “the” city.

    Played/Ran many games in the early years including in no particular order:
    Empire of the Petal Throne
    Chivalry and Sorcery
    Villain & Vigilante’s
    Boot Hill
    Gamma World
    Metamorphosis Alpha
    Tunnels & Trolls

    Joined the Navy after high school and found that there were many other people very interested in RPG’s, considering the very very small space needed. One book and some dicer was all you needed and that fit nicely in the seabag.

    While in the Navy I became dissatisfied with the “kill’um take their stuff” style of play I had been involved in from day one. I started playing updated versions of the above plus discovered new systems such as:
    Call of Cthulhu
    Top Secret
    Justice Inc.

    After a while as I gained rank and responsibility and with the increased ops tempo, my RPG time cut way back. Sometimes to zero.

    In ’04 I retired started playing again, but with a different outlook. While I preferred thinking and investigative games on one hand, or super’s games on the other hand, I still played a lot of the video game driven generation of “kill’um take their stuff” with the kids that came into my FLGS.

    After I left the Navy, I ran/wrote up many games set in the 30’s (I love the interwar period for RPG adventure) and have accumulated a library of support publications and every RPG game/system/publication I could lay my hands on paper or electronic.

    In the recent years I have tried/run/played a lot of different games including updates of old standards as well as FATE, Ubiquity, Savage Worlds and Gumshoe.

    Now I am back to Call of Cthulhu and think the 7th edition update is looking pretty good. Plus, the addition of an organized play program fulfills one of my other gaming needs, games I run at my FLGS must be available for purchase in the FLGS.
  • Current games
    GUMSHOE: Fear Itself, Trail of Cthulhu, Night Black Agents
    Hero System: Champions, Home brew.

    Starting up Call of Cthulhu 7th: Organized play, Homebrew.
  • Location
    Marysville, WA
  • Blurb
    Retired Navy Chief
    Avid reader and RPG gamer.
    Love to play historical miniatures, though the call for it is much less these days.
    Read a lot of scifi and fantasy novels/series.
    Satisfied with the number of watchable genre movies and TV series we get these days.

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  3. Add me to the list wondering about that....
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  5. Sounds good. I have the Bermuda book too. I just make the default assumption, yes yes I said assume, that it was 20s/30s, not modern. If you change your mind, just hollar 👍
  6. I have a couple good sets, but the Empress of Japan (liner)(1930, 1260 passengers, 22 kts) might be a good choice.
  7. Spence

    CDA News?

    Post a cryptic abbreviation and then wait for someone to answer or........ Define what you are talking about
  8. I always wondered why RPG's are lumped into CCGs and Mini's while Boardgames is it's own category. It seems like games ie Boardgames and RPG's would be together and all the collecty stuff could be their own. Just wondering...
  9. Spence

    Down Darker Trails - Corrections Thread

    Are you using Adobe? I just looked at them and I don't see any problem with spacing or legibility.
  10. Spence

    Dhole's House - Pulp Character Generator

    Thanks for the update.
  11. Spence

    Dhole's House - Pulp Character Generator

    Does it for me too.
  12. @jajagappa Hmmm... Well the setting may be calling the Lunar Empire troops Hoplites, but the pictures they used are clearly based on Roman Legions. The hoplite art is repeatedly used in the core rulebook and in the Big Rubble setting when referencing the native Pavis troops (I haven't read to see exactly what nation/culture/people in the Core Book/Big Rubble belong to). . I can picture the mix you are describing for Esrolia, but don't see how the classic Greek influenced adventure base gets shift to a Etruscan/Indian/Bedouin adventure base?
  13. So I dug out my copies of the RQ Rulebook and the Big Rubble. Unless they were just slapping anything on the page the majority of the humans in armor on the Core book and most of the Pavis guards in the Big Rubble are clearly cribbed from from the classical Greek hoplite. The Lunar pics appear to be taken from Rome. I picked out Roman cavalry, a Centurion and a Legionnaire with Moon Crescents in for the plume. So it looks like they took some things from the classical and ancient worlds. I didn't think my memory was too far gone.
  14. Since I've decided to reenter RQ with RQG I am hesitent to start buying large numbers of older pdf's. With that in mind, which reference would be best to read up on that location?
  15. Spence

    Running RQ demo games / FreeRPG day or later

    @g33k Thanks