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Introduce yourself here

Postby Ashtagon » Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:41 pm

Is this thing recording yet? Good.

Hello. My name is Ashtagon, and I run this forum. It started out as a stop-gap solution because a certain games company couldn't keep their forums running as smoothly as everyone would have liked. But this site grew and grew. We've been here five years now, and we're not leaving the 'net any time soon. This is of course, my rather poor attempt at a self-introduction.

This is the bit where you invite everyone else to introduce themselves.

If you want to say "hello" to everyone at The Piazza, this special thread, is the place to do it. In the past, we have had people writing "hello" threads in various places, but we now have a single thread, so that everyone can find each other.

Maybe say something about what campaign settings (or rules) people like?

It is up to you how you introduce yourself, but if you are especially fond of any specific campaign settings (or RPG rules) you might choose to tell other people what you like. Personally, I like Mystara, Spelljammer, and d20 Modern, although I've been (slowly) working on my own homebrew rules.

Over to you...
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Big Mac » Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:22 pm

Hi. I'm David "Big Mac" Shepheard. I've got accounts on several other RPG forums, but The Piazza is the forum where I now spend the most time.

I'm a big fan of Spelljammer and have been interested in the campaign setting since before 3rd Edition D&D was published. I took a break from D&D for a while, came back to 3rd Edition and was a bit sad when I realised that Wizards of the Coast were not going to bring back Spelljammer as a 3rd Edition campaign setting. That inspired me to look for information on the Internet and then I realised that I wasn't the only person that liked Spelljammer - there were other people out there too!

I got invited here just under five years back, by someone called Havard, who I knew from another forum, and really liked this place when I got here.

The thing I liked best about this place, was that people were talking about what they liked (rather than what they disliked) and that has helped me to learn a lot more about campaign settings I never got to play in (or could never afford) back in the day. I've learned so much about different campaign settings in the last five years, but am still looking to learn more.

After a while, I got invited onto the moderator team and have more recently become a junior administrator.

Aside from Spelljammer, I am most interested in the campaign settings that have a link to Spelljammer. Dragonlance is at the heart of Krynnspace, Greyhawk is at the heart of Greyspace and Forgotten Realms is at the heart of Realmspace. But there are also links to Spelljammer from Planescape and Mystara. And Spelljammer has a little-known sequel called Wildspace, which links to Dragon Strike. I'm interested in all of those things, but I'm also enjoying learning about all sorts of other settings, and the possibility of building a Spelljammer crystal sphere around them.

But I also really enjoy watching The Piazza grow. It has been a great five years and I'm looking forward to what will come next.
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby CmdrCorsiken » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:54 pm

I came to The Piazza when it was just 9 days old. That other company's forums were in such disarray, that I was among the many who came here to find an alternative. My primary interest is the classic D&D Known World setting (aka Mystara), but I do have experience with several other games and settings; most notably Star Wars d6 and Star Frontiers.

My gaming history dates back to 1982, when I was introduced to the Basic/Expert D&D rules and played through module X3 Curse of Xanathon. I have not gone more than 3 months without some RPG game session since then.

As others have said at various times, the best aspect of this forum over many others is the overall tone of the conversation. Here, disagreements tend to be positive, rather than negative, with the posters giving reasons why they like something, rather than focusing on why they dislike something. This can make for pleasant debates as opposed to hurtful arguments.
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Hello, i'm here

Postby Dr Pepper » Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:30 am

Ported from my previous posting.

I found The Piazza group on Facebook. Stupid algorithm keeps trying to hook me up with friends of friends of friends and useless so called games, but it's finally started to recognize that i'm an frper. So i hit the Join button and David Shepheard added me. He has a canned welcome post that steers people here. So here i am.

Background. I found D&D in late 74, back when you didn't have to ask what version. Greyhawk had just come out, introducing such new concepts as Neutrality and Paladins. That was at UCLA, but i soon found a larger group of players in The Valley. They were clustered around LASFS.

Gaming was simple, there were no campaigns yet, and no fixed groups. Whoever showed up, that was the party. When the game started, somehow the characters were all there and when it ended, they weren't. In between games the characters were in limbo. You traveled across territory, went into a dungeon, maybe both, and those who survived came back. Dying early was no big deal since a game could be over in 45 minutes. You could play several games in one night. That didn't last though.

Every gm played differently. Some very differently. Since characters existed separate from the settings, they could be taken anywhere but they often ended up being modified to suit a gm who didn't accept something from another one's game. Many high level characters existed in multiple versions because of this. Still, no matter how different it got, if it had any connection to D&D, it was D&D to us. I like to refer to it as "eclectic" D&D.

Btw, the registration questionaire on this board is defective. It will not accept the correct answer to the question "how many elemental planes?". The correct answer is, of course, "as many as the gm wants". That was how the settings used to work as well. Although the f in "frp" is for "fantasy", we interpreted that very broadly. If you liked something from a book, a movie, or whatever, you put some numbers on it and put it in the game. Lots of gms had Python themed dungeons, one i knew had Rocky Horror, another used characters from Sherlock Holmes.

I had a huge dungeon divided into sections, each a full fledged dungeon on its own. Each section had heavily guarded access points: two sets of gigantic stone doors with the guards in the 10 ft room in between. If you could get through those, you'd be in one of the 120 ft wide, 240 ft high corridors that ran between the sections. One section was based entirely on Steely Dan. Another was my attempt to show some scholarship, it was full of classical and preclassical references. There was a labyrinth, with sumptious decorations copied from photos of the dig at Knossos. Besides minotaurs and carniverous horses and such, it also had packs of wandering philosophers. It was useless asking them for information, they'd start by insisted that the questioner define their terms and end up arguing whether it even possible to know anything. In the corridors i stuck odds and ends at my whimsy. Once i had the party come upon what turned out to be a modern porn store. Seeing a suspicious figure in the darkened window, they bombarded the place with arrows and spells. They killed a deluxe blowup doll, and set fire to the amyl nitrate and lube. There were a few items left in the ashes but the players were afraid to ask what they were.

Skipping ahead a bit. I never adopted AD&D. I kept working on my house rules. I eventually decided that i had a separate game now, albeit it was still D&D in the largest sense. What i like to think is that my game and AD&D are like second cousins, they've gone their own way but the shared ancestory shows. You could say the same thing about a lot of games still. I also decided to do campaigns and make my setting closed, as in the characters would be natives to the world.

I was pretty successful with the setting and the storylines but i was never satisfied with the system. After my last move, which meant losing a 4 year campaign, i decided that i had made things to complicated to keep track of so i decided to go back to an earlier version and start again. Unfortunately i'm in an area where it's really hard to find frpers, cards and computer games are more popular. So i've got just 3 players right now for a weekly game. I'm hoping to start running something online though.

Hmm, that was a bit long.
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Angel Tarragon » Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:43 am

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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Dr Pepper » Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:54 am

Justinov wrote:Welcome to the Piazza :D

Thanks!

Justinov wrote:
Dr Pepper wrote:Gaming was simple, there were no campaigns yet, and no fixed groups. Whoever showed up, that was the party. When the game started, somehow the characters were all there and when it ended, they weren't. In between games the characters were in limbo. You traveled across territory, went into a dungeon, maybe both, and those who survived came back. Dying early was no big deal since a game could be over in 45 minutes. You could play several games in one night. That didn't last though.

Wow that is enormously different from my experience. For me the big trick was getting a fixed group. You could sometimes get invited to play one adventure with another group, but getting your own was always the key problem. Lots of potential players, but a lot fewer GM's. So I have always played with fairly small core groups where maximum was 1 GM and 5 players, but usually GM + 1-3 players.


Being near several universities helped.

Justinov wrote:
Dr Pepper wrote:Skipping ahead a bit. I never adopted AD&D. I kept working on my house rules. I eventually decided that i had a separate game now, albeit it was still D&D in the largest sense. What i like to think is that my game and AD&D are like second cousins, they've gone their own way but the shared ancestry shows.

Yeah that's why it's good going to cons because you suddenly realize how many different ways of doing it there is. I think every group develops it's own house rules. My group played at one point D&D Rules Cyclopedia for combat, but RoleMaster for all magic. So I always specified at Cons that as GM my rules always overrides book rules from the beginning. :cool:

When i started that never had to be said.

Justinov wrote:
Dr Pepper wrote:I also decided to do campaigns and make my setting closed, as in the characters would be natives to the world.
I was pretty successful with the setting and the storylines, but i was never satisfied with the system.

I know many groups having done exactly that. The purpose of the game is to have fun, so if you dislike the rules I would always have a group discussion of how to tweak them to the better.

Yeah, but those were my own rules i was dissatisfied with :( and i was playing with people who were pretty mundane and didn't have the insight to help me :(

That's a separate problem, non fannish people involved. Obviously, one hopes that gaming will open people up to the wonders of the literature, but i've run into players who barely read anything. Some of them play well and respond to situations with imagination, but they are unlikely to contribute much. This isn't a generational complaint, it's a consequence of success. And maybe a failure on my own part, that i don't inspire the players to explore my sources.

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Dr Pepper wrote:Unfortunately i'm in an area where it's really hard to find frpers, cards and computer games are more popular. So i've got just 3 players right now for a weekly game. I'm hoping to start running something online though.

Sadly a problem that hit all us older guys when moving around for work getting families and so on. What is wrong with young people today - they miss out on the real fun: RPG's. That you actually can field 3 players for a weekly game I actually find pretty amazing. With fewer characters you can go into more in depth than just group hack-and-slash, so it is not all bad. It's also easier to play often the fewer people you have to coordinate with.


Up to a point. But i find that it works better with 4 to 6.
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Dr Pepper » Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:07 am

Big Mac wrote:
Dr Pepper wrote:I found The Piazza group on Facebook. Stupid algorithm keeps trying to hook me up with friends of friends of friends and useless so called games, but it's finally started to recognize that i'm an frper. So i hit the Join button and David Shepheard added me. He has a canned welcome post that steers people here. So here i am.

That feature on Facebook is a bit weird. Sometimes I think they just take people and things that your friends like for most of the suggestions, but there are other times when I can find no indirection connection between me and someone or something that they suggest.

Yeah. Facebook needs a lot more categorical blocking options.

Big Mac wrote:
Dr Pepper wrote:Background. I found D&D in late 74, back when you didn't have to ask what version. Greyhawk had just come out, introducing such new concepts as Neutrality and Paladins. That was at UCLA, but i soon found a larger group of players in The Valley. They were clustered around LASFS.

Gaming was simple, there were no campaigns yet, and no fixed groups. Whoever showed up, that was the party. When the game started, somehow the characters were all there and when it ended, they weren't. In between games the characters were in limbo. You traveled across territory, went into a dungeon, maybe both, and those who survived came back. Dying early was no big deal since a game could be over in 45 minutes. You could play several games in one night. That didn't last though.

Every gm played differently. Some very differently. Since characters existed separate from the settings, they could be taken anywhere but they often ended up being modified to suit a gm who didn't accept something from another one's game. Many high level characters existed in multiple versions because of this. Still, no matter how different it got, if it had any connection to D&D, it was D&D to us. I like to refer to it as "eclectic" D&D.


The first time I saw people playing D&D, they were using square paper for maps and seemed to have no rulebooks. By the time I started to play, it was around the time that 2nd Edition was kicking in. I didn't know anything except the version my GM had. He used to run games in his own generic world. Eventually I bought my own PHB from Games Workshop and I got to see the campaign settings. They really caught my eye, especially a certain new one (starting with "S") that had just been published.



All i remember about 2nd ed was The Cavalier. Who started out with more fighting power than a squad of regular fighters and more wealth than most regular fighters could dream of retiring with. As for playing without books, you could do that with the original rules, there being so little to memorize. It was mostly the tables and the spell lists that you needed to refer to.

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Dr Pepper wrote:Skipping ahead a bit. I never adopted AD&D. I kept working on my house rules. I eventually decided that i had a separate game now, albeit it was still D&D in the largest sense. What i like to think is that my game and AD&D are like second cousins, they've gone their own way but the shared ancestory shows. You could say the same thing about a lot of games still. I also decided to do campaigns and make my setting closed, as in the characters would be natives to the world.

The Piazza is mostly here for campaign settings. But we talk about a lot of rules systems here too. There is even a retro-clone rule system, called Dark Dungeons, that was built by one of the people that post here. That is similar to one of the older versions of D&D. You might like it. Or you might like Darker Dungeons, which is a modified version of Dark Dungeons. But it sounds like you like homebrew rules, so The Crunchy Bits forum will be the place to discuss them.

I'll check them out.

Big Mac wrote:Do you have your own homebrew campaign setting too?

More than one, but i'll get to that in other posts.
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Justinov » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:53 am

Hi I'm Justinov - greetings to all of you out there!

I have been playing RPG regularly since around fall 1990 in Denmark, having tried it as a player a few times before having been interesting since 1987 but didn't have a fixed group before that. It all began with me as a GM running the B10 and then mostly my own adventure based on the Gazetteer's, though the Hollow World Blood Brethren trilogy was played. [B10 and Blood Brethren trilogy I can recommend to everyone]. It became a long Mystara campaign as a GM with two players that ended up spanning 3 years (I think) with a lot of playing in weekends. Funny enough almost everyone from my age group have tried playing role playing as it was extremely popular in Denmark from around 1988-1995 but after it lost a lot of ground to the magic cards. Now live role playing is the main thing, so people always assumes that at first when you say you are into RP.
So our game was pretty legendary because of the time length. The record was us playing a Saturday from 12-04 afterwards I went home sleeping until 08 and then prepared for Sundays game that ran from 12-24. I admit being pretty smashed Monday, but it's amazing what you can do as a teenagers. Now I'm pretty hammered when being GM for around 6 hours. But playing 12 hours was pretty normal.
This 3 year campaign brought my players all around the Known World, Hollow World & Blackmoor. It was glorious hack-and-slash days with tons of treasure for the players and fairly one-dimensional characters. We ended that campaign as they became to powerful for me to handle to start up with a Wrath of the Immortals game and later the Princess Arc game, where they played members of the crew finally ended it since their weren't really any more interesting space in Mystara for them to explore. To avoid that I made a game based on the Traldar Golden Age with own maps and own special history (must have a tons of notes written on paper somewhere) where for the first and only time the campaign ended with one player actually executing the other player after a trial, which can be a big bummer when you have used enormous time for background history.
We played some MERP using Rolemaster rules and especially liked the "Palantir Quest", that I ran as GM.

We turned then our eyes towards Birthright playing in Anuire (mostly Roesone, Ilien and Medoere) and I also had the opportunity as a player to try a being as solo regent in Ariya ending with me going and the realm going down in glory in a hopeless battle.

After that the World of Darkness took over and I got a second bigger playing group, but playing time became less frequent as you got older and split up times with different groups especially a bigger group when people have studies and jobs: Played the Transsylvanian chronicle (Vampire Masquerade) as a player for around 2 years, as well as a lot of Mage (both Modern, Sorcerers Crusade and Technocracy) and Changeling as a player and ran Dark Age Vampire myself.
Started around that time non-contact live role playing (mostly Vampire and some Changeling) from around 1997-2004.

Then I ran the campaign of the Trinity RPG and my own created Congo-1920 Adventure campaign, while playing myself some Abarrant and then the absolutely fantastic Orpheus Campaign for also something like 2 years.
In and out also played a lot of Call of Cthulhu both as GM and player through the years whenever we wanted some deadly one-shots or short campaign, but I got to run "Beyond the Mountains of Madness" which certainly is stunning in it's detail.

I then felt a calling back to Mystara and ran both a longer Shadowelf campaign, A Glantri Campaign around the School of Magic and a Broken Lands campaign for solo adventures.

Lately (you are getting old when you say lately about the last 9 years) with free time becoming rare it's usually been short campaign or one-shots for 1-2 players of Call of Cthulhu, Orpheus, Trinity, MERP, Birthright or Mystara since I no longer really have time to read a lot of new things or prepare unless in the summer holidays. As player also managed shorter campaign in many different world - CthulhuTech among many.
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Blacky the Blackball » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:00 am

Hi everyone, I'm "Blacky the Blackball".

I've been here since August 2009. I had been looking for Mystara maps and had found Thorf's site, and he had some links to discussions here.

I've been playing RPGs since 1980, having started with Holmes Basic; and I've played or DMed every edition of D&D except 2nd, as well as a huge variety of other RPGs. I met my wife at a D&D game, and we both continue to play in the same group that we've been playing in for the last ten years (I've been playing with some of the group for twenty five years!) In the last couple of years, we've started a next generation of gamers - I DM for a secondary group mostly consisting of the children of the primary group.

Wanting to have a game to play with the kids group is what prompted me to start writing my own projects. So far I've written:

  • Dark Dungeons - A retro-clone of the BECMI edition of D&D, incorporating a lot of rules from Spelljammer.
  • Darker Dungeons - A modified version of Dark Dungeons that includes a lot of house rules to unify the system and make it easier for kids to learn.
  • Science Fiction Double Feature - An unofficial Call of Cthulhu supplement for playing the game as a set of cheesy horror films (you play the actors who in turn play the characters).
  • Codename: Spandex - A retro-clone of the Golden Heroes RPG. I don't really promote that much because I don't want it to compete with Squadron UK (the new game by the author of the original Golden Heroes), but for completeness I suppose I should list it here.
  • Blood, Guts & Glory - A mash-up of the Rolemaster 2e rules and the D&D 3.x rules; nominally set in a post-apocalypse Elizabethan England with anthropomorphic animal races but with conversion notes so that it can be used in a more generic fantasy setting.
  • 3.Y - An unofficial "what-if" supplement for D&D 3.0 moving it in the opposite direction to the 3.0 -> 3.5 changes.

All of these have been planned on this board with advice and input from others here, and in all of the above cases I've made the finished projects available for free download or cost-price printing (with the exception of 3.Y, which is finished but which won't be made publicly available until it's had more play-testing).

As a result of this, I spend most of my time here rather selfishly talking to myself (and anyone else who's interested - so mostly just myself) about whatever my current project is, although it's not all one-sided. I do join in other discussions (mostly about Classic D&D).

Speaking of which (see what I did there?) my current project is "The CHASING System", a generic system loosely based on a hybrid between the ICONS game and the old FASERIP Marvel game.
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby BlackBat242 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:33 am

Hello, everyone... my name is Jon, and I'm a Piazza-holic.

I came here via a strange and mutated path... different from most others here.

Despite this site's focus (fantasy RPG settings) and primary population (disaffected refugees from a certain game company's forums) I got here via the post-apocalyptic future!

Yes... I was getting ready to start creating a Gamma World (1E/2E hybrid) adventure to referee, and was looking for more material and advice. I had been a member of 4 other RPG fora (2x pre-3E D&D and 2x Traveller), but they didn't really discuss GW much, if at all. The Piazza showed up on a Google search, and I looked at the GW section... only to find it had recently been nuked by its disgruntled and departing moderator. Sigh.

Despite this site's heavy dose of "later edition D&D" discussion, the attitude of everyone here impressed me greatly, and led to me hanging out ever since.


I started playing RPGs (1E AD&D) in December 1982, while attending school for the FLIR weapons-guidance system of A-6E Intruder attack jets (operated by both the USN & USMC) in Whidbey Island, Washington.

After moving to my permanent posting at MCAS El Toro, California I met other RPG players, and began learning other systems: Traveller in the summer of 1983, Gamma World & Champions in early 1984, and so on.

I didn't make the 2E AD&D transition until 2002, and never did fall under the WotC (3E etc) spell.

Likewise, I still play the early-mid 1980s versions of all the other RPG games I am (or have been) involved in... I just like the earlier, simpler, less-complicated form of RPG.


{Edit (Setting disclaimer):

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a user of any official setting... the first AD&D campaign I ran (summer 1984) was on a world of my own devising, as have been all since.

My main inspiration for the world is Andre Norton's Witch World series of novels & short stories... leavened with fluff stolen from a few settings (1E: Gh & FR, 2E: AQ & Mzt) and other game systems: Arduin, Thieves' World, Atlantis (Arcanum), Lankhmar.}
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Dr Pepper » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:54 am

BlackBat242 wrote:
After moving to my permanent posting at MCAS El Toro, California


Thanks to steampunk, you can now use those humongous blimp hangers as a source of inspiration. I used to pass the base while riding the bus to and from UCI.
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Bouv » Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:51 pm

I'm Bouv, a username I have on a few messageboards. I found the Piazza by accident as I really wanted to talk to others about RPG products and questions I might have. the other board I was a member of (non-RPG board) didn't help so after some Google searching, this was the first full RPG board I came across. I liked the set up of the board (different areas for everything) and being a "smaller community" fits my tastes more.

I started RPG'ing when I was about 5th or 6th grade. I found a near-complete Mentzer Red Box at a lawn sale (missing dice and pencil) and that got me started. Having a paper route, I had money and ordered stuff from the local book store (first module - Ravenloft "Touch of Death" and first rule book - "Tomb of Magic"). I slowly started getting more of the 2nd edition stuff as it was easier to get at this time (early 1990's). By the mid-1990's (high school) I had not so much gotten out of role-playing but had few groups to play with (and free time was quickly eaten up by sports, Boy Scouts and more!). However, I did start buying Palladium products (first from a love of Robotech and then as curiosity for Rifts). When I went off to college, I discovered that most of the guys in my suite RP'ed as well - a mix of some Palladium and this new (for me) this called White Wolf. So late 1990's was a lot of LARP'ing and playing various White Wolf games and some Palladium. However, except for the LARP'ing, everything usually was hit or miss on long-term campaigns. Once I left college, I was pretty much out of role-playing.

Come about 5-6 years ago, I was watching my parent's place for them and was digging through old books in the basement and discovered all mot old D&D stuff (I had kept my Palladium stuff as I still bought the books for Rifts and Robotech). So I took them back and started reading them. And buying. Through Amazon and ebay, I started recollecting old D&D stuff. And when 4E came out (I knew of 3E but owned no books) I started buying the new stuff again. And bought a lot of other new stuff as well - New World of Darkness, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k stuff, GURPs, and more! I have quite a large collection. But though I had the books, I had no one to play with (small rural town in a small rural state) and my RP itch was getting worse.

A couple years ago I was able to convice my then-girlfriend-now-fiance' to play and not having played in a while, figured BECMI would be a good area to start (I had her read the Red Box player's guide). We got her brother and his then girlfriend to play (who liked to play all sorts of games) and got my cousin and her husband to play (he had played a lot before). And that's where I am now!
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby BlackBat242 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:20 am

Dr Pepper wrote:
BlackBat242 wrote:
After moving to my permanent posting at MCAS El Toro, California


Thanks to steampunk, you can now use those humongous blimp hangers as a source of inspiration. I used to pass the base while riding the bus to and from UCI.


The blimp hangars are at MCAS Tustin... used since the early 1960s for Marine helicopters.

MCAS El Toro was ~5 or so miles to the east of Tustin, on the north side of I-5 (Sand Canyon Ave exit)... and was the Marine fighter/attack/transport fixed-wing aircraft base.


Both bases closed in the late 1990s.
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Mariutti82 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:22 am

Hi, I'm Mario, a mostly BECMI D&D player/Dm and a Mystara fun...

I played the various editions of D&D / AD&D and some other RPGs here and there, but as stated above, BECMI and Mystara are "my world"...

Many times i passed by The Piazza searching for materials on the internet...and now i'm happy to join this comunity...

Have fun you all and continue dreaming ^_^
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Justinov » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:16 am

Mariutti82 wrote:Hi, I'm Mario, a mostly BECMI D&D player/Dm and a Mystara fun...

I played the various editions of D&D / AD&D and some other RPGs here and there, but as stated above, BECMI and Mystara are "my world"...

Many times i passed by The Piazza searching for materials on the internet...and now i'm happy to join this comunity...

Have fun you all and continue dreaming ^_^


Warm welcome to you Mario.
Happy to see another "old school" Mystara fan joining (as I did myself just recently)!
The Piazza must have starting some kind of beacon lately pulling us in! :twisted:
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby RobJN » Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:53 pm

I'm Rob, and I was rather late in answering Havard's call to jump ship when the certain other forum decided to muck up the works of the Old Campaign Worlds. I think that may have been because I was having trouble finding Mystara-related posts under the new improved "organization."

It took me three or so days to get myself signed up over here, but I am ever so glad that I have.

Like what seems to be a majority of the posters, I am a huge fan of the Known World/Mystara. While I began gaming with AD&D, and later with the Moldvay-edition Basic set, it was Mentzer's edition of the Basic Rules that really captured my imagination and hooked me on the setting.

Aleena had nothing to do with it. Honest. :oops: :P

I had what I thought was a pretty successful D&D campaign all through my high school years, and had a great group that played a wide variety of games, switching off game mastering duties. Going to college, working part time, then becoming an editor at the campus newspaper cut my gaming short (well, that and much of the group moving off to their own colleges and such). A move and marriage saw me drift even further afield from the gaming scene until the early days of third edition, when I participated in 3rd edition "get your feet wet" events put on one of the local gaming stores. A few bucks for a pickup game, and store credit on completing the adventures was a pretty sweet deal.

Just because I was away from gaming didn't mean my imagination had taken any kind of a break. I was able to indulge in collecting from the many used book stores in town, and was mildly active on the TSR @ AOL forums in the late 90s, in my downtime moderating forums and chats in another area of that system. I even (gasp!) swapped ideas with BRUCE HEARD Himself :ugeek: (I am so glad to see him back on the gaming scene and sharing with the community!)

Next to the Vaults of Pandius, the Piazza has been my go-to source for inspiration and idea-swapping, and is the main outlet for my own take on the Mystara setting, as seen through the eyes (and records) of a Traladaran druid who goes by the journeyman name of "Thorn."

So, to all the new faces (icons? avatars?) I see dropping in and sharing in the interest of the worlds of and inspired by TSR, welcome!
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby khyde2184 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:52 pm

Hi everyone my name is Kevin. I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons since my dad bought me 3 boxed sets of it when I was 7 or 8. I remember I would roll up a PC and then fight him against monsters until he died because I didn't have anyone else to play the game with when I was that young. I think it's great that I now have a place where I can come and play a D&D game online. My game is hosted by Knightfall and is great. So thanks for this. You have made a 40 year old nerd happy.
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Havard » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:32 pm

Hi Kevin, Mario and everyone else! :)

I'm Havard, and I am a Piazza addict... :geek:

I started playing D&D back in the 1980s with Frank Mentzer's BECMI D&D sets. The Red Box is 30 years this year! Born and raised in Norway I had to learn English in order to get the good RPG supplements. I am a huge fan of Mystara and Blackmoor. I have been part of the Mystara Internet Community since around 1996(?).


I run my own Blackmoor forum called The Comeback Inn.
I have a blog where I talk about Blackmoor (and some Mystara and other stuff) called Havard's Blackmoor Blog.
I also run the Aleena the Cleric page on Facebook. I also often hang out at the Mystara Reborn Group on Facebook.

I signed up to The Piazza as soon as it was set up by Ashtagon in 2008. Eventually I was "promoted" to Junior Admin, which means I get to move stuff around ;) But hey, this is a great place, so I love to help out making sure it stays that way. :)

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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Dread Delgath » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:13 am

Hey, folks! I'm back! :mrgreen:

I joined here several years ago shortly after the creation of the Piazza, invited here by Havard from Dragonsfoot, IIRC.

I started with the Holmes Basic D&D set in 1980 (a Christmas 1979 present from a cousin living in California) at the ripe old age of 13. I couldn't make heads or tales of it, although at this age, I & my friends were huge fans of fantasy & science fiction novels - none of us had ever heard of role-playing games, and I was only dimly aware of wargames like Tractics & the Strategy & Tactics magazine from ads in some Mechanics Illustrated mags.

I gave the set to a friend of mine to ponder over for a few days, and he & his older brother figured out how to play D&D, and they in turn taught me and another friend how to play. It wasn't long before I heard of a toy store in a mall some 100 miles from where I lived that actually carried D&D games, miniatures and Dragon magazine, but it was still a year or two before I'd earned enough money from my paper route and other chores before I started picking up modules, minis, AD&D Monster Manual, PHB, Dragon magazines & eventually the DMG.

By 1985, I and a few friends had taken turns DMing the other two of us (5 of us altogether - but only 3 of ever played together at any one time) through Holmes Basic D&D, B/X D&D, AD&D, Tunnels & Trolls, Traveller, Star Frontiers, Top Secret and Gamma World. By the time I graduated high school, there were no more players left, but I finally expanded some early AD&D modules into full-blown campaign settings, and began exploring the western side of the Hellfurnaces in the World of Greyhawk.

I ran a mixed game of B/X and AD&D rules, combining the simple combat rules of B/X with the added "race is not your class!" options from AD&D. Not to mention all the additional monsters, spells, magic items really added depth to my B/X game. I ran AD&D modules with B/X rules, and when I ran across something I didn't understand, I'd sub a rule from AD&D until it worked.

I bought the small black boxed set of Traveller LBBs in 1981. I ordered them from a Dungeon catalogue, sight unseen, with no more detail available to me via the short catalogue description. It didn't even come with a pre-made adventure, so I ordered the Shadows/Annic Nova Double Adventure. I was a little overwhelmed with the thought of designing my own planets, space ships and aliens, but I made a right mess out of it all. My friends & I were dying to use our Kenner Star Wars figures for something besides Star Wars, so we had the original Star Wars universe to choose aliens, ships & planets from in 1981.

Kevin moved away in 1981, and we picked up a younger player - Matt, who was Chaotic Neutral/Chaotic Evil/Neutral Evil in Real Life. Matt ran us through a weird little game called Tunnels & Trolls a few times. It was very D&D-like, but we preferred to stick to what we knew - which was D&D. My long-time friend "Silly Savage" bought & ran Gamma World (2e), and Top Secret (1e) in 1982. Silly also started collecting the Known World Gazetteers, and most of my D&D PCs were based in that campaign world. I bought Star Frontiers about the same time, and ran my friends through the Volturnus module series. This was possibly the best SF campaign I've ran, if only because we managed to finish it all the way through, with a LOT of ad-libbing, subbing and downright nerfing of the "war" at the end of SF-2.

Matt finally got into trouble at home & moved away, but in 1983, silly savage & I picked up a new friend who moved to town and was from out of state (Bryan) who had heard of D&D, but thought it childish. He preferred Top Secret, so silly savage started running a TS campaign. We wound up robbing a lot of banks, dealing a lot of drugs & guns, and if I had to sit down & remember some of our misadventures now, I assume it would read a lot like Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas".

I really hadn't been exposed to other groups of D&D until late 1985 after I graduated Navy Basic training in Orlando Florida, and met some long-time USN sailors & D&D players. One guy had the backseat of his car completely filled with nothing but Judges' Guild products! There was a lot to D&D I didn't know, but I insisted on keeping with it. Around this time, I bought the D&D Supplements - Greyhawk, Blackmoor, Eldritch Wizardry and Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes, and these products blew my mind. Up til then, I was ignorant that there was any D&D game published before the Holmes rules in 1978. I'd always thought THAT book started it all!

I picked up Paranoia (2e) in 1987 - 1988, and managed to coerce some shipmates into playing "Me and My Shadow, Mark IV" - a Code Seven adventure while we were underway. They all died like flies, which was the point of a code 7.

By 1989, I was back home in BFE ("Nowhere", if you need a forum-friendly translation of BFE), and without players or a game. I unfortunately married in 1994, and talked my older wife, her daughter & son-in-law into playing AD&D (2e) and Gamma World (4e). By this time, I'd finished the Western Half of the Oerik Continent hinted at in the 1981 Folio, and ran my new family through a few years' worth of a WWoG campaign. We also played marathon games of Talisman (2e) and The Greyhawk Wars boardgame. We separated in 1998, and again I was without a group until I moved to Colorado in 2002. I made friends online with Katkin Kalvin in 1999, and we met on of my many trips to Colorado around this time.

I ran a Gamma World PBEM for a few years from 1999 to 2003 or 4. I ran a RC D&D PBEM game from 2004 to 2009. Both ended when my ability to commit to a PBEM became negligible. I was invited to play with Katkin Kalvin's long-standing group who had played off-and-on since the early 80's. With Captain Shirk at the helm, we played a LOT of Star Fleet Battles and Babylon 5 Wars, a little AD&D2e, Space Opera, and Villains & Vigilantes, and a nice, short Gamma World (1 & 2e) version of "Famine In Fargo" that ended with a spectacular TPK.

From 2009 to 2010, the group allowed me to run "Gamma Dawn" - Gamma World using Star Frontiers rules and an 0D&D game. Both of my campaign settings were cobbled together from scratch. The Gamma Dawn world was set in the Star Frontiers' Universe on an unexplored planet. My 0e game was a section of "The Borderlands" - a place between the Real World and the Realm of Faerie.

So now, I'm back in BFE, and again without a group, a game or any players, but at least - for a few months anyhow - I have the internet, and I'm trying to rediscover the Piazza and the delightful bunch of multidimensional gamers here. I didn't leave on purpose, however. There was a snafu with the porting of the Piazza from one server/site/whatever to the new one. Actually, whatever the snafu was, it wasn't really with the move, it was something to do with my ability to log in under my username & password that kept getting ganked. Of course, Ashtagon & Big Mac tried tierelessly to fix the problem, but unfortunately, by the time they'd fixed it, I'd gone through (yet another) Windoze Crash and lost all my browser saved info & passwords.

I had to sift through a lot of chaff (email, mostly) and look up & bookmark a lot of sites before I was finally able to get here at the click of an email link, but I did it. And now I'm able to sit down for a few hours (and after dealing with all the Facebook notifications I get), I can compose dreadfully long monologues (like this one) and take a bit of time to sift through topics that I've long neglected.

All Hail, Hypnotoad! :shock:
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Gawain_VIII » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:31 am

Greetings. My name is Roger, easily identified on any forum by my username and profile image. I was one of the OG (Original Gamestas) which migrated from that other forum (was it really 5 years ago?). As one of the first ten members (the tenth one, actually) I felt a certain obligation to ensure The Piazza's success. When the call for moderators came out, I volunteered my time to look after the Mystara board.

The progenitor of several perpetually incomplete projects, I split most of my time between Mystara, Classic D&D, and 3e forums. I also enjoy the homebrew setting of Mythosa as well as sci-fi like Star Trek and Firefly/Serenity. I try to lend my hand wherever I can. I've had the pleasure of assisting, in a very small way, with the development of the Dark Dungeons retro-clone, Thorf's Atlas, and contributing credit in the GazF line of products. However, my biggest project, itself nearly as old as The Piazza, is a thorough and complete set of 3e sourcebooks for Mystara.

Unfortunately, real-life tends to get in the way, as I have been unable to touch anything geeky for nearly a year. I'm now in a position to go full force nerd mode, including recruiting players for my first game in over two years (teaching a group of first-time gamers the joy of BECMI and the Known World that I first fell in love with over 20 years ago).

Outside of fantasy, I am a veteran of the US Air Force, divorced father of boys (being raised in the ways of nerdom), an ordained minister of a minoriry faith, and a politically active English Ed./Literature student.
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Havard » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:11 am

Good to have you back Delgath and Roger! :)

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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Classicdnd » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:25 pm

It feels a bit weird for me to introduce myself considering I've been a member since 2009. It's fair to say I've mostly been a lurker here at The Piazza.

I've been into D&D since the late '80s. Like Havard (and many others) I also started on Frank's ol' Red Box, but I also got into AD&D and other RPGs, such as Rolemaster, MERP and Star Wars (WEG) etc. But Classic D&D has always remained my 'first love', as might be guessed from my user name. I'm also a big fan of Taladas, as might also be guessed from my avatar (kudos if you recognised the image as a Scorned Dwarf shield).

I've been fairly active online since the late '90s, involving myself with various Classic D&D websites, 'zines and other random projects, as well as participating in different vintage edition forums along the way. It's always nice to see quite a few names at The Piazza I recognise from across the last decade and beyond. It's strange to think just how long it has been!

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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Dread Delgath » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:48 pm

Welcome Classicdnd. I recognize you from DF. It is good to see names you recognize, although I doubt you'll recognize mine here. (Bobjester) :mrgreen:

I mostly lurk here, too, although I can be a noisy lurker. :oops:
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Re: Introduce yourself here

Postby Zenopus » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:09 pm

I joined the Piazza a while back, but hadn't posted anything before today. I keep forgetting to check these excellent forums so I'm going to add them to my list on my blog.

My first D&D set was the original (Holmes) Basic Set which I got at the tail end of its era - 1982. I have a website & blog dedicated to Holmes Basic, each called Zenopus Archives. However, I'm also a fan of OD&D, AD&D and the later Classic D&D lines & various TSR settings.
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Postby Havard » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:14 pm

Good to have you on board Zenopus! :)

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