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    Bryan Palmer


    Name: Bryan Palmer
    Age: 39 (yes, I believe that I have so far earned the
    title "grandpa")
    Sex: Male
    Ethnicity: Caucasian (sorry it's the statistician/evaluator
    in me!)
    Occupation: Program Evaluation Coordinator (fancy name for
    "statistics" guy)
    Current Location: Tempe, Arizona State University
    Years Role Playing: 9
    Gaming Experience: Battletech, AD&D (primarily Birthright and
    Greyhawk), Star Fleet Battles, Top Secret, Twilight 2000, Star Wars,
    (many others with limited experience)
    I've always wanted to DM in AD&D put was somewhat concerned about the
    vast difference in the level of experience between myself and my fellow
    gaming companions (at times I believe they participated in D&D while
    still in embryonic states!). Using the Birthright campaign and all of
    its political nuances put the players on unfamiliar ground (having never
    ruled entire countries) and allowed me to incorporate what I felt were
    true challenges (better known as nasty politics). We operate the game
    on two levels 1) e-mail for domain turns and 2) monthly gaming sessions
    for true adventures. We have to work this way since all of us "older
    guys" (my PCs are actually in their late 20s - early 30s) have full time
    jobs and families. The main "regent character" doesn't even live in the
    area anymore. He moved to Austin, Texas and commutes to Phoenix
    once-a-month (he tells me it's just to play this game but I'm not quite
    buying that line). Even being so far away, he still provides me with a
    wealth of information through fax and e-mail. There are four PCs in my
    campaign and each has commented to me that the Birthright game has
    renewed their waning interest in AD&D.

    PS: From a statistics/evaluation standpoint, it's awfully
    interesting to see how well the international community is represented
    on this listserver, and I have to say Como que vai! To Bearcat (I used
    to live in Brazil and would sure love to see that beautiful place again)

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    John Ewan


    Name: John Ewan
    Age: 42 until April; Bryan - 39='granpa'? I have an 8 year old.
    Sex: Male
    Ethnicity: Caucasian
    Occupation: Sysop/Customer Support for MPG-Net
    Current Location: Key West, Fl
    Years Role Playing: 20
    Gaming Experience: I first bought the small white box with the 3 booklets,
    and Chainmail! when I was in the US Navy and had *no* idea what they meant!
    D&D in homegrown campaign of Robert West of the
    'infamous Robert West Curse System' ; AD&D (primarily homegrown campaigns of wildly
    variant nature

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    Name: Kevin Moss
    Age: 37
    Occupation: Nature Center Director (I like druids and rangers...)
    Status: married, one child
    Location: Canandaigua, NY (near Rochester)
    Role Playing Experience: 18 years (Jeez...has it really been that long since I
    bashed my first skeleton?!)

    Gaming Interests: Been a wargamer and history buff all my life, played a lot
    of Squad Leader, PanzerBlitz, Waterloo, Ceasar's Legions, turned on
    to BASIC D&D (remember that?) in college, and soon graduated to EXPERT and
    finally ADVANCED D&D. Also have played TRAVELLER, STAR TREK: THE RPG, TOP
    SECRET, CALL OF CTHULHU, and SKYREALMS OF JORUNE (an amazing setting but an
    incomprehensible game system.) For the last 10 years I have DMed and played
    with a tight, small group of 3 gamers in an ongoing, multi-faceted and
    incredibly complex series of campaigns in the Forgotten Realms. I've always
    been the main DM. We had an abortive attempt at a Dark Sun campaign but
    decided it was too weird and gritty for us. Last year we finally decided we'd
    gotten fed up with FR (sound familiar?) and were trolling around for something

    To be totally honest, it was the artwork that aroused my curiousity about
    that and a look at the Conspectus. It also aroused the wargamer in me, but I
    was also intruiged by the strategy/diplomacy aspects, and the blending of all
    that with role-playing. So I bought the box set to check it out. What I
    discovered was the best gaming world TSR has ever created, bar none, a world
    much more interesting and playable than Forgotten Realms. (No offense to
    Mssrs. Grubb and Greenwood...hey, it kept our interest for 10 years, it can't
    be all THAT bad!)

    Anyway we are in the process of preparing to kick off our first BR campaign
    and are really excited about it. We each have created two characters apiece,
    one a regent and one a non-regent. The first center of action is going to be
    the Giantdowns/Tuarhievel/Dhoesone area. Since we live apart and only get
    together for real gaming a couple times a year, we're going to do our domain
    turns, strategy, diplomacy, etc via email and the role-playing and tactical
    stuff when we get together. It should prove interesting...

    Sorry to have rambled on a bit. Let me also say that I have enjoyed this
    newsgroup, even though I don't always have time to read every post or
    contribute a whole heckuva lot. Its been great communicating with other
    people who have the Birthright syndrome. Its we who will keep this campaign
    setting alive! Keep it going, guys!

    Hasta la pasta!

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    Name: Mike Bauer
    Age: 20
    Sex: Male
    Ethnicity: Caucasian
    Occupation: College Student/Grocery Clerk
    Current Location: Bandon Oregon
    Years Role Playing: 8
    Gaming Experience: AD&D, D&D, Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Planescape,
    Hero's Unlimited, Rifts, Vampire, Werewolf, Wraith, Changling, Robotech,
    Gamma World, Star Wars, Shadowrun and the most favored of all Birthright.

    It is neat seeing who is from where on the list. I just wish there were
    more people over hear on the west coast near me playing the game as well.


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