Greetings all, my name is Mark & I'll be turning 40 this year. I've been gaming since 1991, when I began playing Champions my sophomore year of college. I've primarily GM'd for most of my time in this hobby and had taken a sabbatical from gaming for close to 3 years.
I'm lucky that for the last 12 years, I've been the Gaming Manager for a small chain of comic and game stores in KY. I think my job was part of the reason for a break. I spend at least an hour each evening on the web, keeping up with the latest in comics and games and while I do love it, I just had no escape from it.
I wish I could say that gaming drama wasn't the other piece of that puzzle, but after coming to terms with the fact that I'm at least 50% of any conflict I participate in, I think I'm more mature about realizing this is supposed to be a fun hobby. Any time it becomes something else, a break is due.
My schedule permits me time to play for about 2-3 hours, 3 nights each week. I have to stay late at one of our stores organizing Magic, Pathfinder, Boardgames, and DnD events.
I've always suffered from Gaming ADD have struggled to overcome this. I think I've found a version of DnD that is right for me and thats been a great way to focus on building adventures, instead of creating rules.
I've played or run ADnD 2E, DnD Rules Cyclopedia, 3 and 4, Pathfinder, Trailblazer, Feng Shui, Ars Magica, Cyberpunk 2020, Mutant Chronicles, Legend of the Five Rings, Old World of Darkness, D6 System, Star Wars Saga Ed, Talislanta, Shatterzone, Torg, Savage Worlds, Deadlands, Brave New World, Heroes Unlimited, Rifts, Champions/Hero System, GURPS, DC Heroes, DC Universe, Marvel Super Heroes, Spycraft, Castle Falkenstein, Call of Cthulhu, Chill (Mayfair), Shadowrun, Spirit of the Century/Dresden Files, Wild Talents, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, True 20, Mutants and Masterminds,
WitchCraft/Armageddon, Stormbringer, and Fudge.