Monday, January 28, 2013

Please Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself

Rolling Stones, aside, this blogfest is being hosted by Stephen Tremp, but I heard about it from Timothy Brannon (I check his blog daily and am always entertained).

The purpose of this blogfest is to re-introduce yourself to your readers.

My name is Mark Craddock and I've been runig Cross Planes for nearly 10 months.  I started this blog to share my thoughts on DnD and the Old School (Gaming) Revolution.  It's become more and less than that in it's time.

The first few months involved working on ideas for Labyrinth Lord, but my return to gaming and my chance to Alpha Test DnD Next moved it toward fan created material for that iteration of DnD.  I also began chronicling my sessions as Game Master.  Once I began running 13th Age, I created a fair amount of material for it, as well.

And then I hit a huge wall in the fall.  Fewer and fewer updates were forthcoming.  I made it a point to get back on the wagon in December and was fairly successful at posting and have made even more strides in January.

This blog is my voice in "the industry" and an outlet for my ideas.  It's also one of my steps to overcome Gaming ADD.  It's a big help and I'm proud of what I've done here.

I started role playing in the summer between my Freshman and Sophomore year at the College of Mount Sain Joseph.  I was a late (gaming) bloomer.

It quickly took over my free time and became my passion for years.
After getting my BFA in Art an working in the Printing industry for 7 years, I got hired at my local gaming store, Comic Book World as Gaming Manager.  13 years later, I'm still doing it.

The group has changed and I've mellowed but I still love being a Game Master.  Telling stories...know sharing stories and having them embellished by my players.

My wife, is my boss at Comic Book World, and my best friend and soulmate.  We have 3 children ranging from 23 to 8.  We home school the younger 2.

As much as I love Gaming, I love my family more.  All 3 kids have gamed at my table with me and I wouldn't have it any other way.

In fact, my 11 year old son has started running his own game and my youngest wants to start a game for her friends.
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