About Kilsern

I live in Alaska. This isn't my day job, this is for fun. I've been gaming since I was 10, (way back in 1983). The first RPG I ever played was The Fantasy Trip. I was invited to play TFT by the boyfriend of my older sister. I quickly annoyed them with my enthusiasm and was not invited back.

Luckily, for me, this was around the time in the 80's when lots of people were playing D&D, so finding a pick-up game with peeps my own age wasn't tough. I caught the tail-end of the Utopian years of gaming; meaning, you weren't strange if you were gaming back then, you were just another kid. My fascination went beyond the fad. My friends lost interest in a couple of years, and I was left to string together pick-up games from the few stragglers that still thought rolling dice was cool. That did not last me long. Soon I was a lone kid in a very small town with no one to play D&D with.

Over the years, I found games, mostly in college. I've played since leaving college in 1994, but sporadically. Gaming is just not something I have a lot of time for anymore.

I still try, and I'm still hopeful; however, these days I mostly stick to board games and I find that I enjoy a good board game more than a great roleplaying game.

I read lots, mostly Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Edgar Rice Burroughs and many of their contemporaries and imitators. I collect and read the Ballantine Adult Fantasy books series, edited by Lin Carter and anything and everything listed in Gary Gygax's famous Appendix N. I enjoy exploring the roots of fantasy by reading such things as Beowulf, Fairy Tales and the like. I also read newer stuff such as Michael Chabon, China Mieville, George R. R. Martin.

I really dig comic books. In my nerd hierarchy of all things nerdlishious, comic books rate above games. My current favorite comics are The Walking Dead, Rasl and Avengers Academy.

You can reach me at kilsern71@gmail.com