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James Shade (The Game Guru)

3 years on StartPlaying


Highly rated for: Storytelling, Creativity, Rule of Cool

About me

James Shade is the creative force behind Epic Age Media which has spawned nearly 3 dozen board games, card games, roleplaying games, novels, films and music albums. Published titles include Galaxy Prime, Powers Beyond, All Hallows Eve, Roadkill Rumble, Wallet Warriors, Suburban Wars, Saga of 5 Ages and others. Also founder of Darkside Gaming (1996-2007) he later expanded into film and television production, including the sitcom Morgue & Stein and the award-winning short film Tomboys. All good things will come to an end, however, when he grabs his whip and fedora and ventures into the field of archaeology... In the meantime, he has been playing and running a wide variety of RPGs since 1980, evolving his hobby into a paid profession in 2008.

GM style

Roleplaying is key. I bring the setting, the story and the characters to life and I love to see players do the same. There will be combat, dungeon crawls, intrigue, diplomacy, romance, humor, action, monsters, traps, treasures, dice rolling and of course ROLEPLAYING. Maps, handouts, illustrations, miniatures and lots more go into a game. Character backgrounds are always preferred but not a necessity. Games should be heroic and fun but they can also be gritty and deadly. Campaigns may last a year or more, but sometimes end up being short and sweet. It all depends on what we are playing and what we want to get out of the game.


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