When I was 11 years old, I discovered a red box in my local bookstore with what I thought at the time was the coolest image I had ever seen - a Conan-like muscle-bound, sword-wielding hero facing down a huge red-scaled dragon defending a vast treasure of gold. The mysterious words on that box read "Dungeons & Dragons - Basic Rules Set". I knew that there was something magical about that box the moment I laid eyes on it, but I did not know how much it would change my life. That was in the spring of 1984. In 1989 I also discovered Call of Cthulhu, in 1991 - after I had just read William Gibson's "Neuromancer" - Shadowrun. Soon Cyberpunk 2020 followed, then Paranoia, Vampire - The Masquerade, Werewolf - The Apocalypse, GURPS, Conspiracy X, In Nomine and, well... there has never been a time in my life since I took home that original red box and showed it to my best friend that I haven't played some form of roleplaying game. I also went to college, moved to Berlin, got married, wrote screenplays for German TV, worked as a translator for novels and film, wrote novels myself, had children who themselves grew up to become gamers, and through all of this the simple act of sitting down around a table with people and together *living* a story - often epic stories, sometimes silly stories, scary stories, even personal stories - never lost its original magic. And now the magic of the internet allows us to do this together, no matter where we are in the world. Maybe you have heard of D'n'D but have never played and don't know anyone to play with but want to give it a try. Maybe you moved or your old group broke up because you all left college. Maybe you just want to try a new game with an experienced game master. Whatever your reason, let me take you on a journey into that magic.
For me, it is all about the characters and their story. Worldbuilding, tactical combat, magic system, rules minutiae, etc. are all important and have their place, but in the end, if I can help you travel to a distant world and experience awesome adventures, I will feel I did my job. That said, I will do my best to always come well prepared, provide an engaging VTT set with all the maps, handouts, NPCs stats, images and engaging roleplaying opportunities, some music and sound effects and of course the relevant rules that will help us conjure up those worlds. I will also take care that everyone can feel welcome and safe at my virtual table, make sure everyone is respectful to each other and that we can have a relaxed, fun time together. That's what we're all here for, after all. I will tolerate no toxic behavior, sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, homo- or transphobia, nor any other harassment of players, and any player can reach me before, after or between sessions, if there is any problem with another player or, of course, with anything I did.
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