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In 2007 I became completely insufferable. I’m actually quite a pleasant individual; I have lots of loving friends and I tend to get on well with people, so being a douche wasn’t in my nature, but something happened that year that changed my life and made me into something of a prick.

I became an atheist.

First of all, I won’t dismiss that absolute heart-wrenching fear and lost sleep that goes part and parcel with the process of losing a religion. I’d grown up in what I would label a semi-religious house-hold, like a lot of families in the UK who are pretty sure they have a faith but it doesn’t crop up a lot. …


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Ditching digital…to a point

I currently have seven notebooks on the go and another half dozen or so stashed away in drawers for future scribbling. …


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It’s 2015 and the roleplaying hobby shows no signs of slowing down. Perhaps you’re reading this because you’ve always wanted to get into the hobby but you never knew where to start, or perhaps you rolled some dice occasionally in Dungeons & Dragons’ hey-dey and are looking for a way to get back into the swing of things.

A little bit about my path into tabletop RPGs. For the longest time I was into Fighting Fantasy, the choose-your-own-adventure with dice books created by duo Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson. Incidentally, those guys founded Games Workshop, which eventually went on to produce the Warhammer miniatures games which were my next gateway to roleplaying back in the nineties. With this background in solo gamebooks and wargames, it seemed completely natural that tabletop roleplaying would pique my interest. My good friend, who I still game with to this day, and I went to our Friendly Local Gaming Store (FLGS) and bought the D&D 3rd edition starter set. …

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