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  • Male
  • 37
  • from 15 Englewood Rd, Springfield, OH 45504, USA
  • Member since Sep 14th 2015
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About Me
About Me
Hello all! I live and work in Springfield, OH. I've been here since 2005 when I moved from Dayton to attend Wittenberg University. I majored in English, minored in journalism, and pursued a 9-12 licensure all so that I could end up staying at the bicycle shop I worked at while in school. I've been in the cycling industry for 9 years now as a professional mechanic, retail shop manager, and buyer. The only thing I don't love about my job is working weekends, which puts a serious damper on my gaming time.

I've been playing tabletop wargames since '91 or so when my brother and I pooled our allowances to buy a Battletech 2nd Edition starter kit. We were immediately hooked, and WH40k 2nd and 3rd editions quickly followed. I moved away from the hobby in my early 20s while I pursued other interests but was pulled back in with the release of Warmachine. While attending a tournament, I saw a group of people playing Fantasy and became intrigued; I had always preferred high fantasy and low fantasy to sci-fi settings but didn't realize how active the Fantasy community in Ohio was. I began playing in 2008 by purchasing a High Elf army box, which quickly snowballed into a 5000 point army. After feeling like 7th edition elves were too easy to play, I began building a small Warriors army. Once I realized that the aesthetic and playstyle of Warriors was a much better match for me, the elves got sold to fund a larger army. Now, 8 years later, I have a gigantic army that allows me to field nearly any configuration I want. I've played high elves, dark elves, and vampire counts and the warriors have been the only army I've ever kept around for more than a few years.

When I initially learned of 9th Age I was skeptical, to say the least; the whole notion of a fan-made adaptation seemed like a non-starter to me and I assumed it would die a quick, fiery death fueled by egos and broken army books. I felt burned by GW for releasing AoS and killing off my beloved game, and that in conjunction with a changing lifestyle had me feeling like my tabletop gaming days were over. I no longer enjoyed assembling and painting models, and the release of X-Wing made me realize just how great a tabletop game could be and without the annoyances and time suck of the hobby aspect to boot. I prepared my army for shipping and was ready to put it all up on Ebay when a friend told me that he'd checked out the 9th Age and liked what he saw. That was early November of 2015 and, needless to say, I've been hooked ever since. I think what's being done here is an awesome service to the community and I truly believe it will develop into a recognized and widely adopted game in the very near future.
Personal Details
Birthday
Sep 16th 1981 (37)
Gender
Male
Location
15 Englewood Rd, Springfield, OH 45504, USA
Occupation
Bicycle Mechanic, Shop Manager
Hobbies
Cycling (all types,) Wargames and Boardgames. Currently stoked on 9th Age and X-Wing.
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