Thanks to gaming, I’ve met many great people and had many great experiences.
Frank Mentzer, thanks for designing the killer ‘Red Box’ D&D set that captured my imagination, even if Bargle got the better of me.
Mom, thanks for buying that Red Box for me, and being my first DM, even if for only a short time.
Brian Palazzolo, thanks for spending untold hours with me, playing D&D after school.
Tom Mcdonald, thanks for designing worlds with me and pawning over every issue of Dragon Magazine we could get our hands on.
Michael Jackson, thanks for handing me your copy of Dragons of the Autumn Twilight, and turning me on to fantasy novels.
George Vasilakos, thanks for the awesome art in high school, that kept my imagination alive. And thanks for Imagination Games & Comics, without which I would have had no idea where to get good gaming product.
Bernie Trombley, thanks for inviting me to help playtest for New Millennium Entertainment.
George Vasilakos and Alex Jurkat, thanks for starting Eden Studios with me. I only wish I’d been smart enough to stick with it, instead of getting a ‘real job’.
Rob Placer, thanks for running a great game store, through which I met gaming friends I still keep in touch with, though we’re thousands of miles apart.
Gaming Outpost, thanks for being my home after leaving Eden Studios, and introducing me to the likes of Mike Mearls, Jared Sorensen, Peter Seckler, Nick Lalone, Graveyard Greg, Gareth Hanrahan, and The Scarlet Jester.
Clinton Nixon, thanks for ApartmentCon, my first gaming event ever.
Gary Thompson, thanks for organizing GIDFA (Gaming Industry Disaster Fund Auction) after 9/11.
Jon Morin and Ezra Davis, thanks for being my friends, in gaming and out. I love you both.
Dan Repperger, for showing me what community means.
Paizo, thanks for having a great community, without which I would never have tried my hand at freelancing.
Wes Schneider, thanks for showing me what a good editor is.
Rone Barton, thanks for responding to my ideas, for designing games with me, for being my podcasting partner, and for being my friend.
Thanks to every publisher that makes the games I play, and the ones I have yet to play. Without you, I would still be wearing a suit and working in a cube 14 hours a day. Ack!
Thanks to every store owner that sells games, and provides a community where people like me can meet others, can learn new games, and can participate in this great hobby.
And thanks to every gamer who shares my love of games. You’re all unique and special, and I love you all.
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