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About Me

This is a simple page with a bit more elaboration about me.  I have NO idea why you might want to know some of this, but that’s your business!

I am a near 50yo gamer, married to an amazing woman, and proud father of my single greatest accomplishment.  We live in a house with our two cats (and soon to be doggo hopefully) just north of Brisbane in Queensland Australia.

Table Top RPG Gaming Stuff

I started gaming seriously in 1983, when I was introduced to D&D by a friend, and made a character and had fun.  This was back when it was basic, and we had access to a Red Box (then later white) and that was where we started.

I was a player till about 1990, where I moved to Brisbane for the coast north of it, and found a store no longer around (Leisuretronics) and started seeing 2nd Edition books.  By this time I was playing 1st Ed AD&D, so 2nd Ed was a good step in my opinion.  I still had my first character (Calthinian) and we moved him along.  The store had a notice board setup, so people could find games.  There were also places around you could get games through clubs like the RPGA.

I kept upgrading him, and system version as I went, and went till 3.5.  I did not look more at 4th Ed than a glance, and did not like what I was seeing.  Now I play 5th Ed, and DM it.  I make content, share it on my gaming blog (https://fracturedbear.com), and play games.

During college (1988/1989) we found a lot of people playing games all around campus, and so I was introduced to other games and systems.  Car Wars, Traveller, Mega Traveller, Palladium and GURPs to name a few. THen a place opened up in my area, called the Hit Point.  It was a place where you could go and book a themed room, and play games in it.  Absolutely brilliant place, and we get loads of games.  Here I was introduced to the World of Darkness, Warhammer, Magic The Gathering, Necromunga, and loads more.

I was also a local coordinator (LC) for the ACT as part of the Adventurer’s League.  Just as 5E was hitting the shelves (not Next) and I went into it straight away.  I ended up filling two and a half stores with players.  With two at max capacity.  While a part of it, I also got to playtest a few modules with the writers and other LCs around the world, that were then modified and released as the EX series for each season of the game.

Currently my biggest non Twitch or Website project is Tir Avalon.  A world I am creating with some interesting mechanics, and loads of lore.  I am mixing in themes and elements of other places, in movies and tv, books and other games.  Heck, I even have the rights to use the Flying Spaghetti Monster officially in my world when I publish it.

I run games online using Roll20, and Discord.  I am also working on a project at the moment for a local social club my wife has formed for families with members on the spectrum.  Using D&D to help kids with social awareness to help them develop tools for social interaction as they go forward; but in a completely safe and friendly environment.

Computer Gaming Stuff

I started playing computer games in 1984.  I used to go to the local library (South Caulfield Public Library) and grab a magazine called Electronics Australia; then find the code section where there would be a game you can type in and play.  Little BASIC games, but still cooler than anything else.

I had an old Sega Megadrive, and my wife and I would play Sonic and R-Type (I think) and that was it.  I got the first PC just after that, an old 386sx (look that up kids), with a green monitor.  At school I had used old IBM XT computers.  This thing had 4MB of RAM in it.  I also got access to a Commodore 64 as well for a while, and Bard’s Tale, Paradroids and Kaiser had me glued, and we used GeoSpace to make character sheets up.

When BBSs started up I got onto a couple, that are still running as well (Goose’s Nest was last time I checked).  Where I would find articles, see what was around, and play Baron Realms Elite.  An online MMO, before there was a term for it, or an internet.  Moving through games I was into Tribes when it came out, Quake (of course) Doom, Warcraft, Command & Conquer.  Then 3D cards came out.

I have played every Battlefield version to date, and MMOs like Rifts, Star Wars Galaxies, Star Wars the Old Republic, Dungeons and Dragons Online, Neverwinter.  I also play Minecraft, Destiny 2, Rocket League, Diablo 3 and more.  But I will be jumping into Cyberpunk 2077 once it has arrived.

Career

So I am going to keep this straight and simple, as much as I can.  I started work at 16, cleaning a shop being fitted out in Canberra.  Since then I have worked for most of my adult life.  Starting in manual labor (road building, house cleaning, stuff like that.  Then I got into a work placement training scheme, and my IT career kicked off.

That took me to some pretty interesting places.  My third job in IT I was promoted to IT Manager on the day I started, as the one that hired me had gotten another role himself.  That career took me to a few places, and I ended up managing the IT for 6 companies over 2 countries,  I then went back to a more technical role, again learning, till I worked for a major print company.  It was a great place to work; I got my manager hooked on some games, so we only bought laptops for us that were game capable, and we often had several instances of EVE Online running while we worked.

I then moved to Canberra, where I went through a few contracts and work places, till me actual skill, and what I liked to do, was go into a place.  Analyze their processes and then work with them to help resolve any weak areas.  As a result I helped one company save just shy of $400,000 a year.  I helped another company get contract ready, then I went to Sydney and presented the contract to the client with contract leads also.  As a result of this, the company earned a $384mil contract.

But I just loved going in, fixing things so it works better, and then leaving knowing I have done a good job.  Was awesome.  Then I got ill, which made me retire early.  But that’s for somewhere else.

So that’s it.  I am just some old fart gamer, with a passion for D&D and a desire to share.

I still don’t know why you wanted to read this!

-Bear