Sometimes, I get asked about my RPG background. I have written articles and posts about it. But let me take a brief moment to talk about it again. It is an important part of my foundation as an author and artist.
In the early 1980s, when I was in grade school, my neighbor Matt Zelesko (a few years older than me) gave me the D&D Monster Manual for my birthday. The artwork inside was incredible and I was instantly hooked.
|I still own my hardbound books!|
I stared at those books for hours and hours. I took them to school. I drew from them...they kept me VERY busy.
|Some of my favorites.|
Later, I discovered CAR WARS and that was my newest obsession. Not so much for the artwork and cool stories, but for the intensely fun and addicting game play.
In college, we discovered White Wolf Publishing and one by one me and my friends had a new even bigger obsession. The books read like novels with some game instruction and some choose-your-own-adventure mixed in. They were skillfully written and designed. They were unlike anything I had ever seen in the RPG world.
|Love this book.|
Once again, I was traveling with my RPG books. I took Vampire: The Masquerade to school with me everyday. I read it between classes, drew from the pictures, studied it. It really shaped me as an author.
Two of my other friends...they knew the release dates of each coming book. They waited and rushed out to get each one as soon as it was available. I swear my one friend was late to work because of being at the bookstore getting...I think it was WRAITH, lol.
Sadly, I have not played any tabletop games in about 10 years.
Since I moved, and left my childhood friends on the East Coast, I have had little desire to. Those friends were my family and these games were something I shared with them. So playing with new people--strangers, would feel wrong.
That all being said, I do wish to write for a RPG game system. I want to rekindle that love...that magical feeling...but this time I want to step back into those fantasy worlds as a creator. I want to craft these worlds and universes for people like myself when I was younger and carrying the books around like they were filled with treasures. Because they were and they still are.
I opened up one of my books not long ago. The Deities and Demigods one. Instantly, I got lost in the pages just like I did when I was a kid. That book still has its magic and THAT is amazing.
Kevin James Breaux