About Mark



I am Mark, the guy behind this webpage and the meetup groups presented here.

Relatively speaking, I'm an older guy. I was born 1970, even if I might not look like it. I grew up in the late 70s and early 80s with video games and "the mother" of all pen & paper role playing games, original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, right when they first came up and got popular. And like many kids of that time, I loved both from the start.

What I like about role playing games are a lot of things: I love their fantastic nature, the monsters and the creativity involved, the ease of how they let you invent and experience the fantastic. I love that they are a completely drug-free and safe escape from reality, safer even than computer games, and that role playing games are one of the only truly non-competitive games there are. I think that even has a social value. Or at least, they are supposed to be if you know how to play them right. I'm a very non-competitive person, so that's very much to my liking.

What I like about video games, at least the way we played them in the 70s and 80s, is that they are also very fantastic, and they offer a way for good, playful competition and for social meetings. We used to gather at a friend's house and play tournaments. There, we would go through all our favorite games, taking turns and writing down scores to determine a winner of the competition. It was great fun. Or we'd sit around our favorite games in the local arcade and take turns playing. Commenting and watching others and how they played was just as much fun as playing yourself, and that's a big part of what I liked about video games back then. Playing games in that way is a social event, and it really didn't have much in common with how computer games are played today, sitting alone in front of your computer at night with a headset on your head.

As a person, I just really don't much like assholes and I think there are too many of those in Switzerland. I believe in freedom of speech, equality, sportsmanlike behavior, and fairness. I stand for the quality of the events that I host, as well as for the quality of my meetup groups.

I sincerely hope you will enjoy my groups and events and that you will meet some good people and make new friends in them. Ultimately, I guess that's why I created my groups.

- Mark