Role Playing Games

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 role playing games, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, right when they first came up and got popular. This was partly in the US, and partly in Switzerland, and this history explains my affection. And like many kids of that time, I loved both from the start.

What I like about role playing games is not just the fantastic possibilities, and the creativity and ease of how they let you be creative, but also that it's one of the only truly non-competitive games I know. Or at least, it's supposed to be, at least if you know how to play role playing games correctly. 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 creative, and they offer a way for good competition and social meetings. We used to gather at a friend's house and play tournaments, going through all our favorite games and taking turns, writing down scores to determine a winner of they day. 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, despite the competition, and that's big part of why I liked video games so much. This really doesn't have much to do with sitting in our apartment at night with a headset and playing some online game.

As a person, I believe in freedom of speech, equality, and non-competitive fairness. I stand up, publicly, both for the quality of the games that I Dungeon- or Game Master myself, as well as for the quality of my meetup groups. With that, I stand for my leadership and how others are treated. And I try to do a good job at it.

I want my groups to be a union of role playing - or video game enthusiasts, where every Dungeon- or Game Master, every video game player or even every member has an equal say. I don't want anyone to quit, stop, or not start Dungeon- or Game Mastering, or hosting video game sessions because of me, how I treated him or her, or because he or she is dissatisfied by how he or she is being treated by anyone in my groups.

- Mark