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I've had a strong interest in role-playing-games since middle school, and I've been writing game-related material in a professional capacity since 2003. I currently live in Oceanside, California, with my wife, Amy, our son, Stephen, our daughter, Madeline, and our cats. By day, I work full-time as a senior content designer for Carbine Studios. When I'm not writing or working, I play games and spend as much time as I can with my family.

Gaming has been very important to me for many years; more than half of my life, in fact. For much of that time, I've been a moderator of one stripe or another (Game Master, Dungeon Master, Storyteller; whatever moniker suits your fancy). I enjoy telling stories and involving my players in them. I find that it is a creative outlet like few others, one which allows me to share my own passion for story-telling with my friends.

I cut my teeth on paramilitary-themed RPGs, including Palladium's Revised Recon and Timeline Ltd's The Morrow Project. I played a good deal of AD&D (mostly 2nd Edition), too. The first games that I played as a game master utilized TSR's Top Secret/S.I. rules set. I eventually became a big fan of West End Games' Star Wars role-playing game, and fell deeply in love with R. Talsorian's Cyberpunk. Much of my early design efforts were spent modifying, tweaking, and enhancing those rules systems. Thus, my interest in game design was born.