I’ve been gaming since the mid-1970s when a neighbor kid in my small rural Western NY town introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons. From pencil and paper, I got interested in painting RalPartha miniatures and then into some Avalon Hill games. At the same time I was also a kid who was always building models, including Estes model rockets, Airfix plastic kits and a pretty extensive HO scale model railroad. There was also a lot history interest in my home, with my brothers and I being dragged all over on car trips to historic sites, forts, battlefields and re-enactments.
So, over the years, my brother and I played D&D and then got into American Civil War wargaming using Fire & Fury rules in 15mm. We attended a few cons in Rochester, NY and got introduced to other eras and scales, but then I parted ways with gaming as I entered college, completed graduate school, got married and moved to Brooklyn, NY in the mid-1990s.
When my first son was about 7-years-old, I began gravitating back to modelling and gaming as something he and I could do together. We stopped in at a Games Workshop in Greenwich Village and soon we were into Warhammer 40K and then Lord of The Rings. I found a local group of Brooklyn gamers (Metropolitan Wargamers) and started attending some of the HMGS conventions in Pennsylvania. I decided to jump back into historicals, and my son and I moved into World War II and Flames of War since we liked playing Axis & Allies together. In late 2011, I decided to change-up scales and eras, getting back to the American Civil War and recently the Anglo-Zulu War in 28mm.
Aside from gaming, my interests run far and wide — movies, books, comics, collectibles, architecture, design, visual art, carpentry, digital media, technology and probably a dozen other things I’ll come back to. Luckily, my wife and two sons accept (most of) my interests and even play along.