Greetings fellow Dungeoneers! Perpetual lurker here finally making himself known. I realized today this this is roundabout the 6th anniversary of when I first stumbled upon the old site, so I figured it was past time I introduced myself. After all, nearly an entire edition of D&D has come and gone and I've made nary a peep!
I'm 28 years old and currently residing in southern California, originally from the frigid wastes of Minnesota. I found RPGMP3 in the summer of 2008 when I had my first foray into tabletop gaming: trying to GM a game of 4th edition for a group of total beginners. Actual play recordings seemed much more rare back then, and this site was an absolute godsend. I quickly gobbled up all of the 4th edition podcast recordings and never really stopped listening. Hal, your GMing was a real inspiration for me. It taught me what DMing
looks sounds like, and helped give me the confidence to do wacky voices in front of my friends, both in front of and behind the DM screen.
Since then I've enjoyed many games from the RPGMP3 crew (Tomb of Haggemoth, Rolemaster, etc) and also from other awesome groups like the Pantless Gamers (World of Tropis).
The campaign I started never made it past a few sessions because of a few unfortunate breakups amongst my players. But between that first real-life gaming experience, those that followed, and those I've been able vicariously share with many of this site's amazing contributers, a lifelong love of roleplaying has been born.
In terms of actual play, I have since gone on to be a part of three different 4th edition campaigns, two Pathfinder campaigns, and am hoping to eventually find a group to play 5th edition with (since moving, I have been unable to find a solid group).
I have played a down-on-his-luck drunken halfling pirate in search of a crew in Dark Sun, an elven wizard with a flair for the performance arts, and a Dwarven paladin (my namesake, Hamfeast) touched by the storm god and looking to expand the family pig business between bouts of tavern running, monster slaying, and day saving.
I've also tried GMing again recently, though I don't know that my ambition and my actual creativity/skill level will ever truly intersect. TBD.
Regardless, RPGMP3 has been there through it all. Its characters have made me laugh (the eulogy scene in the first episode of Carrion Crown comes to mind, and everything Ragnar Hellstrom ever did/said), the GMs have delighted, instructed, and intimidated me (so much talent and creativity here!), and the community has always seemed like a beacon of (relative ) civility. And so for all the joy the site, it's uploaders, and its patrons have brought me, I say a hearty thank you!
See you on the forums.