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GM Joe

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  • Birthday 11/27/1968

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    I enjoy collecting and playing classic videogames and computer games (from the late 70s/early 80s). I'm also a theme park maven.
  • Biography
    I grew up in the SF Bay Area, graduated from CSU Hayward (now CSUEB) in 1992, and have since lived in Northeast Illinois. I'm married to a wonderful woman who shares my hobbies and passions. Back in the 90s, I did freelance work for Imperium Games as a member of the Core Group.
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    Corporate IT

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  1. GM Joe

    Hyperman in the hospital

    Oh, crap. I’m sorry to hear he’s not with us any more. He seemed like a great guy, and he was always happy to help. RIP.
  2. GM Joe

    What Have You Watched Recently?

    I, Tonya. Good stuff. But what a group! A dummy hires someone dumber, who hires two people even dumber...
  3. GM Joe

    Are we too hard on Wil Wheaton?

    Wil seems like a fine person who doesn’t take himself or his place in nerdom too seriously.
  4. GM Joe

    Hyperman in the hospital

    I hope the surgery goes perfectly, and that you get more benefit than you expect out of it!
  5. GM Joe

    What Have You Watched Recently?

    We watched Jumaji: Welcome to the Jungle last night, having already seen it a few times in the theater. It’s still a really fun adventure movie after all these viewings. One of my favorites. It’s not a great film, but it’s a great movie.
  6. Congratulations on your new campaign! SUPERS! RED is one of my favorite RPGs, and I’ve had great success running it. It’s a very different thing than Champions, but it is very much true to the feel of comic book supers. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a lighter, looser supers RPG. Enjoy!
  7. GM Joe

    What Have You Watched Recently?

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales It was fine. The franchise continues to decline, but it still has its moments. It was nice to return to the Will & Elizabeth story.
  8. GM Joe

    Dealing with burnout

    I got completely burned out about 15 years ago. I'd been role-playing and GMing for 20 years, I'd gone through the highs and lows of becoming a game developer on one of my favorite games and then seeing it closed down due to the owner losing money because of the Asian financial crisis (1997), I had been intensely involved in online discussions on Usenet (including acting as a company's liason to the fans), running games at GenCon Milwaukee for years, and on and on. One day I was setting up for a game in my basement (running D&D 3.5e, using the Dwarven Forge stuff for the dungeon). I looked around and realized I wasn't having any fun at all, and hadn't been for a long time. I was just doing it out of obligation. So when everyone got there, I went ahead and ran the game and then let everyone know that, as much as I enjoyed their company, RPGing wasn't for me any more. I would no longer be running or playing games. I was out. The group was comprised of good friends and some family members, so they understood. We eventually found other things to do together and had a great time. I put all the games away and didn't buy anything new or even keep up with what was coming out. And I stopped participating in online forums about gaming. It took me about 10 years before I had that old feeling, wanting to run a game. And it's been great since! No feelings of burnout at all. But it did take time, and stepping completely way. YMMV.
  9. I see it is the best of the three, followed by 1and then (more distantly) 3. I didn't really care for the Vanko character, but the Black Widow scenes more than make up for that.
  10. GM Joe

    Hyperman in the hospital

    I'm sorry you're having to go through that again, Hyper-Man. Hopefully this is the last time you'll have to deal with this recurring villain.
  11. GM Joe

    What Have You Watched Recently?

    I streamed the first few episodes of the 1964 American TV show My Living Doll. It’s really funny! Julie Newmar plays a robot designed by a government contractor for the space program. Through a series of mishaps, she ends up leaving the facility and living with a psychiatrist who works for the contractor, played by Bob Cummings. He has to keep her hidden until the guy who designed her comes back from a trip and can disassemble her to smuggle her back in. The whole thing is quite well done for the time, and holds up well. There were several laugh-out-loud moments in each of the first three episodes. Newmar is fantastic in the role. It’s on Amazon Prime, BTW, if you want to check it out.
  12. Anyone else love the old BBS door game TradeWars 2002? It’s been on my mind recently, for some reason.
  13. How dumb! Who ever heard of a comic book being funny?
  14. GM Joe

    Champions Character Cards KS Project Now Live!

    Yay! We doubled our fun by unlocking the expansion deck. Woo hoo!