From: John Grigg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Feb 12 2002 - 02:04:31 MST
Steve Jackson is an extropian? Very, very cool.
Hmm, it seems my H programming could have begun as early as The Warlock of Firetop Mountain!
E. Shaun wrote:
Yes, when I first learned that the Steve Jackson in the database was *the*
Steve Jackson, I was happily surprised. I quite literally grew up on his
RPG-like "choose your own adventure" books. It's interesting how, without
knowing the Steve Jackson connection, years later I became involved with
Extropy. I'm sure there are a number of stories like this out there.
As a young teen I loved to play his Microgame collection of wargames! I think I bought just about everyone. I have fond memories of Chitin, Invasion of the Air-Eaters. Rivets, Holy War, Warpwar, Ogre(still very much around), Ice War, and the many other very inexpensive, yet very entertaining and creative titles he produced.
Later I learned to love his roleplaying game, The Fantasy Trip. This had combat based on the Melee and Wizard Microgames, which were a cool take on miniatures combat.
His "Choose your own Adventure" books were so good! At the time that type of thing was popular. But no one did it as well as Steve Jackson.
Later, he came out with the great GURPS roleplaying game system, which I loved for the way he would adapt so many different times, books, and genres for gameplay. And I can't wait to get my hands on Transhuman Space!! : )
I first realized Steve Jackson was involved in our "subculture" when I saw him post on Cryonet. I was stunned!! And to top it off, at the bottom of his post it said, "Yes, I'm THAT Steve Jackson." lol!
I am "one of the other stories" out there. But considering the science fiction and fantasy themes Steve Jackson used in his games which I loved, there is little wonder to me that I wound up here! And I am very glad Steve Jackson is reading Cryonet, and hopefully signed up.
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