Pid and Maric are just a couple of gamers from the multi-gaming guild http://mercygaming.com/
I have been avidly playing games since I was kicking my family’s butt at Uno back in 1983. I played a couple early versions of console video games before the family got its first Atari 2600. I progressed through many a board game (Monopoly and Risk were my favorites) and the early consoles (Nintendo Entertainment System, SNES, Playstation 1) before getting involved with PC gaming. In high school I was an avid Shadowrun pen-and-paper gamer and later I ran a small campaign with D&D 3rd edition. I have dabbled in a number of MMORPG’s with the most time spent playing Everquest (started after the platinum edition not from launch) and SW:ToR. I dabble in most new launches but unless they captivate me I don’t stick with them. I started a gaming blog of my own in October of 2009 called The Meat Shield before letting it decline.
I started video gaming with the Atari 2600. My computer gaming began with the Texas Intruments 99 4a. My career in RP gaming began with Richard Garriot’s Exodus: Ultima III on the Commodore 64 and I never looked back.
I own the original D&D red box. I played a few PnP RPGs in high school (Top Secret, RuneQuest, Star Frontiers). I began playing MMORPGs when Ultima Online launched but my first real love was Mythic’s Dark Ages of Camelot. I absolutely loved the lore behind the game. The challenge of PvE and the best PvP experience to date made for a fantastic experience. Like Pid I’ve played most every MMORPG since then with the longest stints in Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and currently Bioware’s flawed but still interesting Star Wars: The Old Republic.
I had a paid position writing for IGN/VNBoard’s Age of Conan Vault for about 18 months and learned quite a bit about the business and politics of gaming journalism. It was a great experience and so much fun to be part of an MMO launch. My only other writing experience is on my own oft ignored blog at http://paganrites.wordpress.com/.