Re: virus: Roleplaying Games

David McFadzean (
Tue, 25 Mar 1997 23:48:18 -0700

> From: Reed Konsler <>
> Date: Monday, March 24, 1997 6:22 PM
> How many people here have play, or have played RPG's? I ask because
> I've always been facsinated by the alternate realities that are created in
> such detail by game designers, and how they reflect attitudes and
> concepts in "the real world" in an archetypal way.

For about 10 years of my life (starting with Basic D&D in '79) the only thing
I enjoyed more than playing RPGs was designing them. I think I've tried most
of the ones mentioned so far, and quite a few that weren't (anyone remember
Aftermath, Rolemaster, Privateers and Gentlemen?). In the last decade it
has been mostly Runequest and Continuum, the latter being my own creation:
sort of a Champions-inspired GURPS before there was a GURPS or a Hero
system. Continuum started out as a RPG but slowly evolved into an RPG
toolkit, ie. a system for constructing game systems. (I wonder if my day
job as a software library designer had anything to do with that :)

Guess which member of this list (not me) is a published author of a
Shadowrun source book.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus