After much deliberation, we decided we couldn't just call this thing the "Netzine." So we put it to the lists to come up with a title for our online magazine. Then after we had all the submissions, we went back to the list with the top 3 titles that we picked internally. The list picked for us the Title of the Forgotten Times which was submitted by George Stribley. So we are giving George the opportunity to tell us all a bit about himself.
I have been playing D&D since I was a freshman at Albion College, back in 1982. In 1986 I graduated with a degree in Physics (with a heavy influx of AI and Computer Science), started working as a junior scientist and computer programmer, and eventually became the Information Systems Manager.
I first got hooked on the Realms when I found a release of the Desert of Desolation series (one of my favorite series of adventures) written for the Forgotten Realms. Unfortunately, I didn't buy into the Realms whole-heatedly until many years later, so now I am scrambling to acquire some of the older, OOP material. I loved the Realms because it is so similar to my own AD&D world, only much richer and more detailed. I guess Greenwood's and Salvatore's writings really clinched it for me.
I have been with my current gaming group for 9-10 years now, we meet every Sunday evening, and have played many different games (like Bureau 13, GURPS Espionage, Iron Crown, and of course AD&D, both Oriental and Western) with different DMs. Currently I am DM'ing an epic campaign in the Realms that currently is running through the Desert of Desolation series, and hopefully will finish with the Against the Giants/Queen of the Demonwebs series. One of the challenges I enjoy is meshing these modules into the Realms. The Desert of Desolation has been particularly challenging because of all of the conflicting info in regards to current canon. It is easy to see that the guys who rewrote the DoD for the Realms started out with the rough ideas for what the Raurin Desert area would look like, but the current information obviously ignored this module when it was written. I may even present my efforts at integration to the list [Realms-L] when all is done.