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I`m fluent in several games, their administration, crossing over systems, and in general advice. If you need help with anything from AD&D, Harnmaster, or any of the White Wolf Game Studio games (Vampire, Werewolf, Wraith, Changeling, Mage, Hunter, Trinity, Aberrant, or even the old and lost Streetfighter game), feel free to ask. I`ll help as best I can, and I have a huge stack of gaming books to refer to if necessary, so the information usually should be accurate. I also have some game resources for Legend of the Five Rings, the old FASA Star Trek RPG, the newer Last Unicorn Games Star Trek: the Next Generation RPG, as well as some of the Star Wars game, some RoleMaster, and so on...

Experience in the area

I've been a GameMaster/DungeonMaster/Referee/Storyteller for the last 25 years continuously; I started with AD&D, and my interests grew from there.


I was one of the first online Storytellers for the official White Wolf Java Chat gaming site; I now run my own online games, albeit with the help of some technical computer whizzes...


I have my Degree in Psychology, which I have used extensively in the development of my games; my games tend to be gritty and realistic.

What do you like about this subject?

Role-Playing Games are particularly interesting to two groups of people, I've found: those who are intellectual theorists, and those who have a flair for the dramatic; the best are both.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Self-improvement as a GameMaster is never really complete; there is always something else to learn, if only a new game to read up about.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

One must be VERY careful in the selection of players - one prospective player approached me for a game, and he turned out to be sought by America's Most Wanted...

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Recent Answers from Varlenn

2016-04-24 Free Games:

Hi.    That's a very vague question.    What sorts of games are you looking for?  To play online or as resources for tabletop games?    And most importantly, to buy? or just to find for free?    Let me

2013-05-16 magic scrolls:

Hi again.    Your question really has its root in whether a written spell actually contains the full energy of the EFFECT of the spell in question, or whether it is an arcanely charged writing that TRIGGERS

2013-05-13 magic scrolls:

Hi.    There are two answers to this question - the short one, and the longer explanation one.    The short answer is yes, they do radiate a magic aura, the intensity of which will be based on the level

2012-10-16 Query re d&d:

Hi,    So far I haven't heard anything about 5th ed AD&D, but I will keep my ear to the ground for it.    With regard to computer RPG's, I'm in much the same boat you are with regard to my leeriness of

2012-08-08 Runner- Player relations:

I love this question!  Thanks for asking it.    There are two ways to answer your question, so I'll give the briefest first.    You mention that you had been running games for 10 years. In that time, when


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