Every journey begins with the first step.

Vaughn Reynolds
Photo Credit: Luca Zanon

Photo Credit: Luca Zanon

Every journey begins with the first step.
By: Vaughn Reynolds

So, I’m taking the plunge.

I began gaming, as in playing the same game(s) on a regular basis at the age of 13. While most kids my age collected baseball and basketball cards I had collected Overpower (still miss that game), Hyborian Gates (my favorite component was the little 3D fold-up gates), Magic: The Gathering, and played Dungeons and Dragons.

Once I discovered Gaming Castle, my first game store, I got into Legend of the Five Rings, which became my card gaming passion for many years after that. If any of you are familiar with the game, I was a Lion Clan player. The beauty of this card game was the depth and breadth of the storyline, and it’s integral role in the actual development of the game. No card game at that time, to my knowledge, had ever had the players actually world-build. Players efforts actually affected the future expansions of the game.

To clarify, due to my clan affiliation–Lion–and my play style, when I won a certain tournament in Georgia the Lion Clan was given a special item card in a future set.

It was a magical and empowering feeling and I would forever be in love with games, gaming, and game design. (Thank you Alderac Entertainment Group!)

The other side of the coin was the influence of the visuals from these games; they are what made me want to be an artist. My father is an artist, but I fell in love with fantasy art through Larry Elmore, RK Post, Tony DiTerlizzi, William O’Connor, Melissa Benson, Dan Frazier, etc etc.

And before I get too deep into anything else, I would like to say welcome to my blog, and my journey. See you soon, and be well!