I’m Nicholas, and I’m The Notebook GM. I got my start in gaming from some borrowed D&D 3.5 books in the 7th grade, passed between myself and 3 friends- eventually with hurried sessions conducted during too-short school lunch periods. Mr. Anderson declined to play, but was nice enough to let us use his classroom while everyone else was down at lunch. I ran a couple of games at an after-school program I was in, always “stuck” being the DM as I was the only one who could/would improvise a story. I tabled my love for tabletop as I got into high school, focusing instead on going to concerts, avoiding homework, and World of Warcraft but never my love for performace, always being the kid in class to volunteer for a dramatic reading. It was my senior year that I discovered improv in a drama and theater arts class and instantly fell in love. Freshman year at Lesley, I was shocked to discover that the improv troupe the admissions kids had talked about was merely a whisper of a dream. I found this unacceptable and Frankenprov!! (I lost the vote on naming the fledgling troupe- apparently “A Swift Kick In The Nuts, A Lesley Improv Experience” wasn’t up to snuff) was born that semester. Lesley was kind enough to hire a fantastic improv comedian to come and show us the ropes. Through Evan, the co-founder of Frankenprov!! I came to meet @NatOneJustin and the rest of the Nat One Productions crew they reminded me how much I love RPGs. a couple of years later we were setting up cameras and recording the first Nat One videos.
Jacqueline Thistle is one of my best friends, one of the smartest and most well-read people I’ve ever met, a killer artist, a caring teacher, and an all around swell gal. When she heard about Murrad and this website she wanted to get involved so I gave her a couple pieces of the map and told her to go to town. In addition to her “Slice of Murrad” pieces any artwork you see that is both A) pleasant to look at, and, B) not a map was probably done by her.
Andrew Starkey- I’ve known this scamp since he was 7 years old, I (a VERY mature 8 at this point) immediately took him under my wing and… and nothing, we became close friends, often up at 5am to get a couple of Starcraft games in before school. As happens as we had gotten older we talked less and less, until suddenly he’s messaging me on Facebook saying he’s been watching Nat One and now he wants to play 5e and will I run a game for him. I said of course, and he and the rest of The Adventurers Extraordinaire are the first adventuring party ever to play in Murrad. A man of the computer things, it was he that made all of this possible, dragging an old Luddite kicking and screaming through the website-creation process. Every time this website works it is because of him.