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Hi, my name is Matthew and I have been puttering around QT3 since 2008.

I am embarking on the start of my second career as a educator and am currently trying to figure out where that path leads me.

For fun I like to play videogames and boardgames and I tend to prefer coop games for both. I am also partial to painting minis and I do a little freelance illustration on the side as a sort of “paid hobby”. I occasionally post NSFW doodles I have done in Tom’s Twitch stream.


My real name is Laurence Brothers, been around forever. I used to do R&D for various tech firms, but I’ve also done MMO game design and more recently market research and technology analysis. Lately I’ve been writing, SF and fantasy mostly, and have 14 publications in various magazines and anthologies, along with three novels I’m trying to sell. Latest story coming out in Galaxy’s Edge next month, buy a subscription today :)


I’ve lurked and read here for a long time, but I rarely post.

I have an academic background (BA/MA) in national security studies, but I’ve spent my career working for a nonprofit in the online education / edtech industry as an instructional designer and project manager.

I grew up in NC, moved to DC for grad school and work, and as of last year I’ve followed my partner to her ‘hometown’ of southern California.

On the Waypoint forums, there’s a fun thread where folks have posted their #GameStruck4, the four games that “defined them”.

For me, those would be:

  1. Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri - Of all the strategy games I played during my formative years, this was the one that most affected me. Always having been a sci-fi fan, I ate up the fluff around the technologies and factions. The deformable terrain also really wowed me at the time – there’s no forgetting the first time you hit a city with the max-size planet buster and leave nothing but a crater for the ocean to reclaim.
  2. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind - I spent more time with this game than probably any other. I haven’t really touched it since all the recent overhaul projects have modernized it for today’s machines, but even at the time its scope, beauty, and freedom were the perfect way for me to escape my small-town childhood. None of its sequels ever did much for me, as they lacked the alien charm of the landscape of Vvardenfell.
  3. Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun - I unironically think this is the best of Paradox’s releases, and I still prefer it over its sequel. The POP-splitting is of course a nightmare, and it’s hard to go back to the UI of the older Paradox titles, but Victoria and the other Europa-engine games did a great job, I felt, guiding you through history but still bounding you to relatively plausible scenarios through their event systems. When I way playing it heavily, I was probably looking for a “history simulator” rather than a “game”, but there was nothing else out there that really scratched that itch.
  4. Advance Wars - My gateway into wargaming. My most-played DS game, and one that I would take everywhere with me. Easy to boot up a skirmish, do a campaign mission, or play around with its great map editor. I’ve become much more interested in wargaming in the past year or so, and I’ve come to appreciate how elegantly this game tackled some of those concepts in a way that child-me could easily grasp.

I don’t play any of these games with regularity any more, but they still inform the things I like and are, in a lot of ways, the benchmarks that I continue to compare new games to, fairly or not.


That’s cool, I saw over on The A.V. Club that people were doing a similar game but with 4 movies that defined them. Probably easier than trying to list 100 games for most folks.


Allright, the games that made me huh?

  • Falcon 3.0

Not the first flight game (they called 'em simulators back then) I ever played, not even the first one I really sunk into, but this one defines the era and I wasted so much time on it in highschool. It was very immersive, with the RPG-like squadron management and the wargame-like strike planning and consequences to your flights.
I bought my first self-owned computer hardware for this; a soundblaster and a logitech analogue joystick. My sister made fun of its phallic shape. “pull-up! pull-up!” in a tinny voice filled my dreams. I also learned hacker mentality from getting the DOS computer to run the damn thing at all.

  • X-wing / Tie Fighter

I grew up with starwars as a toddler. Han Solo shot first and the force was with me, always. The last movie was made in '83 so there wasn’t any new starwars to fire the imagination. And then X-wing happened. A flight simulator… but starwars! It blew my mind. I flew and flew and when the flying was done, I hacked the scenario files, trolled phone-in BBS’s for scenarios etc. My dad’s PC was always a 386DX. A very anemic machine and the experience of trying to eke out an immersive experience from that craptastic hunk of junk has left me with a permanent hunger for better, faster hardware that took decades to abate.

  • Eugens’ Wargame

I’m a kid of the cold war. I knew an SA-6 from an SA-8 since I was 10 or so. M1Tank Platoon’s crummy copy protection taught me to distinguish soviet armored vehicles by their number and spacing of roadwheels. I knew every flying thing as intimately as books could let me. I knew all the likely targets as well. I built models. Painted them. Played with them as a kid. Wargame is the ultimate toybox. It has all of the things, detailed, lovingly painted, specced out to perfection. It’s a boyhood dream completed.

  • Eve Online

I was relatively early discovering the internet. My dad had a modem and he taught me how to use BBS’s before the internet existed. He worked in a school at that time and we were there when the schools hooked up into a proto-internet. And then the web happened and it all changed. Something rotten and something awful. I made friends without faces but with colorful nicknames in IRC. Learned how to touch-type a hundred words a second. Honed my english-language skills to a sharp, filthy edge because in IRC cyberspace, you dont fight with fists, you fight with funny, smart and biting language. Over the years, IRC waned. A bunch of us migrated to a chatroom-in-space; Eve-O. I played that for years. Eventually I grew weary of it’s populace overwhelming barbarism. Every time you’d build a sandcastle, bullies would come in and knock it over. Fuck that shit. Fuck other people.

  • World of Tanks / Warships

Which brings me neatly to what helped me kick Eve. Tanks was a fun game. Short sharp romps in a heavy metal box that made big bad booms and the other players might as well be bots, they don’t matter really. Unlike Eve where politics and socio-economic structures and all those things happen (which is wildly interesting and to a socialist-anarchist like me is deeply sad in how they happen) Tanks players only need to drive mildly sensible and shoot. Or get shot. Whatever. There’s always next round. I also have always loved WoT’s aesthetics. It has this melancholy oil painting look often while also being metal like a bolt thrower record.

  • DCS

And now I’m a dad and when the kids go to sleep I tear down a valley in the caucasus in a mirage. In VR. And it. is. AWESOME.
Since the late 90s flight simming lied dormant for me. I knew it was still there, but I had lost interest, lost the peace of mind to study on radar modes and threat warning profiles. I dabbled a bit with il-2 1946 but that’s it. And then VR happened. And I got the full-time dad-role. This gives me time and mindspace to learn again. And its wonderful. I enjoy the intellectual challenges as well as the sheer exhileration of flight. Golden times indeed. I am one happy (former?) gamer.


I’m Kelly. I’m 50 and have a long dating history that thankfully landed with my current fiance. I’m a lead IT Network engineer for a large manufacturing company, having worked in IT in one form or another since roughly 1992. During part of that, I enjoyed seeing a large part of the world in the U.S. Navy. I eventually landed in Charlotte, NC.

I found QT3 around 2006, though truly I read posts from some of the long time people here as far back as the early 90s and 00s on Usenet newsgroups. I certainly also read Tom Chick in various articles, my favorite being the escapades of Tom vs Bruce, which truly is what let me to the forum. Thankfully Tom approved me. As time has gone by my interests have changed and certainly also the subforums here I post on. That’s part of the awesomeness that QT3 represents, a sounding board for any number of subjects, or a shoulder to lean on to spill your thoughts.

My love for all things gaming was driven by my early love of computers that drove my work interests as well. From programming in games on a TRS-80 and saving them on a cassette tape, to (mostly) PC gaming today. I play a little of everything, but I haven’t been a twitch style gamer for quite a while now, so I’m happy for things with a little bit of a slower pace. I love RPGs, survival games, sims, strategy, and occasionally wargames.

Besides gaming I’m an avid boater, I like to cook, I like to make beer (but haven’t in a while,) and I like to enjoy a good beer and the fun of being a bar local in a place where too many unfortunately know my name.


Howdy! What brings you to these strange shores?


That works!


Welcome! Drop in the threads for your favorite games and enjoy the forums!


I suppose if I’m going to do welcome posts I should also do my background. I go by Skip IRL, but have also been known as Samuel (my actual given name), Sam, Bob, David, and George at various points in life. Basically I just respond to any name shouted in my direction. The “ineffablebob” handle comes from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the bit where Arthur is the sandwich maker and the local holy/crazy man obeys the ineffable will of Bob.

Personal/Professional life: retired, 42, single, no kids (closest is two nieces, who I enjoy spoiling when I visit them, then returning them to my brother). Went to college at Rose-Hulman in Indiana, starting as an electrical engineer then switching to math/computer science when I realized that hardware was not my thing. Spent more than a decade in the IT industry as a consultant and systems architect, which sounds like it should follow from that Math/CS degree but in reality used almost none of it. Business process analysis and ERP integration doesn’t use much in the way of algorithm analysis or number theory! In the process I got to do a lot of travel around the USA and later the world. I’ve been to all 48 lower states, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, and technically the Netherlands and Alaska (only an airport in those cases).

Gaming: Started with a Commodore 64 and a neighbor’s Atari 2600, moving on to Nintendo and x86 PCs (at home) and Macs (at school). Spy Hunter, F-19 Stealth Fighter, Darklands, the various Super Marios, Civilization, etc, etc. D&D was frowned upon in my conservative evangelical upbringing, but I managed to absorb quite a bit of it anyway. In college I was introduced to Magic: The Gathering and went down the TCG rabbit hole for quite some time, playing over the next decade or so: Magic, Middle Earth (the ICE original), Star Trek, Wheel of Time, 7th Sea, Buffy (seriously!), L5R, The X-Files, Warcraft, Lord of the Rings (the Decipher one), and I’m sure a few more I can’t recall right now. Eventually extricated myself from the physical games, but I still play several online TCGs (Hearthstone and Eternal right now). Big fan of MMOs, too: City of Heroes (sadly now defunct), WoW, Guild Wars 2, Secret World, Marvel Heroes (also dead), Path of Exile, and quite a few more that I’ve dabbled in. And I love me some deckbuilders, primarily playing Star Realms and Hero Realms these days, with occasional forays into Dragonfire, Mystic Vale, Legendary, LoTR, Custom Heroes, and more.

Other Stuff: Love me some beer, mostly dark stuff, and I generally go to 2-3 festivals each year to sample stuff. Here in West Michigan we have a great craft beer scene. Big music fan of almost all kinds, but my first love is hard rock/metal and I frequent the Metal thread. I read quite a bit, although lately I’ve spent less time with books and more watching some of the gazillion hours of quality shows available on the various streaming services. (Finally caught up with Doctor Who most recently, and working through PKD’s Electric Dreams right now.) Huge baseball fan, Cubs and Tigers, and somewhat less rabid fan of various other sports. And I’m a (very) amateur runner, doing 5k and 10k runs around the local area. Helps with staying in shape and also supports some good causes.

Edit: Oh yeah, and I joined back in 2011 via the old email-to-Tom-introduction method. Which was prompted by hearing about the boards on the old Jumping the Shark podcast. Tom was a guest on one episode IIRC, and the boards here were mentioned, so I thought I’d check it out. Been here ever since.


Hi Everyone - I’m pretty new to posting on this forum, but I have been lurking here for close to a decade. Once, on the old forum software, I tried to register to post, but I believe Tom had to approve new users and that never happen. Might have been a wise decision by him.

I work in IT supporting and associated applications in the Higher Education vertical.

I’ve been a gamer since as long as I can remember. I used to spend hours watching my brother play Wing Commander and Flight Sims on the PC. We had an Atari growing up, as well as a Sega Master system (Spy vs Spy, Phantasy Star!) - but I didn’t really identify with a system until the SNES. From there, I played the crap out of any game I could get my hands on, but the one that will also stick with me is Final Fantasy 3 (6 I guess is the proper order). I even joined AOL with the username SabinMoMog way back long ago.

Saved up and bought my own N64 and also became and absolutely vicious Goldeneye player - to the point that my friends refused to play with me at all, even during 3 on 1 (I liked those 3 on 1 battles because it was more people for me to kill)

At the same time I was also into PC gaming and breaking the family computer on a regular basis. Played a ton of Civilization and Warcraft… but honestly I would play pretty much anything. Finally, things got serious when I found my one true love with Starsiege: Tribes. Joined the competitive gaming scene with that game, which in my opinion (colored by nostalgia) is the greatest FPS and team-combat video game ever. I played in a few tribes there, [INQ], [TKB], and .enD the most notable ones, My position was always as a light defender or secondarily heavy on the flag. Pretty decent with the chain gun, decent on the chase, but really excelled with blocking cappers. Played Tribes 2 of course, and then most recently played Tribes: Ascend. Tribes Ascend was a good foundation that captured a lot of what made Tribes great, except that the developers butchered the jet-pack ballet with an over-abundance of automatic weapons.

Once I went off to college I pretty much stopped playing PC games and only played Halo and FIFA and other games that work well with lots of college kids hanging around. Studied Sociology and Philosophy while in school. After I graduated, I got more into PC gaming again - mostly focused on Grand Strategy, RPG, and TBS… but over the last few years I’ve started picking up a few FPS games again (Battlefield 1 taking most of my time). Unfortunately, I just don’t have the twitch abilities much anymore, or my eyes are worse… who knows, but I find that I only have one good match out of 4 when I play FPS.

Recently I’ve started getting into boardgaming. It is something I’ve always loved - playing games like Battletech with my brother when I was a kid - but I never realized how many games exist until recently. Mostly I like everything that Tom hates - Mechs vs Minions, Gloomhaven, Mage Knight - but also a big fan of various card games and games of chance like Yahtzee. I have Scythe sitting waiting for me, and trying to get my collection caught up with all the important ones.

I am a big sports fan - specifically hockey and college football. Grew up playing soccer, basketball, and baseball… but as an adult I picked up hockey and played beer league hockey until my girls came along (4 and 2 y/o) - just haven’t had the time since.

I run my own decently sized college football message board for my alma mater. It is pretty fun, even get to do radio interviews about it from time to time.

Also enjoy politics - especially the polling data. Like reading Triggercut’s analysis in the politics forum about all that.

Excited to be welcomed to this community. I appreciate the breadth of games that get noticed here, and I love hearing the perspectives from so many ‘insiders’ to the industry.


My name is Mark L. Well. I’m just this guy, you know?




I’m João, a 40 years old Portuguese dude.
I don’t remember when I first saw a computer, but I was hooked from that time, It was probably a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, tapes that took forever. Put it into my mind that I was going to be a programmer. I’m a programmer.
Didn’t have enough money for a computer for a long time though, so my first one was a Schneider Euro PC, with Hercules graphics and no sound.

Generally geeky, bit of an easy sell for anything sci-fi / fantasy, remember being a young kid in my grandparents village, no TV, going around to the neighbors to try and score enough TV time to watch V.

Games that made me, I’d probably have several different answers to this but top 3:
Pirates, the really old one, it was amazing how the world changed around you.
Master of Orion. SciFi civilization. Aliens. Lasers. Perfection.
Street Fighter 2. I was a teen by this time, and playing PVP started to have interest.

In meatspace proper, mostly played Collectible stuff. The Battletech cardgame, Magic, L5R, Mageknight and Mechwarrior Dark Age.

Chances are, you can’t pronounce my name. :D


Internet to the rescue!


I would have guessed Joe-Wow, and doesn’t sound like I was terribly far off.


Ok, I’ll jump in.

I don’t post much, an extremely conscious decision because I feel like I’ve very poorly represented myself on other forums, and do not want to repeat that error in this community because I generally, honestly like and respect most of the people and their opinions here, something I cannot say about any other forum I’ve ever visited. I cannot count the number of posts I’ve typed, but deleted before posting due to fear of offending and/or sounding like the idiot I am. I’d like to believe that I’m past all online foolishness, and will now only post things I can look back at and be (somewhat) proud of, not embarrassed/ashamed of. I’d like to believe I’m doing ok with that here. So far. (I think some here know what I mean by this)

My addiction to gaming started with Space Invaders. I once skipped school with my girlfriend, and for no reason whatsoever found a Space Invaders game in the game room of a hotel with an inexplicable 9999 credits! I played at least a few hundred of those credits. My girlfriend was cool, played the first few dozen or so with me, then watched, pretending enthusiasm for the next few dozen, then tried very hard to not be annoyed by the next couple of hundred. But, I was hooked! As soon as I moved away from home, my first major purchase as an adult was a Nintendo game system. My time spent with Zelda, Link, and Final Fantasy could easily rival my recent time with games I play(ed) today.

When I bought my first PC, it had a whopping 300MB hard drive, and I started my gaming addiction with King’s Quest games, then DOOM, then Alone In The Dark. After that, it’s all a blur.

PC gaming got me into programming, which is my career now at IBM, and building my own PCs was/is a passion, each new build replacing my previous “awesome box” which were passed down to my (3) children, each having a PC of their own since they were old enough to use a mouse.

My best gaming experiences would be:

DOOM - When I read somewhere that Robin Williams played Doom, I immediately found the shareware version, and began my late-night gaming binges (It’s 4AM! Holy Shit!). I played through the main games (1 & 2) and all the fan-made maps I could find, which were well into the thousands.

Myst - Before there were things called walkthroughs, we old-timers had to figure stuff out on our own (yeah, lawn…off)! I both hated and loved the original because it made me think so much. I remember days wherein I’d spend hours daydreaming about the “ages”, and have “Eureka!” moments of discovery when thinking of an area/method/something I hadn’t thought of before, then rushing through my day and breaking speed-limits on my way home in order to try them. Riven completely kicked my ass, but Exile was one of my proudest gaming achievements in that I set and achieved my goal of completing the game totally on my own without any hints or help of any kind. If anyone says, “So what? Exile was easy!”, I will kick your dog!

Thief - A bit of a roller-coaster relationship with this game. I knew I wanted this game (the box was so cool looking on the shelf at MediaPlay) for months before I saved up enough money to purchase it. I did not like it at first. I thought it was too hard, and uninstalled after my first attempt. A few months later, I gave it another try for no particular reason, and it just clicked. Late night Thief binges were my life for years afterwards. By the time I finished the first, Thief 2: The Metal Age was released, so then I had that to continue my obsession. After playing both repeatedly, I discovered that there were Fan-made missions for Thief, and again, my obsession continued. Then, I began to feel a little guilty about spending so little money to gain so much enjoyment from a game, and decided to make my own Fan-made mission; a kind of “payback” to the Thief world. So, I made my own Thief Fan-made mission. It was well-received, so I made a sequel, and it was also well-recieved. Because they took so much time to create, I felt my “obligation” to the Thief-world was satisfied, so I felt I was done, but I still played Thief and any new Fan-made missions constantly. In hindsight, I think creating these missions made me a bit more critical of other Fan-made missions, and it was at this point that my love affair with the Thief community declined. I found myself being annoyed by other Fan-made missions for their lack of what I thought Fan-made missions should be. Admittedly, I was wrong to criticize as harshly as I did, and it is a horrible regret I live with to this day. There were some good people I no longer have contact with because of this mistake.

Elder Scrolls - Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, and now ESO, in descending order of enjoyment. Morrowind was my first and best experience with any RPG. Exploration, man. Exploration. Exploration of a world so very cool, so very open and real was such a drastically different experience in a game, and I loved it so much.

Rainbow Six games (up to 3) - After 3, they became different games, and I have no interest. But, all before 3 I played and replayed dozens of times. Plotting out your teams actions on the planning map was so engrossing to me. I would spend at least a ratio of 10 to 1 on the planning-to-playing game. It was so satisfying to finally get the “right” plan where you didn’t even need to control a team for them to accomplish their tasks and you could focus (control) only one team in the execution. So many “Whoa!” moments! I still hate that you could not save at any point in each mission, but it sure did make every mission supremely intense!

Defense Grid - So much time playing and replaying (Steam says 520 hours!). Reflecting, I’m unable to come up with any real definition of why I love this game so much. I just do. For many years, it has been my go-to game for just plain relaxing, fun, satisfying gaming.

That’s enough, I guess.

Oh yeah, …um, Hi!


Hey guys,

I’m Woo and I’ve been around in the early 2000s and found my way to Qt3 via Planetcrap due to some forum drama that I can’t even remember anymore.

I’m Korean American and while my Korean is decent, I would rank that last out of the 3 languages I speak (English, Japanese, Korean) due to the extensive formal training I had in Japanese and spending most of my 20s working in Tokyo as a software engineer for the finance industry.

I’ve now moved back to the NYC where I work as technical operations lead but have also spent a few years living in California, Michigan, and Minnesota as well.

I’ve always been a big fan of Japanese games growing up and have a strong appreciation for their genres that started/only exist in Japan (Visual Novels, Tactical RPGs…and yes, some weird Adult games as well) but find myself gravitating towards PC games as I get older.

Some fun facts:

  • My primary side gig during college was as a J-E translator, during which I worked on a number of Fansubs for niche mecha anime (Dunbine, SPT Layzner, and Vifam to name a few), some Japanese B-movies, H games, and even a canceled X-box dungeon crawler.
  • My wife designed a good number of the avatar icons that’s now standard in every Playstation branded console, including her in her halloween costume :)



Joined back in 2007, as I was banned from NeoGAF for being a 22 year old brat arguing about some stupid stuff.

So I came here!

Studied Biology in school, worked in IT in college, and worked in software a bit after college, but realized I couldn’t do QA, and got a job working an the pharmaceutical industry as a scientist. More recently I began working as a Quality and Food Safety Coordinator at a food ingredients manufacturer. No longer a lab rat, I now wrangle production problems.

RPGs have always been my gaming genre of choice. Played many JRPGs on consoles, and got straight up addicted to WoW in 2004-2005. Did a lot of high level raiding that affected my school work, made a lot of friends, and more recently I joined the QT3 adjacent guild and did raiding in Mists of Pandaria. I love anything Sci-Fi, (I even took an honors course in Sci-Fi lit in college)

Of course I was on a couple episodes of the QT3 podcast chatting about
Dwarf Fortress and Day Z

Speaking of podcasts…
I do a weekly podcast, Born in the Eighties, as described by former forum members as

Anyway we had our 300th episode earlier this year. It is me and my friends generally free-associating about game news, movie news, tech news, and now mostly deep diving into what I call “the bowels of reddit” discovering some real bad communities. We have a nice little following, who think we are fun.

I also used to do improv in town, and our group was pretty well regarded doing bi-monthly shows with a nice following, but as these groups go, people moved etc…

I currently GM a game of “Starfinder” for a local group, and have GM’d Pathfinder games before, I have a local weekly group that plays pathfinder modules (and the Starfinder game I GM)

Other than that, I am an owner of 2 beautiful cats, I am getting Married in 3 weeks, and I now own a house. I did all of the adult things in the same 3 months. Also, I am a CPAP’er.

I love this community, because it generally feels civil here. (generally) we have good conversations, sometimes arguments, but in the end things never get nasty. There are no 'dunkings or 'pile-ons.

Which I think seriously is aided by adding “likes” to posts, which keeps me staunchly in the “no-likes” brigade here. I wrongly argued that the switch to discourse would be bad. I like the non-V-bulletin forums software. There are hiccups, but generally it works really good. As long as likes stay gone, we are good. :)


Ha, nice segue. Good lord they were brutal back in '11.