Robb rolled his first set of polyhedral dice at the tender age of 4, playing his first D&D character ever, Thunder, the Dwarf Fighter. This was the stage for setting him up for a lifetime of overactive imagination, fueled only by more roleplaying, TCGs, wargaming, boardgames, and video games. It would be nearly a decade later that Robb began to introduce his friends to the wonderful world of tabletop roleplaying, with his first real campaign and group forming a few years after that. Since then Robb, the Forever DM that he is, has led them on adventures galore in a host of homebrew settings and across various systems, though they are always called back to Dungeons & Dragons.
Robb also is a recently avid wargaming player, having played Warhammer Fantasy, Heroclix, and some other games infrequently during his childhood he was unable to resist the allure of 8th edition Warhammer 40,000, playing both the fiercely loyal Space Wolves and the depraved Dark Eldar at his local store and events. He has dug up his older Warhammer Fantasy models to begin playing Age of Sigmar as well, reaffirming his love for
ogresogors, dwarves, skaven, and high elves among a smattering of other models. And while not actively playing any TCGs, he has previously played Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: the Gathering, Hearthstone, and Munchkin CCG casually.
When not sitting behind the DM screen or prepping his next session, you can find Robb playing bass guitar, rekindling his love of tennis, relaxing with some video games, painting miniatures, or hanging out with his cat, Merlin.
Andrew’s love of card gaming is sentimental. He claims to have inherited his skills at and honed them at a young age by playing traditional card games with his Italian grandparents. Like most of our generation, Andrew’s competitive card gaming began with Pokémon in 1998 and Young Jedi in 1999. However, the bulk of his competitive experience was playing the Magic: the Gathering Vintage format (formerly Type 1) from 1999 to 2004. Aside from a brief stint in undergrad during Conflux, Andrew remained Magic-free until an Ixalan prerelease. He has since been Ready to Role’s chief source for M:tG content. He also plays or has played several other card games, including, but not limited to: Star Wars: Destiny, Hearthstone, GWENT, the AGoT 2.0 LCG, Duel Masters, Decipher’s SW:CCG, WotC’s SW:TCG, DBZ, Gundam War, Battletech, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Digimon. Andrew also attributes his successes in the legal field to the memorization and rule-interpreting skills he learned while playing card games.
Andrew has also been playing wargames for over fifteen years. His crowning achievement was winning a Dreamblade $1K in 2006 and, at that time, was nationally ranked as one of the top Dreamblade players in the United States. Additionally, Andrew has played Mage Knight, Mechwarrior: Dark Age/Age of Destruction, HeroClix, the WotC Star Wars Miniatures Game, Warhammer Fantasy (WHFB), Warhammer 40k (WH40K), Avalon Hill’s Axis & Allies, and Fantasy Flight Games’ X-Wing Miniatures Game.
Andrew’s other hobbies include PC games such as Overwatch and League of Legends. He played semiprofessional Atlas Reactor as the starting Frontliner (tank main) for Team Mansfield in the Prep Phase eSports League (“PPL”). Nongaming hobbies include numismatics (coin collecting) and fixing, tuning, and racing Japanese sports cars from the ‘80s and ‘90s. His tag, FRFC3S, stands for Front engine, Rear-wheel drive, and FC3S is the chassis code for a Japanese Domestic Market (“JDM”) 1986-1992 Mazda RX-7. The first six digits of a United States Domestic Market (“USDM”) 1986-1991 RX-7 Vehicle Identification Number (“VIN”) are JM1FC3.
Brendan’s been an avid gamer for most of his life, starting at the ripe age of 6 when playing the Gorillas (MS-DOS game and Commander Keen), as with the majority of the kids his first collectible card game was Pokemon back in the 90’s and eventually moving into Yu-Gi-Oh and eventually in college falling in love with the tri-lands of the Shards of Alara set of Magic: the Gathering.
Brendan’s next shining achievement was transitioning into Game Mastering and Worldbuilding via the LARP “Humans versus Zombies” on the campus of UMass Dartmouth. It was only a short time after that he began playing and eventually running a 2 year long campaign in Dungeons and Dragons.
Brendan and his wife Sarah are now avid board gamers, and while Brendan favors games of high strategy, Sarah is frequently one to prefer games with rewarding tension.