June 9th, 2006

Mad Red

Coattail Riding! Wheeeee!

Some folks on the Dungeon Magazine message boards, on finding out that I'm the same "John Robey" whose name appears in some of the Mage: The Ascension supplements, have been fansqueeing about it, which is always a nice feeling. ^.^

At the same time, however, I've been trying to get across to them that my part in Mage was fairly minimal and mostly indirect -- I was the primary GM for the gaming group that satyrblade and I were in back in the day, and I'm sure our various campaigns from then made lots of ripples in his work on Mage if only in terms of what makes a good game. But Mage was his baby, not mine. The actual pieces of Mage I wrote probably come to less than twenty-five pages worth of stuff at most in a line of some twenty (thirty, forty?) books.

Of course, it's a distinction that I doubt they really care about. They're Mage fans, not "John Robey" fans, so while it's gratifying to hear 'em go "Squee!" I have to recognize it for what it is. :)

-The Gneech
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