You are the compass that guides me,
My North Star showing me the way home.
You are the harbour that protects my ship,
Sheltering me from the approaching storm,
Whose walls hold me tight and keep me warm.

Yet you are the wind that fills my sails,
Taking me to new shores and new adventure.
You are the sun that warms my heart,
That gives me the strength to make it through the day.
And the rain that washes all my troubles away.

You are the song that lifts my sunken spirits,
That gives me hope and makes me smile again.
You are the beautiful melody I write my life to,
The beat that keeps me going at any cost.
You are everything, but without you I am lost.

(c) July 2011. All Rights Reserved

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Many (many) years ago, I discovered role-playing and Dungeons and Dragons in one of the after school clubs. It revealed a universe that allowed me to flex my storytelling muscles and enjoy a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi and feed the escapist dreamer inside.

Over time, I played (and story-led - marked with *) many systems including Call of Cthulhu*, Shadowrun, Dungeons & Dragons*, Middle Earth, In Nomine*, Bushido, Chivalry & Sorcery, Chill, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Gammaworld, Hawkmoon, Stormbringer, Immortals*, Marvel Super Heroes, Paranoia, RuneQuest, Vampire: The Masquerade*, and a couple of systems my own devising (Medieval* and Parody*).

I explored live-action role-playing – eventually running my own club and developing my own LARP systems (Fools Gold and Dream Conquest) – and usually found myself in script-writing or game-master duty, writing over 500 individual live adventures over the period (usually weekly), many linked into the world events of the fantasy land we created. I also volunteered for Curious Pastimes and Lorien Trust at their main LARP events (special effects at the Ritual Circle), and did a little script work, cameos and improv for Curious Pastimes. I was also the South East's Editor (UK) for the LARP magazine The Adventurer.

I was also the artistic director for English Heritage for their live Halloween Horrors events at Fort Amherst in Kent from 1998-1999.

The rest, as they say, is history.