Ludo; ergo sum. I play; therefore, I am. That might seem a bit silly, but isn’t gaming a great way to make friends with whom to share good times and grand adventures? I know it has been for me.
More than 30 years ago in a desk at Landrum Middle School, I discovered the Dungeons & Dragons basic rulebook and a graph paper map of a hand-drawn dungeon done with a blue-ink ball-point pen. I shared this treasure with Fred Hawkins, my dearest friend and longest gaming partner. That “finders keepers” moment turned into decades of gaming ranging across dozens of different systems. Throughout D&D remained the cornerstone of my gaming and social life. Except for my wife, all of my best friends have been gamers. Together, we laugh and share a vision of heroism and an escape from grind of the workaday world. Today, as a husband and father, I groom the next generation of gamer. Stalwart adventurers will oppose the remorseless forces of evil long after I no longer have the wherewithal to roll a d20.
Good triumphs. That is the heart and soul of my gaming and the raison d’être for Spes Magna Games. Grab those dice! Gird your loins! Tonight, evil loses!
Of course, after reading all that, you might be wondering who I am. Well, my name is Mark L. Chance. I’ve been involved in roleplaying games since circa 1978. Aside from being an avid gamer, I enjoyed a productive stint a freelance writer for Fantasy Flight Games and have done some projects for Cracked Mirror Publishing as well.
When not focusing on Spes Magna Games projects, I play with my children and wife, hang out at EN World, watch movies, and read, especially history. I game about every other weekend as a charter member of Man Day Adventures. I’m also a member of the Texas State Historical Association.