TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
My name is Tom Nelson. I live in Minneapolis, MN. but I am originally from Seattle, WA. I've been married to my wife Kim (also an OSGer) for almost 13 years and have a 12 year old daughter. Not only am I a gamer and miniature painter, but I also play drums and sing for a local Irish Pub band called The Serfs, with some fellow gamers.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO GAMING?
I was 15 years old when some highschool friends introduced me to 2E AD&D. This lead to playing some World of Darkness games (Vampire and Werewolf), Cyberpunk, and the diceless Amber game base on Roger Zelazny's books.
WHAT IS IT YOU FIND SO APPEALING ABOUT GAMING?
I love the escapism of it. Playing different people with strange magic's or warrior priests dedicated to their god. But most of all it's hanging out with our friends during our once a week game night, or with the friends that can only meet up once a month, running my 2E AD&D campaign that's been ongoing for well over 3 years now.
SHARE A FAVOURITE GAMING MOMENT WITH US
This was back in Seattle. My friend Weston had converted the WEG Star Wars game into GURPS. It took him 6-8 months to do this and he was excited to run his game. I was playing an Iotran bounty hunter. We started out in Mos Eisley Cantina. I used my data pad to find out which of the patrons were wanted by the Empire. I found one guy that was wanted by both the Empire AND the Rebellion. I told Wes that I wanted to make a called shot to his head so I could take him in for the bounty. He was very nervous and asked me if I really wanted to do that. I said, "Yes". So he said with a sigh, "Alright!". I proceeded to make the called shot roll and killed him! I was thrilled but Wes was pissed! He threw his papers and yelled, "This was your contact for the adventure and you just blew his head off!".
All of us laughed at him as he started GMing by the seat if his pants for the rest of the game. This is one of the reasons I write down bits and pieces of where I want the characters to go. Otherwise I let the players decide what they do. Makes for a more enjoyable game.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY PLAYING?
Our Thursday night group is playing Vampire: The Dark Ages. I'm playing a Gangrel that was as a human a Druid from Gaul before the Romans invaded.
Our once a month game is 2E AD&D that I run. It's loosely based on George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" (Game of Thrones) series with some LotR and my own monsters thrown in.
CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOUR FAVOURITE GAMES ARE?
Board games would be RISK, Betrayal at House on the Hill, and Silent Death. RPG's would be 2E AD&D, Star Wars (WEG version), and MERP (Middle Earth Role Playing from ICE).
WHAT WAS THE LAST GAME YOU PLAYED?
Vampire: Dark Ages
WHICH PRODUCTS HAVE YOU HAD YOUR WORK PUBLISHED IN?
I've had some of my miniatures that I painted on a calendar, and a Barsoom blog by Clovis Cithog. But my proudest one is having my version of Sandor "The Hound" Clegane right below Matt Verzani's on the Darksword Miniatures website. That really blew my mind.
ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY GAMING-RELATED PROJECTS AT THE MOMENT?
I am currently working on some commissions for two avid Warhammer 40K players. One here in MN and the other in TX. Patriotic Space Marines! They are all red, white, and blue. And the other guys has Orkz. LOL I always have something on my painting table that I'm working on for the games we play or for contest winners on my Facebook page.
DO YOU HAVE ANY WEBPAGES OR SOCIAL NETWORK ACCOUNTS WHERE FANS CAN FIND YOU?