I first saw people playing a role-playing game (RPG) early in 1977. They were in the common area at my housing unit at US Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL. The four guys were sitting around a big grid map with paper & pencil and dice. Interesting, but I wasn’t into fantasy genre at the time. I was still space sci-fi, still months away from the release of “Star Wars”. It was when I was on a nuclear sub somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic years later that I was introduced to Champions RPG. It was a super-hero game, and I was hooked.
When I got home from the Navy in 1981, I found that my 12-year old nephew and his friends were playing D&D. As the guy with a paycheck to buy the books and modules, I became the Dungeon Master. So I played in the fantasy realm for a few decades, always wanting to return to the world of super-heroes.
There was a time in the 90’s that I played an RPG called d20 Modern. This was a setting in the modern world with elves, dwarves, goblins, and orc hidden in the modern world. Or, it could be a twisted version of Cthulhu or a psionic world of spy vs spy. Regardless it was technological ‘magic’ in a modern setting and it was great.