The number 42, according to some is the answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything, but to me the number 42 was my first experience with a fantasy rpg. For it was book number 42 “The Black Vein Prophecy” of the fighting fantasy series. From the moment I turned its pages I was hooked and rpgs became my second life. The ability to become someone else in another world, to fight monsters and great evil, to become the hero, to my 9 year old self it held great appeal. Now 20 years on, my life is still full of monsters, alternate world’s, magic and heroes and not just in rpgs. I’m an avid reader, I play several tabletop miniature systems, board games, video games and near enough everything in between. I’m also occasionally an amateur writer, where I create my own world full of monsters. Over the course of the next few months I’ll be writing articles on the various systems I play, and also on occasion I will do book and film reviews and possibly, just possibly I’ll cover the download festival.