I am a man of wealth and taste....oops. Wrong introduction.
Today (and I almost forgot about it) I am participating in the "Please Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself" blogfest. It is hosted by Stephen Tremp, C.M. Brown, Mark Koopmans, and Elise Fallson. Plus I should mention I saw this first on L. Diane Wolfe's Spunk on a Stick blog.
The purpose of today's blogfest is to re-introduce yourself to your readers. I think that is a great idea since The Other Side has gone through quite a bit a growth over the years.
So, hello. My name is Tim Brannan, and I have been running the Other Side blog now since 2007, though I really didn't get going till 2008. The name "The Other Side" came my old website, The Other Side that I have been running since the mid 90s. Back around 2003 or so my site began to wane a bit so I took it down. Creating this blog was supposed to be a band-aid or temporary solution till I got my site back up.
Things didn't really happen that way.
I started to blog, and not run a website, so I could have a design journal for some of gaming books. In particular The Witch and Eldritch Witchery.
I started playing RPGs back in 1979 with a copy of the Holmes Blue book. My small group played during recess with that and a copy of the Monster Manual. That Monster Manual changed my life. I got into gaming hard core with the Molvay Red book and then later moved to AD&D. I have played scores of games, but mostly horror games and versions of D&D.
I have been writing games and game books on my own for years. I "released" by first netbook back in 1999. It was every bit the amateur effort you would expect, but it was mine and based on things I had been working for years. That lead me to doing some freelance work on some d20 products, including some work at Eden Studios. There I worked on a WitchCraft book and then moved on to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
This lead to my big break, writing the Ghosts of Albion corebook.
Working on Ghosts was awesome. I got work with Amber Benson and Christopher Golden on their world. Plus get a lot of acclaim for it. It has been great.
In my "other life" I was a university professor. I taught research design, statistics and ed psych. I later moved to online teaching and now online curriculum development.
I live in the Chicago burbs with my wife and two great kids.