I've been roleplaying for roughly 10-11 years, be it via tabletop games or online forums. I'm a veteran of OldGuild, though can't recall when I first joined up. D&D and Pathfinder remain favorite pastimes and I occasionally dabble in other systems. I've got a little wargaming experience under my belt via Games Workshop's products, though I haven't been active on that front for a while.
I'd like to call myself an avid reader, although sometimes I'll chew through a series at breakneck speeds and other times I'll spend months on one book. What I read or immerse myself in heavily influences what kinds of roleplays I'm interested in. I tend to swing between fantasy and sci-fi depending on what my hankerings are; usually I'll binge one and then gorge myself on the other in an endless cycle. On rare occasions I can handle both at once.
I'm a stalwart fan of Glen Cook's Black Company
and Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion novels. I'm currently reading Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn
series before diving into his Stormight Archive epic. When it comes to fantasy in roleplaying, I enjoy settings that break the traditional mold as touted by D&D's Forgotten Realms and introduce new ideas or themes. I prefer grey moralities and a level of fantasy akin to the Witcher franchise.
When it comes to sci-fi, I'm a big fan of mechs. I'll admit to enjoying many anime titles of the genre, namely OYW-era Gundam, VOTOMS, Patlabor and Macross. I'm a fan of the Battletech universe, as well as Heavy Gear. I mainly enjoy militaristic science fiction in the vein of Heinlein, Scalzi, Haldeman and Weber.
If there's one thing I love most about roleplaying, it's the worldbuilding that goes into settings I partake in. I've spent most of my time with the Guild in the Nation section, creating countless nations, factions, states and peoples to inhabit them. I enjoy the collaborative process of people coming together and making something huge and unique. History, particularly ancient, medieval and early modern history, is one of my favorite studies. Much of what I create is at least partially influenced by real cultures, people or events.