My name is Patrick. I live and work in Madison, Wisconsin. I was born in 1976 and didn't discover D&D until 1984, just before Gygax was evicted from TSR.
I've written about my life spent gaming over on my blog: http://nerdwerds.blogspot.com/2012/01/epic-post.html
My experience with Appendix N was minimal growing up. I spent most of my time reading Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, H.P.Lovecraft and Clive Barker, and only started reading Tolkien and Edgar Rice Burroughs in my 20s. I've finally started reading about Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, and plan on moving on to the Dying Earth books after that.
I first saw articles about OSRIC a few years and, I'll be honest, was dismissive of the system as well as the concept. I was thoroughly jaded with D&D in general and I didn't see the point in trying to revise "original" systems. Ironically I was trying to imitate many of the old school conventions of gameplay in my own gaming group by making things more difficult, adding homebrewed rules for injuries and disease, and attempting (but failing) to add msyterious and enigmatic qualities to magic. I started to hear more about the OSR from reading the occasional blog entry on Grognardia and article from Kobold Quarterly. It wasn't until I saw a review for Stars Without Number that I realized that the OSR genre had expanded and grown. I bought Stars Without Number three months ago and was instantly hooked on both the simplicity of play and the straightforwardness of the rules. Labyrinth Lord and Adventurer, Conqueror, King were both soon added to my collection.
I received a copy of Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG two weeks ago and the more I read, the more I fell in love. Now I want to play it, I want to GM it, and having read it from cover to cover I just want more of it! DCC RPG has made me want to attend conventions again, has inspired me to read more of Appendix N, and has reignited my imagination and passion for gaming.