lol - I never thought I would share this story here, but I guess I shall..... In the mid-1980's my then-husband had decided he wanted to be a writer. I knew that the place to learn about such things was from authors and editors themselves, and that the best place to meet such people was at science fiction conventions. (At that time we lived in the Dallas, Texas area.) We attended that year's AggieCon and had wonderful conversations with author Joe Haldeman. So later that year, in the summer, we traveled to a science-fiction convention in Austin. We did not have particularly good luck at the Austin convention. Part of the problem was that we didn't know any of the local fans, who generally shunned us. (In hindsight, that might well have been because my then-husband was a jerk.) But while we were at the convention, one of the people we spotted was this weird guy who was walking around in full plate armor! We asked someone about him (because, um, plate armor in the summer in Texas...?) and the local people seemed to all be in awe of him and told us that he was Lord British. My husband decided he had to be a nut job, and was to be avoided.... (lol) Fast forward 20 years.... Much has happened. Divorce, relocation, etc., etc. I next hear about Lord British from my significant other (now deceased), author Robert Asprin (his ex-wife, Lynn Abbey, had worked with RG on some novels), as well as some friends who lived or had lived in Austin and knew RG when he was active in the SCA. I actually attended a "Known World Academy of the Rapier" event which was held at one of Richard's Austin homes, but at the time, RG was traveling. Nonetheless, it was a lovely time. Then, even later, a girlfriend got me into UO, but I only barely connected the dots because by that time, RG had been long gone from the UO scene. Last spotting - DragonCon, 2014. By that point, I knew a lot of the backstory, but I had only just heard about this Shroud of the Avatar. I was curious, and was able to sit in on a couple of the panels at DragonCon, both of which were quite enjoyable. Shortly after that, I fell into some unexpected money and decided that dumping it into SotA would be a great thing to do. . . . So I have sort of danced around the edges of things as fate and karma have woven their tapestry. No regrets, the road has been, as Bob [Asprin] promised, "never dull...."