New Mexico Gamers Society has more than a score of Event Hosts than run a variety of games from traditional RPGs like 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons to indie games such as Scum & Villainy or Dream Apart. We also have Event Hosts that coordinate group played video games like Among Us or World of Warcraft as well as tactical combat games such as X-Wing. Here are a few of our Event Hosts.
Holt began playing D&D in 1984 (yes, you had to color in the numbers on the dice using the crayon in the box!) but took a long hiatus from RPGs in which he only played some freeform from time to time. 35 years later he rediscovered his love for D&D while teaching his kids the game at their request, & began to DM for the first time in 2019.
He dove back in during the covid lockdown & has run hundreds of hours of both Adventurer's League & homebrew games in 2020. His DM style includes a love of combat encounters, attempting to bring humor & fun to the table, utilizing a wide variety of nearly three different NPC accents, & pretending to actually know what he is doing.
Holt is an alumnus of New Mexico State University & has been an IT professional for more than 25 years. The shift to online play in 2020 has provided him the opportunity to geek out on both the Roll20 & Foundry Virtual Table Tops. He is an avid distance runner & uses that outdoor time to listen to D&D podcasts, audiobooks, & come up with stupid homebrew ideas.
Mark was introduced to gaming through Call of Cthulhu, & prefers to run games that focus on storytelling & character interactions. He enjoys indie collaborative narrative games like Blades in the Dark, Scum & Villainy, Tales from the Loop, 13th Age, Dialect, Trail of Cthulhu, Fiasco!, Mission Accomplished! & various Powered by the Apocalypse spin-offs including Masks, Escape from Dino Island, Passion de la Passiones.
Mark also runs 5th Edition D&D Adventurer's League sessions sometimes -- mainly because it's easy to get a group together at short notice -- but he pushes the 5e game engine in directions it wasn't necessarily designed for, like saving open mic night at a tavern, or racing owlbears through a magical wasteland.
For him, the appeal of playing tabletop RPGs face-to-face (or in the age of Corona, via video call) is that it lets you be someone else for a little while. He feels that if he was after tactical combat he'd fire up a computer game rather than include it in a tabletop RPG.
Eddie started gaming back in the eighties with the original first edition Holmes/BECMI Dungeons & Dragons as well as the 3rd edition Call of Cthulhu. He has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Theater from UNM & has worked True Dungeon, a Dungeons & Dragons style live action event that is run at major gaming conventions.
Eddie regularly runs D&D 5e Adventurers League 5e & has also run non-organized play adaptations of older edition modules as well as Call of Cthulhu. His preferred running style leans more towards character & story development, but he doesn't shy away from tactical combat when it's called for.