My name is Ben Bastin (aka "Colgere"), and I'd like to be the first to welcome you to the world of Lierien! It could not have been easy to find your way here, as there are thousands of sites out there dedicated to AD&D. Hopefully, you will join our community here and come to experience the joy and fun I have enjoyed for years.

My experience with what is termed "roleplaying games" (RPGs) started over 17 years ago, when I first started playing RPGs on console systems. My parents asked me why I enjoyed RPGs so much. I told them that I didn't know, and at that time, I didn't. But having had the chance to grow up and learn more about myself, I guess it is the intellectual challenge of RPGs that has always appealed to me. The concept of putting oneself into a role outside of what we experience in our normal lives strikes me as one of the toughest, and most rewarding things someone can attempt.

I wasn't introduced to AD&D until I was 12, when I was introduced to a group that played AD&D through a friend. I watched several sessions with fascination, and finally joined the group. For 5 years, we played every Friday night, and it was always a blast.Unfortunately, with the end of high school, people moved off to college, and the group disbanded.

This left a void, and I sought out a way to fill it. I tried to recruit people at game shops to form a group to play, but it never worked out. So, in 1998, I turned to the Internet. A simple search on Yahoo for "AD&D Online" turned up a site called Thardferr. After reading through the site, I found this was what I had been searching for, and for the past 6 years, I have been a proud member of the Thardferr community, first as a player, and then a DM.

I've been asked "You are already a DM in Thardferr, why make Lierien?" The best answer I can give is this: For years, I have been privileged to be a part of the online AD&D community, taking part in various online settings like Gathis and Archian, and I wanted to give back in any small way I could. Lierien is my attempt to do so.

Once again, let me welcome you to Lierien. Allow your imagination to take you to the world found with this site, and hopefully, you will find the same joy in roleplaying games that I have enjoyed for over 17 years.

Ben Bastin

June 2004

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