My real life name is Jim Roots. The “Beastmeister” moniker comes from World of Warcraft; it was the name of my main character who was *surprise* a hunter 😀 After my real life friends who play WoW started calling me Beast, it seemed only fitting to continue the trend here.
I am a partner at HY Connect advertising and serve as head of strategy. I have an undergraduate degree in classical philology and a masters degree in history, both from the University of Illinois. My sons Will and Steve are both gamers as well. My wife Linda simply tolerates us 🙂
I got into gaming when I was eight years old; my dad purchased Avalon Hill’s Guadalcanal game for me and I was hooked. (My dad served in the army in the Pacific theater: Phillipines). I started painting in high school and never looked back. I’ve done work for Ambush Alley (content for Tomorrow’s War; Force on Force and was lead author for two supplements, Cold War Gone Hot and Classified: Special Operations Missions Since 1940).
I play and paint just about anything. If it’s listed below, I have figures and have played the game in the last year.
Current Miniatures Games/Game Systems Played
Ambush Alley Bolt Action
Starship Troopers Battlefront: WW2
Check Your Six! Congo
All Things Zombie Impetus
Firestorm Armada Force on Force
Dropfleet Commander Star Wars Armada
GW War of the Ring Tomorrow’s War
Congo – terrain and warbands
Starship Troopers – upgrade of terrain using 3D printer and repainting/expanding collection
Hundred Years War – painting for 28mm skirmish rules I’m writing
Dropfleet Commander – assembling and painting a UCM fleet
Ancients – 28mm Republican Roman army