Richard Parkinson was born in Montreal and raised in southwestern Ontario. He wandered around the wilderness from job to job, taking the occasional university course. He played solider as a historical re-enactor, hit the stage as a wannabe rock star, tried his hand as a puppeteer running his own Punch & Judy show, and worked hard on his quest to become a “renaissance man”. The results were equal to Don Quixote’s quest to revive chivalry and many of Richard’s friends took on the role of the sensible Sancho Panza. On the side, he dabbled in homebrew RPG design with the enthusiasm of a medieval alchemist. Unfortunately, he often enjoyed the same results as the medieval alchemist, sometimes explosive and always realizing that base metals could not be turned to gold. He then fell into journalism. In May 2015, Richard saw an interesting fork in the road and decided to take it. He switched careers, and he left the newspaper industry to work in the trucking industry. Richard lives in Essex, Ontario with his wife, two dogs, and four children.