[Bob and Peggy Schroeck in 1990]

I'll sum it up quickly. I'm Bob Schroeck. I went to Manchester Township High School in Manchester, NJ from 1976 to 1980 (where I was known as "Robert" — I was bit stuffier then). I'm Princeton University Class of '84; while I was there I created Narth for a campaign run at the old Simulation Games Union at Whig-Clio.

If you really care what I do for a living, I'm a computer programmer, specializing mostly in VB.NET, C# and Delphi, but capable of several other languages in a pinch. Although I'm pretty damned good at what I do, if I do say so myself, there are (naturally enough) places where I want to improve my skills. Regardless, I get the job done, and I can occasionally pull out a surprise or two. I'm currently working as a .NET developer for a small web outfit in Bedminster, NJ.

Away from the office, I'm a freelance writer. Mostly, I've written for Steve Jackson Games, under whose imprint are (as of the Spring of 2012) nearly twenty books I've either written outright or to which I have contributed something. I've also edited two books for SJG. (Hit the "Bookstore" link on the menu above to see those of my books are available through Amazon.com.)

In addition to my book-sized works, I've written or co-written about a half-dozen articles for SJG's Roleplayer and Pyramid magazines. If you care to look back far enough, I have a couple things in Dragon Magazine, circa 1984-85, too. (I won't tell you which issues; I'm not particularly proud of those works, so why should I point you right at them?)

I also write a little fiction now and then. Most of my fiction output since 1998 has been fanfiction (again, see the relevant links on the menu), but I've also done pro fiction as well, starting with my first published short story in 1995. I'm also a part of several shared-world writing projects based out of my forums (once more, linked above).

As a result of my pro credits, I've been a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since the early 1990s.

Let's see, what else?

I'm a roleplayer (obviously), with gaming cred dating back to the late 1970s and the earliest incarnations of Dungeons and Dragons, although my preferred RP genre tends to be superheroes. I'm not really into computer gaming, although since 2005 I've made an exception for NCSoft's City of Heroes, which with every update comes closer and closer to the absolutely perfect superhero setting.

I'm a science fiction and fantasy fan, and an anime enthusiast although my tastes are far from all-encompassing.

I'm a pretty good cook if I do say so myself; French, Italian, Chinese and Japanese food are my current specialties, and I've recently been playing with Moroccan and Thai cuisines. I'm an agnostic with neopagan leanings, and a one-time member of the SCA. I'm a devoted husband, and a good friend.

However, I am not the Bob Schreck who has worked for several comic book companies over the last couple decades, nor am I the minor league baseball player from the early 1980s.

In the photo above, I'm the one on the left. <grin> (I only wish I still looked that good — but that picture is from 1990. I've gotten taller than my hair since then, as well as acquiring a middle-age spread.)

The one on the right is my lovely wife Peggy Schroeck, nee Peggy Viel. She has cowritten two books (so far) with me for SJ Games. She also was in the SCA, and at one time she was far closer to being an otaku than I was, at least as far as her favorite anime (Ranma 1/2) was concerned, but I've since far surpassed her. She's a gamer, too, and back when it was still an active campaign, she co-ran Narth 2000 with me.

If Peg wants anything more said about her, she should create her own webpage. <grin> Maybe you should encourage her!


This page was created on September 18, 1997.
Last modified September 28, 2012.