Mexico, United States
Family: I was raised in a single parent household
Non-affiliated believer in some sort of divinity.
I'm a leftist along the Marxist axis of things, rather than what I
think is the more common Anarchist leaning of most gamers.
Public School up into High School, poor, Chicano-majority schools.
Places that were never very friendly to gaming, when I get down to
thinking about it. Because of that, the majority of my gaming
experience came from online play, both closed and open venue.
test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living,
in your parents' basement? Not really, no. I've crashed
on my mom's couch for summers, but I've never had the urge to live in
her house for an extended period of time if I had the means to.
your favorite way to spend a weekend? In the
I like to be outdoors a lot, I spend more time outside than inside if I
help it. In the winter time, usually going to parties or clubs,
at friend's houses, stuff that I can stay nice and warm at.
your accomplishments are you the most happy with?
I'm about to finish my Bachelor's Degree in Education despite coming
from a long history of not really succeeding academically and not
a real good infrastructure for that sort of success.
your first word? "That!"
your favorite word? I like stupid jargon, theory
stuff, stuff like othering/Othering, Praxis, discourse, etc., which may
point to some bigger intellectual insecurities. But, hey...they're fun
languages do you speak? Two, I'm bilingual in Spanish
your favorite time of year, and why? Summertime,
mid-summer especially, because the sun is out for so long and I can
spend more time outside enjoying that sunlight.
you want to be when you grew up? A paleontologist was
my big dream, then I realized how much science was involved and I soon
became kinda...unmotivated. I got better, I was only ten at that point.
your favorite mode of transportation? I love
bicycling, and do it whenever I can.
could pick any other time period to live in - including the future -
which would it be, and why? I really like the present
time, there's a lot of stuff that needs fixing and a lot of stuff that
could be better but I like my life. Failing that, I'd dig living in my
community about...say, 160 years back, it was a hard life, but it would
be beautiful here.
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
I was actually just thinking about this earlier today. My favorite
character was played in the PbP forums at RPG.net, in a game of Godlike
run by a friend from the forums. The character is/was Giovanni Berucci,
an Italian-American medic in a squad of Talents. I aimed to
characterize him as a entle, kinda slow, but good natured working guy
thrust into the middle of a situation he didn't really want to be in
I like playing regular
joes, a lot, and Gio was very much a regular guy, other than his
Talent. He never did anything too wild, other than small battlefield
bravery, running back to save another Talent's life on Normandy is the
big image of the character that sticks in my mind. Small, but high-risk
stuff, the kind of heroism I like to see in Roleplaying games.
What are your favorite RPGs? I'm a White Wolf kid from
way back, so the oWoD stuff, and especially oMage will always be with
me as the way that I really found my roleplaying "voice." I also enjoy
Exalted, though it kind of goes against my earlier statement
about small-scale heroism, there's a sort of lyricality to the setting
dig. I've also played and enjoyed games ranging from DnD (in its many
variations) to Nobilis, so, I like a variety of stuff, really,
what I'm looking for out of a game.
your first RPG session like? What game did you play, and where did you
play it? I got the DnD Rules Cyclopedia for my Tenth
birthday, I remember sitting on the game for about a year, sort of
half-assedly mulling about how to play it and trying some run-throughs
with friends, but they never seemed totally what the game was actually
about. Like, I could tell there was something bigger missing than just
running around a drawn map, fighting dragons.
I must've been 11 or so
when I started frequenting an LGS, and there I met some kids who were a
little older than me (in their teens) and were playing the WoD games.
Being young and impressionable, I thought they were the coolest folks
around. They also played DnD too. So, my first two roleplaying
experiences were between both DnD and, if I remember rightly,
Changeling. I enjoyed both immensely, even if I was all of eleven and
probably not the best group member possible for a mature or focused
night of gaming at the LGS. Still, it got me into gaming, and I'm glad
for those folks' patience.
What was your WORST RPG session like? What made it so bad?
Oh, man. I try to keep this stuff out of mind. I can't really remember
experiences, but, mostly, when I've had bad games it comes from nothing
more than a real...uh...mismatch of expectations on all sides. Where I
to play a game of horror and suspense while another player wants to
dice-powered FPS disaster lies.
That, to me, is the
biggest part of being a successful ST/GM/Whatever,
ensuring that everyone's on the same page, and from there, man,
your all-time favorite person to game with? There's SO
many, all the folks I've played with over at the RPG.net PbPs, my
friends Mikey and Rachel on Instant Messenger, this dude Cliff who was
an old school DnD grognard, yet got on with me swimmingly. All of those
people have different, very amazing things to offer when it comes to
gaming, and I hope to meet more people like them in the future.
have anything gaming-related to plug? I am working on
a handful of small projects that are unlikely to see the full light of
.pdf day any time soon, they include a game set in a
politically-charged Mexican styled afterlife, a character and
characterization-focused generic ruleset, and a honing and refining of
a ruleset I made up to run music-oriented games. But, I'm busy in my
non-gaming life and a little lazy sometimes. Still, I'm hoping those
things will show up on the gaming scene sooner, rather than later.
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