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Name: Amado Guzmán
Location: New Mexico, United States
Age: 22
Sex: Male

Family:
I was raised in a single parent household
Religion: Non-affiliated believer in some sort of divinity.
Political party/affiliation: I'm a leftist along the Marxist axis of things, rather than what I think is the more common Anarchist leaning of most gamers.

Education: 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.

Just to 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.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? In the summertime,
I like to be outdoors a lot, I spend more time outside than inside if I can
help it. In the winter time, usually going to parties or clubs, spending time
at friend's houses, stuff that I can stay nice and warm at.

Which of 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 having
a real good infrastructure for that sort of success.

What was your first word? "That!"

What is 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 to use.

How many languages do you speak? Two, I'm bilingual in Spanish and English.

What is 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.

What did 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.

What is your favorite mode of transportation? I love bicycling, and do it whenever I can.

If you 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.

Tell us 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 anymore.

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 that I
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, depending on
what I'm looking for out of a game.

What was 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 individual
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 want
to play a game of horror and suspense while another player wants to play a
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, anything's possible.

Who is 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.

Do you 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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