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Your name: Alex. Online I go by GoldenApe or SpeciesZero
Location: Welland, ON, Canada
Age: 23
Sex: Male

Family: Parents still married, also a brother & sister. Also newly married.
Pets: Four cats(Five if you count my cat at my parents' house on the other side of the country)
Religion: Undecided.
Education: Graduated high school, haven't gone any further yet.

Hobbies/Activities: Reading, writing, other games(board & video).

Community service: Was in the scouting movement most of my childhood/teenage years, a cub leader for a year, and also helped found an activist group in Victoria called the Peaceweavers.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? Currently living in my mother-in-law's basement, moving out December 1st.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? With friends, hanging out, watching movies, playing games, whatever.

What is the most frightening thing you've ever done? Gone on the Superman ride at Six Flags Darian Lake.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with?
Getting married.

What was your first word? No idea.

What is your favorite word? Sausage.

How many languages do you speak? One, English.

What is your favorite time of year, and why? Winter. I love the smell
of snow & Christmas.

What is your most prized physical possession? A set of aqua dice
older than I am. A woman I gamed with in Victoria got them a year
before I was born, they were her first set. She gave them to me when I
moved away.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Make my hair more managable.

Did you have any embarassing nicknames as a kid? Nope.

What was your favorite toy as a child? The paper & popsicle stick Star Wars figures I made. My parents couldn't afford to buy the real toys for me, so I made my own.

What makes you cry? Being so far away from my family & friends.

What is your favorite section of the newspaper? Entertainment.

Do you have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do? I can raise my eyebrows independantly of each other.

What are three things you can't live without? My cats, a notebook, and pencil to write in it with.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? Telekinesis.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A hippo. Well, when I was a kid I did. Getting older I wanted to be a writer.

What is your favorite mode of transportation? Ferry. It comes from growing up on an island.

If you could pick any other time period to live in, which would it be, and why? The 60s/70s. I want to see it all happen first-hand.

You've just purchased a small island off the coast of any continent of your choosing, and you are preparing to start your own country there. What does your flag look like? White background, with a red heptagram.

Where did you grow up? Victoria, BC. About a quarter of the world away from where I am now.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. The Good Doctor Jean Doughali. Deadlands Classic. A Jamaican-born immigrant to New Orleans, who practiced VooDoo. His chosen Loa was Ogu, who liked loud noises and swearing. So I got to swear a whole lot in a Jamaican accent, and carry a shotgun. Which he wasn't very good at.

He eventually was turned into a woman, changed his/her name to Jeanette,
and upon dying was brought back Harrowed and sewn into the torso of another
PC. His worst nightmare was being devoured by all of the chickens he had to
use in his VooDoo rituals.

What are your favorite RPGs? Deadlands (Wasted & Weird West),
Cyberpunk 2020, GURPS, Buffy.

What was your first RPG session like? D&D 1E, in my treehouse. I don't
remember anything about it at all, except for orcs.

What was your WORST RPG session like? GURPS Fantasy. We had to wipe out an entire town, to get an evil warlord on our side to stop the other three warlords who were invading our dimension. It was all for the greater good, I promise. So we poisoned the water supply. The holy man of a nearby city was coming to heal the sick. So we had to stop him.

We concocted a devious plan involving an invisible Minotaur standing next to the road, a Lizardman in the bushes next to him, and the rest of us hiding in the nearby woods. We would rush out to attack after the others softened them up.

We all had to get going soon, but it was cut & dry, we figured we'd be out within 30-45 minutes. Someone even said "how long can combat take?"

Well, three hours and 15 critical failures later, the Lizardman was knocked out in a nearby field (from the minotaur's first attack, the first critical failure), the minotaur was searching for his body, everyone except for me was inside an invisible globed forcefield, and I was invisible and
bleeding to death. How long can combat take, indeed...

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? My friend Brennan. He's a great GM, has some amazing ideas. And running a PC alongside him is great fun as well. He was the one I was sewn to in Deadlands.

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? I'm looking for another person to game with, if there is anyone else in this town who games.


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