Name: Jessica Pease
Boston area, Massachusetts
Family: I have a
husband with whom I game, and two children: a five-year-old son, and a
22-month-old daughter. Neither of the kids game, yet.
Pets: We have an
orange cat named Omaha, who is notoriously bad-tempered.
Religion: I was
raised a secular humanist.
I'm registered with the Green/Rainbow party here in Massachusetts.
“Some college.” I went to Umass at Amherst, and I studied Comparative
Literature, and Spanish Literature, but I never technically graduated.
Hobbies/Activities: I love to cook, and to talk and
read about and eat food.
Community service: I've done a variety of community
service activities in the past. Right now I'm a literacy tutor for EMLC
(Eastern Massachusetts Literacy Council).
test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living,
in your parents' basement? Nope! But I have gamed in
someone else's parents' basement.
your favorite way to spend a weekend? Our weekends are
always hectic, because we try to spend as much time as possible with
our local family members (or go off to visit the not-so-local family).
So I really appreciate it when we have a free day to spend hanging out.
Harvard Square has something for everyone in the family, and we almost
always run into friends there, so it's quite possible to spend the
whole day going from bookstore to toy store to café to comic book store
to lunch to the playground, etc. It's fun, but also relaxing, because
there's no schedule and no pressure.
your first word? My first word was beer! I maintain
that that says more about my parents and their friends than it does
What is your favorite
word? Pilfer. Not because of its meaning, but because
it's fun to say. Ratchet is a close second.
How many languages do
you speak? I speak English very well, Spanish okay,
French some and German a little. I studied them for my major in
college, which means I'm better at reading them than I am at speaking
them; however, at work and while tutoring, what little I do know has
helped out immensely.
What is your favorite
time of year, and why? I like autumn, because I love
comfort food, which is too hot to cook in the summertime, and I love
the ingredients that are seasonal in autumn (like squash, and apples).
I also love all things scary and autumn is spooky, because it's
associated with the oncoming death that winter brings, and because of
your favorite toy as a child? My Raggedy Ann doll. My
mom made her, and she also made me an outfit that matched. Of course,
going back and rereading the Raggedy Ann books with my kids, they're
not quite as satisfying as they were when I was a child.
you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be the
president. I was a really bossy kid.
is your favorite mode of transportation? Boat!
Especially sailboat. Every year I try (and fail) to find time to take
sailing lessons on the Charles River.
Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever
played. My favorite characters (I picked two, which is
the rules) allowed me to try out moral systems that I would normally
eschew. Both characters were somewhat similar: they were both
extremely competant, and both were the ad hoc leaders of the group
when it came to combat situations. They were both characters that I
found really easy to get into, despite the vast difference between my
views and theirs. They also both got me into frequent clashes with my
fellow player-characters, because of their extreme moral (or amoral)
The first was a character in an Ars Magica (4th ed.) game called 'The
Aerie of the
Spirit's Breath'. Her name (the short version) was Cara Ayesha, and she
was a Hoplite,
which is to say, she was an enforcer of the Code of Hermes (the rules
everyone was supposed to live). I played her as a very strict adherent
to those rules,
who expected others to likewise follow them to the letter. One of her
for me was when she attacked an outsider mage, with whom the other
members of the
group wanted to talk, because the Code's stance on outsider mages is
“Join or Die”.
The second was a
character in a Gurps (3rd ed.) game called 'Pantellos', which was a
game about weird espionage (in the manner of Tim Powers' Declare).
Amanda Grey was an assassin, and a former child soldier. She was a
total realist, focused on money and survival, and she was willing to do
almost anything to achieve her objective. A scene of hers that was
particularly grueling (but also fascinating) to play, was when she
tried to convince the rest of the group to torture the young son of an
opponent to get that opponent to give up critical intelligence. She
your favorite RPGs? I tend to click more with gaming
groups than with
gaming books. I guess I could say I like Nobilis, and Ars Magica, and
with the caveat that when I've played those games it's been with at
least a few
tweaks to the system and major alterations (if not entire reworkings)
of the setting.
your first RPG session like? My first RPG session was a
AD&D (2nd ed.). I was in high school, and a good friend of mine
was the DM (we
played at his house). He and the group had been gaming together for a
and I was both new to gaming, and a girl, so there was sort of a steep
for everyone. I remember he bought me my own set of dice and painted a
of my character for Christmas.
your WORST RPG session like? The worst experience I've
had was playing in a game of Vampire at a gaming store. I knew the
storyteller, but everyone else were people who had answered the ad, and
the group just didn't mesh well at all. It wasn't so much a problem
with the game as it was a social problem; we just didn't get along as
people, so it didn't make sense to try and game together.
your all-time favorite person to game with? I think I'm
obligated to say my husband. I really do love gaming with him,
although, he's a fabulous GM, but a pretty lousy player. The people in
the Boston area who I game with now (sometimes loosely referred to as
'the Ephemeral Circus') are all really great gamers and tremendous fun
to play with.
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