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Your name: Jee Hyung Lee. I usually go by Loki or
some variant thereof online
Location: Washington, DC
Age: 26
Sex: Female
Religion: I don't worship regularly and am not affiliated with any
church, but I consider myself to have faith, eclectic as it is, drawing
inspiration from lots of sources with big streaks of neo-paganism.
Religion and mythology tend to be a big theme in my games, and I find it fascinating how people and their lives interact with the divine. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie have both been very enlightening works of fiction on that subject.

Political party/affiliation: Flaming liberal, overall. I'm not active in politics (could be surprising, considering where I live at the moment. :), but my sympathies are with the left-leaning middle.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? *laughs* No. All my gaming has been online, safe and sound in my bedroom, actually. I lived in Korea before coming to DC (I'm here to study), and Koreans have a very developed online culture and no cultural stigma against being "geeky." Combine that with a very small and thinly-spread RPG population and you have a recipe for lots of online gaming.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? I love to read and write
fiction. I also like to talk on MSN with my friends back in Korea, and also find
it relaxing to do coding on my website. And play RPGs, of course.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with?
Learning English, I think. It's opened up a whole new world for me, and
got me into RPGs in a big way.

What makes you cry? Really poignant scenes in movies and books, mostly.

How many languages do you speak? Two. I'm very fluent in both English
and Korean. I did learn French and Chinese in high school, but I never got to the
point where I could express myself comfortably in either language.

What is your favorite time of year, and why? Summertime. I like the warmth and sun.

What is your most prized physical possession? My laptop, I think. I do everything with the thing, including typing out these answers. :)

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I think I would like to be less of a thinker/talker and be more of a doer.

Did you have any embarassing nicknames as a kid? My childhood nickname was Ji-rung, which means "earthworm" in Korean. I got it because of the similarity to my actual name, Jee Hyung. My closest friends still call me by my nickname from time to time. Ah, the memories.

Do you have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do? Whenever I read text I can hear it spoken in the back of my mind. How's that for weird?

What are three things you can't live without? 1. The internet. 2. Playing RPGs. 3. Good books.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? I think I'd pick the power to affect people's minds.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I remember wanting to be an inventor when I was very young. Then I wanted to be a lawyer, and now here I am in law school. :)

What is your favorite mode of transportation? I like subways. Not so shaky as a bus, and I get to watch people.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
Johann Mattheus Aaron Esterdale, or just Aaron. He's my PC in a GURPS
4th Ed. game. It's about a bunch of clerics or pseudo-clerics who get
sent out on missions by the command center of the dominant religion of
that world. (Think the Catholic church in medieval Europe.) Aaron is a
kind of detective, well-versed in dogma and various investigative
techniques, and his job is to sniff out heretics. He's understandably
feared because of his occupation but he's also a pretty nice guy with a
little two-story home, a loving wife, and a toddler son. Evil can be so

Aaron is usually the leader in the group's missions due to his status and has had several unspectacular but significant triumphs. There was the time the PCs stopped a train robbery, and under the combined might of the PCs the would-be robbers finally had enough. Though most had surrendered or lay wounded, the ringleader turned tail and ran. Leaving the others to guard the prisoners Aaron ran after the leader alone, concerned that the perp might take a hostage in his desperation. He finally caught the guy with the crude but effective method of tackling him from behind. It was a moment any lineman would have been proud of, I tell you. :)

More recently Aaron put his rather rogue-like skillset to good use, sneaking around a suspected heretic base and picking locks. He also ordered another PC, despite protests, to heal a captured enemy whose life was in danger from PC-inflicted injuries. I'm getting some good play out of Aaron, all things considered.

What are your favorite RPGs? FATE, Dogs in the Vineyard, The Shadow of Yesterday, and various other indie games.

What was your first RPG session like?
My very first RPG session was online, via a Korean RPG chat client called Dice&Chat which I use to this day. It was an oD&D game I saw advertized on the bbs and signed up for, excited about my first RPG session. It wasn't a terribly well-run game; the PCs fought some monsters, sorted through a by-the-numbers adventure, then another player got bored and disrupted the session by having his PC fall to the ground convulsing for no reason. Looking back it was pretty awful, but the excitement of it whetted my taste and drove me to seek out more. I wasn't just watching or reading about but *being* a fictional character, in a setting where the available choices hadn't been preset by a bunch of programmers. And I loved it.

What was your WORST RPG session like? I've had some pretty bad sessions as a player, but one session I had as a gamemaster takes the cake. It was the second-to-last session of my Fate campaign, which had been going pretty well but was starting to wind down due to boredom and a lack of creativity. Finally, sick of a storyline that had dragged on and on for over a month, I ended it quickly with very little PC input, introducing a new factor that the PCs had little knowledge or control over. The players felt understandably cheated of the time and energy they had invested and were a bit miffed. After the session the players told me they were losing interest, and while we dithered and considered alternatives and tried to avoid stepping on each other's toes, one of the two players quit the group because of real-world commitments and the other took over as GM. He brought in new players and I got to play for a change. It's been a good arrangement, but the memory of the session that clinched the end of the campaign is still embarrassing. At least I've learned a lot about what not to do. :)

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? *Mysteriously* No one you know. ;) His online handle is Asahira, one of the players in the ill-fated Fate game (ouch, unintentional pun) and the GM in my current GURPS game. He's a close friend and a superb roleplayer, very proactive and creative both as player and GM.


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