Jee Hyung Lee. I usually go by Loki or
some variant thereof online
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
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.
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.
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
it relaxing to do coding on my website. And play RPGs, of course.
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.
you cry? Really poignant scenes in movies and books,
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
your most prized physical possession? My laptop, I
think. I do everything with the thing, including typing out these
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
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
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?
three things you can't live without? 1. The internet.
2. Playing RPGs. 3. Good books.
could have one superpower, which power would you pick? I
think I'd pick the power to affect people's minds.
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. :)
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
What are your favorite RPGs? FATE,
Dogs in the Vineyard, The Shadow of Yesterday, and various other indie
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.
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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