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Your name: Michael, but I've gone by biomekanic online for over 10 years now
Location: Eugene, Oregon, United States
Age: 38
Sex: Male

I have a wonderful wife, Susie (also a gamer). My brother, Bear, is a gamer. My Mom and Dad are SF/Fantasy fans. My Dad tried D&D, but never got into it, my Mom worried I was foolishly spending all my money.

Pets: 3 cats, all of whom are named after characters/npcs from games, a reef tank, and 2 mantis shrimp. Mantis shrimp are a kind of crustacean, and arguably the most intelligent of invertebrates. There's some debate about who's smart, octopuses or stomatopods.

Religion: I'm a Quaker, with Theist leanings.

Political party/affiliation: I'm a Liberal Republican, or Conservative Democrat. I exam candidates on an individual basis.

Education: I have a degree in getting a degree (a BFA in Interdisciplinary Arts). I games through late middle and early high school, an extremely Munchkinly form of AD&D. I was never able to get my group to try out Call of Cthulhu. I've still never played, though I've read most of the game line.

Hobbies/Activities: Reef keeping and cooking.

Community service: I donate to several charitable organizations.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently
living, in your parents' basement?
Well... when I was in college we had a
basement apartment. I like basements, they stay cool in summer.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? I really miss LARPing,
live action role playing. I prefer boffer LARPs (foam rubber weapons). The
immersive experience is a blast, and hey, it lets me endulge in cathartic
violence and still be a Quaker,what's not to love?

What is your most prized physical possession? My computer, it rocks.

What is the most frightening thing you've ever done? I nearly got fired
at work for doing something stupid, and the thought that I would no longer be
able to provide for my wife utterly terrified me.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? Being a good husband, in spite of being a smart aleck.

What was your first word? "Damn truck!" was the first thing I said, I heard it a lot from my Dad when he drove.

What is your favorite word? You know, I don't really have a favorite, I like a lot of words.

How many languages do you speak? English, if you can call it that.

What is your favorite time of year, and why? Fall, cool nights, and warm days, the changing of the leaves, nights with slow moving fogs winding through the trees...

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I'd have a higher metabolism, being fat and tired sucks.

What was your favorite toy as a child? Legos, I loved my legos and it drove me nuts that my brother would demolish my lego space ships just to get my attention.

What makes you cry? The ending of B5 had me bawling, cutting onions, the thought of losing my wife or one of our kitties.

What is your favorite section of the newspaper? Op-Ed

What are three things you can't live without? Books, the internet, and a kitchen to call my own.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A herpetologist - someone who studies reptiles and/or amphibions, salamanders and newts to be specific.

What is your favorite mode of transportation? I love to fly, even staring out the window at clouds makes me happy.

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? The future, shortly before the Singularity.

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? Red dragon, rampant, facing sinister, on a black background. What, I've given it thought.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. Lanifear
is a Melnibonean in all but name. He was in a friends AD&D/homebrew game.
Proof that evil is not stupid. In one of the early sessions, through sheer force of
personality, he brow beat a group of supernatural monsters into becoming his
servants. The GM and the other players kept having these "how did he talk us
into this?!?" moments. He was a blast to play, and one of my favorites.
Lanifear had true charisma, and used it. He did a lot of terrible things, but he
honestly believed he was doing them for all the right reasons.

What are your favorite RPGs? Amber DRPG, GURPS, and Truth and Justice.

What was your first RPG session like? I played AD&D with my friends Troy, Jon, and Howie, it was Munchkinpaluza. We had +7 and +9 items, because more is better.

What was your WORST RPG session like? What made it so bad? It was at a con, about 6 or 7 years ago. The GM was tired, I'm a roleplayer, the other players where all combat mongers, and it was just a mess. It was an RPG only by virtue of being run using an RPG system.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? My wife Susie, we have a pair of characters we play... I play Andrew and she plays his best friend/brother in all but genetics, Kyle. She plays a guy scarily well, and the gaming is a hoot.

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? Yes, Chad Underkoffler's Truth and Justice: http://www.atomicsockmonkey.com/products/tj.asp I've played/GM'd a number of superhero RPGs over the years, and T&J is the first to get the feel of comics right, not just the powers. Buy the book!


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