name: Michael, but I've gone by biomekanic online for
over 10 years now
Oregon, United States
Family: 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.
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.
I'm a Quaker, with Theist leanings.
party/affiliation: I'm a Liberal Republican, or
Conservative Democrat. I exam candidates on an individual basis.
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.
Reef keeping and cooking.
service: I donate to several charitable organizations.
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.
your favorite way to spend a weekend? I really miss
live action role playing. I prefer boffer LARPs (foam rubber weapons).
immersive experience is a blast, and hey, it lets me endulge in
violence and still be a Quaker,what's not to love?
your most prized physical possession? My computer, it
| What is
the most frightening thing you've ever done? I nearly
at work for doing something stupid, and the thought that I would no
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
What makes you cry? The
ending of B5 had me bawling, cutting onions, the thought of losing my
wife or one of our kitties.
your favorite section of the newspaper? Op-Ed
three things you can't live without? Books, the
internet, and a kitchen to call my own.
you want to be when you grew up? A herpetologist -
someone who studies reptiles and/or amphibions, salamanders and newts
to be specific.
your favorite mode of transportation? I love to fly,
even staring out the window at clouds makes me happy.
could pick any other time period to live in - including the future -
which would it be, and why? The future, shortly before
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.
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. Lanifear
is a Melnibonean in all but name. He was in a friends
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
servants. The GM and the other players kept having these "how did he
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.
your favorite RPGs? Amber DRPG, GURPS, and Truth and
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.
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.
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.
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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