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Name: Jamie Cadorette
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Age: 30
Sex: Male

Family: I have a mother, father and two sisters. I cohabitate with my life-partner who is also an avid gamer. My grandparents on both sides were divorced so while I never experienced being a child of a divorced couple I understood the concept fairly early when I realized I had more grandparents than most people normally do.

Political party/affiliation: In true New Hampshire fashion (live free or die!) I am registered Independent. I have voted for Greens, Democrats, Libertarians, Republicans and write-ins. I was an elector in New Hampshire for Ralph Nader in both the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections and campus campaign coordinator for Nader in the 2000 Presidential election at my college. On a lark (and for extra credit), in high school I campaigned for both the Republican and Democrat candidates for the same Senate seat.

Education: Public schools. I attended night school during my junior year of high school to become certified as a nurses’ aide. I later went on to college and earned my B.A. in Information Technology.

Community service: I had been volunteering for the local community access television channel, as well as serving on the Advisory Board and Cable Access Planning Committee untilI was hired as the Executive Director. I now serve as the volunteer Vice Chair for the New Hampshire Coalition for Community Media.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? I have never lived in my parents’ basement. I moved out of their home shortly after my 18th birthday and only returned briefly during my first semester at college. At first I only moved two floors up, but then I moved 80 miles north.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? To be honest, I keep myself so busy and away from home most of the week that by the weekend I find it most enjoyable to stay home and relax. If not relaxing at home then I go visit friends.

How many languages do you speak? Well, that all depends. Do you count
Middle English as separate from English? I taught myself some Middle English,
but since English really wasn’t a perfected language with standards in spelling
and grammar at the time it’s really difficult to pin down one way of
speaking/writing or another. You really have to base it on a particular writer. I
chose the stereotypical Chaucer. Aside from that I speak primarily English,
but also Spanish (espaņol) and a little Cherokee (ditsalagi).

What is your favorite time of year, and why? I really enjoy early autumn. The
temperature is just right and the air starts to get crisp. It’s usually still warm
enough for the occasional swim or hike, too.


Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? That would be attending and graduating from college. I was the second in my family (the first being my uncle) to do so. When I took four years off between high school and college my parents figured I would never go back. I proved I only needed the time to mature so I could take my education seriously.

What is your most prized physical possession? While I try not to be too materialistic, I must admit I take great pride in my guitars. I enjoy playing them and writing music with them.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Hands down it would be my weight. I had lost a considerable amount (130 pounds in 10 months!) only to gain half of it back. I would love to lose the weight and keep it off for life.

Did you have any embarrassing nicknames as a kid? Okay, I’m brave enough to share this. My mother’s favorite nickname for me was Bum-bum. I’m not sure why. I would not be surprised if I liked to show off my bum as a wee lad.

What is your favorite section of the newspaper? By far it would be the local news section. I can find the world news anywhere.I usually get that primarily from the Internet, though I do glance at it in the local rags. Part of the real value of local media is the local news coverage.

What are three things you can't live without? Besides the bare necessities I would have to say love, companionship and music. I spent two months living in the woods once with nothing more than these and the bare essentials and found I missed none of the trappings of modern life.

What did you want to be when you grew up? When I first made a choice I wanted to be a trucker like my Dad. I also at some point wanted to be in the Air Force. I combined that with my later desire to be a doctor and decided I would become a flight surgeon. I even started pursuing a medical career by working as a nurses’ aide and shadowing with doctors and surgeons through a high school vocational class. Later I gave up on the military for peace and medicine for a more affordable educational option.

What is your favorite mode of transportation? Bicycle. I enjoyed biking the five miles each way to and from work every day during the ten months when I lost the weight. Now I live too far away so I drive.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. My favorite character ever would be my gnome in D&D 3rd Edition. I named him Grimblegromble after the gnome in the Pink Floyd song “The Gnome.” Yes, he did wear a scarlet tunic with a blue-green hood that looked quite good. He had a special way of casting Magic Missile with a certain verbal component unmentioned to preserve the family-friendly aspect that launched from a smiley-face adorned codpiece. One particular adventure was quite fun because we talked our way out of danger with a Rock Giant who was simply upset because no one understood or appreciated his very crude rock paintings.

What are your favorite RPGs? I’m fairly partial to FUDGE, Paranoia, Battle
Scarred Veterans Go Hiking and D&D v3.5. I’m also slightly fond of GURPS Space. InSpectres at EconoCon was a lot of fun! (Ed. Note: Your check is in the mail, Mr.
Cadorette...)
I never was really much into role-playing heavily but rather enjoyed
euro-style board and card games.

What was your first RPG session like? My first session was with the original
Dungeons & Dragons box set in my third grade classroom during recess. I was far
too young and disinterested to recall much about it except all the kids I regarded as
cool were playing it. Seriously.

What was your WORST RPG session like? The worst session would have to be when I tried to play a Native American medicine man in a Deadlands game. One of the players was role-playing a very promiscuous woman of ill repute. Someone who appalled her in real life played the suave character. My character was old, wrinkly and not very physically attractive nor interested in her advances. But she made many instead of going for the guy whom she should not have been able to resist. I quit the game shortly after the session because the meta-gaming just drove me nuts. If you’re not mature enough to separate fantasy from real life, I’m not interested in playing with you.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? As I stated earlier, I am much more interested in euro-style games, so in that regard I prefer to game with my friend Ray. For RPGs I would have to say I enjoy gaming with my friend Chris the most.

 


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