name: David Millians
I am married to an education specialist and researcher. We have a ten
year old daughter from her previous marriage. Her birth father died
when she was one, and I have adopted her. I grew up near Emory
University, where my father worked. He was a child psychiatrist and
died almost twenty years ago. My mother was a school administrator, and
she is now retired and living in the beautiful swamp country of north
I have a sister, two
years younger, who teaches in Washington, DC. She is my earliest
friend. My daughter is the only member of any of my family who games.
She started roleplaying when she was three, playing the cat in the
I've always had lots of cats. My daughter has a leopard gecko which
eats all of my pet crickets each week.
My mother has referred to me as a high rite Quaker. I've taught Sunday
party/affiliation: Green Party.
I graduated from Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia, and Haverford
College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. I did not find a gaming group in
college, but I wrote a great deal for the groups I played with back
home on breaks.
I like to read. I teach history, so I read lots of that. I also like
science fiction and fantasy. I like to travel, try food, learn songs,
visit schools. I like hiking and getting out into the natural world. I
have a regular tai chi class, and I enjoy studying language. I like
lots of kinds of music.
service: I work at my local food bank each month.
test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently
living, in your parents' basement? Yes, as a kid, I was
either in the attic or
the basement. Not since then.
your favorite way to spend a weekend? Reading.
the most frightening thing you've ever done? Traveling
across Europe by myself. It was so cool.
languages do you speak? A bit of four or five.
your first word? Theodore, though I pronounced it
something like "Tae-door."
your favorite word? I don't have one. There are too many
your accomplishments are you the most happy with?
Raising my daughter.
your favorite time of year, and why? Summertime - It's
your most prized physical possession? My house.
could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Be more outgoing.
have any embarassing nicknames as a kid? "Animal" - I
had lots of long, tangled hair.
your favorite toy as a child? Sand.
you cry? Sad movies or stories.
your favorite section of the newspaper? Science Time in
the New York Times on Tuesdays.
have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do?
I can whistle whether breathing in or out.
What are three things you can't
live without? Friends, games, fresh fruit.
could be one superhero, which hero would you be? Anyone
who can fly.
you want to be when you grew up? A teacher.
your favorite mode of transportation? Foot.
could pick any other time period to live in, which would it be, and why?
Ancient Egypt - They usually had enough to eat and relatively little
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
I hardly ever get to play a character as I am usually the person
running the game for my group, but my friend Kelly has run games in the
past, and those have been great fun. My favorite character from all
those was Llewella in a game of Amber: Diceless Roleplaying. Like most
of my own characters she was a cosmologist at heart, a chance to
explore the workings of other realities. She became especially adept at
navigating the many dimensions of the setting, much to the frustration
of the other characters, who wanted someone with her "feet on the
ground," but then she
found herself in the Courts of Chaos, where the answers to many of her
questions about her family lay, and her abilities were severely
weakened and prone to unusual results, often transporting her into the
very clutches of her fearsome, faceless foes.
your favorite RPGs? I am a real fan of Glorantha in all
its forms, Harn, Amber, Call of Cthulhu, Ars Magica, Shadowrun, and
Skyrealms of Jorune. These all are vibrant settings full of detail and
whimsy. I have a sentimental attachment to games like Dungeons and
Dragons and Tunnels and Trolls.
your first RPG session like? My first RPG play occurred
friends of mine were playing at school, and the player had to leave to
a teacher in the middle of combat. It was The Fantasy Trip, and he was
against two goblins. They asked me to keep it going while he was away.
slaughtered, and my friend was irked on his return, but I was hooked on
your WORST RPG session like? My worst gaming sessions
are always when my friends in the game get upset with one another,
sometimes about something in the game, or sometimes the game just
the camel's back.
your all-time favorite person to game with? I have a
great gaming group these days. Each player brings a different
collection of interests to the game. Kelly enjoys intellect, puzzles,
and politics. Tanner is drawn to magical developments. Seth, Zach,
Kristy, and Corwin want action, while Jaime works to civilize us all,
even baking treats for our meetings.
have anything gaming-related to plug? My gaming work
these days focuses primarily on the educational benefits and
possibilities in games. Whether as a leisure activity or a focused
project with academic objectives in mind, games are excellent for
growing people and people who still want to grow.
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