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Your name: David Millians
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Age: 39
Sex: Male

Family: 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 Florida.

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 story.

Pets: I've always had lots of cats. My daughter has a leopard gecko which eats all of my pet crickets each week.

Religion: My mother has referred to me as a high rite Quaker. I've taught Sunday school.

Political party/affiliation: Green Party.

Education: 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.

Hobbies/Activities: 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.

Community service: I work at my local food bank each month.

Just to 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.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? Reading.

What is the most frightening thing you've ever done? Traveling
across Europe by myself. It was so cool.

How many languages do you speak? A bit of four or five.

What was your first word? Theodore, though I pronounced it something like "Tae-door."

What is your favorite word? I don't have one. There are too many interesting choices.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? Raising my daughter.

What is your favorite time of year, and why? Summertime - It's warm.

What is your most prized physical possession? My house.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Be more outgoing.

Did you have any embarassing nicknames as a kid? "Animal" - I had lots of long, tangled hair.

What was your favorite toy as a child? Sand.

What makes you cry? Sad movies or stories.

What is your favorite section of the newspaper? Science Time in the New York Times on Tuesdays.

Do you 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.

If you could be one superhero, which hero would you be? Anyone who can fly.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher.

What is your favorite mode of transportation? Foot.

If you 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 turmoil.

Tell us 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.

What are 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.

What was your first RPG session like? My first RPG play occurred when two
friends of mine were playing at school, and the player had to leave to meet with
a teacher in the middle of combat. It was The Fantasy Trip, and he was up
against two goblins. They asked me to keep it going while he was away. I got
slaughtered, and my friend was irked on his return, but I was hooked on this
imagination game.

What was 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 breaks
the camel's back.

Who is 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.

Do you 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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