Currently in Spain, but Indianapolis is my hometown
(Non-Gaming Yet Wonderful) Wife, Theresa; Daughter, Saris. Both of our
families are from Indy, which makes having Gen Con there very
A plethora of cats, as well as The Friendliest Dog on Earth, Max.
Spending time with my family, Art, History, Football, and running RPG
service: The Civil War Preservation Trust, Games For
test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living,
in your parents' basement? Lord, no.
your favorite way to spend a weekend? Not being
bothered, finding some good discussions as I lurk on my message boards,
having a couple of good movies to watch with my wife, and going to a
the most frightening thing you've ever done? Bought a
house. It’s crazy. One minute, you’re still this person in your mind
not too far removed from college and the innate irresponsibility
contained therein, and the next, power and water companies are sending
you bills, you’re interested for the first time in your life in
interior design — it’s a thrill, but it’s also the end of an era.
your accomplishments are you the most happy with? My
marriage, and my daughter.
languages do you speak? 2; English & Spanish. It
sounds pretentious to throw Latin in there, but I’ve learned enough to
embarrass myself in front of any true scholar, and sound like a cretin
to everyone else.
your favorite time of year, and why? Winter, because of
your most prized physical possession? My book
collection. In various incarnations, it’s traveled with me from one end
of the U.S. to the other, to Korea, and to Spain.
could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My current vocation.
your favorite toy as a child? My Lego collection.
Actually, my brother and I compiled a vast collection of Lego, and even
as we grew older, we were loath to part with it. A bitter feud ensued
over which Lego set belonged to whom. There is currently a tentative
cease-fire in place, following a brilliant coup in which I secured 75%
of the collection. We’re considering having the Swiss mediate.
you cry? Until this season, the New England Patriots.
from that, bad poetry and worse prose.
three things you can't live without? My family, my
and the Indianapolis Colts.
could have one superpower, which power would you pick?
No contest. I’d want the Green Lantern’s ring. But Batman edges him in
your favorite mode of transportation? None, until
teleportation is invented. I hate flying, and my butt falls asleep on
long car trips.
could pick any other time period to live in, which would it be, and why?
I’d love to live in Washington, circa 1861-1865, just to see the sheer
amount of living, breathing history, but I wouldn’t care for the
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
I suppose my favorite character of all time was probably Rickman
Callidan, a bard I ran in Forgotten Realms (D&D 3.0). Rickman
was the slightly heavyset son of a retired famous hero, but personally
aspired to be a bard instead of a fighter like his father. He was
cheerful to a fault, liked nearly everyone, and when his village was
threatened, finally decided to take up the mantle of hero. The only
problem was, his idea of heroism was found in old ballads &
poems. He had no common sense for adventuring, and was always running
blindly into trouble. I suppose his 15 minutes of fame probably came
during a prolonged battle for his village. Through a very long
& drawn-out process, he managed to get past over 100 sentries
to within mere yards of the raider’s main camp. He then summoned wave
after wave of celestial badgers, and ran off in the confusion. He later
found out the raiders had over 4,000 men in that camp. Not smart, but
he lived, somehow.
For his worst act, I
would have to say it would be falling victim to his own
Grease spell he had cast. He placed it at the entrance to a cave as
revenge on a fun-spoiling party member, forgot, left the cave first,
knocked himself out sliding into a wall.
He also had the best
Bluff skill I’ve ever seen. He could hold off
companies of Orcs by reciting lines from various plays he knew, and
acting as if he were a great mystic warrior. Eventually, he believed it
himself, and tried to take on a foe he shouldn’t have.
your favorite RPGs? Rolemaster and anything by I.C.E.,
Burning Wheel, Palladium Fantasy, and anything by The Wicked Dead
Brewing Company. I’m also very quickly falling in love with Iron
your first RPG session like? It was a session of Rifts
back in the early 90s. One of my friends at school GMed a solo
adventure for me, and I don’t think any of my characters lasted more
than 3 minutes. I think he’s in rehab now.
your WORST RPG session like? Probably a Rolemaster
session in which one of our drunken grognards started a fight with a
friend who was in mourning. In addition, our GM kept switching the
setting week-by-week to whatever he had read. One week we’re in a
Salvatore knock-off, the next we’re in Pern, followed by a run through
the works of Terry Goodkind. Yeah, it’s as bad as it sounds. He also
ran a GMPC that was invincible, and always got to attack 4 times before
anyone else was allowed to. He was likely the worst GM I’ve ever
encountered (at least my school friend stayed in one genre), but we all
loved our characters so much, we stuck it out far longer than we should.
your all-time favorite person to game with? Of all time?
It has to be my old gaming buddy Shane—our characters, no matter what
game, always hated each other. The weird thing is we got along great in
real life. We just always played opposites. Not planned, just how it
happened. I don’t think we were ever in a game where our characters
didn’t end up physically attacking one another.
have anything gaming-related to plug? I’d just like to
remind folks to remember we have a lot of gamers serving in Iraq
& Afghanistan. Let’s keep them in our hearts. We play at being
heroes; these guys are the real thing. Heroism isn’t the indestructible
6’8” fighter with a +5 sword; it’s the all-too-mortal soldier, sailor,
airman, or marine who know what they’re doing could cost them their
life, but do it anyway.
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