Lee 'Spikey' Nethersole
Two parents (separated), 5 siblings (3 sisters, 2 brothers), newish
partner of my own with unbelievably high hopes and no kids.
Practicing and somewhat political Pagan.
test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living,
in your parents' basement? Nope. Although I did move
back in with my dad for a couple of years recently, so that kind of
plays into the stereotype I guess. On the other hand I moved out of
home at 14 and slept rough for a while in my teen years so I guess it
all balances out in the end.
your favorite way to spend a weekend? At least one night
in a pub or club, preferably with a large group of people, and the rest
of the time with my girlfriend or hanging with friends. Being disabled
(and thus not working) the weekend for me isn't much of a departure
from the norm except that everyone else I know who does work is free
and able to party. Used to game most Sundays but we all sort of became
weekday gamers over the past few years. Hoping to change that this
summer and return to regular Sunday games / get togethers / beer and
your accomplishments are you the most happy with? - I
wrote an article that was printed in a Role-playing Magazine (Valkyrie)
and that is still something that I feel great about because it was
that I wanted to achieve since I was young. Not self published or
online (which I do regularly) but actually within my favourite hobby
and by a
respectable publication! Simple things really do please simple minds
languages do you speak? One and a half. English with
smatterings of Romany remembered from my childhood and my family
mixing east end and estuary english with their mother tongue.
your first word? 'Bugger'. Seriously! Apparently my
childhood consisted of people screaming in hysteria 'what's that little
bugger doing now?" or "what has the little bugger put in its mouth
now?" and I must have picked up on it. My mum has one of them baby
books and this one fact is a constant source of embarrassment to her.
your favorite word? My favourite word is 'Why'. It is
the start of almost every good sentence ever spoken. Why do
you think that...? Why don't we...? Why is it that... ? I'm
just a curious individual who questions everything. However there is a
lot to be said for the word 'moist' and I'd like to champion the way it
sounds. Some sort of return to the womb / life affirming things are
attached to that word.
have any embarrassing nicknames as a kid? Bamm Bamm! My
entire family realized at an early age that blonde hair and the
destructive urges were matched by the Flintstones character. The
nicknames I have collected since then are much worse. The Goblin
appears to be a favourite among role-playing friends as I have the
innate ability to cause all technology to malfunction simply by sitting
close to it. Spikey is what I get called in general as my collection of
useless reprobates have very little imagination and I have spiky hair.
Then there is Experiment 626, Flower, Pikey... it will be a long
obituary when the time comes.
you cry? Heroism and sacrifice, but usually when done in
an over the top way with stirring music. I'm an easy target for
Hollywood smaltz. . And (I'll never live this one down) most chick
flicks. Dragonheart, Armageddon .. I'm a sucker for all that brain dead
have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do? What is
it? Smell what you had for dinner on your breath.
Seriously, it's a talent, I'm never wrong. I'm deaf as a post, blind as
a bat and dumb as a box of hammers, but I can smell knock off perfume
at twenty paces and can name the pizza from the next room. Great for
testing if the milk in the fridge is healthy, not so great when in a
room of farting male role-players who have a tendency to be
soap-dodgers. Hmm, maybe not useless, but...
three things you can't live without? Nail varnish
(black), computer (for the word processor) and nicotene. Lots of
could have one superpower, which power would you pick?
Shape shifting! Most definitely - the ability to alter my outward
appearance. The mischief one could get up if you could look however you
wanted is beyond measure. And it also helps with the escaping from
angry pitchfork wielding villagers after causing said mischief as well.
Not to mention what a great storyteller you could be if you could
change your face for every character you were pretending to be. I can't
do accents and voices so I'd like to be able to get one over on
role-players who can by actually shifting my face into character.
you want to be when you grew up? I didn't want to grow
up! That Peter Pan geezer? I liked his job. If I had to grow up, I
wanted to be a Highwayman or a traveling storyteller maybe. Making
things up for a living had a lot of appeal back then. Then there was
the bit where I wanted to be a vet but it went back to being a
Highwayman again pretty soon. Maybe a Pirate if there were no
highwayman gigs at the time. Apparently when I was really young I
wanted to hunt dinosaurs and I told everyone that my Corduroy trousers
were made from real dinosaur skin.
your favorite mode of transportation? Armchair! Look,
when you rely on a cane to get around there's a lot to be said for a
comfortable chair and the internet as a primary mode of viewing the
could pick any other time period to live in, which would it be, and why?
Difficult question. At heart I would want to have lived in the age of
King George III maybe, to have been a Court dandy. To have lived at
some time when a man could become rich and popular by dint of his wits
and some well applied make-up. There is something to be said for London
in the 18th century too, much as it probably stank, all that corruption
and decadence calls to me. However, given that I'd be dead without
modern technology and drugs that's somewhat hypocritical. I kind of
like being alive after all.
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? Something irrelevant and
slightly offensive. Perhaps an updated Jolly Roger with the Anarchy
sign on its forehead and its tongue poking out with a dirty limerick in
Latin as the motto.
the one thing you want to do before you die? Direct a
movie. No, make that write and direct a big budget movie. Preferably
sci-fi or fantasy, but horror would do as well. Maybe a TV series as an
offshoot to challenge Joss Whedon for his crown. If you're going to be
an awfully critical sort who blasts almost everything on forums or in
the pub (and I am one of those horrible people who does just that), you
probably ought to put your money where your mouth is.
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
I guess my favourite Character would have to be from an online (play by
e-mail) game of Vampire: the Masquerade set in modern day London. I
play a Toreador called Sir Percy Blakeney who may or may not be the
Scarlet Pimpernel, or at the very least had a hand in the creation of
Character. He is wonderfully verbose and witty and also lets me get a
munchkin in by the back door as he was made a little older and more
powerful to help the (great) Storyteller out. Being an assistant
grants one a little privilege, I guess. Anyway, Percy owns a Goth
in Camden and does the whole counter culture thing, talks to everyone
if they were beneath him and gets all the best one liners while letting
everyone else have their 15 minutes. Very much my style. Which is style
over substance or at least apparent style over much hidden substance.
Added to that he
has a bunch of hang ups, like mourning a long dead wife and regretting
the passing of a more refined age, that make him great to write for.
Apparently he is as entertaining for the other players to read as he is
to write so he'll be one I take fondly to my grave I think.
your favorite RPGs? Call of Cthulhu, Changeling: the
Dreaming, Deadlands, Og, UnderWorld .. Too many to mention. My
favourite genre is modern Horror games like the original World of
Darkness games (Vampire, Werewolf, Mummy), Eden Studios games
(Witchcraft, all flesh), Kult and Chill.
your first RPG session like? First game I ever played
(excluding some attempted games of Traveler that were more about planet
to planet dice rolling) was 1st edition Warhammer in a friend's
bedroom. I'm sure it must be rose tinted glasses at play here but I
remember it going like a dream. Whatever negative aspects there were
from the fact that we were all inexperienced and rather young (13), the
ability to express my imagination overwhelmed them all. Plot? Story?
Challenge? What did we care, we were hyped up on testosterone and we
your WORST RPG session like? I am a simple minded sort
and enjoy pretty much any game. However, I do remember a game of Torg
after a lengthy character creation process, with a lot of discussion as
to what Character would fit the game and what was possible only to be
then told that the Character we had just created wouldn't be able to
use any skills he had or progress in the setting. I spent the rest of
the session fighting the urge to be petty and break the game and so
didn't really enjoy it at all. Communication between players and GM is
the number one skill I feel and this just pointed out why that is true.
your all-time favorite person to game with? Not an easy
question to answer. Most probably my friend from school (known
affectionately as the Troll) with whom I first played an RPG 24 years
ago. There's something to be said for the comfort zone provided by
knowing how fellow players think and by understanding what they are
looking for from a game. Second choice would be a female friend whose
beauty and career as a model break all the stereotypes. Basically its
good to have some eye candy at the game who knows that a low cut top is
better than a lucky dice roll every time when you have a GM as shallow
as me. But to be honest I am gregarious and eager to game with just
about anyone who likes the hobby.
have anything gaming-related to plug? I guess I 'd like
to Plug Sodium Noir, my Play by Email game. White Wolf's World
of Darkness meets Film Noir at www.sodiumnoir.com
If its not too cheeky I'd like to plug www.shadownessence.com
too as the greatest World of Darkness forum ever.
Keeping the oWoD alive and kicking with some very professional fan
projects and supplements.
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