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Name: Janis
Location: Germany, Black Forrest
Age: 18
Sex: Male

Pets: A lot of! There are 4 turtles, a rabbit, 2 guinea pigs, a budgie, 3 dogs and 3 cats.

Religion: Protestant

Political Party: Social democrat

Education: At the moment I'm studying for my abitur, something like an A-Level. After this I'm going to study politics in combination with either sociology or media-management.

Hobbies: Besides roleplaying I enjoy to act in our extracurricular theatre activity and I also like to read plays. My favorite one is MacBeth (Shakespeare) because of its medieval touch on the one hand and the great "study" about the human being in question of loyality and greed on the other. Further I like to read novels, especially older ones like Goethe's "Werther" or Hoffman's "The Sandman" but I also read Dean Koontz and Grisham. And, of course, I like going out with friends.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? Tough question because there are several ways to spend a good weekend. Of course I like to go out with friends, having a great time or having a profound talk. Roleplaying may also be a part of a joyful weekend. A camp with the scouts is also a good way having a good time (I must mention that the German scouts are different from US scouts in some way).

On the other side, to be honest, I'm a bit lazy and also like to relax having nothing to do.

What did you want to be when you grew up? My earliest wish was becoming a respectable cook. Now my plans have changed but I still like cooking in my free time and I'm always willing to try something new.

What is your most prized physical possession? These are some pieces of
jewelery, a ring I gained from my best friend, a creole my mother gave to me and
a cross on a necklace I bought from my first money. I prize them because they
were given to me to very special occasions and they help to memorize things I
don't want to forget.

What was your favorite toy as a child? I definitely was a Lego kid. I was
able to spend several hours by building constructs and repuzzling them.
Ironically I'd never really played with Lego, I'd just been building things from it.

What makes you cry? I'm the kind of person who sympathatics with people and so I've been observing society for some time. I highly criticize the egocentric individualism that rose in society up to beast of prey-like capitalism and total indifferency of each other.

What is your favorite part of the newspaper? The section about politics and economic. By the way, these are the very only sections I read.

Do you have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do? My former trainer said that I was a gifted karateka with much discipline and pretty moving. Unfortunately I had to give up this hobbey because my parents moved to another town. Sure it is useless because I would rather flee or lose a fight than really hold it.

What are three things that you can't live without? First, the few persons that are really intimate to me, second, freedom of opinion (and the right and possibility to achieve and express it) and finally, music. I especially love music that harmonizes with my mood.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? Certainly the power to control time. A good result takes its time. I really hate it to be in hurry and stress about things that must be done in little time. On the other hand I hate to waste time and would rather have a fast forward in boring situations. Perhaps this might lead to a total lack of knowledge from some subjects I have =).

What is one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you could? Honestly, I cannot think of a situation I would change because every detail of my young life -both bad and good- made me to become how I am now.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? I really look foward to raising children, to love them and preparing them to the world. I want to be a good model. I want to educate them to consider several point of views -and lives- and want to make them choose the one that fit best to them. Concisely I want to be a good father. Pretty unimaginative, isn't it?

What do you criticize about yourself? I have some bad character traits. For example I am quite stubborn. Don't take me wrong, I'm very tolerant and can easily recognize another opinion but I hardly can adopt a different way, even it might be the better one. Sometimes I can be a little show-off. Also some of my friends say that I am a too pessimistic person. When starting something new I waste too much thought on how it might end in a bad way. Finally I'm little out-going when dealing with strange people.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. The most joyful character I played was a human Soulknife/ War Mind in DnD 3.5 Edition. His name was Veldrin and he was a young aristocrate educated in an Asia oriented society. He hold a lot of respect on heroism and honourable behaviour that would have made him a good and beloved ruler one day. But then the arch enemy of his father appeared, killed his whole family and stole a traditional sword that gave rulership to his wielder. Veldrin had to flee but kept tracking on the sword until he met his enemy. In the following fight the sword as well as his enemy was abadoned in abyss. Every hope seemed to be lost. But then one day he recognized that he was able to psionically create a quasi real duplicate of his blade, named a mindblade.

As he discovered that his enemy had risen from abyss, collecting a huge warband
under the sword, he swore revenge.

As the story went on, his former ally turned to be tainted by his enemy. As a loner
he arrived at the good axes and soonly became the leader of the good soldiers,
fighting bravely against the dark forces. But he lost due to a black dragon that
made half of his soldiers perish in his acid breath. With iron endurance he found a
way to travel back in time to prevent the whole process from happening. Unfortunately
the DM had to end the campaign at this point so it never came out if Veldrin was
successful or not.

What are your favorite RPGs? I tried both Chuthulu and DSA but DnD is the system I like best due to its firm rule-system.

What was your first RPG session like? My first session was at a friend's place, about two years ago. We played DSA and I managed a homeless street artist fighting with two daggers. I do not remember much of the story but a nymphe that begged for rescuing her from a dungeon.

What was your WORST RPG session like? It was on of my first and last tries to play Chuthulu. I played it with two girls who had a weakness for shopping and silly jokes. Not to mention that this is fatal for Chuthulu. I guess DSA would have been the better system for them.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? My current DnD group.


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