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Your name: Kyle Chadrick a.k.a Shadowhawck
Location: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Age: 27
Sex: Male (was tempted to answer yes)

Family: Married to a wonderful woman. My parents are still married and living in the States, I have 2 brothers and a sister

Religion: Was raised very strict Southern Baptist, and hence was not "allowed" to game. I consider myself a spiritual person now.

Hobbies/Activities: I am a member of the S.C.A. (Society for Creative Anachronism), I have also been known to LARP. A big fan of movie nights and board games with friends.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? Yes, in high school, though I never gamed there.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? In the great outdoors, or with friends watching movies.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? That I am married to the woman I love. (Yeah I know we gamers are a bit mushy eh?)

What is your favorite time of year, and why? Autumn, I love the colors, the way the air starts to get colder.

What is your most prized physical possession? My mind.

Did you have any embarassing nicknames as a kid? I was known as
Grey Dog. My hair under certain lights (the ones at my high school)
looks a flat grey.

What was your favorite toy as a child? My wooden blocks paired with
my imagination. They were everything from soilders to walls.

What are three things you can't live without? My wife, my books, my friends.

What did you want to be when you grew up? History Teacher/Author, oddly enough I still want to do these things.

If you could pick any other time period to live in, which would it be, and why? Late Renaissance/Early Cavalier. It was an age of discovery, with just enough romance and chivilry left over.(Yes, that is a very rose colored glasses view.)

What is one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you could? The summer I went "crazy" and almost lost all the things most important to me. It was the summer I "refound" the religion of my childhood. It did not go well for my gaming things, too many found their way into dumpsters.

You've 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? A dark green field with a falcon displayed on it, a dark blue endless knot emblazond on the falcon's chest.

If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be? I would actually like to meet Elizabeth the First

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
My favorite
character. There are a few really good ones. I will therefore take the one from the system
I prefer to play in and run. 7th Sea (R&K) by AEG.

Ceadric D'Aur, spy, swordsman, and pistol bunny. He joined his party when they were
trying to find a way to infiltrait the Montaigne (French) embassy. He made a very
interesting first impression. Dressed in a powdered wig and fop wear (think Tim Roth
from Rob Roy). He was able to gain entry and find out the information needed. This
lead the party into the country side looking for a hidden invasion force. One of the Eisen
(German) in the party constantly teased him over his "small" sword and his pistols.

After coming up with a way to handle the 200 man invasion force, which involed the monster-attracting sap of a certain tree, the party took some down time at the estate of one of the party members. Ceadric had gotten some of this sap on his hand, he locked himself deep within the house, knowing that the only thing he could do was wait for the sap to wear off.

After nearly two weeks in a small bedroom with no windows he came down for breakfast. Over breakfast, the same Eisen teased him once more. This was Ceadric's breaking point. He challenged the man to a duel. Now it should be said to this point the party had only ever seen Ceadric fire pistols, with which he was very well trained. Being that the Eisen had a larger sword and armor, he decided it would be blades. Ceadric agreed and told him to meet in the courtyard in a half hour. The Eisen came out, his Dracheneisen armor in place and Dracheneisen sword ready. Now Dracheneisen is stronger than steel and lighter as well, and only Eisen are "supposed" to own it. Now waiting for the walking "tank" is Ceadric. He is in no armor at all, armed with only a rapier and dagger vs. the Eisen broadsword.

They quickly decided that the fight would be to first blood. The Eisen's play was able to take the first action, much to his surprise he was blocked. Ceadric had raised both dagger and rapier, catching the sword in the crux. Then with a speed that the party had not seen before from Ceadric, he ended the fight. His rapier flashed out removing a long lock of hair from the side of his opponent's head, and with it a small scratch that bled, thus ending the duel. From that day on, the Eisen never again teased Ceadric. The party went on to change the face of the world (how many parties don't, eh?).

What are your favorite RPGs? 7th Sea (Roll & Keep), Palladium Megaverse, Serenity, D&D (2nd, 3rd, 3.5), Amber Diceless, plus many, many others

What was your first RPG session like? It was interesting to say the least. I cut my gaming teeth on Rifts. Which is no easy thing. I played a wilderness scout. It was this group that eventually lead to me taking up "The Screen" myself. I would have to sneak over to my friend Mike's house as my parents would not allow me to play RPG's.

What was your WORST RPG session like? Well I will give you one from both sides of the screen. As a player perhaps the worst ont session was the one in which a fellow player decided to make character conflict into player conflict. Fortunatly the GM was able to handle things. Unfortunately it ended in one less player at the table. As a GM, I believe the worst was when my players made some very poor choices and all ended up dying. TPK (Total Player Kill). Many of them were able to roleplay through their "Afterlife" scenes and come out of it better. A few players took it personally and left the group. :(

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? This is a really hard one. I have moved around so much in my life that I have many friends who I would enjoy gaming with again. My hope is that my wife will enjoy gaming as much as I do, so that we can form a nice core group to game with. If you really want names it would be Linda R.


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