Joe Bryant Rixman
Mom and Dad, Uncle and Aunt + 3 cousins. My current “family” includes
my best friend and his partner. I live with them, eat with them, watch
I Love Lucy with them…so they’re family as far as I’m concerned.
A miniature American Eskimo named Jessie, A long-haired bitch of a cat
named Chloe and a short-haired psycho-vampire kitty named Miranda.
Spiritual, but on an individual level…organized religion just doesn’t
work for me in any way shape or form.
party/affiliation: Liberal, though mostly moderate, as I
find extremists to be much too nasty and tempermental for my tastes.
Daniel Murphy High School (an all-boys Catholic school), Los Angeles
City College (for my 3-year AA in general ed), Cal State Northridge
(for my one year parental breakaway year…joined the greatest
international fraternity in the world Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and
proceeded to come out of my shell…so much so that I was kicked out of
the university for poor grades and went on to join the military), Cal
State San Bernardino (where I got my Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Philosophy and met my best friend of 14 years).
Writing, reading, listening to film scores, traveling to
places I’ve never been or just HAVE to go to again and again (like
socializing with other creative types, watching movies and making
specifically, writing, directing and producing them.
service: (homeless shelters, animal rescue, etc) Project
Jason (www.projectjason.org) is my one deep non-selfish passion.
your favorite section of the newspaper? The sports
am a baseball fanatic and can’t get enough stories and statistics on
the most frightening thing you've ever done? Walk with
three friends into a cave situated halfway up a steep mountain and walk
through it until we peeked out from the top of the mountain. It was
only a couple hundred feet of diagonal climb, but it was in complete
darkness and we heard snakes slithering and bats rustling. WHAT WERE WE
your favorite time of year, and why? October
specifically. It never fails, for some odd reason. Once October hits,
something changes. The air becomes crisp, as if anticipating the chill
of winter. The sky seems a deeper blue and the world seems much sharper
and in focus. The nights are cool and the days pleasant. October is the
could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be more spontaneous…quicker about making decisions and not just
sitting around waiting for things to happen, but doggedly pursuing
every single possibility that came along to its conclusion.
you cry? Stories about kindness…people doing things
purely for the benefit of others, the passionate display of love in the
face of tragedy, the strength of the human spirit.
could have one superpower, which power would you pick?
If I had one power, it would be the ability to find whatever I wanted
to. For example, I would make it my life’s mission to find missing
persons. There is no greater horror on Earth than to have a family
member disappear without a trace, without any answers as to how and
why. On a more mundane note, I’d be able to find my best friend’s keys
for him, which he loses, much to my distraction, at least three times a
you want to be when you grew up? An X-Man or a Starship
could pick any other time period to live in - including the future -
which would it be, and why? Definitely the future. At
heart, I am an explorer. I would travel to distant worlds, map them,
explore then, experience new environments and, perhaps, beings and
cultures. The joy of traveling to parts unknown. Where do I buy my
the one thing you want to do before you die? Direct a
big budget Hollywood movie…or twenty.
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
With D&D, I like playing magic users, mostly as they are pretty
coddled as newbies and feared as experienced characters. I played a
magic-user once that tried to bend the laws of physics by using an
shield as a bridge to cross a field of lava. My DM got very annoyed
me and killed me off. I was not amused. I loved White Wolf’s Vampire:
The Masquerade game and considered myself a Toreador in
standing. As a werewolf, I was a Silent Strider and as a Mage, I was
an Ecstacy Cultist. Present Day Vampire Requiem seems me as a
Mekhet Crone. Have not played the new Werewolf or Mage. Promethean
looks interesting though!
What are your favorite RPGs?
D&D, Eberron and Vampire
your first RPG session like? Horrible. I didn’t know
what I was doing and no one wanted to take the time to teach me.
your WORST RPG session like? See above. I died very
quickly, got bored and left as no one seemed interested in having
your all-time favorite person to game with? My best
friend, because he’s smart and creative.
have anything gaming-related to plug? I would love to
find gamers in my area that are near my age and have similar
interests…or gamers out of the area who are willing to cybergame in
similar interests. As a dear friend of mine is on the Promethean
development team, I’d LOVE to see everyone I know and don’t know give
the game a try!
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