Age: 40, but
rapidly closing on 41
wife Jencina and two fabulous children, Rachel and Gawyne
pair of tortoises, Digger, and Runner. The kids named them and the
names are a literal interpretation of their most common activities.
BS in Anthropolgy with a concentration in Micronesian Prehistory and a
specialization in Underwater Archaeology
Hobbies/Activities: I would put gaming down, but I guess that’s
understood. Making things in my workshop, reading, online gaming (a
recent addition and one I need to curtail a bit), hunting
service: Homeless shelters, animal rescue, etc.
test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living,
in your parents' basement? Yes, but I wasn’t out of high
school yet and the rest of the house wasn’t built yet. My parents were
living in a 20 ft camp trailer and I got the only available room.
your favorite way to spend a weekend? Gaming, being with
my family. Fortunately, the two often go together.
the most frightening thing you've ever done? Telling my
mother she was going
to be a grandmother. Not sure why really, but it was both frightening
and difficult. She
was thrilled, but it still was tough
your accomplishments are you the most happy with?
my wife through 5 years of medical school and 4 years of residency all
working nights to help support us and raising two kids (both were born
in the first 3
years of med school).
your first word? Yes. My mother asked if I wanted butter
on my toast
and I did. So I told her.
What is your favorite time of
year, and why? Late spring/early summer, and late
summer/early fall. Thunderstorm season. Thunderstorms are a powerful
force for me in a number of ways.
your most prized physical possession? A teddy bear named
Bearness (It’s short for ‘Bear Necessities). He will be 41 on Christmas
have any embarassing nicknames as a kid? Not as a kid,
really, but in my first unit in the Army, a few guys called me Bucket,
because I have a somewhat large head and was issued an enormous helmet.
It looked like a tank turret on my head.
your favorite toy as a child? Bearness and toys I could
build with or use my own imagination on.
your favorite section of the newspaper? The comics and
the crossword puzzle
three things you can't live without? I’d like to say my
family, but I’ve been married and divorced enough times to know that’s
not technically true. It just wouldn’t be a good life. I guess there
really aren’t three things I can’t live without but the three things I
need most to make my life a good one would be my family, my health, and
Bearness, of course!
you want to be when you grew up? An Air Force pilot. I
desperately wanted to fly F-15s. Sadly, my eyes decide to fall aprt
when I was in the 5th grade and they’re just a touch below the minimum
your favorite mode of transportation? There are two,
really. Boats and planes. But boats are a little bothersome now as I’ve
spent a lot of time studying shipwrecks!
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? An inverted silver hammer with
an amber heart superimposed over it both superimposed on a dark green
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
His name was Garthin Silveraxe. Dwarf, warrior, priest, king, husband,
and father. He was created
with my first D&D set (before it became Advanced) and
subsequently modified to
fit the newer versions of the game. I played him (or used him as an NPC
in the later
years) from 1978 to about 2000. He’s done it all, fought dragons,
deities, etc. His greatest exploit was the time he stood on the walls
kingdom, defending it against a force of giants. I don’t recall how
many he killed,
but wherever he went the bodies were piled as high as the wall he stood
the end, he was snatched away by his most faithful companion, a gold
named Ellragiad, before the giants could kill him.
your favorite RPGs? D&D in all it’s forms,
although I didn’t really like the 2nd Edition stuff. The Palladium
Megaverse. Aftermath! Spacemaster.
your first RPG session like? Christmas Day 1977. I had
gotten my first D&D set and my cousin, who had been playing for
a little while gamemastered for me. All I really remember is that I
fireballed a giant tick that was attached to a companion.
your WORST RPG session like? It’s hard to say which was
the worst, but anytime the player dynamic gets uncomfortable or rules
lawyering gets in the way, the game loses it’s shine for me. Once, I
had a group that spent a half-hour arguing about which character would
glow the most if a Detect Magic spell was cast on them. It made my wife
so mad that she shouted at them (because they ignored her repeated
requests to move on).
your all-time favorite person to game with? There are
three. My wife, who is a phenomenal roleplayer (and I’m not just saying
that because I taught her), My ex-wife Jess Hartley (same caveat), and
my cousin, first GM, and brother in all things save genetics, Brian
have anything gaming-related to plug? Please see the Jess Hartley interview. She is
a very good author and I urge everyone to look into her products. With
a little luck she’ll be plugging my work someday.
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