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Your name or preferred alias: Jennifer Griffin (a.k.a. technovixen & genevieve leclaire)
Location: North Central USA
Age: 31 soon to be 32
Sex: Female

Education: BA in English from Bellevue University and a MA in Communication Arts from Bellevue University. I started with a Major in Philosophy but I was the only one in the entire school for two years straight... needless to say, I had to switch majors my Junior year. Luckily I was so Humanities and Literature heavy already, I just slid into English with no problems. I really want to go for a PhD but just can not afford to do it yet Though my dream is an Interdisciplinary PhD in Philosophy, Communications and English focusing on how role-playing ties into all three of them. *grins* I am a total geek.

Hobbies/Activities: Writing Poetry (it may be horrendous but I enjoy it) and short stories. Crocheting blankets and scarves. (I was on bedrest while pregnant and was unable to do anything so I had to learn to do something. Now, I make blankets like crazy. ) Calligraphy. (Another thing I am not good at but I like it). Singing (Everywhere I go...drives people crazy)

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? Yes, when I was in college. I was not a gamer yet though due to a bad first experience.

What is the most frightening thing you've ever done? Had an MRI. I know it sounds silly but my first MRI for my head (I have chronic classic migraines) scared me to death. I had never had one and was completely unprepared for the procedure. When they placed the cage around my head to keep me still, then slid me into the tube ... I became super claustrophobic. I have never been claustrophobic in my life but I panicked in a way that caused them to sedate me. I am still jittery of those things and I have had several since.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? Role-playing. Playing make-believe with my 5 year old or helping him make characters for our games (he insists on "playing" with us and has a character for each of our games and his own sets of dice already).
Reading books and eating. I love to eat.

What is your most prized physical possession? I have a set of Bosson
Head's. It is the Sherlock Holmes set with Holmes, Moriarty and Watson. I love them.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would
never have migraines again... I do not wish them on anyone.

What is your favorite time of year, and why? Autumn. The season invigorates me in a way that is hard to really translate in words. It is almost a primal response. The changing of the leaves from the vibrant greens to the more vivacious colorations of reds, yellows, oranges and eventually to the brown signifying the time for nature to rest fascinates me and quickens my pulse. The smell in the air of change from heat and oppressive almost too ripe growth to a cleansing a sharp tang of chilled decay seems to refresh my senses. The longer nights make me more restless and my mind more active. Summer makes me lethargic and almost bloated with inactivity.

What makes you cry? My children in pain. Migraines. A really good book with strong character interactions. A super role-playing session where the players actually emote well and you can feel the pain of the characters.

Do you have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do? Yes, I can roll my eyes independently of each other after crossing them.

What are three things you can't live without? Music. I love music, any kind of music. (yup those are the song lyrics) role-playing (with or without an actual system. I just need a storyteller and a character to play) and my family (my husband, kids and my parents).

If you could have one superpower - or be one superhero - which power would you pick, or which hero would you be? This is a much harder question for me. If I could have one superpower, I think it would be the ability to heal both myself and others. I can't stand to see folks sick or in pain and I know I have been sick a lot. So I would definitely like to be able to heal. As for which hero would I be, I am torn between Marvel and DC. Marvel wise, I would be Phoenix cause a) she is a redhead as am I and b) she is super cool. I love Phoenix when she has her cosmic nature on. DC wise, the choice is much harder because I feel they make real people over there. I loved Jade as a character and her power were really cool as well but I think I may have to go with the classic here and say Wonder Woman. They messed her up for awhile there but she is a beautifully done character and I really love the backstory. But I am partial to Greek Myths.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Well...this is a funny question. When I was 6, I wanted to be a female escort (I kid you not but come on, I didn't really understand the job at that point) because they had numerous male friends, good clothes and lots of money. This was obviously thanks to movie perceptions. When I was a much more wordly 7, I decided an escort was all wrong but perhaps a stripper because they had all the same benefits but I didn't have to go home with a stranger. At 8, it was astronomer but then I decided it was way too much Math which I lacked a string affinity for. Then, I discovered I liked being the center of attention at around 10 and dreamed of being on Broadway, singing and dancing perhaps doing some writing on the side. Writer of Novels/Singer/Actress...I held that dream until about 25 when I got married. *grins*

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? What a trick question. I have always had a soft spot for the Elizabethan period, the Victorian and Edwardian periods and the Renaissance. Each period has their benefits for me. The Elizabethan period was a time of great literary achievement, as well as intriguing political movements throughout Europe not just England. And if you wish to expand it to the entire Tudor period, religious changes as well. I would love to see these things in action. The Victorian and Edwardian periods would be fascinating for the Gothic literature, the Industrial and scientific advancements, the philosophical changes and the various political changes in this time as well. And the Renaissance...does one really need to explain that? Coming from the dark medieval into what is considered the enlightening of the world again? It makes me shiver with the mere thought of it all. All have such grave danger tied to them but such potential to learn and be caught up in the excitement of growth that was inherent in each period.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? I would love to take my son and daughter to England. I spent several years there growing up and would love to take them there to see it.


Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
Wow. This is another tough question. I think my favorite character would
have to be Dr. Calias Shar, Orion Starfleet Doctor from the Last Unicorn
Star Trek game. She was an awesome character. Rescued from a colony
planet after her entire family was wiped out by two human Starfleet officers,
Calias grew up on Earth and fought against her more animalistic
tendencies. (She was an Orion animal woman by birth). becoming a
Doctor allowed her to create a suppressing drug to control her natural
pheremones and more sensual tendencies with the unforseen side effect
of addiction.

One of her greatest and worst exploits if when she was called up for a mission with Starfleet intelligence to infiltrate the Orion Syndicate. It required her to come off her suppressors. Her mission was to infilitrate a specific location and then dismantle it with the aid of one of her shipmates who was Half Klingon/Half Betazoid. By the time she was sent on the mission, she was back in full Orion form. Normally, she was very "put together". Her hair was always in a tight bun and uniform in perfect form. For the mission, her hair was long and wild. Her nails clawed and long. And clothing was barely there. The dichotomous change in nature was great to play and fabulous to see. The mission went great, until the end when I began looking to take over the operation. *laughs* That took everyone by surprise. It was great.

What are your favorite RPGs? Dark Ages: Vampire by White Wolf is by far my favorite. I enjoy the rest of the White Wolf Vampire line both 2nd Ed, Revised and the NWoD line. The NWoD Werewolf the Forsaken has also caught my interest. 7th Sea is an all time fave. I enjoy D&D Forgotten Realms and Eberron. A!dventure is great. I am waiting anxiously for Ptolus: City by the Spire. Star Trek was a romp. Spycraft. I am kinda an all-purpose gamer I guess. *laughs* DC by WEG was a fun game too.

What was your first RPG session like? My first RPG session was a bit stunted. It was in a guy's living room. We were all about 12 and it was 2nd ed D&D. I came in wanting to play a fighter and was told cause I was a girl I could only play a cleric or mage. I wanted to kick butt and was told I couldn't. It may have been due to the race I was playing (I think I chose an elf but it was many moons ago) but none of it was explained at the time. I got upset and left because they didn't explain anything to me.

What was your WORST RPG session like? The worst session I ever played was a Mage 2nd edition game. The whole game lacked the natural feel a WW game normally has due to the ST ramroding the plot at us and numerous arguments over paradigm that night. It ended up with more discussion of paradigm validity then actual playing causing for a 8 hour session to consist of only 2 hours of actual play and all of those 2 hours was spoon fed plot.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? Hands down, my husband. He is the St for our group and by far the most skilled role-player I have had the privilege to game with at this point in my life. We play off each other very well and he has the ability to take nothing and make something of it (even in the above game mentioned under the WORST session ever question. He was not ST that night. We were players in someone else's game.).

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? Anything with Jess Hartley, Matt McFarland, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Janet Trautvetter, Myranda Kalis, Sarah Roark or Chuck Wendig as writers. They are all phenomenal with characters and crunchy bits. I know several of them work as freelancers for White-Wolf and have done some work with the NWoD line as well as work on the OWoD line. They all make me swoony. Buy Promethean. Matt is developing that one and Jess is a definite writer on that one. If the two of them are involved it has to be good...at least to read. *grins* Can you tell I am a fangirl?



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