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Your name: Shauna Forrister (a.k.a. General Bullet)
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Age: 30
Sex: Female

Family: My parents are wonderful people, the kind of parents everyone wanted as they grew up. Two older brothers, both very protective of their little geek sister. Of course, there is the love of my life, without whom the world would be a very different place, I think. As well there is my birthson, and his adoptive parents, who are just the most wonderful people on the face of the planet.

Education: I spent seven years in University without getting a degree. I was aiming for a degree in Religious Studies, but I was more involved in gaming then I was in studying. Sound familiar? Finally I realized two things – 1) a religious studies degree wasn’t worth the paper it was written on, or the money I was borrowing to get it, and 2) even if it was, I was so messed up that I was not going to finish the degree anyways. University life was not for me.

Hobbies/Activities: I swear the “Great Player in the Sky” chose for me the “jack of all Trades” as a merit when he made me ;) I love playing music (trombone and tuba mostly), singing, drawing, photography, digital art, sewing, crochet, knitting, cross stitch and other needle work, writing, woodwork, painting (both on canvas and of houses), gardening and traveling.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? I AM A LIVING STEREOTYPE! *ahem* Yes, I live in the parent’s basement, much to my chagrin. I had to move home about
four years ago due to a lack of employment, and then,
just as I was getting far enough ahead in my job that I
could request a transfer, I was hit with a very serious
heart condition that keeps me from work or school.
So now I whittle my days away in my parent’s basement.
I hope to change that in a year or so though, please cross your fingers!

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? I love to read. Or watch movies and crochet. The BEST weekend ever, though, was spent with my love, just hanging out with our families and enjoying one another’s company. May I have many more of those :D

What is the most frightening thing you've ever done? About a year ago, I had to go to Edmonton, Alberta to visit an organ transplant team. My mom was convinced that they were going to rip my heart out and replace it right then and there. Scariest couple of days of my life. Thankfully, the doctors told us that I could still recover with my own heart and to put off any thoughts of transplants for a few years.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? That’s an excellent question. I tend to be a little pessimistic with myself, especially without much hope for a career and such, but then I think about what I’ve done, and I realize that “accomplishment” doesn’t necessarily mean “career-wise.” I guess the thing I am most proud of is my birthson. Sure, I didn’t raise him, but the fact that he is such a wonderful child, so smart and talented, and, most of all, happy, means that I made an excellent decision considering I was so young when I made it.

What is your most prized physical possession? This is going to sound so silly, but my most treasured possession at the moment is a stuffed bison. It’s about 12 inches long, and, even though I’ve only had it for about five months, I’ve snuggled it so much that it’s lopsided and can no longer stand. It was a present from my boyfriend, and I snuggle it every night when I’m on the phone with him and when I go to bed :)

What was your favorite toy as a child? Yet another stuffed animal. It’s a little chicken with a blue shirt that says “Chick-a-Dee”. Technically it’s my brother’s, but after he underwent the “boys don’t play with teddy bears” transformation, I stole it.

What makes you cry? Just about anything. I’m a very openly emotional person. The last really good cry I had was the other night, when I had received a letter that told me that due to my heart condition, I’m likely not to have my own children.

What are three things you can't live without? Music is a big one. It’s been a main focus of my life since I was four. Internet/phone would be another one, mainly because it keeps me in touch with my boyfriend until he moves up here. Last and definitely not last, is my pacemaker. YAY! I’M A CYBORG!! Of course, with no onboard weapons or defensive systems, I’m a pretty useless cyborg, but there you go.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Seriously? A wife and a mother. It’s been the only thing I was ever serious about. Sure, I wanted to be an astronaut, or a nurse, or a lawyer. But there was only ever one thing I always wanted to be, and that was wife and mother. Stay at home one too. I wanna bake cookies and clean up after hubby and kids….

What is your favorite mode of transportation? I love boats. If I could go everywhere in a boat, I would. There’s something extremely satisfying about being out on the water, gently rolling across the waves. Or speeding over them. Either way, I love it.

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? Hmmm, That’s a toughie. I would love to have been in the middle ages. A rough life that I would not have survived with my current condition (not to mention the nearly drowning twice in one day or the ectopic (tubal) pregnancy that nearly killed me), but I would have loved it. But then, I would also love to live in the far future, where being 1200 miles away from someone is as easy to transverse as being .5 miles away, and where heart problems like mine are simply fixed. Ah well.

What is one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you could? I don’t regret anything. Most of the things that went horribly wrong in my life resulted in me doing something else that I really enjoyed. So yeah, no regrets :D

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? Now THERE’S something I’ve been thinking about a lot in the last two years. I think I would love to go to England and Scotland. Maybe Australia. I would love to see more of the US and Canada. But if I could only have one thing before I die, it would be to marry my love. Then I could die a very happy woman.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. Ah! There are so many to choose from! I think my favourite, though, was a childling eshu named “Batir.” It was in a childling only game my friend ran in Changeling 2nd ed. He was bold beyond his abilities, for sure, but man that led to a lot of fun (though my fellow childlings may tell
the story differently). The most memorable event was the day that a never
took us to Never Never Land. In a 24 hour period, I robbed Captain Hook
(and got away), stole a tomahawk from the Indians, played with the
mermaids (stealing from them was too easy), and finally told Peter Pan that
I was leaving because I had done everything there was to do. Oh! My
friends were very upset with me that day!!!

What are your favorite RPGs? I’m pretty much easy when it comes to systems. To me, it’s not so much the game system you are playing, but the group and characters you are playing with. That is what truly makes for good roleplaying. That being said, I cannot resist a good Changeling: the Dreaming or Werewolf: The Apocalypse game.

What was your first RPG session like? I barely remember it, to be honest. My older brothers got a hold of 1st ed D&D, and Mom made them let me make a character. I believe I played an elf. I know I loved it, but, since I was eight and my brothers didn’t really want their little sister hanging around, they made it clear I wasn’t welcome. They out grew it soon after. I, obviously, did not :D

What was your WORST RPG session like? To be perfectly honest, since I’m so easy to please, it is hard to think of a single bad experience. I’ve had bad gaming-related experiences, but never bad games. The worst gaming related experience was running a Changeling LARP. Trying to explain the magic system to someone who doesn’t understand that magic doesn’t follow the laws of physics was enough to make me want to quit gaming altogether!

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? Oh gods, I can’t narrow it down to even one or two names... I had a group of friends that as long as one of them was in the group, I’d join the game. There were about six of them, and man we had a great time. I had to move away from them, so I haven’t played with them for about four years. I miss it horribly.

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? Hmm…. I think everyone should check out Dream Pod 9’s games. I find it a wonderful gaming system (though I haven’t played in so long, I probably won’t even recognize the rules anymore…), and the miniatures are truly beautiful. And they come with the added bonus of having to paint them (I hate these new fangled pre-painted figures – that takes most of the fun out of it! Not that I’ve painted many myself, never had enough money for that side of the hobby). You can see them at http://www.dp9.com :)


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