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Your name: Kim Hartsfield
Location: Arkansas
Age: 38
Sex: M

Family: Wife, daughter (18), son (6)

Pets: Sammy (Jack Russell terrier)

Religion: Raised a Methodist, but I don’t like organized religion…

Political party/affiliation: Fairly conservative

Hobbies/Activities: football, sports in general

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? No… never have.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? Sleep late Saturday, then maybe a movie with the family. Watch football on Sunday.

What is the most frightening thing you've ever done? I was scared to death the day my daughter was born. I was a 20 year old kid and the state trusted
me with a baby.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most
happy with?
Serving in the U.S. Navy

What was your first word?
Why… (I’m not asking you, ‘Why’ was my first word.) :)

What is your favorite word? Onomonopoetic

How many languages do you speak? Just the one. I am the epitome of ‘arrogant American’ in that regard.

What is your favorite time of year, and why? Summer. It stems from being a kid and knowing school was out. And my birthday is in July.

Did you have any embarassing nicknames as a kid? When I was in 5th grade, some bully said I had a head like Elmer Fudd. For three years after that, everyone called me ‘Elmer’. It's even in the yearbook that way.

What makes you cry? A life cut too short. I had a Navy buddy die recently in a traffic accident. He was only 29.

What is your favorite section of the newspaper? Sports. It’s the only thing I read. I throw the rest away.

What are three things you can't live without? Obviously, family and friends are in there, so I’ll skip them and say peanut butter, country music and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? The ability to manipulate time. There is nothing you could not do. Travel back and forth and correct stuff. Save people. Buy stock in Microsoft or Wal-Mart. C’mon!

What did you want to be when you grew up? A policeman. As an adult, I see them as what they are, just people. But when I was a kid, they were like superheroes.

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? As odd as it may sound, it would probably be the late 70’s to early 80’s. Everything in my world was right then.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? See my grandchildren die of old age.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. His name was Jarrod. I rolled him up in 1983, it was in December. A Friday if I’m not mistaken. I wanted to make him a Paladin, but my DM told me I had to roll certain scores. I missed out and was
pretty bummed, but decided to role-play it. So he was a Lawful Good fighter who
fought in the name of his god. He aspired to be a Paladin and hoped he would
someday be deemed worthy. When Jarrod died, he was laid to rest under a
tombstone that read, “Paladin of Heironeous”.

What are your favorite RPGs? Dungeons & Dragons, circa 1980. 3rd Edition
(and 3.5) are not, nor will they ever be, D&D.

What was your first RPG session like? A buddy named Heath told me about this
game, D&D, his brother had shown him. I went to his house Friday after school to check
it out. We played some module from the old ‘Dragon’ magazine. Stayed up all night. I
could not believe how fun it was. When I went home the next day, I told my brother all about
it. He wanted to play so bad, he and I made up ‘characters’ and played a ‘dungeon’ with no rulebooks or reference at all. Everything was off the top of our heads. We just made up stuff as we went along. It was a blast…

What was your WORST RPG session like? I had a friend call me one night and ask if I could show some of his friends how to play D&D and maybe DM a session. Never one to miss out on a geek-fest, I gathered all my books and dice and headed out.

When I got there, everyone was drinking and generally acting foolish. But I tried. Having some guy wig-out on a goblin and ask if he could ‘hug him’ made me call it a night.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? The greatest DM I ever had was a good friend of mine named Heath. He knew the books inside and out. His imagination was unreal, as was his story telling. Last I heard, he was in prison.


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