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Your name: Conor Braman
Location: Austin, TX
Age: 26
Sex: M

Pets: Ball Python named Bernoulli

Religion: Atheist

Political party/affiliation: Liberal

Education: Master’s in Chemical Engineering

Hobbies/Activities: Reading (Sci Fi, Sci Fact, Horror), taking walks, watching movies and television.

What is the most frightening thing you've ever done? Got married. It’s such a life change that I was terrified I’d mess up.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? Learning what I really want in life, and making the choice to achieve it.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently
living, in your parents' basement?
Nope, I have never lived in my parents

What is your favorite word? Discombobulate.

What is your favorite time of year, and why? Spring, its cool enough to
spend the day outside, and the rains are a nice change of pace.

What is your most prized physical possession? My college class ring from
Texas A&M.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would want to be less critical of myself and mistakes I have made.

What was your favorite toy as a child? Legos.

What is your favorite section of the newspaper? The opinion page. I love reading both well thought out opinions, as well as some of the ignorant letters to the editor.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? Power to control the coefficient of friction of objects would be pretty nifty.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a TV sports reporter.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. My favorite character is without a doubt my human bard/rogue/vigilante named Sirnan “Sir” Monahan in
3.0 D&D. It was the first time I really fleshed out the character and made decisions
based on what he would do, rather than what I would do in a given situation.

He started out as a happy go lucky bard, but eventually became jaded by all the
corruption in the big city we were based in and decided to start cleaning it up, hence
the vigilante-ism. I took the leadership feat, spread my followers throughout the city as a
network of informants, and did my best to work behind the scenes to change the politics
of the city. It was memorable for me, and those I played with, and the first time where my character felt like someone real, rather than just a collection of numbers and statistics on
a page.

What are your favorite RPGs? My favorite RPG is probably D&D in the 3.x incarnation. The d20 mechanic is a simple straightforward resolution system that is easy to teach to new players. And the character development system, with the supplement books available, can be as simple or as complex as you desire. Also, with the DMG and Monster Manual, it is very easy for a new GM to get started crafting adventures and know what is a reasonable challenge for the characters.

The other general type of RPG that I love is the superhero genre. I like the battles between good and evil, or in the case of dark vigilantes, not so evil, and evil. I have yet to find a system for the superhero genre that I like as much as D&D, but my favorite is probably
the Marvel Universe RPG that came out 3 years ago.

What was your first RPG session like? My first RPG session was with some friends of mine from Jr. High when we all got together at Josh’s house and played Shadowrun 2nd edition. Looking back it was all very stereotypically young power gamers. We wanted to make these super combat effective characters, but none of our characters had any kind of social skills. So it all kind of became a farce of us just blowing up or shooting nearly every obstacle in our way.

What was your WORST RPG session like? The worst RPG session I ever had was one of the first times I was DMing 3.0 D&D. I had not learned how to deal with players who had different ideas of how D&D was supposed to work. Two of my players had grown up playing with people who were very big into “role”playing, and did not often stick to the rules and mainly focused on the drama in D&D.

My other two players mainly enjoyed the tactical nature of combat, and didn’t really focus on being in character all the time. So often times half the players would be bored while the other half were super excited. And when I wouldn’t bend the rules for the “role” playing people, they would often complain that I was being a rule nazi and whatnot. All in all, not fun times. After that, when I picked out groups to GM for, I made sure everyone was on the same page about
how we wanted to play before we even started.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? This is probably my friend Knasty. Though we don’t often get to play together on the same side of the table, usually he or I are the GM, he is the best gaming buddy I have. We generally see eye to eye on most gaming
issues, and have similar styles. And he is probably the best sounding board I know for fleshing out new character ideas both from a mechanics standpoint as well as a “role” playing standpoint.


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