Justin Mohareb, but I am pretty well known as The Bitter Guy
Married, two loving and forgiving parents, and two brothers who just
keep making me look bad; they both have Master’s degrees, one in
science, the other in Engineering.
Three cats, perpetuating a stereotype. My wife and I have had five cats
in total, two of which we lost when they got sick. My wife also has cat
themed light switch plates around the house.
Baptized Coptic Orthodox, which is the Egyptian branch of the Orthodox
churches. That means I should fast against eating meat several months
of the year, but as I said, lapsed.
party/affiliation: I vote Liberal, which in the United
States would mean I’m a communist. This is partially because of my
family background (my parents are Trudeau Liberals), partially because
I don’t think the NDP (don’t ask) can form a majority government
barring incredible scientific discoveries.
service: Work allows us a day of community service each
year. I like to work at the food bank’s sorting department. I also help
out at my wife’s school by volunteering for as a supervisor on field
trips. It's always fun to deal with kids that aren't your own.
test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you
currently living, in your parents' basement? Yes, I did.
I wasted a
couple of years at University, then moved back in for a year (in the
basement) before going back to school for Journalism. It wasn’t that
bad, but it would have been better if it hadn’t been during an
economic slowdown period in a town that’s kinda dead in a region
that ain’t so hot to begin with. I’m just saying.
the most frightening thing you've ever done? Nearly
died in a car accident. Few things suck as much as waking up covered
in your own blood.
How many languages do you speak? Two,
English & French.
your favorite time of year, and why? I’m totally weak
about Christmas. When it’s not too cold (just a few degrees below zero
(Celsius)) and the snow is on the ground and there are lights on the
trees, I get all happy.
your most prized physical possession? My copy of the
first north American printing of Good Omens, signed by Neil Gaiman and
could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d
have the ability to stick to stuff. I’m very waffley. In fact, if I
finish this, it’ll be a miracle.
makes you cry? Almost anything makes me
cry. I’m very sentimental. No, seriously. I get weepy at commercials
and greeting cards.
your favorite section of the newspaper? The Sudoku. It’s
absolutely addictive. I also like reading the regional news and the
entertainment news, and the opinion pages, which generally just gets me
could be one superhero, which hero would you be? I’d be
a member of the Green Lantern Corps. The magic ring + the whole
camaraderie thing would be great.
your favorite mode of transportation? My Smart Car. Greatest
vehicle ever invented. Perfect for my daily commute, safe and fuel
one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you
could? I’d work harder in
university. Maybe go to the strategy club less. It would have been nice
to come out of there with something to show for it is all I’m saying.
the one thing you want to do before you die? Live to be
Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever
played. Dieter, a Halfling lion-rider cleric. Second ed
was originally a priest of the hunting deity of the Forgotten
Realms, but I decided against that since the deity was neutral evil.
We had many adventures, even though the gaming group was
the most dysfunctional group ever. The DM’s girlfriend basically
ran the joint, and his cousin and I hated each other. We ended
up Spelljamming, and going to Kara Tur to learn Martial Arts.
Basically all the stuff that happens when your DM is just going
from module to module.
your favorite RPGs? Torg, Top Secret SI, d20
Modern, the Hero System, Werewolf: The Apocalyse, and Al
your first RPG session like? It was a game of D&D
at a scouts camp. I died very quickly, I think intentionally. Actually,
I know intentionally. Hey, I didn’t even get a saving throw! Man, that
DM was a jerk.
your WORST RPG session like? Well, I’d go with the one
above, if I didn’t have another one. I was playing in a Champions
game at GenCon with my best friend
Brad. He’d never played Champions, so I told him
I’d help him along.
The GM was completely
unprepared. I think it was a miracle he had ready character sheets. I’m
not normally someone to judge someone harshly (okay, maybe I am), but
the game started off poorly, and we were filled with dread. So Brad
faked a cell phone call from his wife (“Oh, my phone is vibrating!”),
and said there was an emergency, and told me we had to go. He saved my
life that day.
I also played in a
GenCon game of Wraith: the Great War that
consisted entirely of a single very large dogfight. Now, I had to leave
before it finished, but I don’t think we were getting out of the
biplanes anytime soon. Which is a shame, because the ST had put
together great little character sheets and researched actual flying
aces of WWI for us, but I expect more from a Wraith
game than Ace of Aces.
your all-time favorite person to game with? Robin Laws
is a great GM. I know this is no surprise to anyone. I just want to
confirm it, though. Rich Ranallo once ran a game of Starchildren
at GenCon that was possibly one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever
If I’m playing, I like
to play with my friend Brad, as our brains work very well together. We
very rarely get to do this, as our gaming group is so scattered if we
get a game together it’s generally one of us who has to GM. But he was
my partner in crime in the Starchildren game, and
it was a blast.
have anything gaming-related to plug? I’m currently the
Gaming Coordinator for GX, the Canadian National Gaming Expo, held as
part of FanExpo Canada - www.fanexpocanada.com.
I encourage everyone in the area (Central Canada, the great lakes
region) to attend, as we do our best to make it as fun as possible for
everyone. And, hey, if you’re a publisher, artist or writer, contact us
about being in our Small Press/Artist’s Alley area.
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