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Your name: Brad Fonseca (Mr. Weasel)
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Age: 34
Sex: Male

Family: I have a wonderful woman in my life who doesn't quite
understand RPGs but she's glad I have fun doing it. She may play
someday; I'm working on it.

Religion: I was raised a Roman Catholic but I came across too many inconsistencies to stay that way from my early twenties onward. Now, I waver between atheism and agnosticism depending how irritated I am.

Political party/affiliation: Since our electoral system is broken (see fairvotecanada.org ), I tend to vote Liberal to keep the Conservatives out of power. In an ideal democratic system, I would most likely vote New Democrat Party. In general, I would be deemed a socialist.

Education: I went to University of Toronto for two undergraduate degrees. The first one is a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy which I completed 13 years ago. In June 2006, I completed a Bachelor of Science with a Specialization in Software Engineering because I was bored of being a pharmacist. I did the second degree part time while working full time and it took me seven years.

Hobbies/Activities: I like playing and watching football (soccer for most North Americans) and playing hockey. I also enjoy messing around with Linux and painting miniatures in my spare time too.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? I lived in my parents' basement through high school and when
I returned home from university in the summers during completing my Pharmacy
degree. I moved out on my own soon after I finished in 1993. I believe I cited
"creative differences" as my reason at the time. :)

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? Given my choice, I would like to go traveling somewhere I haven't seen before with my fiancée. A close second would be running or playing in a role-playing game or some sort with my friends. If I could get my
fiancée to play with us that would also fabulous.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? Right now, I'm most happy with completing my second degree. I did it part time while working full time so there were plenty of times when I wanted to quit but I managed to persevere. I'm really proud of that.

How many languages do you speak? I speak English mainly and I'm somewhat fluent in French. I'm learning Romanian as this is the ethnic background of my fiancée and I also can struggle a bit with Italian, mainly being able to order in a restaurant and ask for simple

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would like to be more confident in my abilities in my professional life.

What makes you cry? I'm a real weenie and a good romantic drama will get the eyes watering. I'm also a big sucker for the film "Cinema Paradiso" which I don't think falls under that category.

Do you have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do? I can wiggle my nostrils and do a fair impression of a bunny rabbit by doing so.

What are three things you can't live without? I would have to have love, intellectual stimulation and safety for my family.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? If I had a choice, I would choose to be a super-genius and be able to learn anything in a flash.

What is your favorite mode of transportation? I like using either traveling by train or by bicycle because both are good for the environment and allow you to see the countryside.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? I would like to be able to know a language so well that I could live in that country and be mistaken for a native speaker.


Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever
I once played in a Third Edition Dungeons & Dragons Al
Qadim game. I was Khalid al-Aziz, a cleric of Najm the Adventurous.

I had this in-character habit of singing the praises of Najm as "Knower
of the Unknowable, Doer of the Undoable, Seer of the Unseeable…"
and so on at any excuse. As my character, I would lightly clap my hands
in glee when I succeeded at a task or discovered something new.

What are your favorite RPGs? My largest experience is with D&D so I would have to say that it's my favorite. However, I still have a soft spot for first and third edition Gamma World. I have enjoyed playing various versions of the Storyteller system (Vampire and Werewolf specifically).

What was your first RPG session like? I ran a first edition Gamma World campaign for
my two younger brothers over a period of several years over the grade- and high school years. The first session we ran "GW1: Legion of Gold". I was more worried about my brothers having fun and still wanting to play the game with me so I let them have ridiculous amounts of high-tech equipment, loads of positive mutations without any negative ones and very high attribute scores. It was a very silly game where my brother's characters blew through all opposition in the module almost without a scratch. We had a heck of a lot of fun though.

What was your WORST RPG session like? The worst session ever had to be a Champions game I played in when I attended GenCon a few years ago with my best friend Justin. The guy was not prepared at all and had all the personality of a cardboard box. I had to fake a phone call to get us out of that session. I felt really bad for the GM but I just didn't want to waste my time at GenCon with being stuck playing this horrible game to be polite.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? Justin, who I mentioned above, has got to be the most fun to play RPGs with either across the GM's screen or as a fellow player. He has a crazy sense of humor that I'm able to play off of very easily.

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? I have a friend Malcolm Sheppard who has just started a RPG company, "Mob United Media", with a novel system of his own and some material compatible with the d20 system. His game system "Codex: Story Gaming for Creative People" is an interesting take on the idea of an RPG campaign being a "story we create together" by requiring creative writing and other art media to be produced by the players to give player characters bonuses to abilities. His company's web site can be
found at www.mobunited.com


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