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Name: Brian Christopher Buck
Location: Phladelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: As of September, 2006, I will be 36 years old
Sex: 100% heterosexual red blooded American male

Family: My wife, Christine and together, we have a son named Wyatt. I have one older and one younger brother, named Joseph and Justin respectively. My father, Joe, passed away in 2001 (thankfully he didn’t live to see 9/11). My mother and stepfather (Lorraine and Bill) live nearby in Bucks County, PA

Pets: None, as of this writing. I had a red snakehead fish once that devoured 20 feeder guppies in about 30 seconds. E-mail me and maybe I’ll tell you the whole story.

Religion: I’m a lapsed Catholic, thinking about returning to it.

Politics: Sometimes I think I’m the only Conservative Republican gamer on Earth. I hope I’m wrong.

Education: I have an associate in arts degree from the Community College of Philadelphia, and I’m probably the only person ever to be accepted to, and flunk out of, the Tyler School of Art

Hobbies/Activities: I enjoy spending time with my family, playing
video games, watching movies (especially anything with Godzilla
in it), collecting comic books, painting metal miniatures, quoting
movies and imitating the voices of characters from the Simpsons.

Community Service: I’ll get around to that once I have
conquered the world, enslaved the populace and crushed the
will of the resistance under the jackbooted heels of my
stormtroopers of death.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? Nope. Thankfully I never ended up there. It got cold at night.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? Either relaxing with my wife and son, hanging out with friends and gaming or watching Godzilla movies.

What is the most frightening thing you've ever done? I’d have to say that having a child is as scary as it is wonderful and fulfilling

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? My son, Wyatt. He brings a great deal of joy to my life.

What is your favorite word? ‘Chicken’. I consider it the funniest word in the English language. If you don’t believe me, just shout the word ‘chicken’ as loud as you can right now.

How many languages do you speak? I am fluent in over six million forms of communication and can readily….oh, wait, that’s See Threepio. I only speak English.

What is your favorite time of year, and why? Early summer, I like the warmer weather.

What is your most prized physical possession? I have a 15 inch tall Godzilla action figure imported from Japan. This thing is also 30 inches long. It’s an awesome piece and the crown jewel of my kaiju figure collection.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d like to lose a little weight.

What was your favorite toy as a child? I had a Marx Prehistoric Playset with the giant mountains and the river in the middle. It had over 55 dinosaurs and a dozen cavemen. Needless to say, at the end of the afternoon, all the cavemen were dead and the prehistoric valley was home to one very happy and well-fed tyrannosaur.

Do you have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do? I can make disgusting fart sounds by pressing the air out of my eye socket with my hand. It never ceases to freak people out.

What are three things you can't live without? My wife, my son, and roasted animal flesh.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? I’d want either a Green Lantern power ring, or mechanical tentacles like Doctor Octopus.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A paleontologist.

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? I’d have to go with either the Late Cretaceous period, or the 1950s when America still had it’s innocence

What is one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you could? I would’ve stuck with the Swim Team in school

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? I’d like to be able to talk about the United Nations in the past tense. Or celebrate my 59th birthday (my father was 58 when he died)

You've just purchased a small island off the coast of any continent of your choosing, and you are preparing to start your own country there. What does your flag look like? The flag looks just like the American flag because rather than start a new country we’re going to apply for statehood in America.

Who won the 1958 World Series? I have no idea.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. My favorite character would have to be Alan Whitespeare, a paladin I’m playing in my buddy Wils’ campaign
for D&D 3rd ed/3.5. He’s a devout worshipper of Bahamut the Platinum Dragon, only
in this setting he’s called Argus. Argus and the other gods are imprisoned and the world
is dominated by an evil deity named Cezor. Our party has been waging war to free the
gods and defeat the Cezic church, and it’s leader Father Dumas. At one point we were
engaging Dumas in battle and he attempted to flee into a magic portal. My paladin
moved to stop him by using his Holy Avenger swords’ dispel magic ability. While the
spell that opened the portal was far more powerful, the dispel magic effect was enough
to prevent his escape, at least temporarily.

What are your favorite RPGs? I’d have to say Dungeons & Dragons remains my favorite, especially edition 3.5. I also enjoyed the original Marvel Superheroes game, Werewolf: the Apocalypse and the original classic Ghostbusters RPG from West End Games.

What was your first RPG session like? Oh, God it must’ve been 25 years ago. My brother and I were playing basic D&D and I fought an ogre. I don’t remember much other than that.

What was your WORST RPG session like? I recently began running D&D games at my local comic shop and we had one new player who just could not grasp the game and kept asking dumb questions and having his paladin character do stupid things. This kid was such a poor player that the other guys were throwing dice and hard candy at him at one point. He later pulled a no call-no show and I had his paladin get eaten by a swamp monster.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? My buddies Wil Robinson and Brian McKittrick.

One of Brian's fantasy drawings


Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? Ok, here’s the deal. I’m attempting to break into the comic industry or gaming industry as an illustrator. If any gamer is interested, send me a description of your character and I’ll draw it for you for a small fee. I can be contacted at BrianBuck@Comcast.net




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