Steve Darlington, but everyone
calls me Steve D. That's something I'm over-joyed about - it's been my
lifelong dream to have a nickname, and I join such luminaries as John
K(ovalic) and er, um....okay, so there aren't many nicknames in gaming.
That's cool too. The only problem is people get me confused with my
colleague Steve Dempsey. He's the English one.
I used to live in England and desperately wish to again, but I
currently reside in Brisbane, Australia, which combines sweltering
jungle humidity with the world's worst drought (10 years and counting
now, I think).
I'm twenty nine years old (made it into the industry before 30 - yes!)
and am male. I'm also white, painfully middle-class, over-educated in
the sciences (honours in mathematics), fairly good with a computer and
work in a cubicle, in a technical capacity (medical statistics). So I
fit the typical gamer model fairly well.
party/affiliation: I'm very much on the left, and
moderately motivated along those lines.
test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living,
in your parents' basement? I have never lived in my
parents' basement, but Australian houses don't have basements. The
ground's too hard, and too hot, and in the north we build up off the
ground to catch the breezes. I did live with my parents until I was 23,
but that's not a lot these days.
What is your favorite way to
spend a weekend? Probably flying to a foreign
country, struggling through a language barrier, navigating strange
down in a flop house and then going out to see wonders I've never
Failing that, lazing around with my partner and my puppy, doing a
roleplaying until we choke from laughter.
the most frightening thing you've ever done? I had to
| someone out of comitting suicide once.
your favorite word? GENOYMEEN!
What was your first word?
idea, although thanks to Sesame Street I was obsessed with saying
languages do you speak? One, but I can mumble
convincingly at a hotel desk in
French, Danish and Japanese.
your favorite time of year, and why? Late autumn or
late spring. When the metaphorical ice begins to shatter and a whole
new world blows in.
your most prized physical possession? My memorystick. I
need my latest writing projects wherever I go.
could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I'd
really like to be independently wealthy.
your favorite toy as a child? Probably Super Jeronimo
Dog, so named so he shared my initials. He was a second-hand plush
orange-tan sausage dog thing, and (in my head) when he stretched out
his ears, he could fly like superman.
you cry? Depression, self-loathing, isolation, fear,
helplessness, the pain of others, you know, the usual.
your favorite section of the newspaper? The comics, of
course. Strip comics are dying (and I don't really think webcomics are
quite the same) but they're one of my all-time favourite media.
three things you can't live without? The internet,
roleplaying and laughter.
could have one superpower, which power would you pick? Flight.
I just want to be able to move in three dimensions. Two is so dull.
you want to be when you grew up? A puppeteer. Puppetry
and animation are amazing to me, because they are literally the
creation of life. I'm fascinated that you can put a sock on your hand
and draw some eyes on it and that's enough to cause cognitive
dissonance, and within seconds, people will talk to the sock as if it
were real. My love of roleplaying comes from a similar place.
your favorite mode of transportation? The train. As
fast as a boat, but you can get on and off like a bus.
could pick any other time period to live in - including the future -
which would it be, and why? I'd really like to see how
biotech is going in 100 years time, but I'm a bit uncertain about the
future. Failing that, the late 19th century to the early 20th. It was a
really amazing time for the world, with the benefit of medicine
one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you
could? No way. I saw the Butterfly Effect. I'm way to
scared to do that.
the one thing you want to do before you die? Climb up
to Machu Picchu.
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? It's a stylised dog. Or maybe
a really funny picture off the internet. Wouldn't it be awesome if
every time you saw your flag you burst out laughing?
you think of these questions? I think they're pretty
interesting. I'm doubtful anyone would care about my answers, but if
they are, I'm deeply flattered. One of my great goals in life
is to be interviewed in a specific fashion. That to me is the ultimate
acknowledgement of one's
importance, which I guess is my goal in life. It's happened once, but
Kuma never published it, darn it.
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
Such a tricky question. I'll answer it as the character I had the most
fun playing, which is
Glorious Badger, made for D&D 3E. He was a halfling paladin of
character, who was a thief and a rogue called Leaping Rabbit, who then
off to start a religion. Glorious Badger rode a dog called Willikins
would feed Spider Climb potions, allowing him to charge along the
at his enemies. He was also a nudist, who insisted on having a sauna
whenever possible, and every morning would oil himself with butter and
naked squat thrusts in front of the mage (who was a brilliant straight
made me laugh, and he made others laugh, and his legend lives on in our
hearts and minds. What more can you ask?
What are your favorite RPGs? Warhammer
Fantasy Roleplay, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
Call of Cthulhu, Ghostbusters.
your first RPG session like? My first session was with
the redbook basic D&D set. Like so many others, I played the
Fighter they gave me, went into a dungeon, met the beautiful Aleena and
watched Bargle kill her. The bastard. This was in my bedroom,
naturally. I enjoyed it immensely. I think so many of us gamers really
never left that dungeon, and to this day, we're trying to turn back
time and find a way to Save Aleena. :)
your WORST RPG session like? What made it so bad? Tough
call, but it was probably the game of Exalted I played at GenCon 2002.
What made it so bad is we had
like seven or eight characters, and the plot was "ambush a Dragon
Blooded and kill her". The GM was very, very dull and I had the most
useless character you could imagine - I mean there was the sneaky
ninja, the tough guy, the armoured knight guy, the archery guy, the
diplomat, the martial artist, the sword master and I got the craftsman.
The fricking CRAFTSMAN. Worst of all, it was a demo for the company.
It ties with a game I
experienced at my local con last year, which was my first experience
with Living Greyhawk. Like most Living Campaigns I've observed, it was
a soulless exercise in hex gaming with individual figures and a GM who
read straight from the boxed text in a mumbling monotone. He also
didn't know the rules, fudged against us, looked like he didn't want to
be there, and insulted the players. Both games I actually left half-way
through, pretending I had to be somewhere else. I'll give you two
hours, but that's it.
your all-time favorite person to game with? It has to
be my friend Colin, just ahead of the rest of my group. Colin is one of
those players who, well, he loves the game so much. He LOVES it. And he
loves his fellow players for coming, and his GM for showing up, and
because he loves it, he gives his all to every single scene and
session. And he talks about the game
when we're not playing, and he hugs me when I tell him I'm going to run
something again, and he draws pictures and transcribes our recordings,
and he makes you feel that the game is cooler than any comic, any movie
or anything in the universe. With that kind of excitement, the game
cannot help but rock, and in that kind of loving atmosphere, I just
want to run or play forever. When he GMs, and it's my turn to act in
the intitiative order, he looks at me as if he cannot wait to see how
awesome I'm going to be. It's difficult to imagine a more positive,
comforting and inspiring experience, in any circumstances, anywhere.
have anything gaming-related to plug? I'm currently
working for Black Industries
on the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying game. Please check out my work on Children
of the Horned Rat and the forthcoming Night's
Dark Masters. All my work is collected at www.steved.org, so
check that out too - it has heaps of new rules for WFRP (including a
new setting), NPC monsters and stuff for Buffy, and my somewhat famous
indie Matrix RPG "There Is No Spoon" (http://www.steved.org/rp_rules_tins.html).
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