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Your name: Eddy Webb
Location: St. Louis, MO
Age: 31
Sex: Male

Family: I am married to a lovely woman (also a gamer) named Michelle, and we have a roommate named David that lives with us. My mother lives in Avon, OH with my stepfather. I have no siblings, but a half-sister and two half-brothers that I rarely see.

Political party/affiliation: Independent with Democratic leanings.

We have two cats -- a gray cat named Greebo and an orange cat named Claudius. We also have a hyperactive pug dog named Puck (after the Shakespearean character, not the Marvel superhero).

Education: I graduated high school from Admiral King High School (now Lorain Admiral King) in Lorain, OH in 1993. Although I learned about gaming in elementary, high school is when my gaming really took off (and, of course, when I had to deal with the most confusion and conflict
regarding my hobby). I went to college at the University of Akron for one year, before moving to Lorain County Community College and starting the gaming group there. I am now taking the occasional class at Washington University in St. Louis, changing my major from Television
Production to English Literature.

Hobbies/Activities: Reading (lots of genres, but mostly fiction), writing fiction and RPGs, professional wrestling, working out (we have a personal trainer that comes twice a week to our home), watching television, traveling.

Community service: I've worked at some animal rescues places in St.
Louis. I've also donated my time and efforts to a variety of charities through
the Camarilla (White Wolf's official fan club), helping to raise money through
charity auctions or public service when I am able.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? No. My parents lived in an older house, with a dirt basement that I was only barely able to stand up in. If I were forced to live in the basement, I'm fairly sure it would violate some public health laws. Actually, I lived on my own as soon as I went to college (the first time) and haven't lived with my parents since.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? Originally, it was simply becoming a publisher writer, but since that time I think my two favorite accomplishments have to be writing my own RPG pretty much from the ground up (Midway City) and being nominated for an industry award (Origins Award, Best RPG of the Year 2003).

What is your favorite time of year, and why? The fall. I dislike the summer because it's often too hot, and I dislike the winter because it's often too cold, but I like being able to wear a light jacket, watching the trees change color, and enjoying all of the food that fall brings (like pumpkin pie and roast turkey).

Did you have any embarrassing nicknames as a kid? Given that my last name is Webb, I got an endless supply of Spider-Man-based nicknames as a child: Webhead, Webby, Spidey and the like. For a while I actually hated Spider-Man as a result, but eventually I got past that. However, those nicknames still drive me up a wall.

What did you want to be when you grew up? It sounds cliche, but I always wanted to be a writer. Even when I was 10 I joined a "Young Authors" program and wrote my own book for public display. I tried to direct my passion into other (more salable) areas over the course of my life, but my first love has always been writing, and it's sad that it took me over 15 years to finally just do what I love.

If you could pick any other time period to live in, which would it be, and why? The mid-to-late 1800s. Both in American and in England, I am in love with that time period, and cannot read enough fiction and non-fiction books based in or detailing that era. A close second is the time period between Prohibition and World War II in America.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. I actually
don't often have characters that I continue to talk about long after they're gone,
but there is one that still holds fondness for me, a Brujah Anarch named
Watanabe Takashi that I played in Mind's Eye Theatre: Masquerade (2nd edition
to the end of the first WoD line). He was half-Japanese, half-Caucasian, and
just a loud-mouthed bastard. Before then I was actually quite a shy person
and uncomfortable with speaking in groups or being mean to people, but
playing Taki really helped me realize that not only did I have something to say,
but that other people would listen to me. The character was incredibly fun as I
played him for about four years, but as I played him I constantly learned more
about myself as well.

What are your favorite RPGs?
I primarily play the Mind's Eye Theatre line of Live-Action games. Beyond that, I have a number of favorite RPGs: Exalted, D&D 3rd edition, Deadlands, Cyberpunk, Star Wars D6, Over The Edge, FUDGE, the PDQ system, the Marvel Super Heroes RPG, Mutants & Masterminds, Top Secret S.I., and a variety of others.

What was your first RPG session like? My first RPG session was done using the "red box"
version of Dungeons & Dragons. I was the DM. It was terrible -- we had no idea what we were doing, and completely messed up the rules. However, the possibilities were fantastic, and I was instantly hooked.

What was your WORST RPG session like? Playing in an RPGA tournament round in the late 80s. It was my first experience with playing a pregenerated characters, and the players were so obsessed with scoring points to progress rather than enjoying the game that I eventually just sat there, rolling dice, until the event was over. I haven't played a roleplaying game competitively since.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? My wife, Michelle. Partially because she's my wife and I love doing things that involve her, but also because her gaming style is so compatible with my own. We've been gaming together for almost eight years now, so we're very comfortable with each other as players. We even briefly played antagonists against each other.

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? I've been blessed with the opportunity to write the Mind's Eye Theatre version of Mage: The Awakening for White Wolf, due out next summer. That's where a lot of my time is dedicated, and I hope that live-action players will find the product to be a worthwhile addition to the line.


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