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.
party/affiliation: Independent with Democratic leanings.
Pets: 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).
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.
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.
service: I've worked at some animal rescues places in
Louis. I've also donated my time and efforts to a variety of charities
the Camarilla (White Wolf's official fan club), helping to raise money
charity auctions or public service when I am able.
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
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).
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).
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.
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.
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
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
don't often have characters that I continue to talk about long after
but there is one that still holds fondness for me, a Brujah Anarch
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,
just a loud-mouthed bastard. Before then I was actually quite a shy
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
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 184.108.40.206., 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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