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Your name: Jen Schoonover
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Age: 33
Sex: Female

Family: Married to Dan, with a kid named Hannali, we bought the house and moved in my parents and my brother.

Pets: 5 cats, 2 goldfish

Religion: Pagan

Political party/affiliation: Don't remember

Education: Graduated from Binghamton University in NY State many moons ago.

Hobbies/Activities: Herbalism, gardening, treasure-hunting, dumpster-diving, art, writing, and home-schooling

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? No...

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? Bought a house with no money

What is your favorite time of year, and why? Late spring,
cause I can walk in the woods and the brambles haven't covered
everything yet

Did you have any embarassing nicknames as a kid?
I grew up as "Psycho" from seventh grad until well after
I graduated

What makes you cry? Oh, I'm a weeper at just about anything with a bittersweet sadness or truly happy moment.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? I'd like the power of imagination turned real. Call it "Chaos Theory."

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

What is your favorite mode of transportation? Walking

What is one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you could? I would have spent all those wasted teenage years learning more mad skillz.

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? A red hand on a brown and green diagonally cut background

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. Call of Cthulhu, 1920s: My fave character was this 50-year old steel baron from
Pittsburgh whose son vanished and he met up with the rest of
the group in Innsmouth looking for him. His son was eventually
found, but there was evidence that on the next full moon, he'd
be attacked by a Hound of Tindalos. So I had an inspiration and
my character and the rest of the group took his son to a silo,
then made sure there were no angles in the building, save for the
grain door. The second the Hound dropped in, we shut the door, then
blasted the heck out of it. Later, we boarded a train and stole the Necronomicon. He was fun.

What are your favorite RPGs? CoC is one of my favorite RPG's from other publishers. My own game, Chaos Universiy is my favorite of all time.

What was your first RPG session like? I was about 15 and a group of 25-30 year olds who liked me let me sit in on a D&D session. It was a mess, because I totally didn't understand game mechanics; I'd just ask which dice I should roll and whether I should roll high or low. I never actually did learn the game mechanics well. Still don't know D&D mechanics to this day.

What was your WORST RPG session like? We had one where the GM walked out because we weren't going in the direction he wanted us to go. That was annoying.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? My brother rocks. He's only played with me as a GM, but we enable each other so well.

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? I'm the owner/operator of FireWater Productions (www.firewaterpro.com) and have been in the industry for over ten years. I was once a creative designer and editor for West End Games and since then have been credited in over 50 supplements from over a dozen companies. I do freelance editing at a discount for other game companies and am always looking for more work. Fame does not equal fortune, apparently.


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