Doug Burke (a.k.a. "Dougals")
Lake City, UT
I live with my wife (Aja) our kids (Greg, Morgan, Madison, Korben
& Harleigh), who range in age from 8 years to 8 weeks old, and
my brother (Randy).
Three cats (Blackie, Smokey and Circe)
Nonpracticing Catholic, First Disciple of the No Movement Movement (the
world's laziest religion).
Affiliation: None, really, although I tend to vote more
Democrat and Libertarian...
Finished High School, took some
college and decided to concentrate on other things after a very
frustrating experience with an eco-nazi instructor who thought "A
Critical Introduction to Film" was the perfect platform for forcing her
views on deforestation on people. ;-/
Reading, Drawing, Writing (short
fiction), Star Trek, Star Wars, Collecting useless trivia.
Service: Proud member of the Benevolent &
Protective Order of Elks, and currently an officer (Leading Knight) at
my local lodge.
test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living,
in your parents' basement? Yes. For about a year before
I got married the first time.
your accomplishments are you the most happy with? Providing
the rough maps for Decipher's "Worlds" sourcebook for the Star Trek
Roleplaying Game. My four years of service as Decipher's RPG Net Rep
(hated how the company handled the line, but enjoyed helping folks out).
your favorite time of year, and why? Late spring.
Because it's just right temperature wise and things seem to be looking
your most prized physical possession? Plastic Green
Lantern ring autographed by Martin Nodell (GL's creator back in the
have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do?
Oh yeah. I can generally name any Star Trek or Star Trek TNG episode
currently playing by epsiode name within 30 seconds.
could have one superpower - or be one superhero - which power would you
pick, or which hero would you be? Single power:
Superspeed. Super hero: Green Lantern.
you want to be when you grew up? A comic book artist.
could pick any time period to live in - including the future - which
would it be and why? For novelty value, perhaps during
World War II, although I'm too attached to my electronics to really
live there. If I could be assured of a Star Trek-like future, I'd live
the one thing you want to do before you die? Go to New
York. Never been there and would love to go.
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
There are so many! And they're like my kids. I can't really pick a
favorite. However, like a parent, some are slightly more favorite than
others. I'd have to narrow it to two:
First, Shea O'Brion
(male human warrior). First created 20 years ago for AD&D
1E, ported since to both 2E and 3E (now a Rog 1/Ftr 13/Rgr 2). Shea
as a street punk, trained in galditorial games, took up adevnturing,
own keep after clearing it of undead and ogres (but not undead ogres),
wife and kids, moved to the Forgotten Realms and became an officer in
Waterdeep Watch. I still use him as an NPC in my D&D games.
Best quote: "My
sword is sharp, so I don't have to be!"
Secondly, Nork the
Not-Dying. Started as a throw-away NPC in a AD&D 2E adventure
from Dungeon magazine who pleaded for his life so
eloquently and heartbreakingly that the party adopted this goblin as
their party mascot. Later got his hands on a Luck Blade with remaining
wishes and through his own badly-worded wishes, became serially
immortal (hence "the Not-Dying"). Has been a minotaur, centaur,
quaggoth, sprite, pixie, kender, flind and ogre mage. Has a pure heart
and slow way of speaking (although in goblinish, he's Sir Lawrence
Olivier). once started an argument with a PC that lasted two-hours of
playing time and ended with most of the party agreeing with Nork that
the paladin was "da bad guy".
Memorable Quote: "Oh no!
Me forget how make people see me!"
What are your favorite
RPGs? Star Trek (Decipher's CODA System), Silver Age
What was your WORST RPG
session like? Right after high school, I had a friend
who couldn't separate "RPG" from "Self-crafted fan fiction". In Marvel
Superheroes, we fought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and couldn't
even give our own reactions to what was happening...
Who is your all-time
favorite person to game with? Randy Burke (my brother),
Len Streeper (best friend from high school, with a friendship old
enough to drink), Don Mappin (one of the best GMs I've met) and Marc
Jentzsch (Best. Roleplayer. Ever.).
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