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Your name: Ang D.
Location: Lakes Region, NH
Age: 24
Sex: F

Pets: A jenday conure, Jupiter. He's going to be 3 in November, and he's just as much a handful as any kid that age.

Religion: Wiccan (solitary practitioner).

Education: College ... English major, Creative Writing minor - if only because my college dropped the CW major the year before I got there.

Hobbies/Activities: Drawing, sewing (mostly costumes), prop-making, and cooking.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? With friends, and ideally my fiance, either at a movie, or just hanging out, knowing that we don't really have any place we need to be. Also, if there are awesome sandwiches involved, that's a big plus.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? Finishing my first novel with my fiance - the town we've created for it has taken on a life of its own. Sometimes I think it's more of a home to me than where I really live, because I know it so well.

What is your most prized physical possession? A carved wooden plaque that my father found beneath the shingles of our old house, when he was redoing the roof - someone in my family placed it there when the house was built as a good-luck charm. It's in the shape of a shield, with a man holding a bow in one hand and an arrow in the other. I brought it with me when we moved, and now it's hanging on the wall near my altar.

What is your favorite word? Pamplemousse - it's the French word for grapefruit.

How many languages do you speak? Two. French and English. The French is
degrading though, since I don't get to use it often.

What is your favorite time of year, and why? Fall. New England's great for that...
plus, well, Halloween! You can't beat that.

Did you have any embarassing nicknames as a kid? Oh, god. My mother called me Engine and my grandmother called me Peanut. I have absolutely no idea where either nickname came from, but they annoyed the heck out of me, even back then.

What are three things you can't live without? My MP3 player (I need music like some people need coffee), four D6 (good for GURPS or ghetto Fudge!), and a pencil and paper (those count as one, right?). If I can't scribble or doodle, I get a little neurotic sometimes.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an animator for the longest time, actually - until my junior year of high school. Then I realized that I liked making up characters and writing about them just as much as I liked drawing them - and I was a little better at the writing.

What is one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you could? Spending too much time in college worrying what people thought of me, and not going out and doing the things I really wanted, as a result. The biggest thing I wish I'd done was to have my own radio show.

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 purple background, with a yin-yang symbol in the middle ... only, the yin-yang is outlined in grey, with a grey lightning-bolt through it, perpendicular to the split between the black and white. It's the symbol of one of the organizations in my novel, and it's come to represent the necessity of chaos in balance.

What is your favorite TV show/movie? The Venture Brothers. I could go on and on about how it's one of the few cartoons in existance that's still well-done in just about every way ... but honestly, after a horrible day/week/what have you, it never fails to cheer me up.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. Dr. Percy Cross, the ship/crew medic in a GURPS game that a good friend of mine has been running for
a few years now, based off the Godzilla movies. He's one of those
diamond-in-the-rough types who's more than willing to snark someone out, but
while he's knocking them down, he'll be subtly holding out a hand to help them
up. An alcoholic with a short fuse, he got bounced around from base to base before
ending up with his current team, and he had no idea what he was up against when he was transferred. The first night I played him in-game, the party was on leave in Switzerland, and he ended up going out drinking with the team archaeologist and slugging a UN attache...
which landed him a night in the brig, and the wrath of just about everyone else in the

Since then, he's been trying to redeem himself - though he hasn't had too much luck, what with a botched First Aid roll that ended up killing off one of the best NPCs in the plot arc. Slowly but surely, he's getting the hang of this whole "chase and stop the big crazy radioactive monsters" thing, and he considers everyone in the party his colleagues ... even if he's not about to say it out loud to all of them. Most of his stat strength lies in medical skills - surgery, first aid, diagnosis, biology, that sort of thing. He's got some decent points in brawling, though, as well as tactics and "people-reading" skills. He's also decent at baseball and basketball .... my GM can tell you how creative I can get in trying to use them to up his dex. Sometimes it even works....

What are your favorite RPGs? I recently played a throw-together game of Murphy's World that was absolutely hysterical, and I'd love to try my hand at that again. I'm very fond of the GURPS and Fudge systems for their ease and flexibility. I'm GM for a sporadic episodic campaign of Men in Black ... and though I like how flexible the rules are, I'm currently trying to find a way to make the combat a little more interesting.

What was your first RPG session like? I had just gotten out of work and decided to swing by the local game store to check for my comics, and the same group I'd seen there every week was there. I went over on a whim to say hello, and one of the girls asked if I wanted to sit in and watch, and visit. The rest was history, and I met some of the best friends I've ever known that night. I went back the next week with a character sheet in hand - since a lot of the other characters were homages to existing characters (Jack Sparrow, Vash, House, Baldrick from Blackadder...) I made a mashup of someone from Venture Brothers, and joined them for a Dr. Who-based GURPS game, in which we ended up running from Daleks and getting into all kinds of misadventures. Everyone was very welcoming, and more than happy to fill me in on the rules - a big difference from my past attempts at gaming, when I'd been told I wouldn't be able to grasp it all. Then again, that was D&D, and to this day, I'm still not fond of it as a result. Sadly, the store we met in has closed its doors recently, but the lot of us still try to get together and play when we can.

What was your WORST RPG session like? Most of them have been, by and large, very good games. However, there was a LARP I was involved in that could have gone a lot better. It started out well, and then started to steadily roll downhill. I personally would chalk it up to the fact that people kept changing their minds about why they wanted to play, the communication as characters was rather poor, and most of us had been awake since 6 AM at a game that was finally wrapped up at around 11:30 at night. Honestly, by the end of it, I was confused as to the actual plot, exhausted, and just wanted to go and crash. One of the players lost his temper over being the "fall guy" and took it far too seriously, and all in all, it was hardly an enjoyable endeavor by the time we were done.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? All of the crew at Gaming Club are terrific. I wasn't expecting them to be so receptive to a girl who was two years out of college ... I can honestly say that there are only maybe three or four people out of at least 20 I've played with that I cringe over - the usual rules-lawyers, power players, and marathon off-topic folks. However, I gotta admit, I've got a real soft spot for Kathy and Jamie ... (Hi guys!) ... they're a terrific couple and a lot of fun to be around, even when you're not gaming.


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