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Your name: Owen "loopy" McRae
Location: Central Coast, NSW, Australia
Age: 19
Sex: M

Family: I'm part of the basic nuclear family. I have two happily married parents, and a 16 year old sister who is getting much to popular with the guys for my liking.

Religion: Christian, for going on eight years now. I also happen to be a Youth Leader at my church.

Political party/affiliation: I tend to be a fairly liberal sort of guy, but hey, it comes with being young.

Education: Having completed High School, I am currently studying Information Technology in college, though considering switching to multimedia.

Hobbies/Activities: I play video games as a hobby, both for entertainment and in leagues.

Community service: I've been a Youth Leader at my local church for almost a year now.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently
living, in your parents' basement?
Well, my family doesn't have a
basement, but yes, I am still living at home.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? Anything from
kicking back with mates at the pub to going down to Sydney and hitting
the clubs. Sitting at home relaxing is also an awesome way to spend a

What is your favorite word? Entropy. Fun to say, and it sums up my lifestyle.

What is the most frightening thing you've ever done? I'm claustrophobic, so when I was told that I had to lay cabling underneath a school (with less than 50cm clearway at the best of times), I freaked out slightly.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? I'm quite happy with some of my Photoshop work, been teaching myself to use the program.

How many languages do you speak? Only English, with the vague intention to learn another language at some point. I'll have to before I head to Europe.

What is your favorite time of year, and why? I like winter, because it doesn't get that cold where I live, but early summer has to be the best time of year, nothing beats the girls at the beach.

What is your most prized physical possession? I'd have to say my computer. I get lost without access to the internet.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wouldn't mind an extra couple points in Charisma, if you catch my drift.

Did you have any embarassing nicknames as a kid? I used to be known as "Unco Owen". I was fairly lanky and unco-ordinated while growing up. I never really minded it, because at first I thought people were calling me "uncle".

What was your favorite toy as a child? I had a teddy bear that sat on a shelf next to my bed for about 15 years of my life. I'm afraid to say that I've lost him now though.

What is your favorite section of the newspaper? Everything that doesn't focus on celebrities and sport.

What are three things you can't live without? Probably my computer, my car, and junk food.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? I would probably choose something along the lines of Empathy or Mind Reading. I'd love to be able to get inside someones head and find out what they were thinking.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A high roller. As a kid I always wanted to be one of the guys who was so rich he could throw money around.

What is your favorite mode of transportation? Probably my car, old and beaten up though it may be, it generally gets me where I am going.

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? If there is ever a utopian future with holodecks and replicators, sign me up.

What is one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you could? The amount of effort I put into high school. I was a slacker, unfortunately.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? Go travelling around Europe. I have family in Scotland and Sweden, so when I get out there it should be awesome.

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? I will answer your question and raise you a question: Is the skull and crossbones taken?

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. My favorite character of all time is still a lowly level 2 in the D&D 3.5 edition. He is a rogue, named Tenet
"Duc de" Khan. Minor nobility, merchant, spy, an all around joker. He is based off the
character Silk from the David Eddings books, with a few minor differences.

So far, only about half of the party has figured out his real name, as he tends to
introduce himself under an alias. I invented a different alter-ego for every character
introduction. He has been an absolute blast to play. Tenet also has the dubious
distinction of being hit by every single sharp and pointy object that comes his way,
whether it be trap, monster, falling masonry, or who knows what else. Its a dangerous
business, being party scout.

What are your favorite RPGs? I haven't actually played any of it, but the world of Vampire: The Masquerade really resonates with me. A dark version of todays world where everything is slightly bleaker, and dark creatures roam the streets at night, pulling the strings of the world. Also, the Dungeons & Dragons games are favorites of mine, with Forgotten Realms being my preferred setting.

What was your first RPG session like? It was a zombiegeddon D&D game played over MSN messenger (note: all my games have been played over the internet, due to lack of interest around my area). I started a warrior with a very simple backstory that I intended to flesh out as the game progressed. Anyway, our party consisted of the basic nuclear fighter/cleric/mage/rogue combo, with the token munchkin elven axiomatic druid whosiwatsit (sorry if I'm getting too technical ^-^).

Anyway, we were all sitting in a bar in some port city, when a bloodied sailor (actually a zombie) stumbled through the door and started ripping chunks out of a barmaids arm. Trying to RP, I drew my mace and clocked the guy around the head, trying to knock him out but not kill him. Obviously, he was a zombie, so that didn't work very well.

The rest of the adventurers finish of the sailor, and after carrying the wounded barmaid into the back room of the inn (while she was there, she turned and bit me, but I neglected to tell the party that). After that, myself and the cleric looked through the front door to see the city in chaos, with zombies everywhere. We freak out and rush to bar the doors and windows when there came a commotion from the back room. Several people run into the inn, chased by more zombies.

At this point things kind of broke down. While I tried to get all the patrons of the inn upstairs to (relative) safety, the druid fired his bow into the crowd of civilians, missing all the zombies and killing the elven child. The cleric yelled at him for that, so... he turned his bow on the cleric.

So, by the time the DM plead insanity, the situation was interesting, to say the least. My fighter had managed to get the civilians on to the roof, though I had neglected to fetch supplies. The cleric, mage, rogue, and druid were surrounded by zombies, with the druid trying to convince the DM that what he had ACTUALLY meant by "I shoot my bow at the Cleric" was "I follow the warrior to the roof". The DM caved, and the party made it to the roof, with no food.

....Oh yeah, and as the night approached, I volunteered to take watch, turned into a zombie and bit the druid. Interesting game session all around.

What was your WORST RPG session like? Although you may think that the above RPG session was my worst ever, I'd have to say it was this one time where a munchkin was a CN mage who was really CE. My character (a rogue) and the party cleric had a bet to see if we could make the character laugh. The cleric cast some minor spell to lighten the wizards mood. In retaliation the wizard pretty much unleashed hell on the cleric, taking her down to -4 hp. Then the player justified his actions by saying he was playing to character. This, amongst other things, caused me to lose it with this guy, and I yelled at him for quite a while.

He ended up leaving the group, good riddance.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? Probably my mate Millsy. He's running his first campaign at the moment, and aside from some small drama with one of the players, it has been an absolute blast.

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? I am always looking for a game, either on the internet or in person, as long as its in the GMT+10 timezone I'm happy. Give me a yell at
tol_barak@hotmail.com and we'll talk.


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