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Your name: Ryan Viergutz. (My gosh that feels weird to say for something that's on the Net.)
Location: I live in southern Minnesota, the sort of area where nothing really happens. The Cities seem much more interesting.
Age: 24
Sex: Male

Family: I live at home with Mom, Dad and my sister.

Pets: We have one right now, a cat, Bela. He (or we think it's a he; if it's a she, she's Bella with two Ls) is a lot more mellow than Gizmo, the cranky old hothead survivor of a cat we had before him.

Political party/affiliation: I like to say I'm a benevolent anarchist. It's another way to say civil disobedience, but my rebellious hacker side thinks anarchy sounds cool. A little chaos, minus the looting and pillaging and other unpleasantries, helps everyone, you know?

Hobbies/Activities: For about three or four years, I've changed my main hobby of writing novels into a part time job that hasn't made any money yet. I've been glancing at other things, like drawing, filmmaking, ghost hunting and storm chasing, but my other main hobby is the Internet. There's just so much information.

How many languages do you speak? Some Spanish, some German. I plan to learn more.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? For a few years now, I've roamed around down the
basement as often as I'm upstairs or on the second floor of the house. I don't
exactly live down there, but it's where I do many of my lazy hobby activities.
The basement's a very fun place to run the occasional Starcraft LAN Party.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? This is definitely a party
with the friends, whether for the new year, a roleplaying marathon or a LAN
party. I'm eyeing conventions at some point, but I adore a groovy pair of days
with anywhere from two to five friends. Less involves a console game rather than the PC; more and I diminish to the background.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? I completed my first novel half a year ago. Now I know that I have the capability, and geez, the ability to work on a project for more than a year.

What is your favorite word? I used to love the word eccentric, but I'm a little different than that now. Anything that looks a little wrong - pseudopod or anemone - fascinate me. I think frell (e.g. frelling) is the ultimate swear word, and some of my friends copy me because I use it so

What is your favorite time of year, and why? I'm a Minnesotan and that's my answer. Within the state of Minnesota, the weather changes so often that you can't get used to what it is. There's only two things that stay the same; it's cold, and it's windy. It's a weird damn state, but I like it.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I'm a perfectionist. It has its strengths... but argh. Why so intense of a one?

Did you have any embarassing nicknames as a kid? Gryan and Petey. I don't know where either one of them originated. One of my friends uses the name "G", a reference to a weasel character I once played on a Sonic SatAM RPG.

What is your favorite section of the newspaper? Arts and entertainment. I find it more fun than the funnies.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? The answer changes often, but I think stealth and invisibility would be fun. Or telekinesis.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a paleontologist, and wow, I haven't thought of that for a while. I adored dinosaurs; I still do.

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? The romantic Middle Ages or Renaissance, though anything romantic and beautiful would rock. Yes, they can't exist; yes, utopias often aren't. A romantic world would be. My ultimate world for a while, and I'm not sure it still isn't, is from Gordon Dickson's Dragon Knight series.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? I want to remodel and
live within an ancient medieval castle.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
Kiriath the Intrigleeman on a Wheel of Time RP and Dogo the Trickster on various MU*s.
They're the same character, but slightly different. They have an ungodly range
of boggling powers and really don't do much with any of them. When I play them,
I'm playing me as I would be if I was an manipulative illusionist with
shapeshifting powers.

What? It makes sense. Some of my favorite sessions occurred with Carramaena
L'var and a rogue mage with an astonishing bust. It was flirting and kooky intrigue, even if I suspect Carra was older than me and the player of the rogue mage was a guy.

What are your favorite RPGs? Exalted the Dragon-Blooded, the Angel RPG, Mage the Ascension 2nd Edition and Videoland MUSH. I love tabletop games strongly, but MU*s are fun too.

What was your first RPG session like? What game did you play, and where did you play it?
I think my first tabletop involved an evil party (eek) where I was the third wheel to two guys who had a very strong dynamic. It wasn't as though I didn't know them or anything, because my cousin was one of them, but I felt reluctant to play tabletop games for a while after that.

RPGs blur together for me, as I played on the Wheel of Time game for a long time and started MUSHing across a set of Dragon Dice within a dining room.

What was your WORST RPG session like? What made it so bad? I... have had frustrating many of these. I'll just say "typical D&D".

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? John and Eric are very fun to play with. They're my best friends, so there's no surprise!

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? Two stones with one bird! I have a livejournal at http://www.livejournal.com/users/jesterjoker with a link to a bulletin board for a gaming club for the college.


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