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Your name: Lee Williams, sometimes known as Morthrai on the net.
Location: Worcestershire, England.
Age: 43
Sex: Male

Pets: None, although I do like animals. When I was a kid we had canaries and budgies but I'm probably more of a cat person.

Religion: Usually I claim Pastafarianism, aka Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. In actuality I'm what you could call a lapsed Buddhist, I like the idea but it's often hard putting it into practice!

Political party/affiliation: Left of centre, generally. Never did like the party system though.

Education:Typical British working-class comprehensive skool type, which I hated more or less constantly. I still love to learn but I really couldn't stand the actual education system. I don't have any kids but if I did and they wanted to learn through alternative means I'd be more than willing.

Hobbies/Activities: Music, reading, writing, movies, real ale. Answering questionnaires off the web ?

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? Nope, but our house didn't have one.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? Gaming all
afternoon and evening after a late start on Saturday. Sleeping in
on Sunday and joining my brother and friends for a beer on
Sunday evening.

What is the most frightening thing you've ever done?
Probably trying to ride a borrowed motorcycle up Glastonbury
Tor. It's pretty steep, quite apart from the fact that it's illegal to use
motor vehicles there! I still have a scar on my left shin from that incident.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? Realising that I was an idiot when I was younger and taking steps to correct the problem. I now have a great many friends rather than just a handful.

How many languages do you speak? Apart from English, I can just about get by in German, French and Spanish. I also know a teeny bit of Japanese.

What is your favorite time of year, and why? The winter, because there's just something special about the quality of light on a freezing cold but bright sunny winters day.

What is your most prized physical possession? Definitely my book collection, I couldn't pick just one though.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I could do with being more tolerant of others sometimes.

What was your favorite toy as a child? Lego, I couldn't get enough of it!

What are three things you can't live without? Reading, friends, and real ale.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an astronaut but not being American, Russian or a scientist it didn't work out!

What is your favorite mode of transportation? Trains, you just sit there and let the world zoom by the window.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? A round the world trip to visit all the people I have met on the intarwebbs in person. That would be a heck of a ride!

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? It would be a plain black background with a portrait of Howard Chaykin's comics character Reuben Flagg. A Flagg flag if you will! (Sorry!)

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. Well, even though I'm not the game's number one fan it has to be my first
Hackmaster character, a Halfling thief named Ruskin Bodger.
I even managed to get up to level 9, more by luck than
anything else.

Probably his greatest moment was in an aerial combat with
some creatures (I think they were Gryphons but I'm not entirely
sure). As the combat was taking place in a huge subterranean cavern,
Bodger sneaks up the wall utilizing his Slippers of Spider Climb and a Cloak of Invisibility.

Having reached high enough to join the action, he launched himself off the wall, plummeting down directly on to the back of one of the creatures. Now, by this time he was high enough level that he was dealing extra damage for a successful backstab, and an invisible Halfling falling from the roof counts as successful. Having dealt the creature a mortal blow, he then leapt off its falling body, and onto another enemy's back. That one was a tougher nut to crack however, so Bodger decided to leave the scene at a convenient point. Unfortunately, the cleric chose that moment to fumble and drop his Mace of Bashing…onto Bodger's head. Ow.

What are your favorite RPGs? Traveller, Call of Cthulhu, Delta Green, Dark Conspiracy.. There are many others I enjoy immensely but those are the top ones.

What was your first RPG session like? Wow, that's going back a long way…it was original AD&D, a classic dungeon crawl at the weekly gaming club at the YMCA in Worcester. I was about 14 and I was the party fighter I think.

What was your WORST RPG session like? There was one time we gathered at a friend's place for our then-regular session. It didn't work out too well, because the GM's girlfriend and the host's fiancée had decided to drop LSD and were just in a total silly state. Added to that, a couple of the others were stoners anyway so there was a haze in the building. Obviously, nobody was paying attention and the couple of us who were clean and sober were getting very uncomfortable. I made my excuses and left.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? Well, out of my personal friends I'd have to say Paul Hims, Andrew Cain, Ed Butler and Andrew Taylor. As for people I've gamed with at conventions: Mike Mason, Matt Nixon and Andrew Simmons.

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? I'm a member of the team that's currently working on a full revision and re-edit of the old GDW game Dark Conspiracy. It's a slow process as there aren't many of us and we are spread across the globe, but hopefully it will get done!


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