name: Anthony McCloud, or "Cordaen"
Wife (Jessica), sons Liam (6) and Joey (2)
Ivy, my wife's baby Pug (8 weeks at the time of this writing)
is fun to study & debate
BS Comp Sci from Graceland University, numerous IT Certifications
Hobbies/Activities: web design, game design, camping,
mason activities, playing with my kids
service: AF&AM Rising Sun Lodge #13, KCMO; Harp
& Shamrock of Kansas City
test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living,
in your parents' basement? Of course, before I turned
18. Then I moved out to attend college. I have kept a respectable home
of my own accord ever since, being also the sole provider for my wife
your favorite way to spend a weekend? With good friends,
good food, a pint of stout, and a fine set of dice.
the most frightening thing you've ever done? An old
tuberculosis hospital, built in the late 1800s, and having been
abandoned for over 30 years, was quite the temptation for us as young
persons, what with tales of haunting & strange goings-on. I
would say that visiting this old building was frightening not for its
intrinsic appeal, but for the building's location. It was neighbored by
a state correctional facility & the National Guard armory.
Access to the building meant crawling on belly through a mile of trees
along the prison's service road, being ever mindful of the streetlights
guard patrols. The building has since been demolished.
your accomplishments are you the most happy with?
Graduating college in 4 years while working full-time &
providing for a wife
your first word? "Cookie."
your favorite word? Flabbergasted.
languages do you speak? 3 - English, Eldanar, and
your favorite time of year, and why? Autumn, hands down.
The vibrant colors, the scents in the air, there is nothing better than
a cool, crisp October evening, beneath a full harvest moon singing
raucous & bawdy songs with your friends & loved one
around a blazing campfire.
your most prized physical possession? My lambskin, my
family claymore, and heirlooms from now-deceased relatives.
could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I actually just changed it several weeks ago? I quit smoking! Now I'm a
little discouraged about my weight; doing IT work for a living makes
one a bit sedentary. I know it could be changed, if I would just do it.
have any embarrassing nicknames as a kid? "Amphie." My
poor cousin, at the tender age of 2, could not pronounce my name of
Anthony, so it came out "Amphie." And, being that he's my elder, the
name stuck as time went on.
your favorite toy as a child? I was that kid who enjoyed
playing more with the box than the toy inside it. My favorite toys
consisted of cardboard scraps, popsicle sticks, empty paper towel
tubes, and various other household items. I made weapons &
tools of all shape & size.
you cry? Loss of loved ones, things of a sad nature.
your favorite section of the newspaper? The "funnies."
have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do?
I know how to play the mouth harp. (y'know that little metal thingey
that you put up to your mouth & you pluck it & it goes
"boing boing boing?" Yeah, that!)
three things you can't live without? I've become quite
attached to my technology, so I'd say PDA, laptop, and MP3 player.
could be one superhero, which hero would you be? There
was an X-Man (now deceased, I believe), named Morph. His power was very
similar in nature to that of Mystique, in that he could morph his
appearance into that of any person he saw. This, IMHO, would be the
best (and most dangerous) power to have.
you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an
astronaut! Fly high into space, and discover things no-one had ever
discovered before! But then my career counselor said "look, you're a
Missourian, scale it down a bit." So then I wanted to work in a
shoe-shop. HA! No, really, I wanted to be a writer.
your favorite mode of transportation? Cars. RV, if I had
could pick any other time period to live in - including the future -
which would it be, and why? 1900-1920s, flappers, zoot
suits, speakeasys, Cthulian mythos, what's not to like?
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
Being a DM/Storyteller, I have the pleasure of playing many a great
character. One of
my absolute favorites was during a (old) World of Darkness campaign, a
7th Generation Ravnos named Josiah. Josiah is of Romani heritage,
been born into bondage during the mid 1600s, and brought into darkness
age of 23.
His back-story stretches
the breadth of 22 pages (12pt. Arial, single-spaced),
and will not be brought much into this article. But I enjoy him because
with him feels like dealing with the proverbial "devil." He is
and debonair in his 3-piece Armani, and hell-in-a-trenchcoat on his
Neither a heel, nor a face, villain nor hero, yet all in equal
portions. He is a man who can get things done. He can find what you
want, be who you want, and do anything you want. He is equally
dangerous on the war-torn streets, as well as the boardroom, and has
been the angel and bane of many a PC. Not so much as a villain, mind
you after all, he is quite a likeable guy, with a pretty devastating
past history (among other things, surviving as a Kindred during the
Inquisition, and surviving as a Rom during the Holocaust).
A deal with this master
of deception breeds well the possibility of fame and fortune, and some
have found their pot of gold at the end of his rainbow. But all things
come at a price. Question for you is, is it worth it? "Trust me, it's
foolproof. What'dya got ta lose?"
your favorite RPGs? I enjoy the White Wolf line (old and
new) a lot. That's probably my number 1 line, with Old WoD
being higher than New. Next would be D&D
3.5. Also are a few older, smaller, not-so-well-known lines - Alternity,
Noir, Chill, Lunch Money, and Illuminati.
Oh, and I cannot stay away from Munchkin. It's
not technically an RPG, but man, is it fun!
your first RPG session like? I was 8 years old, and I
was in my uncle?s care (parents went out of town, or something. I don?t
recall). He took me to a local used-books store, where he would meet
with friends & play Advanced Dungeons &
Dragons. I watched for a little while, and was hooked. He
brought me back the next week, and I rolled up my first character,
LeThir the Devious, an Elven Thief. I believe it was a Darksun
campaign, there were a lot of Thri-Kreens, and a lot of sandstorms.
your WORST RPG session like? I was an AST for a
sanctioned WoD(Cam) LARP in KC back in '01, over
50 players in attendance. We were playing at a dry venue, but a group
of players had ridden together, and brought several bottles of hard
liquor in the trunk of their car. Periodically, one or two would go OOC
and step outside. One or two then turned into 10-15. Now, you have to
realize that this was a group of drunken 40-something rednecks who
dress up like vampires on their Saturday night, not the most
"socially-adept" bunch in the world. It was drama central! I was only
19 at the time, and the majority of the players & coordinators
were under 25. It was the first time I had called the cops because the
ADULTS were getting out of control. Pathetic.
your all-time favorite person to game with? My wife, and
have anything gaming-related to plug? If you're into PC
gaming, I host an original module/persistent world for the Neverwinter
Nights system called "A Ring of Power." Look under "Action" in Gamespy.
I also run a bi-weekly D&D
3.5 (custom world) game, with a WoD game on
opposing weekends. If you're in the Northland of KC and interested,
give me a shout!
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