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Your name: Ambrose
Location: Huntington, WV
Age: 21
Sex: Male

Family: Jeff and Carol Koksal,Parents, Alex and Andrew Koksal, Younger brothers

Pets: Morgan, Puck, Vivian, and the late Fidel

Political party/affiliation: Philosphical Anarchist, Libertarian

Education: Marshall University

Hobbies/Activities: Blogging, Computer Programming, Reading, Hiking, Woodcarving, Painting, Herbs as medicine

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? No, but that's where I sleep after I moved out on my own. They got rid of my room to keep me from coming home. ;)

What is the most frightening thing you've ever done? When I was in the boy scouts, I was on a wilderness survival trip and had a night terror. I ran out of my lean-to shelter and through the woods until I was at the edge of a cliff when I regained my senses, with my toes on my right foot 3 inches over the 250 foot sheer drop.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wouldn't be so poor! Or I would learn a foreign language like I learn everything else, that is to say, easily.

How many languages do you speak? Only English fluently, but I read and write
French, Spanish, and German. I use these languages to read 18th and 19th
century grimoires for fantasy ideas. Actually, I do that to remind myself that I am
not as bad at languages as I think I am. 3 years apiece, and I can only read and
write. Bah. Just a mental block.

What makes you cry? The Jurassic Bark episode of Futurama.

Do you have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do?
I can brew morning-after tea.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a Ghostbuster!

What is your favorite mode of transportation? My own two feet. They're reliable and I never lose my keys.

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? I would have liked to participate in the discussions of the American Founding Fathers, if that answers your question.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? I'd like to go out into an unexplored wilderness and live for an indeterminate period of time, and really get a feel for the way the world has changed because of industry.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever
My favorite RPG character was a Gnomish arcane-trickster
for 3.5 D&D named Adelai Milnes. He was a burglar who
specialized in sabotage, and would break into government
buildings by crawling along the walls and ceiling while invisible.
One of the most extreme things he ever did was release a fire
monolith from an enchanted dagger in the middle of a corrupt
mayor's desk. Overkill, but it did set his plans back a bit, as
you can imagine.

What are your favorite RPGs? For mainstream games I stick to d20 D&D, but I like lots of others.

What was your first RPG session like? My first RPG session was in a park downtown in Lancaster, Ohio. God, I could get in so much trouble for admitting this. I was in the 7th grade and had been reading about D&D for months before I found anyone willing to admit to me that they played. My mother, in particular, is extremely far-right and considered D&D to be a tool of the devil, however I had long since decided not to listen when she made arguments from theology.

So, I told my dad I was meeting my friends at the park. When Dad was in high school the park was where kids went to hide out and do drugs, so I had to make sure he didn't think I was doing that. (Bluff Check. That was a close one.) Then I had to make my way across town without being seen, which pretty much meant I had to take to the forest on the edge of town for most of the way. (Survival Check. No problem.) Then I had to make my way past several of my teachers houses while I made my way back into town.(Hide/Move Silently. They weren't even home.) Then I hopped a fence (Acrobatics. I wish it was easy.) and made way to the shelterhouse, where we played until it got too cold.(Fort Save!)

What was your WORST RPG session like? I played in a group where I picked up in the middle of the campaign after other players had left, and was completely out of the loop for plot. Also, I was uninvolved in the destiny of the players and couldn't see what interest I had in following them other than boredom.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? A little bit unusual for an answer, but many of my bet games I have run as one-shots at conventions. It's fun to meet new people, and conventions offer TONS of interesting people to game with.

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? I am the author of namelesskingdom.com and all of it's open content RPG material.


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