Your name: Julie Tucker
Location: Northern California
I had a great childhood, parents that hardly ever fought and are still
happily married, and a sister I’m still close to. Right now I take care
of Grandpa and Valerie, my 11 year old daughter.
Pets: Greylish and Bugsy, my cats; Tigress and Pal, my goldfish; and Count Fishula, my plecostomus.
Religion: I pretend to be Christian but really I’m agnostic.
Education: I went to college for
way too long. I majored in Forestry, English, Philosphy, Psychology,
and Math; took a break to have a kid; then went back to school and
almost completed a physics major before finally switching to nursing
and earning my BSN. I’m happy with what I finally chose and I
definitely feel well-rounded, but I sure took the long route and
frittered away my twenties.
I love knitting, and it integrates well with gaming, as I can knit
during roleplaying or when it is not my turn during combat. I also love
hiking and camping, and swimming in the ocean. I am a bibliophile with
bookshelves on every spare wall, books stacked on tables, next to my
bed, in the hallway, stored in boxes…I may have a problem.
to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently
living, in your parents' basement? California is not big on
basements…But I was a slacker in my early 20s, and if they had had a
basement, I may have lived in it.
is your favorite way to spend a weekend?
Gaming! Then hiking! Then some cozy family
goodness! With just laying around reading
in between all that.
What is the most frightening thing
you've ever done? Aack! Definitely
nursing school! There were times where it SEEMED
like no one was
watching me and my patient was circling the
drain and I was sure I was
going to be sued by an irate family after I
killed their loved one. Once I
ALMOST unclamped an IV with the tubing almost
all full of air…it is very
frightening to realize how close I came to almost
Which of your accomplishments are you
the most happy with? I got
my bachelor’s degree FINALLY and graduated
summa cum laude.
What is your favorite word?
It is hard to pick just one. Crepuscular is
one of my favorites. Also fistula, voluble,
viscous, antediluvian (in the Lovecraftian sense
rather than the biblical sense), undulate, hyperbole,
periwinkle, propinquity, cerulean. Crisps! I
tend to like words that are fun to say.
What is your favorite time of year,
and why? Autumn! It’s cool, the
air smells of rain and smoke and spices, the
fall colors, Halloween, and knowing that Christmas
is coming up but not close enough yet to be
a chore. I have more family traditions surrounding
autumn than any other time of year.
What is your most prized physical possession?
My nursing pin and cap. I don’t wear them
but they have a special shrine-like location
in my home.
What makes you cry? That maudlin
“Rainbow Bridge” poem about your
dog waiting for you to go into heaven together…every
time I see it coming I try not to cry and I
end up crying anyway. My sister is still good
at making me cry. Late afternoon when the light
is at an angle that makes me hear time streaming
past me at breakneck speed. Otherwise, I am
not that much of a cryer.
If you could have one superpower, which
power would you pick? I would most
want to e able to heal people, make their body
completely whole and turn back the effects of
age and disease. That would be a really, really
great superpower. Or else, flying would be cool.
What did you want to be when you grew
up? I wanted to be an author. I loved
reading so much, I was sure I was destined to
spend my days in front of a word processor in
my jammies, sipping coffee and creating Works
of Art. I wrote many beginnings of fantasy stories,
but finished none. I finally decided I did not
have the right type of personality to do something
so self-motivated, even if I did have any talent.
What is your favorite mode of transportation?
Flying! I love that moment when the plane waddles
out on the runway and is all awkward and chubby
and then it turns and WHAM it races and turns
into this fast graceful powerful machine. I
think I get tears in my eyes whenever I fly
during takeoff. It is just SO AMAZING that we
What is the one thing you want to do
before you die? One thing I would like
to do is lose weight and get in better shape
so I can go on some hikes that are just too
strenuous for me in my current condition. Other
than that, there are places I’d like to
visit, but I feel lucky to have already done
so much. I try to live my relationships with
no regrets, and as a nurse it’s possible
I think about death more than I need to, so
I feel ready.
Tell us about your favorite
RPG character that you've
ever played. I tend to DM more than
play, but I have been
playing D&D/Pathfinder a bit recently
and have a character
that I am particularly fond of. Her name is
half-orc ranger from the sodden lands in Golarion;
around in the swamp with her psychedelic snake
toad-skin armor and her swirling phosphorescent
looking for the strange aberrant creatures that
are preying on her town.
She is brash and more sure of herself than
she has any right to be. She was sold as a slave
as a child (girl half-orcs not being valued
by the tribes of Belkzen) and due to unfortunate
acts of piracy ended up as a “cabin girl”
on a mostly female pirate ship. Her most prized
possession is a beautiful porcelain doll from
a vessel her ship looted; she secretly longs
to be beautiful and human and keeps the doll
secret and safe.
She learned much about piracy until the day
she got too uppity with the Captain and found
herself abandoned on a rock in the middle of
sea. Although she finally reached shore, she
has become slightly less cocky, but only slightly.
I enjoy this character because she is the opposite
of what I usually play and she seems so colorful
What are your favorite RPGs?
I like D&D 2nd Edition and 3.5,
I’m now playing Pathfinder’s
version of this. I tried 4e out but decided
it wasn’t my game. I also am fond of Call
What was your first RPG session
like? I played 2nd edition D&D
at a friend’s home, and I think I was
a human wizard—the DM tried to make me
be a human fighter because he thought it would
be easiest but I still, to this day, have never
played a fighter. I remember a point during
the game where I could just faintly hear Xena
theme music playing in the background and realizing
that this game was seriously very fun.
What was your WORST RPG session like?
I have a tie for worst. The first worse one
was playing for the first time with a guy I’d
been dating and really liked and realizing that
he was a jerky, annoying CN gamer and that things
weren’t going to work out. The second
worst session was playing with my sister and
her girlfriend’s group. The DM was fine
but the whole group acted like they had been
sentenced to play as part of a work-release
program. Although they’d apparently been
playing together for YEARS they all acted as
clueless as could be—
DM: Ok, there’s an ogre about to attack
you. What do you do?
Player: I shoot him with an arrow and kill
him. What do I find on his body?
DM: Sigh. You have to roll to see if you hit
Player: Ok. Which one of these dice do I roll
DM: That one.
Player: Ok, I rolled 12! Is he dead?
DM: Well, you need to add your ranged attack
Player: (blankly) what’s that?
Seriously. Every game. And they acted so bored
and tortured about it, I couldn’t figure
out why they showed up.
Who is your all-time favorite person
to game with? My best friend Kari—we
have very similar playing styles and work well
together, sadly I don’t get to play with
her very much anymore as I am usually DM these
days. I enjoy her very much as a player as well,
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