Your name: Charlie Etheridge-Nunn
Location: Brighton, England
A dog called Rothko currently, he’s my
first mongrel and part everything (even bat
and shark, I think). We had a psychotic ex-experimental
rabbit/hare hybrid who would have been on the
South Downs, attacking tourists and maybe destroying
whole towns if we didn’t take her in.
apparently, although I was (unintentionally)
voted the head of the Young Socialists once
at University. I follow the political works
of people like Noam Chomsky and Michael Parenti,
as well as educational political comedians
like Mark Thomas, Mark Steel and Rob Newman.
I’m still willing to hear people out
and acknowledge that many other people have
equally valid political opinions. Differing
opinions are awesome, as is questioning things.
Thus, true democracy.
My junior school was alright, I ended up like
a mafia don of toys at one point. Then secondary
school was like ‘Nam crossed with Silent
Hill. I discovered gaming around that time
and brought it to new friends at the other
secondary school I moved to, which was like
Clueless, if it was isolated in one building.
Or two, as I found out with the sixth form
college twinned with that school. I’ve
since attended two universities, a former
polytechnic for librarianship, then a red
brick type uni for creative writing. Both
had advantages and disadvantages, but both
Writing, watching/studying television, photography,
I used to fence before a leg injury made it
too awkward, coffee, Rock Band, and more coffee.
service: I’ve been on political
marches and did camera work for a World Aids
Day event in Brighton in 2004.
to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived,
or are you
currently living, in your parents' basement?
No, never. I had a nice, huge
bedroom when I was first gaming, with a pool
table in the middle of it. We
role-played in a basement at my dad’s
place, the table had multiple stab
wounds and the seats were church pues. I live
on the top floor of a flat now, so
it’s kind of the opposite of the basement.
is your favorite way to spend a weekend?
I have a few things I
like to do, if I can accomplish a few in one
weekend, I’ve been successful.
Some writing, an RPG or other social gathering
(watching a film, Rock Band
party or night on the town), and a wander on
the South Downs.
What is your favorite word? Awesome.
Unintentionally. I appear to use it way too
much. I’ve evidently been scarred by the
is your favorite time of year, and why?
Autumn. It’s still light out late, but
not as annoyingly hot. The girls wear good clothing
without it being typically summery. The falling
leaves make the countryside different and a
cup of coffee starts being a lifesaver in the
morning, unlike in the summer where it just
was your favorite toy as a child? Star
Wars figures. My mum picked them up cheaply,
then my brother and I used paints to make them
into our own characters. It’d probably
make collector types cringe, but we always played
our own games rather than Star Wars or GI Joe.
Then we made board games using them.
is your favorite section of the newspaper?
The online bit. Yes, I’m probably helping
the death of the dead tree papers, but being
able to pick and choose what I want to read
when I can, especially with the innovations
in handheld tech. Being a media junkie I always
go there first, followed by tech or book pages,
then UK and finally the rest of the world.
you have a useless talent that no one else that
you know can do? What is it? I have
opposable little toes. I can move them independently
of the others. I can also open doors with my
feet. Unsurprising that I’ve been thought
of as a monkey with talents like that.
are three things you can't live without?
Coffee, my netbook “The Netronomicon”
did you want to be when you grew up? A
writer. From a week before I was seven years
old. A lightning bolt hit. A metaphorical one,
that is. Then seeing that people actually wrote
films, and wrote comics. It enchanted me that
I could do the same.
is your favorite mode of transportation?
On foot. I love walking. I find random places
and wander to new places, then pick somewhere
else from there and keep going.
is one thing that you regret that you would
go back and change if you could? I’d
go back to when I was in Sixth Form (17-18 years
old) and cut my hair. The ponytail was a terrible
look and my hair goes the wrong way to pull
us about your favorite RPG character that you've
ever played. Father Talwin, a drunken
thief/cleric in 3rd
Edition Dungeons & Dragons. While
I wasn’t a fan of the
system, I had fun with being a character who
was the opposite
of what I’d normally play. He wasn’t
attractive, he stank, drank,
gambled and lived under the group’s cart.
He hid in the cart whenever
possible, jumping out only to heal (and a ranged
feat stopped him from
having to risk his own hide too much). He wasn’t
trusted and that was the
plan. There was another thief in the group ripping
them off and they were both
blamed for what the other guy did and Talwin’s
behavior certainly encouraged it.
truth, he was over a thousand years old, having
sacrificed his wife for temporary immortality,
then doing the same again and again, getting
a loved one and killing them. He continued for
47 years until he grew tired and jaded with
what he’d done. He quit cold turkey and
joined the church.
he took up drinking and lost his church in a
game of pick-up-sticks with a stable hand. His
life goal was to open a church to his god with
casino, bar and grill. The group helped him
a lot of the time, too. Then whenever they trusted
and liked him a bit more, something else came
up to disgust them, like his daughter who was
hunting him down, or his surviving ex-wife,
an elf noble. Talwin’s best adventure
had almost no combat from him, but he and the
(actually evil) wizard hid in the cart, fled
from everything vaguely threatening, healed
the party or provided cover, but spent their
whole time as complete cowards, ending up being
chased out of a dungeon by a young dragon, burning
and screaming. Then they lied to the village
about their success, collected their pay and
drank most of it away.
are your favorite RPGs? World of Darkness,
for it’s treatment of horror and morality.
Alternity out of nostalgia and an X-Files style
love of Dark*Matter. Exalted for the ability
to ride a shark through the sky into a coliseum
filled with cybernetic gorilla warriors and
a giant spider. Houses of the Blooded and other
FATE-based games where the narrative is more
democratic and the story has more of an emphasis
than the rules.
was your first RPG session like? I
played Vampire: The Masquerade. I enjoyed Overpower,
the Marvel Comics card game, then Magic: The
Gathering, then Vampire: The Eternal Struggle.
I saw “Vampire: The Masquerade”
and thought it was a storytelling card game
(like Once Upon a Time would be, much further
in the future). My dad bought it for me at Christmas
and I had no idea what the giant book was. I
used the CCG characters as NPCs and physical
markers on a giant map of a city I made from
pieces of paper. I ran the game in the back
of the book, about a party, but I added things
using the CCG characters and the personalities
I thought they had. It was extremely free-form
and we had no idea of what we were doing, so
it petered out, but was enjoyed. I think. I
only had two players, one stuck around for a
year or two once we found out how the RPGs worked,
the other was my brother and he stuck around
for almost a decade after that.
was your WORST RPG session like? Hmm…
My TPK (total party kill) in Legend of the Five
Rings.. A nice, sociable session ended with
a ninja attack. I used too many enemies, pretty
much instantly killed one guy, near-killed another,
murdered half the NPCs and rather than pull
back I decided to gun for it and killed everyone.
I recovered the campaign by having them fight
through the afterlife and have ‘one last
chance’ to redeem their lives. Then I
McGuffined their way out of it. It wasn’t
terrible in the end, but I still live with the
bad deed I did and the misuse of the power I
had as a GM. My group won’t let me forget,
is your all-time favorite person to game with?
Damn, that’s a difficult one. I’d
say probably Steve One, part of my main gaming
group. He’s a narrativist (like me) and
will do anything, good or bad, for the sake
of drama. He ducks out of the spotlight when
needs be instead of fighting madly for it and
isn’t scared of hamming it up.
you have anything gaming-related to plug?
I’ve written three Spycraft adventures
making up the Criminal Migrations trilogy (Empty
Nest, Poisoning the Well and The Nest), I have
upcoming Crafty work and hope to do more freelance
material. I’m writing short fiction, a
few novels and looking for comic artists so
that I can pitch a few things to Marvel, as
well as make some independent comics, too.
Wiki - Features