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Your name: Jamie Capach
Location : New Hampshire
Age: 34
Gender: Transgender Woman

Family: My wife Kathy and I are both very proud and loving mothers of our adorable infant son Ian. We like to live by example that two mothers can still provide a very wholesome and nurturing family environment for a child.

Religion: I identify as a humanist Unitarian Universalist. I am an active member of my congregation, especially on the Adult Education committee.

Political party/affiliation: I am a non-partisan independent. I believe George Washington was very wise with his parting words regarding political parties and I worry that we have only proven his cautionary words true.

Hobbies/Activities: Aside from gaming, my favorite hobby is music. I love listening to, thinking about, feeling, sharing, writing, and playing music.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? By far my happiest accomplishment has been parenthood. There is no greater happiness than the unconditional love between parent and child, and no greater reward than witnessing and fostering the development of my own child. He amazes me on a daily basis and reminds me to keep renewed my sense of wonder at the world!

What is your favorite word? Without a doubt, it would be indubitably. It has an old-timey sound to it and it's a fun way to exclaim agreement or certainty. A close second would be groovy.

What is your most prized physical possession? I'll admit it. It's now our collection of games. I would go mad if I didn't have a variety of games available to entertain
and stimulate me.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My feet! They are incredibly huge. They frustrate me on a regular basis as I am
an unrepentant shoe lover who cannot find any of the cute or fashionable shoes in my size (at least not without paying more than I can justify for a pair of shoes). Thank goodness
for cheap flip-flops that I can wear a size or two small comfortably.

What was your favorite toy as a child? I used to love playing with my Construx and Erector sets. I especially liked to build vehicles and robots with the motorized Construx sets.

What is your favorite section of the newspaper? I usually buy the local newspaper to read the Letters to the Editor. I really find it interesting to read what local people have on their minds, and also scan through to find anything of interest for my work.

Do you have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do? I wouldn't say it's something I have a talent no one else can do, but I have this odd gift to be able to ad lib new lyrics for old songs that fit the situation I'm in at the moment. It's usually good for a laugh! It's like spontaneous Jack Black moments of song.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? How about the power... to move you? Nah, just kidding, though I do own a pickup truck. I would really like the power of teleportation. I mean, I like to drive and all, but I'm also kinda lazy and sometimes I just want to be there, not get there.

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? If I could still get away with being a woman married to a woman with a child, I would live in Victorian times. I love Victorian fashion! Okay, maybe not so much the idea of getting tied into an ultra-tight corset, but the rest I could definitely get used to wearing. I'm also partial to the 60s. I would love to experience music like The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, and The Doors as it happened.

What is one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you could? I wrestle with this one, but sometimes I wish I had come out sooner. I'm not sure my parents would have been as accepting when I was younger or that I would have transitioned as successfully. I would have also missed out on a lot of what has made me who I am. Even still I regret enduring so much internal anguish for so long before doing something about it.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die?
Before I die, I would like to follow through on writing and producing a complete album of my own music. I always get the urge and initial ambition to do it but I lose interest. That would be a wonderful accomplishment before I die!

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? I really like the St. Vincent/Grenadines flag, so I would use that, but in place of the three diamonds in the center I would have a picture of a white crow riding the back of a turtle.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played. For two years in a row, I have played Homestar Caverunner in Og at EconoCon. It's a blast!
And since I'm married to the GM, I get the special privilege of being the only
player in the game that can say “Seriously.” My favorite moment was from
this year. Our group had decided to change the word food to noms. At one
point my character tried to intimidate the T-Rex by describing the situation
thus far with the few words he knew and it ended up something like “Me go.
Me go noms. Noms go grrr. Me go water. Me go. Me go water. Me go noms.
Hi noms! Seriously.” Thankfully someone else succeeded because
Homestar Caverunner failed.

What are your favorite RPGs? I like quirky, independent RPGs like Og, Spirit of the Century, InSpectres, Battle Scarred Veterans go Hiking, Brains & Brawn, and the like. I'm also a big fan of FUDGE. Really I'll enjoy any game so long as my fellow players are more interested in role playing instead of roll playing.

What was your first RPG session like? My first session was with the original Dungeons & Dragons box set in my third grade classroom during recess. I was far too young and disinterested to recall much about it except all the kids I regarded as cool were playing it. Seriously.

What was your WORST RPG session like? The worst session would have to be when I tried to play a Native American medicine man in a Deadlands game. One of the players was role-playing a very promiscuous woman of ill repute. Someone who appalled her in real life played the suave character. My character was old, wrinkly, and not very physically attractive nor interested in her advances. She made many advances toward my character instead of trying for the guy whom she should not have been able to resist. I quit the game shortly after the session because the meta-gaming just drove me nuts. If you can't separate fantasy from real life, I’m not interested in playing with you.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? However cheesy it might sound, I love to role play with my wife Kathy. We don't get to game together often, but when we do we get this great creative and expressive synergy going that is beyond compare. As for board/card games, my favorite people to game with are Kathy, Preston, Kathi, Randy, Ray, Robert, Dennis, Matthew, and Mark.


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