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Your name:Jason Marker
Location: Detroit Metro
Sex: Male

Family: Wife-Megan, Daughter-Katya

Pets: Dog-Lucy (Beagle), Cats-Finn and Emma

Religion: I was raised Catholic, but have since moved away from the Church of Rome and currently hold to no religion.

Political party/affiliation: I'm a registered democrat and come from a labor background (United Steel Workers and Union Nurses). I'm mostly sorta, kinda progressive with both left and right leanings depending on what we're talking about.

Hobbies/Activities: My biggest hobby outside of gaming is collecting, restoring, and riding old Japanese motorcycles with my wife. Aside from that I'm into Eastern European and Russian history, military history, aviation history, photography, travel, cooking (I was trained as a chef), collecting and shooting antique rifles, playing airsoft, music, antique cars/hot-rods, architecture, urban exploring, and mid-century fashion and design.

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement? Heh, no. Although in culinary school I lived in a walk-in closet.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? Typically having dinner/cocktails/snacks with friends and playing some Munchkin or Settlers of Catan. When not doing that my wife and I try to take in a show by one of the many great local bands/musicians around here.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with?
Probably a tie between becoming a published author, teaching
myself how to wrench on bikes and becoming a father.

What was your first word? “Baba” (Grandmother)

What is your favorite word? Either “mouthbreather” or “Philistine”.
Both are usually preceded by profanity.

What did you want to be when you grew up? An astronaut.

How many languages do you speak? English fluently. When I was a chef I could get along passably well in Spanglish, and I can understand a little Russian and Croatian.

What is your favorite mode of transportation? Motorcycle or walking

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? I'm pretty much happy with right here and right now.

What is one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you could? I haven't treated some people as well as I could have. There are also a few people I treated better than they deserved.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? Fly my own helicopter.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character
that you've ever played.
I have two. The
first is Bully, a minotaur cybernetic
engineer and freelance troubleshooter I
played in Rifts. With the GM's consent
and without the player's knowledge, Bully
implanted a neural cut-out in the party
leader's head so that he could turn the cyborg
on and off at will. The cut-out was synced to the
security keyfob for Bully's truck. My second
favorite is Yuri, an alcoholic Russian
cyber-psychotic mad bomber that I play in Shadowrun.
Recently, due to some horrific trauma, Yuri is starting to exhibit
signs of PTSD, and I'm having a good time playing a ticking
time-bomb who thinks in kilos of explosives.

What are your favorite RPGs? Shadowrun 3rd, Harn,
Cyberpunk, Rogue Trader, Call of Cthulhu, All Flesh
Must Be Eaten, Mountain Witch, d6 Starwars, Iron
Kingdoms, Deadlands,
and Rolemaster/MERP.

What was your first RPG session like? I don't remember much about it, but it was red-box D&D.

What was your WORST RPG session like? It's a tie between a horrible Robotech con game I played at Origins '04 and a Shadowrun game I played in a few years ago. The RT game featured horrible pacing, a skeevy, oily GM, little to no actual play (The GM was telling us a story, essentially and we weren't allowed to screw it up) and extremely awkward sexual situations. I got my money back. The second was mainly the GM being a complete sociopath and harassing the women in the party, my wife included, so much that they got tired and quit.

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug? I would love to plug my gaming/design blog Motor City Gamewerks - www.motorcitygamewerks.net - and ask readers to keep an eye out for my latest work which will be coming out soon from Fantasy Flight Games for their Rogue Trader game series.


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