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Your name: Brandon Leon
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Age: 22
Sex: Male

Family: When not off at college, I live with my parents and my three younger siblings.  I’m also engaged with plans to marry within the next two years or so.

Political party/affiliation: Very Moderate Democrat.  I think a little more moderation and a little less partisanship should be a good thing for everybody.

Religion: United Methodist though I pray more outside of church than in it.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? I love spending time with friends whether I’m going to see a movie, gaming, or just hanging out and talking.

What is the most frightening thing you've ever done? I went out on a boat for an Outward Bound program and we got caught in a lightning storm.

Which of your accomplishments are you the most happy with? While volunteering at an elementary school with the school psychologist there, I was able to make a difference in a number of children’s lives.

What is your favorite word? I like the word callipygian mostly because of how proper it sounds, but how difficult it is to work a description of a ‘perfectly proportioned buttocks’ into proper conversation.

How many languages do you speak? I speak English and Spanish
fluently and like to think that I can read most other Romance languages and

What is your favorite time of year, and why? I love that time between
summer and spring when the rains have started but the pollen isn’t in the
air.  I love the drop in temperature and just truly enjoy being caught in the rain.

What was your favorite toy as a child? I’d say either my gigantic Lego
collection or my blue plastic lightsaber. 

What is your favorite section of the newspaper? I love reading the opinion pieces because it gives perspective on what people are saying without claiming to be the definitive answer.  Really though, I love any sort of public discourse.

Do you have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do? I’ve got a voice that I do that tons of my friends have attempted to imitate but never quite get.  Mostly I use it to sing songs and make jokes to get people laughing.  Not exactly dignified comedy, but it’s goofy fun.

What are three things you can't live without? I honestly don’t think I could live without books, the Internet, and buffalo chicken subs.  I spend hours reading and these days all of my planning of social gatherings is done online.  I’m convinced Google Wave is the future.

If you could have one superpower, which power would you pick? I’d love to have Spiderman’s web-slinging powers.  It’d be a great way to get around without spending money on gas AND I could use it to be just a little bit lazier.

What is your favorite mode of transportation? I love driving to the point that I always insist that I drive when I go places with friends.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? I want to head down to New Orleans and just feel what the city is like.  I love the culture that I’ve been able to experience that comes from the Crescent City and really want to have it firsthand. 

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.  
I’m currently playing a character named Everett Walker in a Serenity game 
a friend of mine is running.  Everett is a young hacker that is cowardly, lanky,
unimposing, and not even especially social apt.  He is, on the other hand,
great with all kinds of mechanical stuff and hilariously fun to play.  

One of my favorite moments with him was in one of the moments he was
attempting to be diplomatic and helpful.  After rambling and stuttering in
character as him for about four sentences, the other player I was talking to
turned to me and asked, “Are you talking to me?”  She was trying to figure out if I was talking to her out of character, but instead we decided that was her characters response with much amusement.

What are your favorite RPGs? I love Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 because of the huge range of rules, item selection, and ideas presented in the hundreds of pages published for the system.  I love Wushu because it has almost no rules and leaves everything in the hands of the players.

What was your first RPG session like?  I was the Dungeon Master for my first session of Dungeons and Dragons with 3.5 edition.  I absolutely loved it even though we spent more time trying to figure out the rules than actually playing.  This was down in my parents basement (I know, shocking!) back when I was probably about fourteen.

What was your WORST RPG session like? A game I played much later (using the same rules actually) turned out to be my worst session.  I was playing a dwarf fighter with tons of big heavy armor.  We spent the first hour arguing about whether we should stay in a cave to let a storm pass and the rest of the time slogging through combat after combat after combat.  To make matters worse, the DM insisted that I take extra penalties for my heavy armor that weren’t in the rulebooks resulting in nearly every combat round consisting of me swinging and missing when I should have been able to hit.

Who is your all-time favorite person to game with? A friend of mine named Brian who is absolutely incredible at RPing, writes amazing stories, and still manages to be calm about us getting off track.


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