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Your name: John Enfield
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Age: 38
Sex: Male

Family: Wife: Joani (who also plays games with me), Mom: Cheri, Dad: Terry, Sister: Tish

Pets: Ceramic Dog named Dean

Religion: Lutheran

Political party/affiliation: Conservative

Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources from University of Nebraska – Lincoln and CompTIA A+ Certification for IT Technician. Working on a Certificate of Achievement in Ornamental Horticulture at
College of Southern Nevada

: Gardening, reading everything from comic books to classic novels, watching movies, singing.

Community service: Docent at Springs Preserve

Just to test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living, in your parents' basement?  My parents don’t have a basement because their house sits on top of the largest aquafer in the United States and it is only 10 feet to the water table.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? Reading a good book, going for a walk with Joani or playing games with my friends.

What is the most frightening thing
you've ever done?
The most frightening
thing I’ve ever done was riding the Big
Shot on the roof of the Stratosphere
Casino. I suffer a bit from acrophobia so it
was pretty scary.

Which of your accomplishments are you
the most happy with?
Graduating from college.
I was the first person in my immediate family to go to
a four year college. Also, I really struggled in grade school
and high school, so it was quite an achievement for me to even
get into college let alone graduate.

What was your first word?  My mom says my first word
was a complete sentence as I didn’t start talking until I was
nearly two years old.

What is your favorite word? Abracadabra
How many languages do you speak? English plus just enough French, Spanish and German to get myself into trouble.

What is your favorite time of year, and why? My favorite time of year is Fall because the weather is not too hot and not too cold. There aren’t too many storms either. I also really enjoy harvesting the fruits, nuts etc of the plants that are ready in the fall both in gardens and out in the woods.

What is your most prized physical possession? I have a Norman sword that is made of real steel and that can be fought with in tournaments. I could also sharpen it to a razor sharp edge if I wanted to. I also have a katana of real steel which is sharpened.  I have actually fought with the Norman sword in tournaments at renaissance faires.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I was more confident in myself.

Did you have any embarrassing nicknames as a kid? My grandpa called me “Squirley” because I was so small, fast and had a hard time sitting still.

What was your favorite toy as a child?  My favorite toys were my extensive Star Wars action figure collection. My grandparents would get me a new action figure for birthdays, Christmas and sometimes just because, so I had a lot of them.

What makes you cry? When I stop to think about all the babies who have died due to abortion, it really makes me sad.

What is your favorite section of the newspaper? My favorite section of the newspaper is the comics.  I miss Calvin and Hobbes!

Do you have a useless talent that no one else that you know can do? I can mimic just about any accent you can name and sound like I come from just about any country.

 What are three things you can't live without? There is nothing I can’t live without.  I learned that when I spent an entire summer many years ago living on a research station in the middle of North Dakota while I worked as a research assistant. I left almost everything I owned except clothes back at home. I found that I really didn’t miss any of it as much as I thought I would.

If you could be one superhero, which hero would you be? If I could be a superhero, I’d love to be Batman. It would be awesome to have all that wealth to be able to spend on whatever I wanted and to help whoever I wanted to with. Plus all the gadgets would be fun to play with. I’d also love to be that good at martial arts and to be that fearless.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Many, many things. It changed on a regular basis.  You know, I really still don’t know what I want to be :)

What is your favorite mode of transportation? My favorite mode of transportation is a train. They are so comfortable and relatively smooth riding. You can walk around, take a nap or look out the window any time you want without having to be belted down.

If you could pick any other time period to live in - including the future - which would it be, and why? I would pick the time period when Jesus was on Earth and to live in Nazareth. It would be so great to have at least met Him and to have heard his preaching first hand.

What is one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you could? I try to live with no regrets. I’ve learned that all regretting does is make you feel sad without really changing anything.

What is the one thing you want to do before you die? If I had to pick one thing, it would be to travel to Europe and see all the famous castles.

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? My flag has a golden enfield creature rampant on a  black background. An enfield is a chimera that is used in family crests and coats of arms. You can see one if you go to the website of Enfield, England.

What is something you wish you could do at least once?
  Write a screenplay and see it turned into an actual movie.  I have lots of ideas for movies.

Tell us about your favorite RPG character that you've ever
My favorite RPG character that I’ve played so far was a
white dragon named The Wyrm of Avarice. I was the DM of a
Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition campaign and it was great fun to
come up with insults, taunts and other dialog for the dragon.  The
dragon managed to freeze a couple of my players before the party
killed it too.

What are your favorite RPGs? Most of the RPGs I play are computer games like Baldur's Gate, Oblivion, FableFallout 3 and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. My favorite table-top RPG is Dungeons & Dragons.  I also rather enjoy the D&D Online game.

What was your first RPG session like?  I played D&D 3rd Edition a couple of times when I was in college.  I played a barbarian and had fun flying into a rage and hewing monsters down with my big axe.

What was your WORST RPG session like? The worst RPG session I’ve ever had was a D&D Encounters session. It was the first session I was able to make time to play in but the campaign had already started. What made it so bad was that I had spent a lot of time coming up with my character (the DM let players make their own characters if they wanted to), but when I showed them my character, they wouldn’t let me play him because they said he didn’t ‘fit in’ with the story. So, I had to play a pre-generated character that I hadn’t seen the sheets for until that day. The pre-gen character was so weak and ineffective that he never managed to do anything the entire session.

Do you have anything gaming-related to plug?  In addition to playing RPGs, I also play the D&D Battles Game (yes it still exists!).  I am the coordinator of the Clark County Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Guild which is a local chapter of DDM Guild.  If anyone in the
Las Vegas area is interested in playing DDM or Heroscape D&D, they can contact me at www.vegasgamers.org.  You can join the Vegas Gamers group for free and then look me up in the membership directory and send me a message.  You can also check out the website for DDM Guild to see what it is all about at www.ddmguild.com.


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