11 Facts about Me
- I own approximately 50,000 comic books. They are mostly superhero comics, and are very well organized.
- I've never broken a bone.
- I got my first computer when I was 4; it was a TI 99/4A and I was hooked from then on.
- I wear hiking boots most days. They're very nice boots though.
- I own all the Street Fighter RPG books that White Wolf released. It's a better system than you might think.
- The only sport I pay any attention to is soccer, and that mostly just at World Cup time. If we had a club in my area, I might actually go to matches but that's not happening any time soon.
- No matter how much I try to change my sleep schedule, I remain a night owl. It's just how I am.
- The first book I read (not counting picture books and such) was The Wizard of Oz. It's still a favorite.
- Washington, DC is my favorite city in America. I've been there 4 times and there's still so much more to see.
- For most types of games I prefer PC over consoles. JRPGs are the main exception.
- I play FPS with keyboard and mouse.
Why do you blog?
I blog as an excuse to write. It's something I like to do, but without some concrete goal in mind I tend never to do it. Therefore, blog.
What was your favorite childhood cartoon show?
I have to pick just one? Man, it's hard to think back and decide what was my favorite then as opposed to what I like now. Probably Duck Tales, I think. Duck Tales was pretty awesome.
Fantasy or Sci-Fi?
Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
What’s the most amazing place you’ve ever been?
Tokyo is incredible in ways I have difficulty putting into words. I had been to large cities in America such as Chicago and New York, and I still wasn't entirely prepared for the scale of Tokyo.
Pizza: Chicago or New York?
New York. Chicago has excellent pizza-flavored casseroles; they are not pizza.
If you could only pick one game genre to play for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hmmm, toughie. I think the 4X genre (Civilization and that sort). Infinite replayability.
What inspired your character name?
I needed a dwarven sounding name, and I just started throwing syllables together until I came up with something that didn't sound stupid. The original Thalen Firebeard was a dwarven mage I played in the first D&D 3.0 game I was in. I reused the name for my dwarven hunter in World of Warcraft, and it ended up becoming my main internet identity.
What is your greatest gaming moment or achievement?
Hard to choose. Possibly the Sindragosa kill that Belghast has mentioned in the past where I was one of just a couple of people still up and got the killing blow on her just before she put all of us in ice blocks.
Do you share your love of games with your real-world friends and family, or keep it to the internet?
Most of my real-life friends aren't big into online games, but we play local multiplayer games together on occasion. And we play plenty of tabletop RPGs and board games on a regular basis.
Have you ever had a really weird pet?
It wasn't really a pet, but we had a quail in a terrarium for a couple of weeks after it hit my dad's truck and he brought it home. It turned out to still be alive, so we kept an eye on it for while and he eventually took it back out and released it.
What is your favorite type of environment/biome in-game and IRL?
Forest, definitely. Preferably nice open forest without too much undergrowth so it's easy to walk through.
And now I'm supposed to tag some people. Finding people who haven't already been tagged for this is not easy. If I pick someone whose already been Liebstered, I apologize. My tags:
And my 11 questions:
- What movie, game, or book do you love that noone else seems to?
- Birds: Fine feathered friends or freaky tiny dinosaurs?
- What's a place you've never traveled to and would like to?
- Mac or PC?
- What's the first video game you remember playing?
- How quickly do you tend to adopt new technology?
- What video game character can you just not stand, and why?
- What's your favorite non-gaming hobby?
- How many cars have you owned over the course of your life?
- Would you rather live in an urban, suburban, or rural area?
- Do spiders and insects bother you?