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    OT: So... Who am I gaming with?

    It occurs to me that by now I have done a lot of gaming with people I know very little about. I am worried. Maybe some of you are dangerous internet predators. So let’s share a bit of not-too-personal information and get to know each other better.

    I'll get the ball rolling.

    My real first name is Vincent. I am 31 and I've been playing D&D since I was 13. I am fairly tall (6'4'') and not yet ridiculously out of shape thanks to a flagging but never collapsing discipline in working out. I was born in MontrÚal (QuÚbec, Canada) and still live there. English is not my native language, which should explain the occasional bizarre turn of phrase but by and large I think I do our education system credit.

    I work as a personal account manager at a bank (credit & investment). Do not let the words fool you; I am a far cry from a high rolling workaholic!

    I played elite hockey in my youth and I'm a fan of the Habs (MontrÚal Canadiens). During the playoffs, expect my posting rate to suffer.

    Beside RPGs, I like board games and videogames. I used to be an avid reader and am rediscovering the joy of books these days. I love television series; I feel right now they produce a higher quality of storytelling than movies. Dexter and Deadwood are two recent favorites.

    Another hobby of mine is trying to write a book (mostly with the ambition of having it be excellent amateur fare on the net, but who knows). I completed a first 300 page draft that was decent and now I am procrastinating about rewriting it in a more dynamic fashion. Right now it’s about 70 page of an excellent start and as many pages of notes and disjointed scenes that are very entertaining but do not form anything resembling coherence. This lead me to a conclusion: Professional authors are awesome. All of them, even those who write awful stuff. They are able to finish what they start!

    I also am an avid beer aficionado. I wouldn’t call myself a connoisseur just yet, but I am getting there. I appreciate a wide selection of beers. I especially like stout ales (and variants like Porter) and Weizen (wheat beers). I have a high tolerance for bitter beers like Indian Pale Ale and love to try experimental beers that toy with exotic ingredients like fruits, maple or various spices. I even enjoy the occasional Pilsener and other quality blond lagers. The only beers I’ll avoid are the bland ‘soda beers’ like Budweiser, Miller, Molson and their ilk. These are great mass market products but poor excuses for beers. Luckily, Quebec is one of the few genuine beer paradise in the world and quality beer is literally just around the corner.

    All right, I think that’s a reasonable amount of personal but not compromising information about me. I’m sure you all feel much closer to me now.

    Your turn.
    Last edited by Mal Malenkirk; Monday, 29th November, 2010 at 07:18 AM.

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    I feel like I've known you for years now...

    Hello. My name is Kris, I live in England and I'm 23. I've only been gaming for a year or so, and only play-by-post (mostly on Google Wave) but I'm DMing two games as well as playing in a few more I'm kind of obsessed with hybrid characters at the moment.

    I'm also a fan of Dexter and similar shows (just getting into Boardwalk Empire and Six Feet Under at the moment) and I'm reading Dune for the first time, which is a little shaming. Every year I'm tempted by NaNoWriMo, and every year I don't do it. I work as a junior information analyst for the National Health Service (although I'm nothing to do with the death panels).

    Nice to me you (all).

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    Derek. I'm a cop. 26... Not alot to tell really. I enjoy writing which is why I like the pbp part of d&d. Tabletop is more of a social gathering type of thing.

    I am kind of at a loss on what to say for myself. I just figured I might as well throw out what I can tell...

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    Ryan (as most of you have seen via character review emails ), father of 3 (which I also think I've mentioned before ), accountant (manager) working at a large, public accounting firm. I'm 27, been playing D&D since I was 14, starting in 2e where my first PC was a half-elf ranger.

    I alo am a fan of Dextyr, although I've only watched the first two seasons, and the new Walking Dead series is great (too bad only 1 more episode ). I guess like Mal/Vincent I'm a fan of non-traditional beers, which sometimes is a problem as I really struggle to drink any of the large national brands anymore.

    Current Favourite:

    Oh, I like video games as well (RPG's of course ) having been introduced to D&D through Baldur's Gate II. Currently, I am now working on the next generation of D&D players (I'm watching the LoTR with my boys while they are playing with my large/huge D&D minis)

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    Nice idea Mal (or is it Vincent?)!

    My name is Brian. 36 year old, married, four boys (I feel ya Ryan, I feel ya), full time job, part owner in same. (I usually post from work in between tasks).

    I played DnD and ADnD when I was in junior high and high school, but then gave it up through college and professional school. My older brother (damn him!) got me started in the beginning. My younger brother (damn him!) got me started on posting.

    I honestly don't have time to go to a table game, so besides two of those experiences, everything I've posted here and all of 4E is brand new to me. I don't have access to many books, so I try to utilize online resources but I still have a lot to learn.

    I am enjoying the Walking Dead. I like Heroes when it was on, but I don't watch a lot of television besides that. Although I do watch the Apprentice and Survivor with my wife . I enjoy RTS video games the most, not really a fan of first person shooter games... That's all for now.

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    My name is John, and I'm a dangerous internet predator.
    I like to kick small children, and lure puppies to clandestine meetings.

    I'm a 28-year old water and wastewater engineer (technically EIT still) in sunny Phoenix. I was born in Scotland, to English parents, but have lived here since I was 18 months old, leaving me somewhat confused as to how to classify myself.

    I discovered D&D through a copy of the red box that I found lying around my house one day back in the 2nd grade or so. From there to 2nd ed through to 4th, with various sidetrips into an odd assortment of side games that I've played and read over the years. Other hobbies include origami and reading (particularly books on linguistics, theoretical physics, and trashy fantasy novels).

    Mostly I drink Diet Coke, but water has been making a strong resurgance since I've been trying to cut back on caffeine.

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    Funny you should say that as I am in fact an internet predator.

    ....I kid, I kid. In reality I'm Paul, a 24 year old college student working on an A.S. in computer engineering. I'm mainly into computer/video games, and have never played any tabletop RPG before. I've always had a slight interest in trying it out, however, because although video games provide for fantastic adventures on their own, a freeform imagination-driven game is considerably more flexible in what can or can not happen.

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    Juan Manuel is my name, I'm from Bahia Blanca, Argentina. 25 (26 in february) I'm a phd student of biology, I specialize on shark ecology. I'm currently (as, right now) typing from the laboratory t the university. I do most of my posting from here, when the lead scientist goes home, heh.
    I was introduced to D&D with Icewind Dale 1, back when I was 15. First tabel top game I played was Lords of the Rings. I the read the trilogy, hobbit, silmarillon...
    I'm an avid science fiction/pulp fiction reader and gamer, and love strategy and rpg videogames, mostly pc ones.
    I'm a handyman, or at least people say I am. I've built the vast mayority of my house's furniture, excepting the somiere or sprung bed base as worreference tells me it's typed in english. I'll travel to Canada on January to work at Carleton University for 5 months as part of a Canadian government scholarship.
    I'm quite short for the upper hemisphere standards: 1,72 meters. So don't laugh at me when I get there, I'm at punch-reach of your balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renau1g View Post
    Current Favourite:

    Awesome bottle! Well ranked too, 66 percentile (72 in its style) on Ratebeer which ain't half bad.

    Wychwood Hobgoblin (Pasteurised)

    Bet I'd love it.

    Here is one of my long standing favorites:

    Aprodisiaque. I usually have a pack at home.
    Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque

    Guiness is by far my favorite 'commercial' beer, I always have a pack on hand, followed by Hoegaarden.

    The beer I'd currently say is my favorite is this: Vache Folle (Crazy Cow) A milk based Imperial Stout
    Charlevoix Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout

    More than a HM to this close second (I always have a wine sized bottle maturing for special occasions):
    Les Trois Mousquetaires G.C. Baltic Porter

    Favorite Whites (Wheat Beer):
    Dieu du Ciel Blanche du Paradis
    Les Trois Mousquetaires G.C. Weizen ImpÚriale 2010

    Belgian style: Trois Pistoles
    Brewed by Unibroue (Unibrew). These guys started small and are getting big (owned by Sleeman which is owned by Sapporo) yet they still produce awesome beer. This is their best.
    Unibroue Trois Pistoles

    About the only great 'Maple' beer there is:
    Dieu du Ciel ╔quinoxe du Printemps

    Just using Maple as an additive before fermentation doesn't work well; this type of sugar is too 'efficient'; it completely decomposes into alcohol and carbon dioxides, leaving no distinctive taste. So various other techniques can be used to give the beer a slight maple taste but all I have tried were really bad until this one. Get your hand on it if you can, it's awesome.

    My guilty pleasure
    Boddingtons Pub Ale

    I don't want to brag, but when I taste a beer and judge it's great, checking it on ratebeer usually shows I ain't alone amongst beer aficionado thinking the same. But I really love Boddington, yet on this one the beer connoisseur community does not have my back. Never mind. Great pub beer IMO. I noticed that I systematically tend to rank 'honey' beers (those that use honey as a source of additional fermenting sugars) much higher than the rest of the world. They are never my absolute favorites but tend to be valued really highly as light beers to go with BBQs and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Malenkirk View Post

    Belgian style: Trois Pistoles
    Brewed by Unibroue (Unibrew). These guys started small and are getting big (owned by Sleeman which is owned by Sapporo) yet they still produce awesome beer. This is their best.
    Unibroue Trois Pistoles

    My guilty pleasure
    Boddingtons Pub Ale
    I really enjoyed Unibroue's La Fin de Monde. The best beer I've had at one time was a Boddington's at an English pub in Spain. I admit there may have been a certain inebration effect, but I have yet to experience the taste and pleasure in any draft beer since.

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