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My self-summary
Intelligence, patience, and kindness are three big pluses you'll find in me. Honesty, too. For those who track such things, I'm INFJ, right on the border with INFP.

I am in an ongoing battle with past-me about what my priorities are and what I think of life, the universe, and everything. I just looked at a profile listed as "10% match, 98% enemy" and couldn't wrap my head around the fact that the things I listed as deal-breakers ever mattered to me. My nose hasn't changed, so I suppose smokers are still a no-go.

I am a geeky nerdy person who likes geeky nerdy things. If you bear active disdain for fantasy, tabletop board games, animation, video games, science fiction, or science fact...then there are many fish in the sea, and I am not your fish.
If you have no opinion one way or the other, I have loads of activities we could try, most of which are designed to be fun!
And if you're a fellow geeky and/or nerdy person I do mean it when I say I'm looking for new friends. By all means, contact me even if you think we're a total non-match romantically. I love geeking out about things with new friends.
What I’m doing with my life
For money I do writing and editing management? I'm not entirely sure what to call the jobs where they just want me to shift data to a new format (most of the time I just lump them under "editing"). I also have royalties coming in from Shadowrift, a card game I designed a couple years ago. Winning a Spiel des Jahres (basically the Oscars of the board game design world) is one of my life goals.
RIGHT right now, I'm doing PR for my monumentally successful Kickstarter for Shadowrift 2nd Edition, which mostly involves chatting with folks, answering basic questions about stuff like shipping, and being extraordinarily grateful about pretty much everything. It is, one might say, a sweet gig.
Recently my design project has been Penman Ship, which is a word game in which the players sail around encountering pirates and/or committing acts of high-seas piracy.
Aside from all that I have an ongoing interest in NLP, massage, Chinese pressure point/meridian therapy, "soft" martial arts (Aikido, Ninjutsu, and Tai Chi), and ethics.
I’m really good at
Learning and designing games
Seeing good in people
Remaining calm
DMing (the missing link between writing and game design, no?)
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall and slim. Or, if I'm among tall people, I'm noticed for saying something entirely unexpected, such as the etymology of the now-dead word "Gardyloo!"
(For the curious, it means, "Look out below, I'm emptying my chamber-pot!")
If by "people" we mean "people on this website," I'm betting it's the fact that I'm wearing a shirt in all my photos. I hear there are a lot of shirtless pics out there.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Good fantasy novels. Sir Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, and Robin McKinley come to mind.
For a comic I would recommend to anyone in my 90+% match zone who hasn't read it, check out Promethea by Alan Moore. Its writing is clearly intended as a literal work of magic.
Webcomics: Homestuck, Girl Genius, Gunnerkrigg Court, El Goonish Shive, Nimona. I wanted to give these their own space, since in terms of actual time spent I read webcomics (comics released first or perhaps only online) a whole lot more than their physical counterparts.

Movies: Fantasy doesn't get many good films, but when it does they are HUGE winners with me. Marvel Studios has had a pretty good track record. Ghibli's track record (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Mononoke Hime) is even better. Paprika (Satoshi Kon) is also one of my favorites.

Music: Fast and complicated. (That is NOT a metaphor for how I like relationships.)
Celtic jigs, for instance. Almost any song with the word "Butterfly" or "Reel" has 5 stars on my playlist. (Seriously, look up various artists' butterfly odes! They're so much fun!) There's a favorite music style from my parents' region of Whidbey Island called Gypsy Jazz.
In addition to butterflies, I like music that evokes clockwork.
Oh, and video game soundtracks have piles of nostalgia value, because they evoke fun times that were had.

Food: I love (and probably eat a little too much) chocolate. I love sushi, though not anywhere near the same time as chocolate. I love almost anything that's fresh enough - for instance I don't like corn in general but corn that's less than half an hour off the stalk is heavenly. Related but not quite the same: I love caprese salad, especially with a good balsamic.
Okay, actually I like a LOT of things with a good balsamic.
Six things I could never do without
Six things other than physical necessities I really enjoy in my life:

Music. Not constant, mind, but at least some melody every week or it begins to bubble in my head.

Cleanliness. This is halfway to cheating, perhaps, but I find I do absolutely everything better when I'm totally clean. I could survive physically without cleanliness, doing the whole "once a week" bachelor thing, but I'd be completely miserable. The same goes for my surroundings; my former roommate got away with not cleaning up after himself sometimes, because I couldn't stand his plates just sitting out until he got home so I'd clean them up for him.

Creation. Whether the writing of stories or the design of interactive environments, I want to be part of the process of making things people never would have had otherwise.

Times of Solitude. Sometimes you've just got to go for a walk, y'know?

Humor. The world has a tendency not to make any sense. We have to have some way of coping. Laughter works well, but feels a little awkward or forced without humor preceding it, don'cha know.

Companionship, of some kind. I mean, if that's not a requirement for me, what the heck am I doing here?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to design a game that simultaneously offers the depth of play to make it the kind of game I'd want to play, but a nice accessible style to appeal to a large number of people - Most people have not played as many card & board games as I have, and don't design them for a living.
On a typical Friday night I am
nowhere to be found.

Seriously, what is this "typical Friday night" of which you speak?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Okay, here goes.
While I was in college, I had a penpal who died. Eventually, about six months later, I looked her up by name and found her in the Nebraska obituaries, and was able to confirm it was her.
So I get nervous, when anyone I'm corresponding with suddenly stops replying. I still try to wait a week or two to follow up, since my personal history wouldn't excuse creepy behavior, but I do worry.
You should message me if
you want to.

you're curious.

you're interested.

you're not out for sex as an end in and of itself.

you'd like someone to tell you a story.

you rate me 4-5 stars in OKCupid's rating system and actually want me to know it (I'm not A-list, so it doesn't actually tell me!).
The two of us