RenFaireLass
40 San Mateo, United States
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My self-summary
I'm going to admit this upfront. I'm a geek.

Requisite dorky glasses and proud of it? Check.
Loves going to conventions? Double Check.
Strange obsession to dress in anachronistic costume? Check Mate!

I'm an ex-programmer turned game designer and have drifted in and out of art, music and fashion school. I've always been creative in one form or another.

I like games and have a particular soft spot for board games and the occasional light miniatures game. If you're busting out the tape measure, you're probably too hard-core for me. Oh, and if you happen to know what Dreamblade is, you just rolled a natural 20! :)

I'm very easy going--for most things, but there are some things I just will not compromise. I value honesty, genuine friendship and am extremely loyal to those who have earned my trust. I also value my space and most definitely need my alone time.

I generally enjoy being active but can also laze around. I like to run, hike and kayak.

My activity level fluctuates a lot depending on how busy I am. It ranges from moderately intense to sedentary depending on the season. I ran the SF half marathon a couple years ago and seriously contemplated a tri, but I'm really, really bad at riding a bike.
What I’m doing with my life
When I'm not designing games, I'm either building puppets, teaching piano, writing music or I'm tinkering on a vintage sewing machine. I'm always taking classes to keep myself sharp.

Otherwise, I'm binge watching Walking Dead at a friends house, playing board games or teaching my cat new tricks.
I’m really good at
Listening. People tell me I'm a good listener and that I give sound advice. You be the judge.

Making silly noises. My friends think I sound like a baby dinosaur.

Music has always been a big part of my life. There's always some melodic material running in my head 24/7 and it often keeps me up at night.

I'm a decent pianist and I've been teaching part-time on and off since high school. I play a ton of instruments: violin, clarinet, ukulele, marimba. I've recently discovered the ocarina and find it a perfect travel companion.

I love to doodle and sew.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall.

I eat a lot.

I'm friendly and an introvert.

I dislike loud and crowded spaces.

I get super silly when you get to know me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies:
I gravitate toward character pieces and strong narratives over action flicks. I'll pretty much watch anything but prefer sci-fi, fantasy and period settings.

Music:
I like oldies, jazz, show tunes and classical stuff. Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Sondheim, Rachmaninov.

My relationship with music is first and foremost melodically and harmonically driven. Plus I'm not a fan of the timbre of modern voice. Pop and rock is too predictable but tolerable. Hip hop, not so much.

Foodwise:
I'm not picky when it comes to food--I'll try most anything so long as it isn't still moving. I mostly eat organic and local and tend to avoid fast food like the plague. This isn't to say I won't indulge on the occasional hot dog at the theatre. But that is a treat and definitely not the norm.

I enjoy cooking but find it hard to cook for one, so I've turned to Blue Apron and am absolutely loving it.

TV Shows:
Firefly, Battlestar, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Spartacus, Criminal Minds, Dexter, Doctor Who, Borgias, House of Cards, Hit & Miss, Sense8, Legends, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Marco Polo, Supernatural. I'm currently working my way through Penny Dreadful.

Books:
I love sequential art. Especially experimental stuff. Kabuki by David Mack is one of my all time favorites. Lately, I've been hooked on a series called Saga.

Video Games:
Clash of Clans, Valkyria Chronicles, FTL, Kingdom Rush, Left 4 Dead, Super Stardust HD, D&D: Shadow over Mystara, Bubble Bobble, Ghouls ’n Ghosts, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven, Dragon Age, Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Beyond Good and Evil, FF Tactics, FF VII, Diablo 2, Starcraft, Herzog Zwei, Phantasy Star, Wipeout XL, F-Zero, Mario Kart, Fallout 2, Puyo Puyo, Jagged Alliance, X-Com... the list goes on.

Board Games:
I have a large board game collection. Gaming is primarily a social experience for me. I much prefer lighter and quicker games over long and complicated big box games. Though I'm a sucker for miniatures and a good dungeon crawl. Some of my favorites include: Carcasonne, Last Night on Earth, Claustrophobia, 7 Wonders, San Juan, Ascension, Blue Moon City, X-wing and Heroscape.

Current fave: Zombicide Black Plague.
The six things I could never do without
1) Music!!!!
2) Games!!
3) Food!!!
4) Laughter!!!
5) Visual and Performing Arts
6) Costuming (Renaissance Faires, Dickens Fair, Steampunk)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My next project, drafting patterns, what-if scenarios and what's for lunch.
On a typical Friday night I am
Unfortunately, I'm at work till pretty late. It's the only way I'm able to squeeze in classes during the week. That being said, meeting people is important to me and I make time for important things.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Umm... my garage looks like a third world sweat shop, my living room looks like um... an orchestra pit and my family room looks like your FLGS...

If you know what a FLGS is without looking it up, you can add a point below.
You should message me if
I find people who demonstrate passion in their lives intriguing--specifics aren't important. Teach me something new, and I'll be sure to return the favor.

You are happy with your life :)

Not sure if you're geeky enough? Take this test and find out!

+1 point if you play a musical instrument
+1 bonus if you play more than 3 instruments
+1 point if you like at least 3 of the video games I've listed
+1 point if you're into comics/manga
+1 point if you've regularly played D&D
+1 point if you're hooked on at least 3 TV shows I've listed
+1 point if you go to Dickens Faire, Ren Faire, Comicon, GenCon etc.
+1 point if you enjoy musicals/performing arts
+2 points if you're an adventurous foodie
+2 points if you're physically active
+2 points if you kayak
+2 points if you're into board games.
+2 bonus if you play X-wing, Dreamblade or Heroscape

If your total is greater or equal to 5, chances are, we'll have lots to talk about.
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