I am Creative, Introspective, and Outspoken
I am also a gamer. Videogames especially. I have been into them for 20 years and there is no end in sight. I subscribe to numerous magazines to keep updated on the goings on in the industry as well as regular visits to game websites like Gametrailers for even more good stuff. I keep my own homemade info in a file box as well as strategy guides on a bookshelf. I started with the NES, and am currently a proud owner of my very own Wii. Yes, I know that sounds strangely erotic, but I don't care dammit. I love my Wii! There I said it. Now go and be judgemental somewhere else. Would someone please pass the Wii-mote?
I love RPGs, (Final Fantasy FTW!) adventure, survival horror, strategy and puzzle. Music games like Guitar Hero are cool, but really test your coordination and dexterity. I go for unique racing and fighting games(F-Zero, Bushido Blade). I tend to avoid first person shooters (except the Metroid Prime series, it rocks!) sports, and all other derivative racing and fighting games. And most licensed games made from movies or TV shows. My take on sports is I'd rather play them for real than watch them or play a video game of it.
A few personal projects I am doing are:
The first is a Final Fantasy card game I am creating based off the video games. I never really thought when I first had the inclination to start this, just how complex and time consuming it would be. Trying to reconcile all the various mechanics into a cohesive and workable card system is proving quite ...challenging. As is finding the time to play through all the games again and take notes on enemy and equipment stats. It will not be an exact recreation of the games, but a scaled down version less complicated and playable in card format. I most definitely could use a hand with it if you like the games and know a lot about them. I am also looking for talent in artwork and design for the cards themselves.
The next is thinking about how to go about creating a diceless roleplaying game system. Roleplaying game you ask? You know, those ones that use paper and pencils and the collective imagination of a group of friends? Yes the ones that came under public scrutiny back in the 80's where uneducated people claimed them to have negatively affected the youth of that time the same way that uneducated people today claim videogames cause violence ...Morons. Oh wait, did I say that out-loud? I find that dice games, with all their rules and numbers, can sometimes turn into 3rd grade math class if you let them. I love acting and theater and being dramatic, so I am attempting to find a better way to approach tabletop RPGs.
The third is an on and off collaborative project with several friends around trying to build a better MMORPG. MMORPG? English man! An MMORPG is a online computer game that brings thousands of people around the country into a virtual communal world where they can all interact with each other through their online 'avatar' characters. They go on quests, fight monsters and build their character up through gaining levels and more powerful items. A lot of my friends, as well as myself have been World of Warcraft players on and off since it released. But, being disatisfied with alot of the base mechanics and lack of options in the game has led a group of us to try and come up with ideas to construct something better and more refined, allowing the player far greater freedom and versatility.
This is my main musical project. For some uncanny reason, I have been gifted with the ability to memorize video game music. And I seem to love to bust out with it 'beat box' fashion at various inappropriate times. This got me to thinking, 'It woud be really cool to assemble a group that actually does a capella versions of video game tunes'. I have run across numerous cover bands that do rock and metal recreations of old game music, but there are none that just 'play it by mouth' and belt out the tunes without using instruments. For some reason I have no problem humming and singing this kind of music, even though I am not talented when it comes to playing music with an instrument nor do I remember much about music class way back in grade school. Which leads me to my next musical project.
I have a harp. I bought it from an incredibly talented gentleman named Philip Boulding whom I met at Artfest, who has been playing for 30 years and makes the instruments for a living. The problem is, as I have not used musical knowledge since grade school, I really have no idea how to go about making my playing sound good. I want to be able to at least somewhat master one instrument, but I could really use assistance from someone with more talent in this area than I. I have plucked out a few rudimentary tunes, but a refresher in basic music theory from someone I could ask questions from would go a long way.
I am also attempting to learn the Japanese language. I have a CD audio course that I am using to learn to speak the language and once I am proficient in that would like to learn to write it as well. If there are any linguistics majors or Native Japanese speakers that would like to assist a gaijin in learning the nuances and niceties while trying not to slaughter the tongue, please let me know.
I would also like to find folks who have successfully started their own business or that work for themselves in an entrepreneurial fashion. I have a few ideas and would like to run them past someone with wisdom to share in this area. But I don't trust online scams claiming to show you how to start the ball rolling and don't want to lose money and valuable time pursuing something that isn't for me.
This next project has been put on the back burner until further notice. I want to try and put together a collection of video game character costumes, but I lack the ability to use a sewing machine and do not know much about sewing and clothing creation in general. If you are good at this sort of thing, or are one of those otaku convention-goers that have done it in the past, I would love to hear from you.
So yeah, with work and sleep and meals and bathroom breaks, I have kind of a full plate at the moment. And other things seem to want to try and get in there, too. I will bravely fight them off with a plunger!
I can draw quite well. And I would like to learn Photoshop so I can scan in pics for my card game and make them all shiny like. But that program is such a beast. Anyone out there really good with it and can give me some pointers?
I write quite well, also. I find it is a bit easier for me to express complicated ideas when I write tham out first in order to organize them. I have a few stories in my head I've yet to put to paper (or text). Most of my writing lately is for rules on my card game and the other game projects. I tend to read very slowly though, but I retain and comprehend a lot of it.
I like to dance, though I am just learning. Fred Astaire I am not. But I enjoy dancing while out at karaoke. When there's room, that is. Speaking of karaoke, I love singing. And I find I am quite good at it. I probably couldn't win American Idol, but I get some major applause for my James Brown! Get up Ohh!
I also find myself somewhat mesmerized by the light of my computer monitor as I write profiles for online dating sites into the wee hours of the morning. I don't usually do this...really. zzzzzz (imprint of keyboard on forehead)
Apparently, a Pisce's most noticeable feature is their eyes. You can let me know if this is the case or not.
My 'tell it like it is' attitude.
My snarky and sarcastic sense of humor.
Fiction Books: These are the ones I read when I want to envelop myself in a world away from reality for a time. The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny; the Redwall series by Brian Jacques; the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey; The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan; The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice; the Myst series by Rand & Robyn Miller; and The Apprentice Adept and Xanth series by Piers Anthony. There are more, but those are my main favorites.
Magazines: All videogame mags: EGM, Nintendo Power, Game Informer, PSM, Play, etc; Anime mags; Articles here and there from current affairs mags, Time, Newsweek, etc.
Movies: There have been great movies along the entire span of my lifetime that I enjoy even today. These include, but are not limited to: Willow; Star Wars; Star Trek; Serenity; Indiana Jones; Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves; Independence Day; Gladiator; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and TMNT; Blade Runner; Matrix; Lord of the Rings; Evil Dead & Army of Darkness; Braveheart; The Ring; JuOn; Conan; The Mummy & Scorpion King; The Rock; The Professional; and Chronicles of Narnia. I also like movies based off videogames and other games. If anything, to see how badly they slaughter their source material: Resident Evil; Super Mario Bros.; Mortal Kombat; Dungeons & Dragons; Final Fantasy: Spirits Within & Advent Children; and Tomb Raider.
Anime: I like anime too, but that list would take forever. So ask me if you want to know.
TV Shows: Diagnosis Murder; Nash Bridges; Bob Ross; CSI: Las Vegas & Miami; Firefly (Curse you FOX!); Heroes; Ghosthunters; Star Trek: TNG, DS9 and Voyager; Hercules; Xena; Avatar; Shark; Without A Trace; Criminal Minds; Law & Order; Cold Case; Anything intelligent and engrossing. I don't like just watching random episodes of cartoons or series I don't follow. Unless I intend to follow them. I would like to know what the frak is up with BSG though.
Music: Most Rock; Techno; some Pop; Classical; Trance; Electronica; New Age; Folk; Celtic; Videogame Sountracks; The Black Mages
Food: Italian; Chinese; Thai; Sushi
Videogames: Final Fantasy is my favorite RPG series with Dragon Quest (Warrior) a close second. Then we have Xenogears/Xenosaga, Wild Arms, Suikoden, Breath of Fire, Persona, Lunar and many others. I love RPGs because they tend to have intricate character advancement systems and well thought out stories.
I like Adventure games such as the Legend of Zelda series, Tomb Raider, Legacy of Kain, Castlevania, Spyro, Jak,Metroid, Okami, Kid Icarus, Faxanadu, and Crystalis.
Survival Horror such as Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Fatal Frame.
Strategy games like Ogre Battle, FF Tactics, and Arc the Lad. Not a big RTS fan, though.
Puzzle Games like Puzzlequest, Zuma, Tetris, Dr. Mario and so many more.
I also like Old-school computer style adventure games like the Myst series, King's Quest, Quest for Glory, and the Kemco-Seika games on NES: Shadowgate, Deja Vu and Uninvited where you have to learn how to interact with your environment and use objects and items and solve puzzles to progress.
1. The ability to think and learn, 'cause boy would we be in trouble otherwise 2. My voice and hands, to be able to express myself 3. My friends, particularly my buddies Justin and Dwight 4. Art of all kinds 5. Cute, cuddly animals 6. Videogames (yeah I know, it had to make the list somewhere) Games in general, because then life would be all work and no play.
You are a nerd like me and can help me with one of my projects.
You are a nerd like me and want to get together and geek out.
You are a sexy, smart and exceptional woman who thinks she can complement my life and add something to it.
You are a cool and competent guy who would like to be friends.
You find debating the finer points of videogames and other games in general thought provoking and a turn-on.
You can cook. Because obviously, being a gamer, it's ramen and hotdogs every night around here. That or pizza.