I'm Zjierd (zshyeerd is a mangled pronunciation for those wishing one). I've been running games for about six years at this point, though not consecutively due to some health issues. In that time I've run four games - a one-shot at a convention, a summer adventure this past summer, a three year campaign that ended due to my health falling apart at the end of my Undergrad education, and a new campaign that started a few months ago and is set in the same world and time frame as the three year campaign. My system of choice is Fireborn, even if I want to thump a few lazy devs for some of the stupid things I've found in the books. (EX: Did you know that 50 MPH winds are capable of ripping houses apart and throwing trucks around like toys?
) I'm also currently a player in a Seven Seas game, and have played Legend of Five Rings, Shadowrun, old World of Darkness, and, of course, D&D 3.5 in the past.
Outside of gaming, I'm a programmer with a Masters in Computer Engineering. I cycle my free time between reading, playing video games, doing digital art, trying to write, and painting a Lizardmen army for Warhammer Fantasy. I doubt I'll ever actually play Warhammer even when I complete the army; I've never particularly cared for tactical war games no matter what form they come in. Honestly, I just love the models and painting them.
I'll read pretty much anything put in front of me and my library reflects this; I have pretty much everything from fantasy to science books on my shelves. I think the only large category I'm missing is horror, and that's mostly because my active imagination doesn't need more nightmare fuel to disturb my sleep with. My video game choices are pretty bog standard: rpgs and adventure games mainly, though I have a soft spot in my heart for Warriors style games, and a gigantic soft spot for Hyrule Warriors. =P
I write fantasy or sci-fi whenever I can force myself to sit down and actually write. More often than not, I get fixated on world building and just keep building and building and building and never start putting a coherent (or even incoherent!
) story to paper. I do participate in NaNoWriMo (and oh friggyfrag
that's in two days! Quick! To the panic-mobile!) which seems to help a bit, but then real life swamps me out and there goes that motivation.
Anyway! That's about me in a nutshell. The main reason I joined was because I agreed to run a Fireborn one-shot again in the local gaming convention in March, and have hit the 'flail around desperately and wonder why I agree to this insanity' stage. There are a few one-shots provided in supplements, but I don't really like them all that much. I'll default to one if I have to, but I prefer making something of my own.