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I once beat Zeb Cook in a Greyhawk Trivia Contest. I lived on a desert island for two years. I like to brew my own beer, make my own chinese food, and fence saber; although I do none of these as much as I would like anymore. Premises guarded by man with shotgun three nights a week— you guess the nights. While D&D’s a first love, Ars Magica is swiftly becoming a greatest love and Cthulhutech my secret mistress. I’m warming to 4E, but the execution tends to overshadow the potential. Both d20 and Pathfinder are like breathing.

I’ve also written a couple of pieces. You can find my work in issue #7 of Kobold Quarterly, I wrote “Dwarven Airships” and the web supplements, “Templeforge Skycasters,” “More Dwarven Airships,” “Action:Skill Challenge (4E),” “Action:Failure (4E),” “The Frostfang Yeti (4E),” “The Deathspittle Bombardier (4E),” and the deadly “Temple Slime Trap.” I also wrote “Ticking Hounds and Clockwork Hunters” in issue #10. The website won the Silver ENnie and the magazine won both the Gold for Best Writing and the Silver for Best Accessory, all in 2009.

You can find my work in the ENnie-winning (Silver for the E-book!) Tales of Zobeck, where I wrote “Redcloak Ruckus.” I worked on Halls of the Mountain King, where I wrote “Roots of Madness,” contributed to and playtested other portions. I completed the 4E conversion for “Roots,” “Grand Lodge,” “Dark was the Night,” and “Deeper Darkness” chapters of HotMK. I also contributed to the Pathfinder conversion of Imperial Gazetteer, where I hammered away at mechanical bits like spells and items, flavor text and stat blocks for the monsters, and (in a point of special pride) designed the PC darakhul option. Some of my projects include: the dreamburning rules in Coliseum Morpheuon, a bit of editing on the Open Game Table:Vol2, Breaking of Forstor Nagar, Tales of the Old Margreve, I designed the Aware Arcana in the Book of Monster Templates and I recently finished a Pathfinder anthology of urban crime/steampunk/noir adventures, Streets of Zobeck and its web supplement. If you sit on the side of the screen without all the enjoyable art, you might want to take a look at 101 Boons, a project I spun up for Rite Publishing and Pathfinder, but it could translate to other fantasy systems with very little heartache. I worked with the incomparable Matt Banach and Clinton Boomer on a 5-room dungeon intended to complement Coliseum Morpheuon. Think of it like Pathfinder Inception. I contributed a good deal to (and in particular, most of the stat blocks) the new Pathfinder Zobeck Gazetteer. It’s almost like a second home to me at this point. ;) I’ve got a good six spells 1001 Spells, which was a little something. You can also find at least a baker’s dozen of my handiwork in the Midgard Bestiary, which just came out. And fresh off the presses, I helped with some editing and conversions for Adventure Quarterly #1. I’m currently the developer for Journeys to the West, The Martial Arts Guidebook, and Tales of Midgard.

I’ve also contributed to issues #1-10 of Sub Rosa Magazine,[/url] an Ars Magica fanzine for Fifth Edition. Issue #8 even includes an interview I happily conducted with Paizo’s

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