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RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16. RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter, 2014 Star Voter. 510 posts (550 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 2 aliases.


Full Name

Chris Shaeffer

Race

Half-Drunk

Classes/Levels

Translator 6; Photographer 3; Barista 2; Office Monkey 4

Gender

Male

Size

Just tall enough to bump my head on everything.

Age

27

Special Abilities

Craft Banana Bread; Overcome Jetlag; Learn Languageï¼›Incorporate Constructive Criticism

Alignment

Crazy Lazy

Deity

Tolkien (Patron of language construction enthusiasts)

Location

Seattle, Washington

Languages

English, Japanese, Philadelphian

Occupation

College Advisor

Homepage URL

The Lost Sun of Eldfall

Strength 500
Dexterity -2
Constitution 12
Intelligence 0
Wisdom 0
Charisma 69

About Hodge Podge

Basically, I grew up in Lansdale, a boring Philadelphian suburb consisting of residential developments, a few cows, and Merck (Umbrella Inc).

My first brush with tabletop gaming was getting the AD&D starter box for my birthday one year. I unfortunately never really found anyone to play that with, but the CD was hilarious, and I still have the dice!

One thing I do remember from this period was actually roleplaying with my brother and sister. We got pieces of paper, drew pictures of our adventurers, and gave them things like "a rope, a quarterstaff, robes, 2 empty bottles, and a backpack". We didn't have rules, and my brother just had a map with different locations, objects, and creatures. We didn't even know what our goal was, we just explored. Funny, it sort of played like a text adventure or King's Quest, where the map was aligned to a grid (would you like to go North, South, East, or West?), and each "screen" had something of interest on it that we could interact with. It wasn't until much later, in high school, that I finally played games with codified rules like D&D, Shadowrun, BESM, and various White Wolf games.

I fell out of the gaming crowd for a while when I went to Japan as an exchange student, came back, went to college, went to Japan again to finish college, came back, and then discovered that I was an adult in the rat race. It all happened so fast! During said rat race (in 2010), I recognized my old GM from high school in a local diner. I hooked up with his group. Soon after, we tried Pathfinder for the first time, and have been playing it ever since.

I moved to Seattle in early 2013, and now run my own campaign at a local nerd cafe: The Lost Sun of Eldfall

Thank you to Paizo employee Ryan Macklin for stopping by our table and snapping that shot of us!


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