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RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16. RPG Superstar 6 Season Dedicated Voter, 7 Season Star Voter, 8 Season Star Voter, 9 Season Star Voter. 707 posts (747 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 2 aliases.

Full Name

Chris Shaeffer


Tough Mudder


Office Monkey 6; Translator 4; Photographer 3; Barista 1




Just tall enough to bump my head on everything.



Special Abilities

Procrastinate, Craft Banana Bread


Crazy Lazy


Tolkien (Patron of language construction enthusiasts)


Seattle, Washington


English, Japanese, Philadelphian


Academic Advisor

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, no dice. 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.

Some time after that I lived in Japan for a number of years. Let me know if you'd like anything translated.

I moved to Seattle in early 2013, and now I work for a university and run a campaign at a local nerd cafe.

RPG Superstar:
Season 3 - I hear there's some kind of contest. Meh.
Season 4 - Oh, found it... Interesting.
Season 5 - Aww heck, why not give it a try... Top 16!
Season 6 - Let's try that again... Top 32!
Season 7 - Fail! Waiting until the night before and getting drunk was not a good strategy.
Season 8 - Come on man, focus... Top 16!
Season 9 - Enough of this! I'm gonna win and/or disqualify myself. Entered!... Top 32
Season 10 - There is no Season 10 for me. I'm just gonna start making stuff now. :p