Quote Originally Posted by Reinholdt View Post
Reinholdt's Riveting and Rhetorical Questions:
What question would you like to be asked?
What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

What traits do you look for in an ideal pet?
Cuddly. Friendly.

What is the square root of Pi?
Mmmm.... pie.... *drools on the thread*

What's your favorite OOTS strip?
I love the background comments in #40. I like a lot of the early ones, mostly for the gags that rip on the rules.

What's your favorite Erfworld strip?
I only read the first handful of Erfworld strips, hated it, and never read another.

How does your ITP persona relate to you in real life?
Not quite sure what this question means... maybe I'm too tired after a long day...

Sadistic choice time! You must choose to save either the life of your most loved one or the lives of a large group of strangers. Which do you choose?
While I would love to tell you the large group, the answer is probably my most loved.

What is your favorite word?
I love all words. Probably comes from being a writer. But just to be nice, I'll give you two words: Onomatopoeia and defenestrate.

What is your least favorite word?
I really don't know if I have one. Every word serves a purpose.

What makes you enthusiastic?
My children.

What disappoints you?
My children. ;)

What sound do you love?
I think the sound of a child laughing is the most awesome sound in the world. Kids don't fake-laugh the way adults do. It's genuine and pure, and it's awesome.

What sound do you hate?
My alarm clock.

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I regularly think about teaching.

What profession would you not like to participate in?
Firefighter. I don't know about anybody else, but when a building is on fire I'm going to try to get out not in.

(disclaimer: my father is a retired firefighter. I've heard too many stories.)

Quote Originally Posted by Strawberries View Post
How did you find GITP?
I knew Rich a bit before he was famous. I came to the forum just to have another place to talk about the 3.5 rules.

What's your favourite place in the real world?
Hmmm... At the risk of sounding too much like Dorothy, there's really no place like home.

And not in the real world?

Favourite book?
Hmmm.. I have a few.

The Stand, by Steven King
The Sleeping Dragon, by Joel Rosenberg
Jhereg, by Steven Brust
Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancy
Ten Little Indians, by Agatha Christie

Favourite movie?
I love all the Star Wars films, even the prequels that everybody else seems to hate. Some other favorites include (but not limited to): History of the World Part 1, Sneakers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Bull Durham.

Favourite TV serie?
I don't watch much TV at all. About the only thing I watch currently (other than sports) is Mythbusters. Some past TV series that I've enjoyed include (but not limited to): The Sopranos, M*A*S*H, Cheers, Night Court.

Quote Originally Posted by Charity View Post
Hey Z whats up with the Q&A?

I'm not trying to be funny it's just you have never seemed the type to volunteer for this sort of thing if you catch my drift.
I was bored, and caught this one early on so... *shrug*

Quote Originally Posted by ghost_warlock View Post
1. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? If so, who?
Princess Leia.

2. What is one thing about yourself you're the most proud of?
Being a good father.

3. Roses or orchids?

4. What sustains you, keeps you going every day?
I'll be sounding a bit like a broken record, but my kids. Every day is interesting.

5. How did you get to be so awesome?
Other than my kids (who don't know any better yet), I'm not sure who says I'm awesome.

6. Where were you ten years ago, and what do you know now that you wish you knew back then?
Hmmm... April of 2001... I was the new father of a 3 month old; I worked for a company that I expected to be at a long time (I was laid off in '03); I hadn't even given a thought to doing any sort of professional game design/freelance work.

I'm not coming up with anything for the second part of your question, though. Sorry.

7. If the human race vanished tomorrow, leaving only you and one other person to keep you company, who would you want that person to be?
I've never really liked questions like this, to be honest. I would find it terribly boring to have only one other person that I could ever interact with. I mean, my first thought was to try to think of a hot chick, but that would get boring after a while (if it didn't kill me ;) ). Then I tried to think of somebody witty I could talk to, but eventually stories would become repeats and the conversations would become boring.

8. Who is one person who died before you were born that you'd most like to speak with?
My great-great-great-great grandfather. For two reasons. First, to the best of my knowledge nobody has ever been able to trace the family tree back any further than him. I want to know more. Second, there's a family rumor that he came to America (it wasn't the United States yet, he arrived in the 1760's) because he and his brother killed a tax collector in Germany. I want to hear that story!

9. When your life comes to an end, how do you want to be remembered/what do you want to be remembered for?
The only thing I care about is that people say, "He was a good father." Nothing else really matters to me.

10. Ga! These questions have taken a turn for the depressing! Quick, what is your favorite lolcat!? (Bonus cookies for posting a pic.)
Won't be any bonus points. But there's one of a white cat faceplanted into the arm of a sofa that makes a comment about Mondays. It always makes me laugh.

11. What super-power would you want to use to stop Godzilla if he was attacking where you live?
Hmmm... a shrink ray, to make him small enough to squish like an ant on the sidewalk.

12. Beards or babies?
Who says the two are mutually exclusive?

13. Have you ever made up a word? If so, what is that word and what is its definition?
I've made up plenty. Can't recall any off the top of my head, though.

14. Define the following word: whiloplenulent?
The distinct sound made by my brain as it explodes trying to come up with witty and clever answers to questions...

15. What's an old-fashioned song or short schmaltzy bit of poetry that's stuck in your head?
Nothing really stuck in my head at the moment.

16. Favorite mythological monster?
The Jersey Devil.

17. Enough of this! I am your arch-nemesis! Where will we fight our final, climactic battle?

18. In #17, above, did you defeat me? If so, how?
I'm too meek to have an arch-nemesis...

19. Do you prefer the silly questions or the serious ones?

20. Why did you decide to submit yourself to these torturous, probing questions?
I was bored...

Quote Originally Posted by Blue Ghost View Post
How’s life at the moment?
Not too bad, though my daughter got sick right before bed, which is a bummer - both because I hate when either of my kids is sick and because we decided to cancel our D&D session for tomorrow out of an abundance of caution.

Favorite color?

Favorite fruit?

Favorite ice cream?
butter pecan

What is your theme song?
"In Heaven There Is No Beer"

What is your alignment?
Lawful Ugly

What is your Magic: The Gathering color?
Never played Magic

What is the meaning of life?

What are your thoughts on:

All are important for a good life.

What is the color of your aura?
Is there some meaning to aura color, or do I just pick a color? If so, green.

What does your essence taste like?
Beer. :D

What’s your elemental affinity?

Who would you ask to the next Playground Prom, if we had one?
I'm so shy I barely found dates for my real proms (which were over 20 years ago *cough*). I only got prom dates by asking friends. I don't know that I'd like to go through that sort of stress again...

Are you part of any other online communities?
I'm on Facebook. I post regularly on the Kobold Quarterly forums. I still post a bit over at Wizards. I'm "tech support" over at the gaming den (a buddy owns it, and he needs the help). That's about the extent, I guess.

How often do you clean out your PM box?
The PM I received reminding me about this is the 7th message in my box (including sent). I'll go delete that when I'm done with this reply.

What fictional character do you most identify with?
I don't. I mean, I don't ever watch a movie or read a book or whatever and say, "ZOMG! That's totally me!"

Socks: Yes or no?
If I'm wearing shoes, yes. (I hate sandals.) If I'm not wearing shoes and it's winter, probably but not always. If I'm not wearing shoes and it's any other time of year, probably not but sometimes.

Quote Originally Posted by Savannah View Post
Why did you pick Zherog as your username?
Zherog was the name of one of my old 2nd edition D&D characters. When I got back into playing D&D when 3.0 launched, I decided to recycle the name (since the original Zherog didn't do much and so didn't have much of a history). When I registered for the WotC forums back in '01, I needed a screen name. Something or other glitched when I tried to use my first initial and last name, and so I needed a name and decided to use my character's name. I've been using it onlline ever since.

And to explain the name itself... It's a bastardization of "Jhereg" - a novel by Steven Brust, and the name of a creature within that novel (and the rest of that series). I liked the look of it, but thought it needed to start with a Z sound instead. Then I didn't like the last syllable, and swapped the e for an o.

Why'd you pick what you did for your avatar?
Over on the WotC forums, my online persona at the time was very exaggerated as a flirt and a drinker of Guinness. (In fact, had I not found the Castle of Fun rp forum over on WotC, I likely would've been banned.) The character Zherog on the Castle of Fun drank copious amounts of Guinness in the bar. When I joined another message board (The Nifty Message Board) that had a lot of former WotC posters, I had the freedom to have any avatar, rather than the limited list WotC had at the time. I found a picture of a pint and used that. When I came here, I started with the same picture, and at some point many years ago Rawhide commissioned one of the avatarists to make my current avatar for me.

I do like Guinness in real life. But I don't drink it nearly as much as my online persona did back then.

Is there anything about you that you think people should know that they won't get from just reading your posts?
If so, what is it?
There's a lot to me that can't be gleaned from reading most of my posts. I suppose if somebody went to the trouble of reading everything I wrote online (here and elsewhere) they could learn that I'm a 40 year old father of 2 kids ages 10 and 9 who works a "day" job as a computer programmer for the world's largest generic drug manufacturer and works a "night" job as a freelance game designer. They'd know I coach soccer and basketball, have season tickets to the Philadelphia Union, that I'm a big Phillies and Flyers fan, and that I love playing games with my kids. That I'm a college grad who found college to be generally fun but useless in the grand scheme of things. And a lot more.

Quote Originally Posted by wxdruid View Post
What color(s) do you prefer to wear?
hmmm.. As I said before, green is my favorite color. But I don't actually wear it often.

I'm most comfortable in jeans and t-shirt (or shorts and t-shirt in the summer). For work, I typically wear either black or tan pants and a variety of shirts or sweaters that don't really favor one color.

What do you like to collect?
I have a very large baseball card collection, though I haven't purchased anything new in at least 7 years, maybe longer. I also seem to collect game books -despite how many I have, I keep buying more.

How many avatars do you have?
On this site? One. I have my original pint of Guinness that I use almost everywhere else, and on WotC I have an Elan avatar that Rich made for me way back before the comic was all that popular.

Will you be attending GenCon?
Yes! This will be my 9th consecutive year.

What type of chocolate do you prefer?
Dark chocolate.

What type and how many pets do you have?
I prefer dogs, but at the moment we have two cats.

Do you enjoy watching the Weather Channel?
No. ;)

Quote Originally Posted by Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll View Post
1977? What happened that year.
Star Wars came out, I saw it in the drive-in theater with my parents, and it totally rocked my world.

If you could say a single event started the Renaissance, which event would it be?
I couldn't say that, so the question is moot. ;)

Have you ever played the Elder Scrolls games? If yes, which one is your favourite?
Never played.

What genre of books are your favourite?
I like... well, I like a lot really. I've read a lot of what gets classified as mystery and thriller. I wish I had time to read more, actually.

Do you read often?
Oh, hey look. I answered this (in part) in the previous answer. And that was without scrolling down, too.

I read every day. I read a lot of reports and documents at work, I read the news, I read forums. I suspect, though, you meant whether I read for pleasure often. And the answer to that, sadly, is no. I read something before going to bed - typically a page or two or five of a book or magazine. I'm a very slow reader, and have a large backlog of stuff I want to read.

What was the last book you finished?
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

What's your favourite book of all time?
I've answered this above.


Wow! I think I'm actually caught up - at least as of the time I logged in earlier. There's probably new stuff waiting for me....