"We're not just Ubergeeks, we're the *Ubermenschen* of the New World
Order. We eat new O'Reilly books for breakfast and that's not even the
main course. We can quote entire Shakespearian tragedies from memory, we
know how to perform quadruple bypass surgery and we can go from zero to
sixty in one point two seconds. We are the KINGS, the BOSSES, we eat the
world for breakfast and spew it back up because WE DON'T LIKE THE TASTE.
We're hypersonic, wired, fired up, plugged in, chilled out, locked in and
WE LIKE IT THAT WAY. Nobody messes with us because we have more guns than
Elvis and more knives than a cutlery factory, and even if we didn't, we
could whip Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Jet Li with BOTH hands tied
behind our backs. We're not scared of the world, because the WORLD IS
SCARED OF US." --Fire
- Liralen Li (Phyllis Rostykus)
- I'm not sure where I first met Liralen, but it was probably through Carl
Rigney, whose name you will see mentioned repeatedly in these pages. Even
though she is married and lives a thousand kilometers away, I still think
Liralen is the coolest person ever to exist, which is why she gets listed
first here. I know that she codes, writes, spins, knits, plays soccer,
repairs Land Rovers, and games; so far as I know, she can do anything.
- Ayse, the Dark Goddess of Snide (Cera Kruger)
- Behold the Ayse, the most marvelous Ayse to ever stalk the
Internet. There have been other ayses, but none of them can match the
rapier wit, the shining intellect, or the beautiful brownness of this,
the One True Ayse. Fear the Ayse, praise the Ayse, worship the Ayse,
ALL HAIL THE AYSE.
- Kit (Murphy)
- Kit is regrettably married (well, okay, she doesn't regret
it), but I adore her excessively anyway. She must like me, because she
wears all the descs that I write for her no matter
how embarrassing they are.
- Marith (Margaret X)
- Marith is my very best sister, even if she didn't appreciate the
glow-in-the-dark plastic cockroach I gave her. She dyes silk as well as
herself, hugs me when I florn, and lets me
tease her unmercifully, which is really all you can ask of a sister.
- Gretchen, the Light Goddess of Snide (Shanrock-Solberg)
- I did not actually go to school with Gretchen, unlike most of the other
people here who are near my age. I have MUDded extensively with her,
however, and competed viciously for connect time when her and Brad and Chrisber
and I all lived together in Santa Cruz. Gretchen is rabid, and her hair is to
- Garrett (Bryant Durrell)
- Bryant is another person I didn't go to school with, since he went to
some outdated university on That Other Coast. I knew him over
the net for a quite a while before ending up crashing on his living room
floor in Santa Cruz when we were both quasi-employed bums. Somehow we
ended up with jobs at Netcom, and the rest is history. Or something like that.
- When I was a frosh at Caltech, I fell in with
bad company, who led me into spending
all my time playing Champions and hanging out with upperclassmen. Chrisber was
one of them. After I helped strand Chrisber in Santa Cruz without a car,
a job, or a life, he still voted to let me into the house, which only goes
to show something or other.
- Rachel Gollub
- Although I met Rachel at Tech, I can't say that I really knew her until
we both had lives. Now I get invited to her birthday parties, and she
doesn't seem to be embarrassed when I actually show up. It is at least
half Rachel's fault that I started taking karate.
- Teleute (Linnea Lortsher)
- For a long time, I had to take it on faith that Linnea existed; after
all, if she didn't, who brought all the Die Siedler expansions and
chocolate from Germany? Then, in one of those coincidences that
demonstrates the existance of the Illuminati, she got hired on at the
company I was being rented to, so I could confirm she existed at that
time, but she subsequently disappeared again and was again hypothetical
until the fall of 2007, when I encountered her on the street.
Those two data points obviously form a straight line of continual
existence. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
- Angie (Clough)
- Angie glitters. All the time. If you stand too close to her, you
will glitter too. Or perhaps have anime posters taped to you.
- Xandra (Chrysoula Tzavelas)
- I'm still not sure how Xandra ended up here instead of trapped at
school in Minnesota, but nevertheless she is here, and has an apartment
and a job, and plenty of gaming and a career-like object.
- Dave Flowers
- Yet more bad company. Dave was the last of the people I hung out with
extensively at Tech to move north, but finally the lack of gaming in LA
dislodged him from his cushy university sysadmin job at Tech into a
similar one at Stanford.
- Christy Young
- A good egg. Chrisber's good egg, in fact, and responsible for luring
him away from Temple Square to a nest in the wilds of southern Mountain
- Chris (Siebenmann)
- Chris is also one of those university sysadmin types, but he lives
in Toronto and I have only met him in person twice. He has a very fine
home page, though, and doesn't make fun of my GMing, so he gets a place
- Zonker (Regis Donovan)
- The one time I met Regis in person, she took me to her dojo and had
a bunch of women help her beat me up, which is certainly as much as I could
ask of any friend.
- Ambar sometimes tries to make people think she isn't scary, but no
one believes her.
- Alexei (Bill Stivers)
- I worked graveyard shift with Bill for several months at Netcom,
which may explain some things. Still, there's nothing to cheer you
up after a bad call at 04:00 like a rant in Bill's trademark colorful
- Fire (Chris Page)
- Fire is taller and thinner than me, and gets paid more and has
better hair and a fast sports car and a gorgeous girlfriend, but who else
would I go shooting with at 22:00 on a Tuesday night?
- hegemony (Tara Lynch)
- hegemony Frog-Bringer, Mistress of Flannel, owner of the other half of
Ayse and Marith's brain. Her totem animal is the hedgehog.
- R Sean Borgstrom
is by far the best writer and the strangest and most interesting person I
know. She is the world-reknowned author of Nobilis, which
is the strangest and best-written RPG ever.
- Maya (Genevieve Cogman)
- I don't actually know Maya all that well, but she likes
movies, and put me on her pages, which is good enough for me.
- Merlin (Earl Miles)
- Merlin would like everyone to know that he tastes good in fondue
and barbecues well. (We think there may be a bug in the alien-to-Silicon Valley
- Harold Zatz
- Harold is another Techer, who, among other accomplishments
like animating things no one ever notices in movies,
managed to get a job developing cool software AND
get his company to pay for a network connection so that he could
live nextdoor to his friends in Palo Alto and work in LA, which was
a pretty good scam, but he has finally escaped the Southern Wastes and
now works somewhere doing something with code.
- Al Petterson
- Very bad company indeed. Al has never spared any effort to be a
bad example to the frosh, even going so far as to get a job, graduate,
marry someone both gorgeous and keen, buy a house, and start raising
a family. But he still games, so it's okay. Al is equivalent to Liralen,
which apparently comes as no surprise to his wife.
- Cyrano (Chuck)
- Cyrano appears to be some other kind of geek entirely, but he turned
me on to Hellboy, which is way cool.
- Adam Janin
- After a traumatic foray into the depths of industry, Adam has
returned to California and become a grad student of indeterminate
duration at Berkeley, working on those computer things that are all the
- Eldrik (Bruce Lysik)
- Bruce begged me to link to him so his page will show up higher on
search engines. Since he gave me rides to work every day for like a
year, it seemed fair.
- Aberdeen (Emily Poole)
- Emily has more patience than any eleventeen other people. You can
tell, because she works for a school district, with emotionally
disturbed 7th-graders, and hasn't gone insane yet. (Unless you count
moving to Alaska as an insane act, but she hasn't done it yet!)
- Dr Earl Hubbell
- When I was younger, I wanted to grow up to be just like Earl, but now I
just want his brain. Although technically he falls into the category
of Bad Company I Fell Into In My Youth, he let me crash on his floor for
half a year when I had no job, which was pretty swell of him.
Until recently he was imprisoned in the bowels of LA, but eventually he
managed to bludgeon the guards senseless with his thesis and make his
daring escape, love interest in tow! Or something like that.
- Carl Rigney
- If you ever have the chance to game with Carl, do it. He is a GM of
surpassing skill, who can make even Shadowrun fun. And he has good
- Doctor Jeremy Gollub
- "There's only so many times you can get kicked in the head and still
call yourself a biophysicist."
- Genista (Susannah Gort)
- Geni is the Cutest Hedgehog Ever, but now sadly she has moved to the
Netherlands, only four hundred seventy-eight steps ahead of the INS.
- Brad Shanrock-Solberg
- Brad has tamed the fearsome Gretchenhair, by being too
sensible and practical for it to devour. He is also the Pre-eminent
Guru of the ECNG.
- Sherilyn Petterson
- Remember what I said about who Al married? This is her.
- Jim Murdoch
- Jim is laid-back, and has cats. Sometimes, he cosplays as a Space
- Lynx (Conrad Wong)
- I knew Lynx long long ago, when MUDs were young. Then I didn't know
him for a long time. Now I know him again.
- Ken Shields
- Ken is a new acquaintance, but since he is now ENGAGED to Ayse, I guess he'll be sticking around to game with us.
- Ray Wood
- There's certainly something to be said for anyone who runs a game
about 8th grader werewolves using Torg rules.
- Squire (Bernie Hsiung)
- Now that Earl has moved to LA to be a grad slave, Bernie is the
person deemed most likely to be controlling the population of Temple
Square with evil mind powers. He keeps people's brains in jars in his
basement, which is quite a trick in an apartment in California.
- Kael Loftus
- Kael has been working at Netcom for five or thirty or ten thousand
years, and is not dead, institutionalized, or imprisoned, which speaks
highly of his strength of character, if not his good sense.
- JHart (John Hart)
- Every time JHart uses his superpowers to avoid certain death, he grows
about a centimeter. He handles money only as a bow to absolute necessity,
and is a tactical, strategic, and logistical genius. He oscillates between
Arizona and the Bay Area, with a non-negligible probability density in
other places containing eligible women. So far, none of them have agreed to
spawn with him. The human race may yet survive.
- CZR (William Cesarotti)
- CZR may be a degenerate, but he's our degenerate.
- Bruce (Woodcock)
- I don't know that I'm all that fond of Bruce; he can be pretty damn
annoying at frequent intervals. But he is amazingly snide, and he did
get me a job when I really really needed one, which was awfully nice of
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