Are you ready for a brand spanking new geekified interview?? I know I am!! Let us jump right in and get to know Samuel a little bit better! I would like to first thank him for his willingness to participate in this interview! It was great coming up with questions for him to answer!
Tell us a little about yourself anything you would like to share
My full-time occupation is making plastic parts for various companies; it would be cool if I could get into a company that predominately makes gaming pieces.
Also, I’m a practitioner of contact juggling.
What do you find entertaining about fencing and have you ever tried it yourself?
Fencing has been a hobby of mine for most of a decade. After two intense years of initial training, I have slowly relegated my fencing time to but five weekends a year, teaching at a local Renaissance Faire.
I find it entertaining because it is, at its heart, a real-time chess match. The mental back and forth, trying to outwit your opponent, escape traps, recognize patterns, etc. It’s also a fun physical outlet, especially when I get to challenge a fellow fencer to a duel on our fence…er… rail.
In your own words what does parkour mean to you and are brave enough to try it?
Parkour is a type of physical movement through and around obstacles. I have always been a fan of this; even before I knew it had a name, I was hopping fences and bouncing around, up, and over things in my way. Not to any great extent (certainly not YouTube worthy), probably because I’m not brave enough to face all the inevitable injuries.
What type of gamer/role player would you consider yourself to be?
Not sure if there is a word for it, but I’m the gamer that plays games to better themselves. As such, I do tend to favor strategy games, but any game will teach you about yourself, if you’re willing to listen. This is also the reason I enjoy physical activities, such as fencing.
You mentioned you were interested in philosophy what about this subject intrigues you?
The literal definition of philosophy is, “love of wisdom.” Knowledge is what drives me through most of my life, and the consideration of ethics, and the definition of reality is what largely compels me to this subject.
Religion is often times a touchy subject to talk about with certain people how do you feel about talking to others on this subject?
That depends with whom I am speaking. A number of people quickly resort to circular arguments, which makes it frustrating trying to have a meaningful discussion. I prefer talking to those that are open to a rational debate, even if (maybe especially if) it might challenge either of our current paradigms. These make me feel refreshed and energized.
What excites you about learning about Native American histories?
The intensity. Most of what I read concerns the interactions between the Native Americans and the settling Europeans. It doesn’t matter which side you read about, it was a difficult and bloody time.
What is one cool thing you’ve learned about Native Americans that you could share with us?
Just one? That the Comanches were phenomenal with horses. Movies depict this, but usually misname them. Other tribes used horses, but Comanches were virtually the only ones with a mastery of horsemanship in combat.
How has social media improved/impacted your life?
In staying connected to friends, it has only slightly made impact, as I still prefer to see them in person, and tend to gloss over day-to-day type posts. Recently though, I’ve begun a decent into game designing, and finding other gamers, designers, developers, etc. has granted me access to a wealth of information far more easily than if I tried to find the same info through books or internet articles.
If you could give a geek from this generation advice what would you say?
Stick with it; there is no substitute for your passion.
if you had to give one geeky hobby up what would you choose and what would you replace it with?
Recently, I’ve given up MtG as a serious hobby, and have started filling it with designing games. If I had to choose again? Maybe I’d pick up comic books and drop role-playing? Hard call.
If there was one thing you could change about geek culture what would it be and why?
I’m going to morph this question by substituting “geek” with “human.” As a race, we naturally group together with those we hope will support us. A consequence of this is a compulsion to exclude those that don’t fit as “other.” Following a progression, this label allows for the justification of a variety of mistreatment, from ridicule to violence or worse.
This is the aspect of our culture I would change, because in the end, we are all human.
Where can my readers find out more about you and other projects you work on?
I’m keeping Facebook to people I’ve interacted with face to face, but @Zenithpriest is my Twitter account.
I’m looking into other platforms, just haven’t gotten there yet.
As geeks we’ve all been ridiculed at some point in our lives how did you deal with that and how has it affected you as an adult?
I must admit I would be placed on the lighter end of this spectrum.
My favorite scenario is when I was brought into the principal’s office (at a small Christian school) so they could express concern in my fascination for a game where the spells “are straight out of a witches spellbook.”
Mostly, I’ve always been comfortable with my interests, and if someone wishes to tease or mock me for them, that’s their issue.
What are your favorite games to play?
Mage Wars is quickly becoming my favorite. I definitely favor strategy games; I learned chess when I was three (I don’t even remember learning), and it’s been downhill from there.
In your opinion what makes a good role-playing character?
Complexity and growth. Anybody can be a fighter, but why do they fight? Do they hold any regret or remorse for those they’ve slain? Have they ever considered trading the sword for another pursuit?
From a player’s perspective, transcending the data and playing someone who could conceivably exist within the setting.
What excites you the most about the gaming world?
The interaction. To paraphrase Plato, you learn more about a person in an hour of gaming than a year of conversation. It’s a lot harder to wear your social mask while so engaged.