Subject Matter Experts Wanted!

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Subject Matter Experts Wanted!

Postby Chad » Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:23 pm

Are you a subject matter expert? Is there something unique, different, or intersting about your life that you would be willing to talk about and answer questions on? Sign up today to be a subject matter expert for a FtB AMA!

I'll be matining a list in this post. I'll also start by adding myself to the 1st so that you can see the format.

Chad - I Am A:

father
podcaster on the largest independant table top gaming podcast and KitDBs
(Award winning! :ugeek: ) RPG game designer
community modderator/manger
IT professional
person who has succesfully lost 60lbs and have kept it off for about five years now
adult with ADD and I take medication for it
person who GMs and plays table top RPGs

IronJelly (Or you can call me Steve) - I Am A:

tabletop Gamer
Skype GM
Roll20.net GM
Son of a three-time Veteran (who is currently in Afghanistan, is 20 years older than the rest of his squad, and is totally a badass in every way imaginable)
Caregiver for an 84 year old
Photoshop expert
caffiene junkie
Capable of lucid-dreaming on demand (well, i can't fall asleep on demand, but I taught myself how to have lucid dreams often)
Person who copes with OCD
Willing to discuss my stance on marijuana if that becomes a topic.

Mikel- I Am A:

Theatre actor/director who's constantly working on something
Improvisational comedian/director since 1994.
Inspirer of Award Winning Game Designers ;)
A kick ass GM for Con games
Stand Up (Amateur)
Acting teacher
Story structure expert
Burlesque vaudeville performer
English/Theatre educator for the last 10 years
Commedia dell'Arte director and workshop presenter
Character development expert
Improv GM

DrMikey I Am A:

Professional comedian
Improviser (improv comedy/theatre) since 1992
Songwriter/musician
Maker/producer of video content
Podcaster
Husband and father
Proficient photoshop monkey
Artist (clay, paper, pencil, ink, digital, paint, mixed media)
Beer enthusiast
Regular convention guest
Former high school teacher and college English/Theatre instructor
GM that some people think is pretty okay, and others likely think is overrated
Oversensitive baby who takes things far too personally
Bearer of a BS in Creative Writing with a minor emphasis in Theatre
Writer
(entering Cos-worthy territory here)
Flaming Liberal
Atheist

tombombodil - I Am A:

IT Technician
Mathematician
Video Game Developer, Computer Science Major and active member on StackExchange
Person with OCD, Chronic Anxiety, Tourette's Syndrome, who has had 9 years psychoanalytical therapy
Taker of anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety and mood stabilizing medication.
Wilderness Survivor, and all that entails
Son, grandson, and brother of Medical Doctor
West Coast Swing dancer (Intermediate)
EDIT: Competitive magic the gathering player, even qualified for the pro tour once, though I couldn't go because it was in Europe and couldn't get the time off.
Member of a wealthy family
(And for the great and beneficent Cos):
Atheist/Secular Humanist

DT_Defender (Mark Snyder) - And I am A;

Analog Game Designer (Card, Board, Dice, you name it, including RPGs!)
Video Game Designer (Though I am nowhere near super technical, just mostly futzing around with stuff)
Ameteur Video Game Historian / Game Design Theorist
Ex-Podcaster/Video Maker (I used to do LPs back before the boom)
Trying to Climb back into the GM shoes I used to fill so fully
Passive knower of Commercial/Military Aircraft information (Don't quiz me >_<)
Man what has been living under a rock for 5 years
Created my own Religion
Ex Fanfic Writer (No slashies!)
Doodler both on PC and on Paper
A friend of the FtB Family for 4+ years!

Ikoma---I am A:

Civil Designer / AutoCAD guru
father of an autistic son
Mormon (former Bishop - with all that implies)
BFA in Film/Motion Pictures
current MS student in Geographic Information Systems
(ex-)Store Owner/Operator (selling games/comics)
married a few months shy of 20 years
Serious amateur astronomy (i.e. I can't answer questions about specific big telescopes or the academic processes but can answer a lot of general principles and even quite a few advanced ones)

D3M410 - I am a

Behavioral/Psychological Health Worker for a major youth charity
Multipotentialite
Amateur writer (poems, short stories, and scripts)
Amateur filmmaker
Amateur musician
Computer enthusiast
Tutor for study habits and self-teaching
Son of a NASA engineer
Familiar with Lithuania first hand, the most pagan European country
Creator of Syklos, a fantasy setting inspired by Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Dante Alighieri's writings.
Holder of BA in Literature of the English Language
Expert on the academic discussion surrounding Tim O'Brien's body of work (The Things They Carried, Tomcat in Love, etc.)
Expert on styles of literary analysis and how to apply them to things especially Hamlet and Bioshock.
Christian that is knowledgeable about Christian/Catholic history and theology (except for some of the really recent stuff)
A former team member of a traveling ministry team
Polite debater on the internet

Timespike - I am a:

husband
shipper/receiver
retail employee
bookseller (13 years in the book biz)
PC hardware enthusiast
PC gamer
tabletop gamer (Board, card and RPG; have played and GMed multiple systems)
podcaster
teetotaler
non-traditional student
Meyers-Briggs ISTJ
------[Coz-worthy below this line]------
Christian (United Methodist, specifically)
Libertarian (though not the most well-read one you'll ever see - my beliefs fall that way, but I'm not a potential pundit or condidate)


BottledViolence- I Am A:

Shooting sports enthusiast, non-hunter.
Shade tree mechanic, Mopar muscle cars, Harleys, sport bikes.
Auto worker with basic knowledge of machining.
DIYer.
Next month I start my apprenticeship for electrician.
Avid fantasy football player and NFL fan.
Practical prepper... sorry, no doomsday fantasy.
Camping and outdoors enthusiast.
Beer geek, bartender, boozehound.
ETA:
Coz-worthy stuff includes
Libertarian leaning but not an idealogue.
"Inactive" Lutheran who went to both Lutheran and Catholic schools. This means mostly that I do know a bit more than average about religion but do not have a dog in the fight most of the time.


runester- I Am A:

I've had cancer, twice; Testicular and Thyroid, continue to be monitored regularly, and will be taking supplemental hormones for life.
I've worked in technology for over twenty years, for companies ranging from 110,000 employees to 40 employees, including two start-ups.
My family is full of serial entrepreneurs, with many failures and a few successes.
I'm a podcaster, podcast producer, and (IMHO) an OK interviewer.
I've bought a home (a condo) while living in a different state and then (some years later) sold it short (i.e. For less than I owed) - which was not fun.
I've travelled to Israel, Belgium, and Italy.
I am an accomplished public speaker and presenter.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
I am a former Jehovah's Witness.
My politics have moved from the extreme right to the mid left; I'm growing more liberal as I age.

VaMinion- I Am A:

I'm an IT Security professional. Been in IT in various forms for nearly 17 years now, and IT Sec for either 4 or 8 depending on how you count it. My main passion is forensics.
I was a SysAdmin and an Oracle DBA/developer in a previous job.
Been a LARPer for 13 years, though I've taken a hiatus from it twice. Both were boffer LARPs.
Played magic for almost 15 years. This is on pause just because I don't have the time to find folks to play with.
I'm constantly trying to adapt games to handle the campaigns I want to run.
I'm currently running a WoW guild.
Religion/politics, since it's being bounced around:
Fugitive Catholic, as my father-in-law would say. Went to Catholic high school, had religion classes, all that jazz.
Politically moderate. Not because I don't care, but because I find the zealots on both sides morally repugnant on at least a few issues.

goatunit - I am A:

Early adopter of blogging (E/N sites).
Longtime dungeon master in the bible belt.
Play-by-Post GM and player, several times over.
I drove a limo for several years, frequently for A-list (and lower) celebrities and even foreign royalty.
Lead singer in several bands over the years.
Husband to a professional research scientist.
Father of a soon-to-be-two-year-old.
Aspiring novelist.
History enthusiast.
I've been diagnosed with mild PTSD, though I've since recovered.
I know a lot about philosophy.
I do open mic comedy a couple times a month.
Cos-worthy stuff:
Former racist.
Socialist.
Atheist, but cool with religion.
Occasional drug user.

Doc Twisted- I Am A:
I am a:

Former retail drone, table waiter, data entry clerk, data entry trainer, proofreader, forum administrator/moderator (no not here), peer counselor, knife salesman, and late night convenience store clerk.
Modern Literature major.
Math tutor (Up to Trig. Anything after that it's been too long for me to remember properly).
Amateur actor, including singing and performing choreographed dance.
Karaoke regular. While sober or drunk.
Longtime reader of a large number of comic books. If there was some major event in comics, either I read it or was told all about it by someone who had.
Survivor of a motorcycle crash.
Person living with ADHD that was medicated at one time but currently is going without.
Long, longtime Magic: the Gathering player that consistently places in local tournaments.
Longtime fan of most anything Sci-Fi or Fantasy.
Currently learning how to navigate the systems in place after an on-the-job injury. I've already learned many useful things that your employers/managers will never tell you.
Most of my retail years were in hardware stores, so I can answer many home improvement questions.
Longtime player of various tabletop RPGs and GM of a variety of systems, including Paranoia, Heroes Unlimited, DnD (2.0 and 3.5), Pathfinder, XDM, and possibly soon Star Wars: Edge of the Empire.
Fomer player of the saxophone (Extremely out of practice, my sax "died" years ago from a combination of damage and neglect).
Cos-Worthy stuff:
Raised Presbyterian. Currently registered as a priest with the Universal Life Church. Done a great deal of Bible study in Church, academic, and private settings.
Son of a retired county police officer. He was at the rank of Chief (two steps under the Sheriff) when he retired.
Longtime fan of comedians that questioned people's value systems, like Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Bill Hicks.
Left-leaning on the vast majority of issues.

Burning- I Am A:

PhD in physics with a specialty in astrophysics.
Briefly worked as a professor at a small liberal arts college
Currently work as a software quality assurance tester
Connected with this, I have gained some knowledge of U.S. healthcare billing practices and regulations.
Husband and father.
Longtime, moderately obsessive Dr. Who fan.
Interested in recreational mathematics.
Played the trombone (currently badly out of practice)
Foil fencer (badly out of practice and never very good to begin with)
I'd be willing to talk about cooking. I am reasonably handy around the kitchen, although I still have a lot to learn.

JediSoth- I Am A:

Catalog Production Coordinator (hardware/tool catalogs)
Author/Publisher (The Foundation of Drak-Anor series (fantasy), Zack Jackson series (YA sci-fi))
ENnie Awards Submissions Coordinator & Publisher Relations
Son of a 3x cancer survivor
Widower (1st wife died at 29 from pulmonary embolism)
sometimes freelancer for RPG writing/layout

Greatwyrm--I am A(n)

"Insurance guy" with experience mainly in property/casualty, health, and employee benfits.
Long-time fan and student of professional wrestling.
GM running primarily online games for the last 7 or so years

xsgtdanusmc a.k.a Sgt Dan.. I am

a former active duty Marine (10 years, 3 weeks).
a Radio/Communications/Electronic Technician (2-way, wireless communications, starting to dabble in IP).
single...while marriage is a fine institution I have never been institutionalized.
a TTRP Gamer. GM & Player. Skype & Live play.
a sports fan (football [Green Bay Packers], hockey [Carolina Hurricanes], and baseball [Milwaukee Brewers])
an amateur philosopher and historian
a fine connoisseur (mostly sewer) of beer, wine and food. I enjoy cooking
(Cos-worthy)
Conservative/Libertarian on politics (make Rush Limbaugh look like Barney Frank at times)
Conservative Evangelical Christian of Lutheran (Missouri Synod) background.
Not-as-successful-a-I-like recovering sex addict

Chris- I Am A:

Marketing Director at a local television station (12 years)
Worked in a variety of roles with local TV News for the 9 years before that
Published writer for the TTRPG Biz
Published writer in the non-fiction market
Budding coffee enthusiast
Holder of a BFA in Theatre (no minor)
Father of 4 (ages from 12 to 21)
Married for 22.5 years
Nationally award winning documentary writer/producer/director
Semi-professional Audio and Video editor
Weight lifting enthusiast
Former certified Personal Trainer (Amercian Council of Exercise)
Worker of a wide variety of second PT jobs (retail, UPS truck loader, data entry with USPS, video store clerk)
Battler of arthritis (right knee)
Youngest of 7 children
GM predominantly for most of the 30 years I have been a gamer

sbonner- I Am A:

a professional librarian.
a father of 3 boys (and a girl on the way).
a self-taught computer geek, and manage the computers at the library.
well read, and happy to talk about a range of genres and literature in general.
knowledgeable about various flavors of moral philosophy.
a former psych tech in lockdown mental health facilities, mostly working with kids and teens.
Cos-worthy bits:
I have gone from strongly Christian conservative to libertarian to moderate to slight lefty, and am now, like Runester, getting more lefty every year. I grok what makes each of these political philosophies go, and am familiar with the huge variety of ideas and moral positions within each.
I grew up in a physically abusive home, in poverty, and other unpleasantness, and coped with it all pretty well (eventually).

Infrared- I Am A:

MSc in Physics, with a specialty in Astrophysics.
PhD in Theoretical Physics.
Experience as a Professor in Physics and Telecoms Engineering.
Currently Work as Senior Scientist / Researcher at National Research Council.
Project manager. PhD and Postdoc supervisor.
Inventor and entrepreneur (Invented a new kind of laser and patented a few of its applications, technological startup founder and currently advisor).
I am also a player and GM with 27 years of experience, which makes me... far too old.
Husband and dad (limited experience, but learning new tricks every day).
Choir singer (Tenor chord).
Overall geek with an interest in anything Science-related, as well as History and pretty much any kind of obscure and useless knowledge.
Epee fencer (also very much out of practice and limited due to permanent injury).

Bai Shen- I Am A:

privacy advocate

BadMrMojo- I Am A:

self-educated web developer, both as a day job and as a freelancer, with pretty extensive html, css, js, and php experience.
fledgling maker of electronics - recently including an ultra-shabby (but functional) arcade cabinet.
maker and user of a hackintosh as a primary machine for 2 or three years.
owner of a (mostly non-working) 3d printer and (mostly frustrated) enthusiast.
occasional linux novice.
long-time classical / SCA / LHA fencer (and dabbler in some related stuff).
former novice rider and horse owner (a season's worth of dressage and jumping at schooling shows).
privacy advocate and borderline conspiracy theorist.
interested-but-uneducated layman in the field of IP law.
working professional in two industries without a degree or any relevant formal education.
child-free divorcee who strongly desires to remain as such.

Bevinflannery, and I am a:

Wife with a stay-at-home-husband
Mother to a tween girl and 9-year-old boy
Tabletop and play-by-post GM and player, with a four-year experiment of running the same homebrew 3.5/Pathfinder campaign/setting in each venue, with my spouse playing in each version.
Lawyer, specializing in commercial civil litigation (Company A/Wealthy Individual A sues Company B/Wealthy Individual B) at both the trial and appellate levels, with a dose of some wrongful death, First Amendment/Free Speech and trusts & estates litigation, and side-specialties in legal ethics and e-discovery issues.
Home cook not afraid to try (and modify on the fly) any recipe, or to figure out what might or might not work in a slow cooker.
Coal miner’s daughter
Lapsed hillbilly, having lived outside Eastern Kentucky longer than I lived in it
Crochet’er
Labrador retriever owner, with more experience than I would like in recognizing the symptoms of gastric torsion in three different dogs
Armchair genealogist
Pro-union pro-choice feminist atheist.

Triggerhappy938- I Am A:

SCAdian
occasional LARPer
Non-traditional college student [Major: English - Secondary Education]
GM with coming up on a decade's experience.
Member of my local fighting game community.

dntimm- I Am A:

IT security Professional (at least thats what they pay me for , and they made me get a CISSP)
I have been a Adjunct professor for IT stuff (Programming, Networking, and computer hardware)
I have been in IT for 20 + years (Yikes, started in High school)
I have been a sysadmin, tech, programmer, web guy and Security… (You know the song)
Use Linux, OSX and windows on a daily basis (for work and home)
I am a husband , married 15+ years
I am a father of two sons one with ADHD and the other on the Autistic Spectrum
Gaming for over 30 years (I started when I was seven)
Geography/Comp Sci. major
A fan of the Sci-Fi and fantasy genre

Cos worthy
Politics mostly a little left except when it come to money then I go spend less then you make….
Religion Formerly Lutheran, now probably agnostic/ Humanist

Gamma-Ray- I Am A:

research chemist working in the nuclear safety field at a national laboratory
husband and father
trumpet player and choral singer (amateur with over 40 years experience)
Society for Creative Anachronism member (archery marshal)

Under Cosworthy:
Anglican (that's Episcopalian for you US folks)

Fallout_Monkey- I Am A:

Amateur tabletop game desginer/enthusiast
Avid board game collector
Amateur book publisher(I put my wife's book together and uploaded it on Smashwords)
Professional CSharp, Java, Android programmer
Professional SQL and PostgreSQL admin/developer
Professional in document management (including signature capture)
Person living type II diabetes on medication
Husband, Brother, and Son
Father of 1 Daughter and 1 Deceased Son
RPG podcast enthusiast
Fantasy and science fiction enthusiast

Sith_Mafia- I Am A:

an electrical engineer for boeing
F-15 weapon systems expert
minor in mathematics
husband and father of 2
former FLGS owner (still do gaming conventions)
video gamer (almost every system)
sports, movies, concert fan
home theater expert
bluray expert
craft beer fan
taught myself to play electric guitar
non practicing catholic

Sion- I Am A:

fantasy writer
aspiring novelist
editor
world building
the life and works of J. R. R. Tolkien
history enthusiast in general
expertise in Ancient Mediterranean History
Libertarian
Nondenominational Christian that believes in literal truth of the Bible
ADD and medicates for it
have the rarest Myers-Briggs Personality Type: INFJ
Game Master, leans heavily on improv
High school senior

Todd Zircher - I am a:

computer graphics guy (mainly DoGA CGA these days)
game designer (PBM, table top, and video games)
computer programer in a variety of languages
an actual play pod caster (usually Fate and other indie games via Skype)
virtual game convention organizer

FolcoTook (Todd) - I am a:

Husband and Father (2 kids under 5)
IT Professional (Web development and SharePoint administration)
Former application trainer (MS Office, Adobe apps, Desktop publishing apps)
Have worked in advertising (in IT)
Grew up on a farm
Have lived in St. Louis and Kansas City
TTRPG gamer who hasn't played in many years
Gamer from back when gaming was evil/satanic (80s)
GM who gets the most enjoyment from world building
Probably ADD (never professionally diagnosed)
Caffeine junkie
Stress eater
BA in History and Political Science (emphasis on Military and Diplomatic [especially WWII] for my History degree)
Homeowner (on our 2nd house now)
--'Cos-worthy Topics--
Conservative/Libertarian
Christian (non-denominational, grew up Lutheran - ELCA)

Jinx

I am a Sergeant. British Army, Corps of Infantry.
I have been a Professional Service Instructor for the Corps of Infantry, I specialized in Physical Fitness and Assault Pioneering but wore many hats in many associated fields.
Military History - War Studies.
Psychology - Brain and Behavior.
I have written for the Black Library - Warhammer 40,000 short story.
Have read the Silmarillion.
Computer Hardware - I built my desktop from bits, but know nothing about software.
Anger Management - I manage anger arising from Post Traumatic Stress. I have gone through a successful course of therapy.

Jahaili I am :

Person who works with special needs children
Was a professional editor with a publisher; am now a freelance editor
Student of religious studies
Student of mythology and folklore
Heathen (type of pagan), though was raised Catholic
Soon to be an MA in creative writing and literature (not yet published, but working on it)
Bisexual and knowledgeable about sexual orientation and gender identity difficulties
Kinky person but married to someone vanilla
Someone who suffers from anxiety
Someone in a communal living situation
Have led several religious organizations and am familiar with organizational and spiritual leadership
Someone who has had an ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage, and knows a helluva lot about conception and recovery after a loss
Going to be owning goats very soon. I'm not quite an expert there yet, but I have a fuck ton of knowledge.
substitute teacher

Anthroslug - I am:

A father of a toddler girl
A husband who lived with (and had a child with) my long-time partner (now wife) for many years before getting married.
A professional archaeologist with a research background (also, a published researcher), therefore knowledgeable about historic preservation laws and regulations (especially California's) as well as research archaeology. Regional specialization: California.
Like Sbonner, a gamer from back when it was Satan's favorite past-time.
Semi-professional historian and ethnographer (these are aspects of what I do professionally, but not the main focus)
Veteran of the business (rather then technical) side of the 90s dot-com boom.
Amateur photographer (primarily digital)
Scientifically-oriented skeptic (i.e., I read scientifica journal articles for fun and I am the guy who doesn't get invited to parties because I'll tell you why homeopathy is bunk).
Collector of ghost stories and amateur ghost-story folklorist.

Potentially Cos-Worthy:
Married to a member of the board of directors for the local LGBT community center, and therefore somewhat knowledgeable about LGBT issues - and, more importantly, I know where to go for answers if I don't know something.
Atheist raised Protestant Christian, and having lived in both hard core-Evangelical Christian and somewhat loopy New-Agey parts of the country.

snelson66 - I Am A:

Father to two special needs children
Husband of nearly 20 years
Certified Paralegal
former IT technician
Voice Over talent (radio and television)
former radio DJ (mostly jazz and country)
adult w/ an non-diagnosed autism-spectrum disorder (based on child's diagnosis and having similar symptoms)
31+ year TTRPG player and occasional DM/GM
Scottish Rite Freemason
1st Dan black belt and former instructor of Haidong Gumdo (Korean sword martial art)
amateur Texas Hold 'Em poker player
ordained minister of the Universal Life Church
walking participant in 5K races
constant support employee (never the manager, but the manager's assistant)
sufferer of thanatophobia (fear of death)
fan of just about every sport, particularly Minnesota professional sports (God hates Minnesota just as much as Cleveland)

freeAgent - I Am A:

Gen-Y
IT Project Manager
Resident of Chicago
BA in Economics from the University of Chicago
Former choral singer (childhood through college), also did some musical theater
Eagle Scout, inducted into the Order of the Arrow
Recreational dinghy sailor, skier, and tennis player (formerly competitive as a child)
Graduate of TJHSST
CTY alumnus, attended camp in Lancaster
Possessor extremely high spatial intelligence
Shift between INTP and ISTJ MBTI types
Small-l libertarian, politically independent
Atheist/agnostic, raised Presbyterian
Terrible dancer
Decent with a (digital) camera and Lightroom
Never used illegal drugs
Suffer from Lipomatosis which began its onset in my early 20s

Too Tall - I Am A:
Father / Husband
Product Designer (It's called Industrial Design but that makes pepole think I design machinery)
All the Skills that entails, from Human Factors to Photoshop
Fourth of Seven Children
Grew up in a small SEC Town
Son of a University Professor
Hold a Masters Degree in Industrial Design
I have been to Dragon Con three times
I have a Blood Sugar Disorder
Home schooled for high school

lostclause - I Am A:

Medical student
Public health amateur
GM
New Zealander
Agnostic

ConciseLocket - I Am:

a husband of a college professor
a multimedia designer with 15 years in user interface design (HTML/CSS/Javascript)
an art school graduate
an independent socialist
someone who ran a singles ministry for a liberal United Methodist Church and is now an atheist
an adult who has lived with anxiety/depression since birth and been on medication for 20 years
someone who lived with a now-deceased sibling who was bi-polar and schizophrenic
a practitioner of yoga
someone who lost a lot of weight through simple diet and exercise activities that didn't kill me or require me to starve
a published RPG writer and "fantasy cartographer" (Shadowrun, Traveller, and some PDF-only system agnostic superhero games)
working on my own FATE Core system-driven game for publication (my New Year's resolution from 2012 was to finally write and illustrate my own game)

Fridrik - I am many things. But I'm willing answer questions about:

Real world Cartography
Satellite imagery
GIS
GURPS
Australia
Iceland

Wayne - I am a:

Podcaster on multiple shows
Suffer from Depression, Anxiety, and Panic Disorder
Worked at Six Flags for 6-7 years(retail, inventory controllers, concerts, etc.)
Comic book fan(have over 10,000) who rarely reads digital
Manga fan
Anime fan
Dog Owner
IT Professional
A Fear the Con Organizer
Diabetic due to damage caused by a high Iron count over a period of time.
Homeowner
Basement Wrestling(like backyard wrestling, but we didn't go outside)

Dan - I am a:

Podcaster on multiple shows.
Suffer from depression, anxiety, and panic disorder. The panic disorder in particular is very acute.
Worked in software development for about 20 years.
Been self-employed, involved in multiple start-ups, and own an LLC.
Created, own, figurehead, and manage a long-running podcast and online community. There are few events in public or behind-the-scenes I wasn't at least aware of if not actively involved in.
While I'm only a big fish in a small pond, I have some idea of what it's like to deal with fame and have your life publicly scrutinized.
Spoken at multiple conventions on podcasting and new media.
Taught Christian theology, Biblical hermeneutics, and apologetics at both colleges and churches.
Done a lot of public speaking in general, now that I think about it.
Written fiction for serial publication, magazines, and anthologies.
Talked multiple people out of suicide when they were on the brink of the act.
Witnessed multiple deaths and been asked to perform a variety of religious functions at some of them, including prayers, performing last rites (I'm not Catholic), and preaching or speaking at the funeral.
Have been asked to investigate a host of alleged hauntings and demonic acts. My views on this are probably a lot more skeptical and nuanced than people might guess.

Lichtbringer - I am:

a chemist (PhD)
reasonably informed in other fields of science (physics, biology etc.), very useful for GMs and RPG designers
populariser of science as a hobby
a German citizen and native speaker (Thus English is only my second language. If I write something truely awful I probably meant something else.)
engaged to a Polish woman
I have a lot of layman knowledge of European history and by proxy detailed information on the history of the Middle Ages (my fiancé is a historian of the MA).
a GM for many years and an RPG designer
have written articles for RPG fanzines and given talks and workshops on RPG topics

dwolf52000 - I am a:

member of the Asatru faith
Database expert - More Oracle than SQL Server
I have worked in several state departments of revenue
I have built my own tabletop roleplaying system
I have had several unsuccessful Kickstarters
I run a charity event at a convention
I have been on several active submarines (both fast attack and boomer) - NOTE: there are some things I cannot share
I have been a part of Army Junior ROTC
I have been a part of Navy ROTC
I have a masters degree
I am a podcaster
Have traveled for business weekly for extended periods of time
Manager on a current project
Play trading card games
gay man
I have traveled overseas to Japan, Hong Kong, and Macau
I have lived in a flat in Australia for a month

gacorley - I am a...

Linguist (or rather linguistics graduate student)
Conlanger (someone who invents languages as a hobby)
Podcaster (in relation to the above, I run the Conlangery Podcast: http://www.conlangery.com )
Officer in a non-profit organization (Vice President of the Language Creation Society: http://www.conlang.org )
Multilingual person (I speak Spanish at a literary level, Mandarin Chinese at a conversational level, and I know some basic Tagalog but not enough to be useful)
Sinophile (I speak Chinese, have been to China just a little bit, am dating a Chinese girl, etc.)
BA in International Studies (I know some basic stuff about how international politics works)
someone who has traveled to China, Japan, and Northern Ireland
online tutor
former gas station convenience store employee
former fast food employee (Burger King)
Eagle Scout

OrknessRising - I am a...
Prolific podcast listener (backlogs of FtB, Happy Jacks and 5 other multi-year podcasts)
Father (custodial and non)
Older Brother to two by blood, tens by choice
Physical Security specialist in Hotel, Corporate and Federal environments
New shooter (qualified to be an armed guard at 4th in my class on my 5th time ever firing a handgun)
Character creation expert in system agnostic ways.
Larper
Boffer larper
Video game modern rpg (non jrpg) expert
Deist (goddess though instead of god IMHO)
Airsofter (including commanding 125 men in a large scale event and winning)
Tabletop Wargamer (mostly 40k)

TRX7900L - I am a:

licensed mental health professional
child and adult clients
trained play therapist
assessment of children, development, families, parenting
attachment focused
often asked about ADHD, other "behavior" concerns
works often with victims of trauma/abuse
work in dual diagnosis facility (mental health + chemical dependency tx)
artist (a bit of everything - undergrad degree in art)
long time resident of seattle
lived in rome, love that place
father
husband, ~9 years
reality TV show junkie
board gamer
often the GM
eagle scout (i see others here!)

Tegemea - I am a

Molecular biologist - I have a MS degree and am a lab manager for a PI in the field of HIV virology, gene therapy/vector biology.
We published the first dual gene transgenic cats, and I manage the transgenic cat colony.
Actor and director in local theatre with a theatre degree
Cellist with 22 years experience and a music minor
Gamer on both sides of the screen.
Somewhat experienced veterinary technician and proponent of rescue pets
Husband of 10 years
Father to 3, two boys and a girl.
Christian raised Catholic and evolutionary scientist, and I do not see a need for conflict in these spheres.
Proponent of marriage equality and LGBT rights
Fairly liberal, politically
Have traveled to Tanzania (college semester) and Iceland (vacation).
Fanboy of ASOIAF and Pat Rothfuss, avid reader of fantasy fiction

FoxFang I am A:

IT Professional (Self Taught to start, up to a Bachelor's of Computer Science)
SharePoint Administrator
Programmer (C++, Java, Python)
Hardware Troubleshooter
Computer Builder (10+ rigs built to date)
Science Fiction (Reader/Writer)
Anime Connoisseur
Miniatures Gamer:
Battletech SME. Played since 1992. Run Demonstration games for FASA corporation 1998 - 2001, Catalyst Demo Team from 2010 - Present.
Professional miniatures painter 2003 - Present
Convention Veteran (Gen Con, Origins, Regional and Local Conventions)
Convention Organizer (Black River Con, 1999)
Military Geek

Boo7912 I am A:

Soldier first-10 years and counting.
A former reconnaissance soldier, scout.
Now an Army Recruiter, a different kind of scout.
An aspiring Author. Diverse reader, writer.
A local marketing connoisseur.
Networking, internal and external.
College-limited psychology-switching and pursuing a business degree.
A self proclaimed animal expert.
Amateur ghost hunter.
Successful fisherman.
Professional bathroom vocalist. Retired Karaoke King.
28 years old, lived in 11 states, proficient and well versed in the arts of moving and relocating.
RPG fan/table top and select PC games.

DirtyxByrd I'm A:

musician that played in heavy metal bands and did two full US tours
salesperson for a telecommunications company
Disc golf enthusiast
Cyclist
podcaster
Audio book junkie

Psyicman I am a:

A UPS employee who worked/worsks in the hub and a package delivery driver
High School Graduate
Never went to any higher learning
Raised Catholic but not religiouse anymore
Not an Athiest or spieritual ether
Gamer of all types
GM of several RPGs
Minatures painter
Not profeshional artest for self, friends, or family
Tattoo enthusiest
Gun enthusiest
A first time cat owner
Fan fiction writer
Only ever lived in California
Former Boy Scout

Argentum I am a:

MA in Philosophy
MA cert in Women Studies
Musician
Amateur cook/baker (I know a decent amount about bread baking)
Ran a successful kickstarter (not sure im an expert, but I learned alot)
I do know a ton about Kitchen gear (knives, sharping knives, pans, electronics)

Chris (d20philia) - I am a(n) …

Husband of 1 wife, father of 2 boys, alpha for 1 beagle
DM since 1978–79, starting with the Holmes basic D&D box
Aficionado of fantasy, superhero, and sci-fi RPGs
Current player and/or GM for D&D 4e and ICONS
Owner of more games than I can play
DM and host of the Icosahedrophilia podcast
Non-award winning TTRPG author and/or editor
Wannabe educational game designer
Mac/iOS partisan
College professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA
Biblical scholar specializing in the book of Genesis and its interpretations throughout history
Early adopter of educational technologies and new pedagogies (“flipped” classrooms, gameful learning)
Christian (“liberal” by my church’s standards, “conservative” by most churches’ standards)

Curn Bounder - I am a

Father of 1
Husband
Have been divorced
Colorado Native
Former U.S. Army--Intelligence (4 years and not a day more)
Served in South Korea for 2 years
B.A. History
M.A. Political Science
Former Community College Teacher (Political Science--Intro and American Government)
Legislative Performance Auditor (State of Colorado)
Football fan
Coach of youth flag-football team
GM--mostly Pathfinder and Savage Worlds
Co-creator of the Deadland's Twilight Legion "living" campaign in Denver
Aspiring writer (written for Wayfinder and the Pathfinder Chronicler, but no paying jobs)
Aspiring voice-actor (Just started my own audio-fiction podcast)
Practicing Christian
Libertarian (bordering on Anarcho-Capitalist)

Dntspard -- I am a

amateur filmmaker
amateur actor
Former Singer in bands
B.A. & Masters Credits in Political Science
DYIer
SCAer
Weapon Enthusiast (Melee, Bows, Guns, etc)
Random Historical knowledge Enthusiast
Former unofficial gang member (will explain if needing to)
GM
Soccer Fan
Law Office Employee
Son of, and potential, Peace Officer
Former Catholic turned Atheist.
Depression/Anger Issue Sufferer
and as of the the discussion with a few people, now labeled, Workout & Weight Loss enthusiast

Nicholas (GothiUllr) - I am a

Member of the Asatru faith
Private pilot, and aircraft owner
Started paid work when i was 15 and have been continuously employed since
Professional Aircraft Mechanic, with experience with both planes and helicopters, Military and Civilian
I attended part of my primary schooling in a foreign country in both in English speaking and NON English speaking schools.
Third culture kid (Full fledged military brat, with all that entails, also an diplomat's child)
knowledgeable about gender identity issues.
Book binder, leather worker, and amateur carpenter
general DIYer
I brew Mead
Shooting enthusiast
Motorcycle accident/ physical trauma survivor.
Ranch hand
Government Employee
Straight spouse to a homosexual wife.

SilverseraphAE - I am a:

Fairly religious Christian (Seventh Day Adventist)
Sabbath Worshiper
Kosher-eater
Person raised believing RPGS were demonic
Open-minded person
GM (Pathfinder, Monsterhears, Fate [Dresden mostly])
Bard-Lover
Board Game enthusiast
College Graduate with B.A. in Electronic Media and Film
Amateur writer & Screenwriter
Audio Editor
Podcast host (Saving the Game)
Survivor Fanatic
Former Product Demonstrator/Salesperson
Amateur Cook

Jmerrick - I am a:

Video game soundtrack composer
Video game journalist
YouTube content creator
Person with an odd belief system
GM
Pagan
Washinkai karate synchronized kata champion
Lived in Spain and the UK
Amateur actor
Unemployed Brit on welfare

HollowGolem - I am a:

Trained Teacher (MA in education)
Classicist/Historian
linguist
numbers/math guy
Anglophile
Enrolled Agent (tax preparer)
Former substitute teacher
ancient literature enthusiast
self-styled philosopher (currently an Epicurian Consequentialist, always changing)
under-employed Gen-Y-er
Former liberal Christian (Episcopalian), current atheist
amateur student of theology
political moderate (liberal-ish-leaner) who tries to base beliefs on evidence

Peetiedog - I am a:

46
Father 7 year old girl - Husband 48 year old wife (don't tell her I posted that) 11 yrs.
Attorney (good kind) - 5 years * current
Executive Director/Directing Attorney legal aid for senior citizens (housing, public benefits, elder abuse (finically & physical), power of Attorney, advanced health care directives, collection defence, etc... 1 yr.* current career
planned parenthood -facilities and clinic protection - 10 years dealt w/ protesters/escorting patients, suspicious packages, bomb threats, health center security upgrades, liason with ATF, FBI, and local PD, staff safety training * stopped in 2003
Advocate for survivors of domestic violence - phone line advocate, represented survivors getting restraining orders, train new advocates regarding control and powervdynamics of DV. - 2 yrs stopped 2011
volleyball player - 18 years ago, AA ranked Beach volleyball player - seems like a lifetime ago
Secular humanist
Member of Jewish temple
Sea kayaker - live on the California coast
Diabetic on insulin pump

Adam Gottfried (The Almighty Bear) - I am a:

a father of two, 4-year-old son, 4-month-old daughter. It bears noting that my son has a powerful peanut allergy which requires the presence of an Epinephrin pen anywhere we go. I'm happy to help answer questions about dealing with that.
a veteran roleplayer
a veteran gamemaster
a former teacher
a former retail front-liner
a former website editorialist
a published and award winning author
a writer of songs (yeah, I write the songs bitches)
a sufferer of ADD
a sufferer of dyslexia
legally blind and legally blind (product of Stargardt's Disease)
a student of history
an avid reader
a government employee
an introvert who excels at pretending to be an extrovert.
had some recent experience with polyamory.
a straight gay and women's rights activist.
a former Biblical scholar.
a student of all religions.
an avid and knowledgeable Superman fan,


Silas (McNutcase) - I am a:

I am a:
Sufferer of migraines, both classical (with aura) and simple (without aura)
Synaesthetic
Person who has suffered untreated Lyme disease (for two years, now finally eradicated)
Hearing-damaged person
Person with impaired mobility
Legal immigrant to the USA


Ruben (Save-vs-DM) - I am a:

Professional RPG Print Designer
Fine Art Photographer (with a focus on Chemical Photography)
Studio Lighting Expert
Sculptor (Both Terrain and Ceramics)
Hunter
Fisherman
Veteran Gamemaster
Veteran Roleplayer
Builder of Computers
"Hack" Web Coder
Skyrim Modder
Comic Collector
Bicyclist
Sewer (Though my sister destroys me in talent)
Former Farm Hand/Rancher
Scuba Diver (Deep Water/Night Dive Certified)
Soccer Hooligan (Rose City Till I Die!)
Portlander
Husband (no children)
Former Construction Apprentice (to my father)
Aquarium Enthusiast
Amateur Herpetologist
Former Pastry Chef
Wine Enthusiast

Gende (Jean) - I am a:

I am:
a french Canadian
a worker in a free-healthcare system for 12 years (at various positions within)
a veteran player
someone who went working in a foreign country
a car mechanic
mildly schizophrenic

cartweel- I am a:

- GM of a "Kids Table"
- A Klingon speaker and member of the Klingon Language Institute
- a Neopagan (with author, leader, and scholar credentials in that arena)
- (until recently) a graduate student in Religious Studies specializing in New Religious Movements (aka "cults") and religion and the internet.
- an art teacher and art museum educator

Aaron- I am a:

A Finn (Finnish person)
I speak 4 languages (Finnish, English, Swedish, German) with varying fluency
I have also studied 2 more, but with no currents skill worth mentioning (Russian, ancient Greek)
I'm a GM who has never played
I went to military (but then, 6 months to a year of service is mandatory here)
I'm from a Pentecostal home, went to a new charismatic bible college, now I'm a baptist youth pastor and student in Pentecostal university. Go figure.
"Eagle scout" is american thing, but i have been a boy scout and/or Royal Ranger (Pentecostal version of boy scouts) all of my life.

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I am the story stick
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Re: Subject Matter Experts Wanted!

Postby IronJelly » Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:04 pm

IronJelly (Or you can call me Steve) - I Am A:
tabletop Gamer
Skype GM
Roll20.net GM
Son of a three-time Veteran (who is currently in Afghanistan, is 20 years older than the rest of his squad, and is totally a badass in every way imaginable)
Caregiver for an 84 year old
Photoshop expert
caffiene junkie
Capable of lucid-dreaming on demand (well, i can't fall asleep on demand, but I taught myself how to have lucid dreams often)
Person who copes with OCD
Willing to discuss my stance on marijuana if that becomes a topic.

you know what, I juuuuust realized that I'm not interesting. I'm going to post this anyway.
"It is easier to outsmart people than to outdumb them" - Scott Meyer (as Omnipresent Man)

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Mikel
ZCE's Grandmother's Quantum Cat
Posts: 5780
Joined: Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:56 am

Re: Subject Matter Experts Wanted!

Postby Mikel » Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:20 pm

Mikel---I am A:
Theatre actor/director who's constantly working on something
Improvisational comedian/director since 1994.
Inspirer of Award Winning Game Designers ;)
A kick ass GM for Con games
Stand Up (Amateur)
Acting teacher
Story structure expert
Burlesque vaudeville performer
English/Theatre educator for the last 10 years
Commedia dell'Arte director and workshop presenter
Character development expert
Improv GM
Confessions of an Improv GM. Player/GM Advice, APs, and the 8 Minute Story Challenge.

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DrMikey
Considering a +1 Tattoo
Posts: 9640
Joined: Thu Dec 25, 2008 4:15 pm
Location: Redkey, IN
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Re: Subject Matter Experts Wanted!

Postby DrMikey » Thu Dec 26, 2013 4:09 pm

I Am A:

Professional comedian
Improviser (improv comedy/theatre) since 1992
Songwriter/musician
Maker/producer of video content
Podcaster
Husband and father
Proficient photoshop monkey
Artist (clay, paper, pencil, ink, digital, paint, mixed media)
Beer enthusiast
Regular convention guest
Former high school teacher and college English/Theatre instructor
GM that some people think is pretty okay, and others likely think is overrated
Oversensitive baby who takes things far too personally
Bearer of a BS in Creative Writing with a minor emphasis in Theatre
Writer
(entering Cos-worthy territory here)
Flaming Liberal
Atheist
What doesn't kill me, doesn't get XP or my treasure.

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tombombodil
3 for 3
Posts: 12205
Joined: Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:43 pm
Location: Just south of the Barrow Downs
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Re: Subject Matter Experts Wanted!

Postby tombombodil » Thu Dec 26, 2013 4:31 pm

tombombodil - I Am A:
IT Technician
Mathematician
Video Game Developer, Computer Science Major and active member on StackExchange
Person with OCD, Chronic Anxiety, Tourette's Syndrome, who has had 9 years psychoanalytical therapy
Taker of anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety and mood stabilizing medication.
Wilderness Survivor, and all that entails
Son, grandson, and brother of Medical Doctor
West Coast Swing dancer (Intermediate)
EDIT: Competitive magic the gathering player, even qualified for the pro tour once, though I couldn't go because it was in Europe and couldn't get the time off.
Member of a wealthy family
(And for the great and beneficent Cos):
Atheist/Secular Humanist
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DT_Defender
Monostat Fanfic Writer
Posts: 1593
Joined: Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:33 pm
Location: Gitmo freaking Cuba >.<
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Re: Subject Matter Experts Wanted!

Postby DT_Defender » Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:00 pm

DT_Defender (Mark Snyder) - And I am A;

Analog Game Designer (Card, Board, Dice, you name it, including RPGs!)
Video Game Designer (Though I am nowhere near super technical, just mostly futzing around with stuff)
Ameteur Video Game Historian / Game Design Theorist
Ex-Podcaster/Video Maker (I used to do LPs back before the boom)
Trying to Climb back into the GM shoes I used to fill so fully
Passive knower of Commercial/Military Aircraft information (Don't quiz me >_<)
Man what has been living under a rock for 5 years
Created my own Religion
Ex Fanfic Writer (No slashies!)
Doodler both on PC and on Paper
A friend of the FtB Family for 4+ years!

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Ikoma
Actually Slew the Baron
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UT
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Re: Subject Matter Experts Wanted!

Postby Ikoma » Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:09 pm

Ikoma---I am A:
Civil Designer / AutoCAD guru
father of an autistic son
Mormon (former Bishop - with all that implies)
BFA in Film/Motion Pictures
current MS student in Geographic Information Systems
(ex-)Store Owner/Operator (selling games/comics)
married a few months shy of 20 years
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Myopic Sycophant
Posts: 2835
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:54 pm
Location: Riding the Patuxent River.

Re: Subject Matter Experts Wanted!

Postby D3M410 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:40 pm

D3M410 - I am a
Behavioral/Psychological Health Worker for a major youth charity
Multipotentialite
Amateur writer (poems, short stories, and scripts)
Amateur filmmaker
Amateur musician
Computer enthusiast
Tutor for study habits and self-teaching
Son of a NASA engineer
Familiar with Lithuania first hand, the most pagan European country
Creator of Syklos, a fantasy setting inspired by Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Dante Alighieri's writings.
Holder of BA in Literature of the English Language
Expert on the academic discussion surrounding Tim O'Brien's body of work (The Things They Carried, Tomcat in Love, etc.)
Expert on styles of literary analysis and how to apply them to things especially Hamlet and Bioshock.
Christian that is knowledgeable about Christian/Catholic history and theology (except for some of the really recent stuff)
A former team member of a traveling ministry team
Polite debater on the internet
Been out of the world for a spell... like to walk it a while.

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Timespike
Crossed the River
Posts: 15196
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Location: The far edge of nowhere (Marengo, IL)
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Re: Subject Matter Experts Wanted!

Postby Timespike » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:24 pm

Timespike - I am a:

husband
shipper/receiver
retail employee
bookseller (13 years in the book biz)
PC hardware enthusiast
PC gamer
tabletop gamer (Board, card and RPG; have played and GMed multiple systems)
podcaster
teetotaler
non-traditional student
Meyers-Briggs ISTJ
------[Coz-worthy below this line]------
Christian (United Methodist, specifically)
Libertarian (though not the most well-read one you'll ever see - my beliefs fall that way, but I'm not a potential pundit or condidate)

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BottledViolence
Sat through Dan's Cap Ship Lecture and didn't fall asleep... mostly
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Location: Detroit

Re: Subject Matter Experts Wanted!

Postby BottledViolence » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:43 pm

I can't claim to be an expert, but I am somewhat knowledgeable on a few subjects.

Shooting sports enthusiast, non-hunter.
Shade tree mechanic, Mopar muscle cars, Harleys, sport bikes.
Auto worker with basic knowledge of machining.
DIYer.
Next month I start my apprenticeship for electrician.
Avid fantasy football player and NFL fan.
Practical prepper... sorry, no doomsday fantasy.
Camping and outdoors enthusiast.
Beer geek, bartender, boozehound.

ETA:
Coz-worthy stuff includes
Libertarian leaning but not an idealogue.
"Inactive" Lutheran who went to both Lutheran and Catholic schools. This means mostly that I do know a bit more than average about religion but do not have a dog in the fight most of the time.


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