Robear is a grizzled veteran of the P&C forums and he's got the sword to back it up. He also participates in "combat sports" to get his exercise, that usually means you wear a cup and get kicked in the jimmies (we miss you already, Billy) a lot. To each his own I suppose.
Read on for Robear's profile! If you don't, he might come after you. The eyes, the EYES!
Who the devil are you?
I'm a 42 year old Dad with an interest in many things - history, books, gaming, martial arts, computers (all the nerd stuff, I guess) and a wonderful wife and son. As well as the Sword O'Justice, pictured above. (Not to be confused with the Sword O'Vengenance, which took an unfortunate shape after I used it to hack down plants in the backyard. But we don't talk about that.)
What are you supposed to be doing during the day when youÃ‚'re reading GWJ?
Working to help folks architect their computer systems for the work they are doing. I also answer questions, look into problems and do various presentations, demos and talks. In the past, I've been a contractor for DoD and various government agencies, taught computer stuff, been a UNIX/Windows sysadmin, a programmer, a travel agent, and a carpenter's helper. I'm working on Heinlein's list of things you should be able to do. The Sword stuff was a good start.
When youÃ‚'re not working or gaming, what do you do with your time?
I try to keep learning Jow Ga, but it's hard for me to keep a regular schedule for some reason. Still, nothing better than combat sports to stay in shape, right? I read all the time, on the theory that a few pages is better than nothing, so I'm never without a book or newspaper or magazine. I have a small collection of swords and other weapons, I belong to a few groups with the aim of doing 1812 Marine historical interpretations, and I tinker with the computers in the house. I used to write game reviews and such, but now I have an outlet for my writing impulses. I also swing large metal objects about, periodically, and claim it's for exercise. I used to be a medievalist, but I got over it. Mostly.
How about family? Do you have any kids?
Yep, I have an 11 year old son who plays WoW with my wife and I. He's in the clans on Blackhand and Frostmane. All three of us game pretty heavily, mostly computer stuff but occasionally board or card games. Sometimes I bring out the Sword to solve disputes.
What was your favorite game over the last year or so? Why?
Well, the Sword is...No, wait, games. Okay.
Gotta be Rome Total War. Fantastic mix of boardgame style strategy and realtime tactical command. Flaming projectiles and pigs are a definite bonus. And of course plenty of...never mind, you know.
Which game are you looking forward to most?
Geez, hard to say. I guess Combat Mission II, when it finally arrives. So many of the games I really wanted came out in the last year - HoI2, RTW, Bull Run, WoW, JO, BFV, KOTOR II, Pirates, BiN and I'm sure others if I sit and think about it. Point is, it's hard to know what's left - I barely have time to touch these games with WoW and RTW and HoI2 eating my time. We had a really good gaming year for strategy and tactical games. Did you know you can use several types of swords in KOTOR?
What is your fondest gaming memory?
It's hard to say. Probably discovering that I could fly and fight in Morrowind. I loved going toe-to-toe with critters that could not reach me if I had to swoop to safety on the top of a nearby tower.
Finally, why do you play games at all? Why havenÃ‚'t you outgrown them?
I've always played them. That's like asking why I have not outgrown breathing. They've been a constant hobby since I was a kid.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our hard hitting questions! Any last words?
Last words? Why, what are you planning?
You still there? Oh, wait, gotta go get the door...