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Spotlight On Ariawen

FGM Ariawen - Host and Board Monitor Supervisor, Wiki-Goddess, Orders Team Lead

"(I)t was me and my Dad (the dynamic duo with the giant pincers nicknamed The Nutcracker) who had to round them up and do the deed."

--GM Ariawen

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Co-Worker's Not-So-Candid Quotes

"Ariawen is a delight and an excellent GM for the Hosties to work with - she knows her stuff and interacts wonderfully with them."

"Ariawen is simply amazing. She has taken up a crusade to improve communications and information sharing between gamemasters, and does an incredible job organizing and training our gamehosts. She makes me laugh, and I don't have any higher praise than that."

"Ariawen brings a unique sense of humor with her whenever she logs in. I think it has something to do her with living upside down ... er ... I mean in the land down under."

"Ariawen is truly an inspiration! She's always willing to pitch in and help. She just blows me away with her dedication to the Host Team."

"One of the hardest working GMs I know. She has such a big heart and rarely has a cross word, even when you think she should"

"Then queen of organization! I can't count the times I've turned to her for help in getting something documented or finding something that had previously been documented. This lady rocks, and it's a blast having her Australian humor about."

"GM Ariawen makes the life of every GM easier. In addition to her other GM responsibilities, she maintains a 'database' that all GM's rely upon in our daily work. Due to her efforts, we have a ton of information available at the touch of a button, which allows us to better do our jobs. Add in her always upbeat personality and she's truly a blessing to have around."

""It's on the WIKI." , "That's now on the WIKI." , "Look on the WIKI." Queen of WIKI-ness!"

"Always a pleasure to work with. She helps us keep our documentation organized. And it's scary!"

"Our fiery Aussie GM! She's hardworking, passionate, and extremely dedicated to players and staff members."

"Ariawen is always willing to lend a hand, and is an extraordinarily helpful person. She's more than willing to bend over backwards for her fellow staff members, and cares a great deal about her work and the game."

"Ariawen is always challenging herself to new heights. At the same time, she tackles all those little jobs that make life easier for the rest of us. She's an honorary member of my team, and I don't know what we'd do without her!"

"She's completely devoted and always there, for the game, for the players, for her Hosts and her Board Moderators. She's more organized than any ten average people, she works way too hard and cares even more. If we could clone her, DragonRealms would be all the richer."

I am a Sydney-based Australian, of Dutch parentage. My background is customer systems support for a computer firm, although I have been out of the full time workforce since my third child. As a hobby, I have been working part time as a receptionist for a doctor, maintaining their small network and preserving my sanity. My real job is full time mother and wife - hence the need for my hobby! For the past three years I have I have been a GameMaster. The main thrust of my work with the Dragonrealms group is managing two of the Customer Service based teams - Board Monitors and GameHosts, although I enjoy building areas and items. I have worked on both of these teams myself, and am quite proud to be associated with two such hard working groups of volunteers. At the moment I am looking to build up the host team, getting a S'kra merchant out and extending the abandoned mines area in P5.

Where were you born?

Sydney, Australia

Where do you currently live?

Sydney, Australia

Do you have any pets/kids/both?

3 children, 1 dog, 1 husband. I am not sure which category each belongs in, because the dog and husband are awfully spoiled.

What is your current occupation?

Domestic Goddess and Familial Managing Director.

What did you want to be while you were growing up?

A teacher.

Favorite TV shows?

I love all the Sci Fi shows, but particularly all the Star Treks and Stargate series. The Sci Fi cable channel has only recently become available here, and my horizons are expanding dramatically.

Favorite actors/actresses?

Well there are and were so many dishy actors, but if I had to narrow it down -- Richard Widmark, Hugh Jackman but most of all Anthony Hopkins. To me he is to die for.

Favorite musicians/bands?

I used to say Super Tramp, Beach Boys, Alice Cooper, Midnight Oil, but these days there are so many great musicians that I tend to enjoy particular songs rather than just one band. I also like classical music. Anything lyrical catches my attention and makes me listen.

Favorite books/authors?

These are hard questions! So many to choose from. I guess looking over my bookshelves it's a toss up between Tad Williams and Raymond Feist. But I do like J.V. Jones and Robin Hobbs too!

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I didn't go to college except for a year at technical college where I learned how to be a secretary. All my computer background is from on the job training.

Favorite/least favorite job you've ever had?

Hrm. I think my least favorite job was when we lived on a small cattle farm when I was a teenager. If a male calf was born it had to be given the unkindest cut (for market sale), and because my younger sister was such a sissy, it was me and my Dad (the dynamic duo with the giant pincers nicknamed the Nutcracker) who had to round them up and do the deed. The rounding up wasn't so terrible unless the cattle dog decided to go ballistic or something, but seeing the failed 'techniques' were a little disconcerting. I think I would have to say my favourite job is being a GM. The pay is lousy but I really like the people.

Favorite hobbies?

Calligraphy, reading, drawing, singing, playing games (this doesn't happen near often enough of late).

Favorite foods?

Calamari when it is properly cooked and chocolate. Well I do like macadamias too.

Favorite board games or computer games?

The old Sierra Ultima games on computer. I also like Monopoly mainly because I love watching how other people play that game. It's always an eye opener.

Favorite sports/sports teams?

Skiing -- I am not into team sports much although I am becoming a Cricket convert. 17 years of marriage does that when you are married to the walking talking Wide World of Sports.

What would you do with a million dollars?

Pay off our mortgage; pay off my sisters' mortgages, setup trust funds for my kids and travel.

What three people past or present would you invite to dinner?

Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler.

What is your favorite quote?

Lord, there are so many, but the one that keeps popping into my mind and makes me laugh is "You are nae bunny". The other one is "That is not my job" - it's my kid's favourite!

Name something you'd like to do before you die.

Fly over the Grand Canyon, do the train trip through the Canadian Rockies, and hang glide somewhere spectacular.

What's your favorite acronym?

Fubar. It's a bit naughty, but it has such a great sound when you say it don't you think?

Who is your hero or heroine?

My parents. They survived World War II in occupied Holland, and then on very little education emigrated and have made a very comfortable lives for themselves and their children. My dad is a retired scientific Glassblower and out of those rough calloused hands came such precise and beautiful scientific instruments, it was really something to watch. Although I can't emulate his skills, my husband and I do strive to build some kind of future for the children. If I can do what my parents did for me, I will be proud indeed.

If you could have any musical group or artist, past or present, play at your birthday party, who would it be?

Wow! I think I would want someone like Mozart - party animal and musician all in one! That reminds me, I like him as well.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Being empathic or reading people's minds so that I could know what their intentions are and were when faced with difficult situations. I guess in a nutshell 'knowing' people.

And the Zobmondo question:

Would you rather...

Become allergic to all your favorite foods...

Or...

become allergic to all animals?

Hahahahahah, that is a no brainer. I would rather be allergic to all animals! How could I ever do without my favourite foods? Food, wine and family make life cosy and without them, life would suck! Besides, my kids could be the substitute animals. If you took a look at their rooms, you can tell they have been practicing for ages - they are proof of the scientific rule about chaos.


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