GameMaster Bartlebee - Ilithi Province Overlord, Mr. Language Person, Creative Genius
"Secretly I root for the Pittsburgh Steelers (but don't tell anyone)."
-- GM Bartlebee
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"Bartlebee is super talented and knows more about coding than I will ever learn. He's patient and always willing to help someone who needs it."
"I love Bartlebee, he is helpful and knows his stuff. I've known him a while now and am better for it. Its also nice that if a person needs grammer help, he's the one to run to."
"One of the truly and most quietly brilliant people on the Worlds Team. Bartlebee is a master linguist of the Tolkein variety, as well as an extremely patient and kind person to work with."
"Bartlebee is a very intelligent man who is always willing to share his knowledge and experience just for the asking! Always smiling, he brightens up every morning when I come in to work."
"Bartlebee is a really great guy, always open to suggestions and quick with information on just about everything about the game."
"One of the kindest people I know. He's always going the extra mile to be helpful, especially to the newest members of staff who can sometimes feel overwhelmed with information."
"I've known GM Bartlebee since before DR even opened, and have never failed to be impressed by his creativity. I only hope he realizes just how much we appreciate and depend on him here."
"We're incredibly lucky to have Bartlebee on staff. For one thing, he can write better than a lot of people who make their living writing -- he's the guy we go to when we just can't quite figure out how to say what we're trying to say. His knowledge of language and languages is behind most of the racial languages we now have, and his common sense, level-headedness, and stamina for QCing are all things I rely on daily."
"Bartlebee is the guy you wished had been your English professor; intelligent, funny, creative, helpful."
"Bartlebee is one of the most helpful GameMasters in my acquaintance. He never is too busy, never seems flustered and is my font of all Dev wisdom. His encouragement, attention to detail and wealth of knowledge has been a boon to my own progress as a GameMaster. Not only that, he promised to show us all pictures of his 1960's Fabio phase. I can't wait! He mentioned a Martha Stewart phase which is...um...a bit disturbing."
"Bartlebee is the consummate gentleman. He is always polite, ever patient, amazingly helpful, and grammatically correct all the time! All this while concisely imparting the correct answer to your horribly confused and obtuse question. In addition, his creative genius is just that; he writes impeccable NPC's, areas, boats, scripts, books and any other thing needed to give life to our world. Wait! That not being enough, he is the language guru who has unstintingly aided/developed many of the ingame languages. I didn't even mention his diplomatic QC suggestions which enhance the creator's efforts. There is no end to my admiration for Bartlebee's talent which he unstintingly shares with our world."
"GM Bartlebee not only creates some of the most richly designed areas of the game, he's a constant source of aid and information to other GMs. Any time I've needed his help (and those times have been many) he's always been quick to respond. From DR's languages to technical support, Bartlebee is always willing to give advice or a bit of teaching."
"Bartlebee's been my best friend, my collaborator, my inspiration, my teacher. Everything I've ever done for this game over the years owes something to his strength, guidance and good humor. He also one of the quietest game masters, which is a pity because players (and sometimes other GMs) don't realize the immense contributions he has made, and continues to make, to DragonRealms. Less than a handful of GMs have been here longer than Bartlebee, or have served in the tremendous variety of jobs that he has. There is little in this game that hasn't felt his low-key influence. If a new area is opening, chances are Bartlebee has reviewed it, either the initial QC or the final one. He is not only one of the best writers DR has, he is also the best writing teacher we have. Bartlebee is generous with his time and gentle with his critiques; I've never worked on an area, or code, or critter, or NPC or ingame book with him that I didn't learn something from him and leave the project feeling richer for his thoughtful support. He is immensely creative, his dry humor and quick wit sometimes leaves my head spinning, and his 'Yes, let's figure out how we can do that' attitude makes him a delight to work with."
I've been a GM since 1997, first in Product Design, then in Customer Experience, then back to Product Design. That's a long time as DR goes, and I've built a lot of things: to name a few, the Elven language, the Gorbesh language, and another one soon to be released, the MAMAS shops, tanning, the Ratha sewers, the Mer'Kresh galleys, Fala Inisharon, the Penal Colony, Deeper's Tavern, rooms for the Shard arena, The Degan (ship from M'Riss to Leth), and Orlogs, plus a good many NPCs. Now I'm the guru for P3.
Where were you born?
Where do you currently live?
North Carolina, a partial escape from the Northern winters.
Do you have any pets/kids/both?
Three grown children (two sons and a daughter). We also have two resident cats and three guest cats.
What is your current occupation?
Ha! I'm retired. But I taught Linguistics, Fantasy, and Science Fiction at a university for over thirty years.
What did you want to be while you were growing up?
A number of things whose names sounded good but none of which I knew the first thing about.
Favorite TV shows?
Other than sports and the occasional movie, I don't watch much TV.
Richard Burbage, Ellen Terry.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the New York Pro Musica.
Patrick O'Brian, Colleen McCullough, and many more.
Where did you go to college and what did you study?
Undergrad at Duquesne University, graduate school at the University of Florida, majoring in English with minors in Foreign Languages and Linguistics.
Favorite/least favorite job you've ever had?
My favorite job was teaching, the one I was fortunate enough to have. The least favorite is a tough one. I suppose being on the complaint desk of a newspaper dealing with calls from customers who didn't get their papers. I wasn't there long.
Favorite board games or computer games?
Board game is easy -- Squad Leader. Computer games: probably After Dark's set of of little games you can play in a couple of minutes to wind down with.
Favorite sports/sports teams?
If you live in NC, you are required to like basketball, and your favorite team is assigned on the basis of geographic location. Secretly I root for the Pittsburgh Steelers (but don't tell anyone).
What would you do with a million dollars?
What I'm doing now.
What three people past or present would you invite to dinner?
King Alfred, Chaucer, and Shakespeare. And I'd clear up some historical questions about pronunciation.
What is your favorite quote?
A former student came to see me, years after I had taught him, and told me that he had always remembered something I once said. He told me this pearl of wisdom that had guided his life -- and I had no recollection whatsoever of having said it. So I guess my favorite quotation would be the immortal words of Han Solo, "It's not my fault!"
Name something you'd like to do before you die.
Some more European travel.
What's your favorite acronym?
Who is your hero or heroine?
Too many to name, both living and dead.
If you could have any musical group or artist, past or present, play at your birthday party, who would it be?
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Superpower? I'll settle for some regular powers.
And the Zobmondo question:
Would you rather drink a gallon of milk and then ride on a roller-coaster...
Ride on a roller-coaster behind someone that just drank a gallon of milk?
Boy, you ask hard questions! I think the second alternative. Riding behind the milk fountain might be more unpleasant at first, but possible legal action might be lucrative.