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Spotlight On Godrich

GameMaster Godrich - Systems Specialist and Coding Ninja


--GM Godrich

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"He tends to be one of our "quiet" GMs, but he's "quietly" working his butt off. I adore him, because he's one of the most genuinely kind people I've ever met, and he truly looks for beauty in all he sees."

"Godrich IS the King of Traders! Very creative and very dedicated."

"A really nice guy and a fab coder to boot."

"If you talk to Godrich about an idea late at night, you can usually expect to wake up and find him waiting for you to test it. At the same time, he's really open to other people's ideas and concerns and is good at gathering all of them to make the best stuff he can. He's super alone, shines in groups, both self-inspired and group inspired. In short, one of the best people all around to work with."

"Godrich is an amazingly talented man and always willing to jump right in when a problem needs to be solved. His patience with and adoration for his Traders is heartwarming."

"Godrich is an awesome coder and has come up with some incredible things for everyone, not just Traders. I can't gush about him enough. He is such a nice guy and is so helpful and knowledgeable, and always makes sure you understand something when he's explaining."

"If it's something fun and interesting, Godrich will find a way to make it happen in game. And usually faster than most of us can even finish completing the thought."

"Godrich is one of those delightful people who, when faced with an SGM murmuring, "Wouldn't it be nice if..." takes the wishful thinking and runs with it to make something even better than you'd dreamed. A great person, and a pleasure to work with."

"Godrich is one of those GMs that does way more than players know about. And he can actually explain GSL in English!"

"A highly gifted coder with a creative streak and a big heart."

"Godrich is probably one of the most creative hermits we have on staff! He codes more fun things in a week than I will in a lifetime - and they work!"

"Godrich has to be one of the most talented GM's I know, not to mention a talented photographer. His sense of humor and imaginative systems often leave me shaking my head in sheer amazement. I have a little snicker to myself everytime a trader runs over a prone person. That is just wicked!"

"Godrich is one heck of a nice guy who can code the pants off a lot of us. He is also a budding photographer with quite the eye for a photo op. As every trader knows, Godrich has given them reason to trade and though I am not to familiar with that guild, he has made me wish I had the time to bring up a trader so I could try out all his neat stuff!"

I started working as a Game Host for Dragonrealms I in June of 1999, where I was trained by GM Bartlebee. I was promoted to Senior Game Host in the Spring of 2000 and was part of a short lived program to have Senior Hosts work as guild liaisons, taking on the position of Trader Liaison. Since I didn't have a lot of "tools" at the time, I spent a lot of time hanging around in the Gathering Room of the Trader Guild in Crossing talking with the traders. This stood me in good stead when I was promoted to GameMaster in October of 2000. Within a few months it was clear that I was more needed on the Development (Dark) side of the team so I became the Trader Guru and started releasing as much stuff as I could as fast as I could code it. Over the past three years I've continued to develop primarily for the Trader Guild as well as systems that are related, such as appraisal. Most recently I have turned the Traders over to GM Arnimas and turned my attention and skills towards more general systems such as text books, quest systems (mainly Droughtman's Challenge stuff), and a really neat system that I am looking forward to getting released.

Where were you born?

St. Johnsbury, VT

Where do you currently live?

Danville, VT (about 2 miles from where I was born).

Do you have any pets/kids/both?

I have a beautiful dog named Freyah.

What is your current occupation?

Assuming you don't mean Game Developer,film projectionist.

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

Believe it or not, a computer programmer. Assembly language programming was beyond me though.

Favorite TV shows?

CSI, Star Trek Enterprise, Joan of Arcadia, the various incarnations of Law and Order, and Stargate. All of these get recorded on my computer these days, the first three to be burned to DVD.

Favorite actors/actresses?

Kirsten Dunst, Naomi Watts, Patrick Stewart, Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Gweneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart.

Favorite musicians/bands?

Celine Dion, Evanesence, Alan Parsons Project, Styx

Favorite books/authors?

.R.R. Tolkien, Katherine Kurtz, Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, Alexander Kent, Mercedes Lackey (mainly the Valdemar books), Raymond Feist, Janny Wurtz (Daughter of Empire series), Tom Clancy, Stuart Wilde, Carlos Castaneda, Terry Brooks. Probably my two favorite single books are "Hanta Yo" by Ruth Beebe Hill and "Miss One Thousand Spring Blossoms" by John Ball.

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

Lyndon State College for Computer Science and Secondary Science Education.

Favorite/least favorite job you've ever had?

Favorite job is sort of tie between the film projectionist job I have now and working for the Boat Tour department at the Wahweap Lodge and Marina in Page, AZ.

Least favorite job hands down was working for RentWay, a rent to own furniture company. A more negative job is hard for me to imagine.

Favorite hobbies?

Astronomy, digital photography, reading (if you couldn't guess that by the list of authors), gardening

Favorite foods?

Not sure I have a favorite food, but if pressed I guess I would say peanut butter.

Favorite board games or computer games?

Lately I've been playing a lot of Neverwinter Nights, but I generally play games like "Caesar III", "Pharoah" and "SimCity".

Favorite sports/sports teams?

I don't really follow sports much any more. I used to follow the Dallas Cowboys when I was younger and I used to like to watch Michael Jordan play basketball.

What would you do with a million dollars?

Pay off what few bills I have, invest the bulk of it so I hopefully won't ever run out of money and buy more expensive toys.

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

My grandfather, Romina, Crazy Horse.

What is your favorite quote?

Not really a quote, but I'll go with the Navajo saying "Yah'dih'lah" Has different meanings depending on how you stress the syllables.

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

Visit Japan.

What's your favorite acronym?

NIMBY (with thanks to George Carlin)

Who is your hero or heroine?

In the sense that they are someone who at least appeared to live by a set of beliefs I wish I could wholly live by myself, Carlos Castaneda.

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

Celine Dion

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

The ability to fly so I could visit all the people I know who are scattered over a good share of the globe.

And the Zobmondo question:

Would you rather, for a living, clean silverware with your mouth


For a living, clean golf balls with your mouth?

Man, what a question. I guess I would say cleaning silverware with my mouth because I think there is a better chance of my being able to handle the taste of what is on silverware as opposed to what could conceivably end up on a golf ball.

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