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Spotlight On Paklin

GM Paklin - Ranger Guru

"Fantasy Football has been known to become an obsession."

--GM Paklin

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"Able crafter of error messages, Ranger trails and team spirit, Paklin is someone I wish I had on my team. He's one of those people who will pick up a casual, 'Wouldn't it be nice if...' comment and make it into more than I dreamed it could be."

"Responsible for Citizenship (and many of the benefits for being one), Trail Markers, Scouting, Foraging and a host of other game features, he's now not only the Ranger Director, but one who worked his way there from the bottom up. They couldn't be in better hands."

"Paklin is a dedicated coder and a man who finishes what he puts his mind to. He's dependable and easy to work with while always appearing relaxed and in control of his situation."

"Paklin is a creative whirlwind. I've also been impressed with his ability and rapid progress as a coder since he started working as a GM. He does a lot of great work for the Rangers and for the entire game. All hail Paklin! Ave Paklin, Morituri te salutant!"

"Fantasy Football Freak!"

"Paklin's a great guy to drink and listen to music with, not to mention an awesome scriptomaniac."

"Collaborating with Paklin is a pleasure. Not only does he take on incredible projects and complete them with finesse and integrity, but his follow-through with any issues is prompt and inspiring in addition to his old-fashioned but still much appreciated attributes of respect for other's contributions and their own areas of expertise. Hope the Rangers appreciate what they have in him, because he truly is a gem."

"Paklin is another one of the 'quieter' GMs. Folks may know him for the great work he's done for Rangers, but he's involved in so much more than that. He's always willing to pause what he's doing to answer a question, and when one of us brings an idea to him for one of the systems he oversees, almost invariably he'll say, 'That's great! What can I do to help?"

"What I love about Paklin, is he never lets a thing go unfinished. He always follows through and gets back to you on a question or something you need feedback on. He often asks, 'are you waiting on me for anything?' Back from my earlier days when completion anxiety would just drive you batty because you never felt you could ever FINISH anything, this is a wonderful quality to have in a co-worker. And parallel to that, he gently nudges you on things that aren't finalized/completed yet, until they are. It is such a thrill to put a check beside something, breathe a sigh of relief, and think, 'That's Done!"

"Paklin has stepped in with no prodding to save me more than once, and he does it with such grace and ease one could quickly become spoiled. Though at first his arrivals and departures might make one stand back, let it be known, it is all a front for a great guy."

"Paklin is a true development dynamo -- creative, technically expert, versatile, and a team player whom everyone feels comfortable to approach for help, insight and ideas. One of the Guilds Team's best steals from Systems!"

"The man's got some great taste in beer and music - what else can you really ask for? Except he's also a coding fiend and a great collaborator, which makes him not only the perfect person to work with in Dev, but also the perfect person to party with at the Con!"

"Rangers should count themselves very lucky to have him working for them. He comes up with the neatest stuff and is always open to other GMs who come to him with ideas that affect his areas."

"Quote by Paklin: 'You mean like today, asap, right now?' Actually Jason is the kind of guy you can count on to handle something just for the asking. Ohhh, he also snores (he shared a room with us at a Con), but we won't hold that against him."

I was hired as a GM in December 1999 to work on General Systems stuff. I spent some time as Veyl's assistant with Critters, before moving on to the Citizenship System. In October 2001, I also took on the responsibility of the Ranger Team Assistant Guru. While in this position, I've written a ton of small things, revamped the Scouting system to include Trailmarkers, and just completed a total rewrite of the Foraging System. I'm currently the Ranger Guru and looking for ways to expand on all the work that was accomplished over the past couple of years.

Where were you born?

Edina, MN

Where do you currently live?

Los Angeles-area

Do you have any pets/kids/both?

2 girls, 3 and 5 and a Maltese dog.

What is your current occupation?

Air Traffic Controller

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

A Magician

Favorite TV shows?

Alias, 24 and Las Vegas

Favorite actors/actresses?

No one really stands out as a favorite.

Favorite musicians/bands?

Tons of these... The Cure, Garbage, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Love and Rockets, Husker Du/Sugar/Bob Mould, The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Propellerheads, Social Distortion, The Distillers. I have a wide variety of tastes, just don't throw any rap or country my way, I don't care for it. My wife only listens to country, so you can imagine our discussions over what radio station to listen to in the car.

Favorite books/authors?

James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Robert Jordan, Stephen R. Donaldson, David Eddings... basically any legal/thriller or fantasy.

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

I went to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and tried to stay warm while getting a B.S. in Airway Science: Air Traffic Control.

Favorite/least favorite job you've ever had?

Least favorite - Cleaning up an office building after it closed each day.

Most favorite - My current job is pretty fun, but I really enjoyed working as a stagehand for my college theater. Working a spotlight for Metallica in the lighting grid above the stage while they are playing and explosions are going off beneath you... it doesn't get much better.

Favorite hobbies?

I actually spend most of my spare time/hobbie time working as a GM. Right now, it's what I enjoy the most. Also, during football season, Fantasy Football has been known to become an obsession.

Favorite foods?

Anything Chinese/Asian.

Favorite board games or computer games?

I'm not really a computer game freak, but playing Taboo while drinking with a bunch of friends can be very entertaining.

Favorite sports/sports teams?

Football - Minnesota Vikings

What would you do with a million dollars?

Buy all the little gadgets and toys for computers and TVs that I can't currently buy, for risk of divorce. Then, save the rest for a nice, long retirement.

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

How about just one person from the future? I'd like to spend some with the person who finally finds a complete cure for cancer.

What is your favorite quote?

"It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it." George W. Bush -- Reuters, May 5, 2000

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

Become head of the FAA and restructure the Air Traffic Control system... the red tape and labor/management relations are a joke.

What's your favorite acronym?


Who is your hero or heroine?

Anyone who puts forth the extra effort to help other people for no reason other then that they needed it.

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

Oh, it would definitely have to be a triple-bill... The Cure, Flogging Molly and my buddy's, now defunct, high school garage band, Patty Duke Sex Machine.

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

Invisibility. Just think of all the good gossip you wouldn't be missing out on anymore.

And the Zobmondo question:

Would you rather have the CIA after you...


the Mafia after you?

I'd rather have the CIA after me. Figuring when I do happen to get caught, I either make a deal and go into witness protection, or enjoy the nice federal prison system. The Mafia catches you, its not going to be a nice ending.

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