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Spotlight On Rottcloar

GM Rottcloar - GameMaster (Familiar Guru, Head Tinker)

"I can still recall with morbid clarity the sensation of having my forearms coated with Rocky Road ice cream."

--GM Rottcloar

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Co-Worker's Not-So-Candid Quotes

"Sometimes he smells like cheese. That's good, I guess. If you like cheese."

"All he does is send me links to sick websites"

"He still works here?"

"He's one wicked, wicked, wicked man, which is the prime trait in any good Dev. GM."

"When I was a player, he was my favorite GM! And now? Well, either I know more GMs or I know him better! Seriously, he's still one of my favorite people in DR."

"When dealing with players, my experience is that he is unfailingly patient and polite, even after the hundredth time I assisted on buggy arrows in Lang."

"Always willing to answer my questions and only killing me occasionally for the stupid ones. Come to think of it, I haven't died in a while."

"He hardly ever makes me hate him much anymore."

"He possesses a truly unusual mind. He comes up with some of the strangest, oddest ideas. It's wonderful! He consistently provides terrific entertainment for players and GMs alike (unless, of course, you're the one who has to QC his work, when you're trying to figure out what he's doing and how )... Those of you who have interacted with Rottcloar (you know who you are) have no doubt experienced this yourselves."

"Just too awesome. Not only is he a blast to gamble with... (we both got lucky on the wheel of fortune machines) but he creates some of the most amazing things for DR. He truly is responsible for a lot of the magic behind the wonder that is DR."

Where were you born?

Palo Alto California, my father was getting his Ph.D. in mathematics from Stanford at the time.

Where do you currently live?

The armpit of the universe- Northern New Jersey. Actually it's not so bad, I can go look at the Japanese armor in the Met any time I want to.

Do you have any pets/kids/both?

I share a chameleon with another GM. His name is Entropy, and he's presently teal green with mustard yellow and white splotches. I don't know if the crickets he eats count.

What is your current occupation?

I do computer graphics for a company that produces holography. I set up both the laser labs and the art department for them. I also produce fine art.

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

A doctor. I think somewhere along the line I realized that I couldn't deal with the "Highlights for Children" subscription I'd be required to obtain. As soon as I became interested in high-tech art forms, my brother went into microbiology. Showoff.

Favorite TV shows?

I work nights, so there are vast gaps in my television experience. For example I've never seen a Survivor episode. Now that I have TiVo, I record Lexx, those shows about police chases, Dexter's Laboratory, Junkyard Wars, Battlebots and its spinoffs. And sometimes I even watch them. My favorite movies include Groundhog Day, The City of Lost Children, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Magnolia, the Thomas Crown Affair, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Fiend Without a Face.

Favorite actors/actresses?

Bruce Willis, Bruce Campbell, Elizabeth Hurley, Russel Crowe, Harrison Ford, Claire Danes, John de Lancie... If you ask again in ten minutes you'll get a different answer, I don't have rabid strong opinions on these. Now, if you'd asked who my favorite artists are, you'd get: Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Joseph Cornell, Cindy Sherman, Henry Darger, Paul Signac, Andrea del Sarto, Mark Ryden, Mark Rothko, Monet, Wayne Thiebaud, Ed Paschke, Vermeer, Van Gogh (mostly the self portraits), Lucian Freud, Jean Tinguley and assorted others. But that's not what you asked.

Favorite musicians/bands?

Tom Waits, Neutral Milk Hotel, Rasputina, REM, Philip Glass, Pink Floyd, Oingo Boingo, Live, Aimee Mann, Rob Zombie, Disturbed, System of a Down, Camper Van Beethoven, King Missle, Wendy Carlos, Poe "Haunted", They Might be Giants, Laurie Anderson, Blink 182, Tori Amos, Frank Zappa, Radiohead, Eurythmics, Talking Heads, The Police, Bizet, and many others.

Favorite books/authors?

Jack Vance (especially the "Tales of the Dying Earth" collection), China Mieville's "Perdido Street Station", Stephen Baxter, John Varley, Mervyn Peake, Alastair Reynolds "Revelation Space", Neal Stephenson, Greg Egan, Terry Pratchett, Karen Elizabeth Gordon, Patrick Suskind "Perfume", Milorad Pavik, and great tottering stacks of books about science and art. I have an absurdly large collection of books.

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

I started out in the California College of Arts and Crafts, where I had a full tuition scholarship. I transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Spent a year in Florence, Italy; and then graduated from Chicago. I was studying fine art.

Favorite/least favorite job you've ever had?

The summer I spent working as a scenic artist for the Santa Fe Opera comes close to being both. But I think the Baskin Robbins job I had in High School was the worst. I can still recall with morbid clarity the sensation of having my forearms coated with Rocky Road ice cream. Now I have to go wash.

Favorite hobbies?

I spend a good amount of time on my art. I've done a lot of extremely detailed rendering in the past, turning out just a few pieces a year. But after losing all of that work in a fire (lit by the Forrest Service, no less), I've been looking at things a bit differently. I'm experimenting with photo silkscreen, electronics and metalwork. Most recently I've begin exploring precious metal clay.

Favorite foods?

Edwardo's stuffed pizza, I also like California Pizza Kitchen's Pear and Gorgonzola pizza. I eat other things, of course, but it adds to my mystique to pretend to exist on nothing but pizza.

Favorite board games or computer games?

I am seriously addicted to Red Alert 2, Yuri's Revenge (I had to take it off my computer because it was taking up too much time), Diablo 2, Mage Knight, dropping chess pieces on passing strangers from the balcony.

Favorite sports/sports teams?

Cirque Du Soleil (not classified as a sport but the things they do with their bodies...). I also like robotic combat and sports that I can laugh at like those mud-racing buggies. Sumo wrestling is fun too. I personally participate in full-contact origami.

What would you do with a million dollars?

I'd get that haircut that I've been saving up for. And maybe I'd pay NASA to shoot a meteorite back into space with "Return to sender" stamped into it.

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

Atilla the Hun, Jack the Ripper and GM Maelona. No- um... Richard Feynman, Picasso and Harry Houdini.

What is your favorite quote?

"You'll shoot your eye out kid!"

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

Achieve immortality.

What's your favorite acronym?


Who is your hero or heroine?

My father.

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

Mozart. Before he got all depressed and stuff.

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

The power to kill a yak from 200 yards away with mind bullets!

And the Zobmondo question:

Would you rather...

Have to lie motionless while a vulture ate fresh road-kill off of your stomach...


While a fruit bat licked grape jelly off your face?

African or European fruit bat?

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