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post Dec 15 2004, 01:10 AM
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I have this theory that SR (and cyberpunk in general) appeals to a more educated audience. I have always found it fascinating to learn what SR players do for a living in RL. Here on these boards Iíve read comments from engineers, chemists, physicist, military personnel, law enforcement officers, gun smiths, doctors, martial artists... the list goes on and on.

Anyway I thought it would be interesting to hear what people do in RL and how that influences their characters (PCs and NPCs) and the themes in their games.

Personally, I do research in molecular biology and microbiology and I'm getting ready to start medical school so as a GM I tend to focus on creepy medical research (Renraku is my ol' standby) and interesting cyberware/bioware combos.

Anyone else?
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post Dec 15 2004, 01:13 AM
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I spent some time in the military (Loved It!) and now I'm an armed responder at a nuke plant who moonlights as a member of our adversary team.
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post Dec 15 2004, 01:15 AM
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I'm a high school student with a pencheant for computers and science in general. I've never touched a decker, for whatever reason.
I tend to focus on characters who can do something unusual, like an all-bioware sammy, a character with EVERY peice of sensory cyber, or a magician who uses Divination to produce incredibly effective military strategies.
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post Dec 15 2004, 01:21 AM
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College student, with diverse interests and a somewhat interesting and eventful history; mainly involving packing up and moving to other states frequently. You'd have to hear my accent to believe it.

I have a website. Which either indicates a certain madness or dedication, I'm not sure about intellect. :P
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post Dec 15 2004, 01:23 AM
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Certainly an excellent ability in pattern recognition and memory.
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post Dec 15 2004, 01:28 AM
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Nothing special, I work in a casino as a Cashier/ Inspector/ Trainee Pitboss. Have interests in military theory and Maths.
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post Dec 15 2004, 01:40 AM
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Im unemployed at the moment and generally work in the retail sector.

I actually love science, history and art.

My character inspiraction comes from films and TV mainly.
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post Dec 15 2004, 01:42 AM
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I'm an admissions/financial aid officer. And a bit of an armchair commando. :)
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post Dec 15 2004, 01:42 AM
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I'm a theatrical stagehand and sound designer, and I freelance doing computer programing related work. I'm also an actor when that kind of work comes (but it's rare).

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post Dec 15 2004, 01:43 AM
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I perform rudimentary supervisor duties and operate CNC lasers for a machine shop, a job that includes much pushing of buttons, turning of wrenches, and posting on Dumpshock.
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post Dec 15 2004, 02:11 AM
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I'm a college student (Computer Science major) working as a CAD operator for a plumbing/electrical/fire protection/code consulting firm. On the side I'm a writer and actor, run a few tiny web sites, dabble in martial arts, and fiddle with computers.

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post Dec 15 2004, 02:16 AM
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I'm also a college student (thats starting to sound broken recordish now) studying computer science, and work with a credit union as their "computer operator." Yes, that is my official title. Mainly, it consists of looking like I'm working as I finish my 5 hours of work in the first half hour, and then watching the clock until I can go home. Of course, dumpshock helps because people assume when you're typing, you must be working.

Oddly enough, like many other computer minded people, I don't touch deckers, but riggers.... well, thats another story.
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post Dec 15 2004, 02:20 AM
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Would you believe I'm a materials engineer? I've mostly worked on military contracts, trying to vainly stop US military gear from rusting away.

I tend to play a merc-samurai-muscle thing, or (more recently) a decker.

My latest runs I GMd involved little in the way of materials and a lot in the way of creepy extra-planar runs that, as far as the mage PCs know, should not be possible.
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post Dec 15 2004, 02:22 AM
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QUOTE (Tarantula)
Oddly enough, like many other computer minded people, I don't touch deckers, but riggers.... well, thats another story.

Pity. I find I Decker it up regularly. Wonderful stuff, it is.

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post Dec 15 2004, 02:26 AM
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Used to review state contracted providers of Child Mental Health services. Now I provide 1 to 1 support and service to a child with autism in his school setting.

No practical experience with firearms, martial arts or being Shadowrunnery in real life :)

I'd probably make a decent Face character tho. In certain circles.
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post Dec 15 2004, 03:40 AM
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Software engineer. I GM alot.
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post Dec 15 2004, 03:47 AM
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Professional school Student.
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post Dec 15 2004, 03:59 AM
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Helicopter pilot, soon aspiring towards fire-suppression. I majored in ancient Japanese history in college. Also a practioner of kyokushin karate, sambo, and ju jitsu for around 9 years or so. Strangely, none of my characters have had over a 4 in unarmed combat. Never rigged before either due to the GM not being overly fond of the rules for it. Mostly into the magic side of things, done some decking as well.
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post Dec 15 2004, 04:03 AM
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I'm a doorman at a college bar. Prior to that I was in the Marine Corps Infantry. Prior to that, I was an English major. Prior to that I was a high school drop out. Prior to that I was a kid, and prior to that I was a sperm, but I had big, big plans. Before that I either didn't exist or I was some sort of animal, like a goat. It really depends on who you ask.

I primarily run SR these days. I've played the game for over a decade, and I've never had a magical character. I've always wanted to play one, but its never come up. I tend to play sams, though that sometimes overlaps with riggers and techs.
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post Dec 15 2004, 04:07 AM
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Senior In high school, shooting for a degree in electrical engineering.

I enjoy decking and rigging, B&E specialist, and occasionally a shaman of various types.

I wish I could be marooned for a period of time on a lush, uninhabited tropical island with a solar-powered laptop and 2 shipping containers full of various usefull tools and materiels.
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post Dec 15 2004, 04:10 AM
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I used to be in the US Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Program. Then I had a spiritual awakening, and about six months ago got sent home. Now I'm an unemployed college student majoring in visual arts. I have to say, painting is a lot more fun than operating nuclear reactors, but it really doesn't pay as well.
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post Dec 15 2004, 04:19 AM
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I was in the Army, was a civil engineer and now? I'm an insurance salesman. :D
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post Dec 15 2004, 04:38 AM
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I'm a 5th year collage student, year and a half to go. Studying Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly. Sell food on campus (sport games mostly) and run a roulette table for a local casino night company. Also make anime music videos and sword fight (Amtgard).

I'm the main GM for our group, but we like to switch it around a bit, so we do a new campaign every quarter or two. I'm a player this quarter, sometimes it's nice to let somebody else do the work.

Every once in a while I get to go on up north and game with my old GM in mountain view. Now those are some great runs.

Have a binder of about 60 characters, and they run the gambit of pretty much every archtype there is. Only about a dozen or so of them I'd actually use, but the rest are fun on occasion.
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post Dec 15 2004, 04:50 AM
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College student, Biology major, graduating in 4 days. Most of the research in which I've participated involves spatial modeling of plant species distributions, which doesnt really translate well into anything relevant to SR. *shrugs*

I usually GM, but am currently playing in an online game that has lasted longer than any other SR game in which I was involved that I didn't run (almost a year now).
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post Dec 15 2004, 04:58 AM
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College student (Comp Sci, possibly minors in several language fields, maybe switch to a major in Culinary or sticking to Comp Sci and moving to Robotic Programming) and cashier/photolab operator at a pharmacy. I dabble in writing and am told I have a pretty good singing voice.

I tend to gun for the overly-violent gunbunnies that can soak far too much damage. That or just random ideas that pop into my head (which usually see play here than in real life games).
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