THE ACTIVE PLAYER NETWORK TEAM
While the Active Player Network is truly a community of active players all around the globe, here's the team behind the content.
Location: New York City, NY
How I Play: Whether performing musical theater, wielding a sword as a member of Robin Hood’s Merry Band at the NY Renaissance Faire, or sitting down with my friends to play D&D once a week, I’ve been role playing my entire life. I’m 100% a self-proclaimed RPG Queen, but overall I’m drawn to any interactive game that sets my imagination aflame with beautiful art and the promise of an adventure to fantastical realms. Outside of these mystic pursuits, I can be found enjoying deck builders, conquering escape rooms with my friends, and painting miniatures.
Real Life Alignment/Race/Class: Chaotic Good Half Elf Bard
If I Could Live in a Fictional Universe, it would be: Star Wars - Old Republic Era.
Location: Ithaca, NY
How I Play: I play for the experience. Win or lose, if I’m playing with the right friends, I’ll have a great time regardless of what’s on the table.
Personal Quote: “Yes, I KNOW that guacamole is extra!”
I Cherish My Collection Of: Tears of my haters.
Location: Hogwarts, Slytherin House
How I Play: Fantasy and Sci-Fi are my preferred genre to escape into when I’ve got free time. To discover new worlds and explore the strange and beautiful, from fighting against the Elder Gods to getting that legendary sword. If there is a rich story, characters with depth, or even an expansive universe to become immersed in where I can leave my daily worries behinds captures my attention and imagination.
My Secret Talent: I am a llama whisperer, having owned and trained llamas in a past life.
I have a cherished collection of: Super deformed Shin-Godzilla figures.
Location: Greater Seattle Area
How I Play: When I was a kid, I said I would always buy toys and play games while the adults said I would grow out of it. Fortunately, the rest of the world grew into it! Playing video games and board games, nerding out about comic book movies, and collecting toys are ways I think you can have fun at any age. Fortunately, a lot of people out there agree with me now!
My Secret Talent: When I play a game and I am in a dungeon maze that I want to explore before leaving, I somehow wind up going down the exact right path to the exit.
Mantra: Do what makes you happy as long as it doesn’t make other people unhappy.
Location: Phoenix, AZ
How I Play: Play means interactive to me. That includes real life escape rooms or tabletop ones, video games, posable action figures, or board games with a lot of moving parts. If it’s static, passive, or has a lot of down time, that’s not for me.
Pets: I have a dog named Watson, a cat named Squee, and a beta fish named Wasabi. I also have a son named Oliver who is only 7 months old, so he’s basically a pet for a little while longer.
If I could live in a fictional universe, it would be: Definitely Star Trek, when Next Generation takes place. The holodeck alone would be worth living there (even if it malfunctions every year or so) but the idea of a hopeful future for mankind compared to a corporate run, dystopian cyberpunk future is my dream.
Location: Savannah, GA
How I Play: With people! Some of the best friends in my life I have met through gaming and I will never say no to a game night. Bust out the snacks, turn on the theme-appropriate music and let’s get started! I love to have games that scratch every itch (competitive, cooperative, dexterity, deck-building, party, you name it) and I pride myself on my ability to fit far too many games into one bag, and somehow manage to carry far too many bags at once.
My Secret Talent: Always managing to stand in front of whatever drawer/door/thing needs to be opened
My fandom identity: A Hufflepuff house, Fire Nation red jaguar, potential Slayer of District 10, Browncoat, red shirt hobbit of House Stark, member of the Rebel Alliance and Avengers reserve team, daughter of Athena, and token Mom friend.
Location: Boise, ID
How I Play: A very non-competitive person in real-life, but I thrive on competition in games. Be it TCGs, miniature games, or board games on all ends of the complexity spectrum: whatever the medium, I love getting together with a like-minded group and duking it out to see how far my game can take me. A good FLGS with good people and good competition is my safe place. Outside gaming I get my play time in through music (listening, playing), the occasional hike/bike/swim, movies, or consuming copious amounts of TV shows.
My Lucky Numbers: 4 8 15 16 23 42
My Secret Talent: Interrupting conference calls with acoustic guitar riffing.
How can I join APN?: It couldn’t be easier to be a part of the Active Player Network. Simply prioritize play in your life, and encourage all around you to do the same! An easy example of how to spread the message is by uploading photos of you playing with the hashtag: #ActivePlayer We believe that by spreading positivity and inspiring others to play, we can make not only our hobby, but the world a better place.
Can I contribute content to APN?: We are actively seeking content creators who want help spreading their photographs, blogs, podcasts, videos, etc. If you want to discuss partnerships, please fill out this form!
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