Well as you may know from reading the comic, I am a big fan of Dungeons and Dragons.  I grew up watching my dad and his friends playing the game in our basement for as long as I can remember, and I always wanted to be a part of that kind of game.  I was a pretty imaginative kid, and I loved fantasy settings.  So, when I was 13, my dad finally introduced us to Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (which is version 2 for those who have no idea about AD&D).

I can still remember my first character, and actually I’ve kept her around a lot to this day.  This was coming right off the coat tails of watching the Lord of the Rings, a movie I had been waiting to come out into a live action movie pretty much all my life.  I made a halfling rogue named Starbuks.  Granted, I sucked at being a rogue at the time, mostly because I never read the rules and just went along with what my dad was telling me, but she’s always been one of my favourite characters to play as.  Hell, when 3rd Edition came out, I converted her to the best of my ability.  And even after I retired her, I still put her into my own campaigns.

When given the chance, I always play Starbuks, even when playing a new system entirely.  It may not be “the halfling rogue Starbuks”, but it’s still essentially the same character that I play.  A lot of the time, I’ll bring her out just so I can test a new group or new players, because she’s always the easiest to role play for me.  I love her to bits, and she’s the reason why I play Dungeons and Dragons.