Psydekick Larry Interviews: Ryan Pilz
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PL: Where are you from? And how long have you lived in Greenville?
Ryan: I'm originally from Wisconsin, but my family moved to Florida when I was 9. I moved to Greenville for work right out of college and I've been here ever since.
PL: Give us 2 truths and a lie about yourself?
Ryan: #1 I have had benign essential tremors since I was 16. It doesn't affect me much, but I do hate trying to take pictures or thread needles, and occasionally I can't get food to transition from table to fork to mouth.
#2 My first job out of high school was in the back room of an unfinished furniture store where I spent half my time ruining furniture I was "assembling" and the other half becoming well acquainted with glue and wood filler. The husband and wife owners would argue at the counter while their son avoided work while listening to music he wasn't supposed to outside and their general manager would occasionally peek in to ask if I wanted to see him demonstrate his ninja skills. It was a stressful time.
#3 I got my first stitches when I was 6. I got hit by a truck while crossing the street and had to spend some time in the hospital. When I got out, I was chasing my brother around the house when my sister got annoyed and tried to get us to stop by pushing me down. I fell and hit my head into an empty glass aquarium. Thus the stitches.
PL: What got you into the board gaming hobby?
Ryan: I played a lot of games in college like Settlers of Catan and such. But my eyes were opened when my sister gave me Race for the Galaxy one Christmas and I suddenly realized that there was a whole world of games out there I wasn't even aware of yet.
PL: What do you love about board gaming?
Ryan: I love the strategizing and puzzles, but especially hanging out with friends. I haven't been able to get into single player games yet.
PL: What is your favorite board game and/or board game genre?
Ryan: Kingsburg, of course. Check out my top 10! I don't know about a genre per se, but I have been thinking about how much I love ensemble tv shows and movies. Games that hit that same note always appeal to me whether it's tactical miniatures games or cooperative games like pandemic. If it involves a squad of folks all working together, I like that a lot.
PL: When did you join Tantrum House? Why?
Ryan: I have been with Tantrum House since the company first started. I joined because I was excited about working together to make our own games, and I stayed because I've enjoyed the ride.
PL:What is your biggest board game pet peeve?
Ryan: Poorly written rules
PL: What is your favorite drink and snack while playing board games?
Ryan: Mountain dew and anything not greasy. I really like Cheetos, but you can't eat them while playing if you want to keep your games clean.
PL: What RPG race and class best describes you? (Human not allowed)
Ryan: My first RPG character was a Cathar Soldier/Bodyguard because it appealed to me protecting the other characters. Probably today I would pick a halfling bard as most descriptive of me. Halfling because they're basically less powerful humans who appreciate snacks. And Bard because I want to support my team. Unfortunately, Charisma is my dump stat so I'll have to focus on options that mitigate that.
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