We are secrets to each other

April 01 2016

"We are planets to each other
Drifting in our orbits
To a brief eclipse
Each of us a world apart
Alone and yet together
Like two passing ships" - Neil Peart

A little about me: I'm 22. I'm Canadian. I have three awesome siblings. My family is extremely geeky, but me more than any of them. We are uncannily close. I am a fanatic about a bunch of nerdy things (Star Wars, Tolkien, Zelda, etc.) but I'm also pretty critical of geek culture.
I work in a privately owned coffee shop every weekday and love my job. I get to hang out with the regulars most days and am rarely ever stressed at work. I went to school for 6 months to study computer science but had to drop out because I missed a month of classes while recovering from pancreatitis. I also have a weak pancreas, so I live with a very limited diet (I can't drink booze anymore, and have trouble processing dairy, soy, and sugar, including fructose).

I spend most of my free time designing or playing table top role playing games or video games (probably an equal amount of time playing and creating). In 2015 a team consisting of a few of my brothers and friends and I decided to seriously commit ourselves to trying to develop a video game. 2015 was the year that I got pancreatitis, quit school, moved, got my current job (along with three others), and entered the best romantic relationship of my life. I'm happier these days than I've ever been.

I've been reffing/hosting for the same group of RPGers for a few hours every week for nearly seven years, and usually have one or two other games going at a time. I'm much newer to video game design, but almost equally as passionate now. My team is working on a game based largely on Super Metroid (although I like to think it'll have its own unique feel once we get it done).

I choose a ready guide in the celestial voice of Geddy Lee (and the celestial words of Neil Peart). Battlestar Galactica (2004), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Adventure Time are my favourite shows. Grow Up and Blow Away is my favourite album (I like to listen to albums and playlists, not really into 'shuffle all'). I like a lot of kinds of music, but don't spend much time listening to mainstream pop.

I think a lot. I like talking to people. I like deconstructing things. I use a ton of “I” statements to communicate (because I believe that perspective is everything and that my view is probably really limited). I think that my thoughts and interests are very niche but I'm interested in how they relate to the big picture. I'm project oriented. Even friendships can be a little like projects to me because I love making to-do lists and doing the things on them. I love writing. I hope to write a novel some day when I am older and my friends are busier.

I'd be happy to connect with any of you. If you want to talk about RPGs, video games, movies/tv, music, books, societal trends, gender politics, other politics, religion, philosophy, ideas, topics, lists of topics, dull ironic meta humour, or anything else that comes to your/my mind I would love to hear from you. If you want to chat, e-mail me. If you want to connect about game development, find me on twitter (@bayden_woodland).

Bayden Woodland
[email protected]
Victoria, BC, Canada

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