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This is where you can find out about the people (or, in Dan's case, the Dire Frogs) that write for the Time Waster's Guide. Pay special attention to the 'interests' section--you will probably
agree more with reviewers who like similar games as yourself.
Daniel Wells (a.k.a. Fordralisk, a.k.a. Fellfrosch, a.k.a. "His Royal Wastefulness")
Site Involvement: You'll find Dan involved in all aspects of the site, as one would expect. However, his most visible function is that of running the editorial department. He's also the one who makes up those insane polls you have so much fun clicking on.
Bio: Daniel has a Bachelors in English from Brigham Young University. He was an editor at The Leading Edge Magazine, and is the author of two novels.
Interests/favorite games: Dan likes just about everything, which is why he's the perfect king of wastefulness.
Brandon Sanderson (a.k.a. EUOL--Evil, Undead OverLord)
Site Involvement: Brandon runs two departments, the CCG Lair and the Tower of Cheapness. He also draws American Bachelors with Mecha(s), the TWG's webcomic.
Bio: Brandon also has a Bachelors in English. He was editor of The Leading Edge Magazine for two years, and is the author of twelve novels. When he's not working on one of his two weekly articles, webmastering three sub-departments, drawing three comics a week, or writing novels, Brandon occasionally finds time to work on a Masters of creative writing.
Interests: Brandon is a big fan of Magic: the Gathering, but has never liked tournament play. His favorite games include the Final Fantasy series and first-person shooters. However, he has yet to find a real-time strategy game that he enjoys.
Ben Olsen (a.k.a. Tage)
Site Involvement: Ben wrote the PHP for the site from the ground up, basing a lot of the functions off an
early version of Postnuke. He rarely writes review articles, so if you find any, you can feel extra special.
His involvement now consists mainly of maintaining the server and acting as the resident curmudgeon on the forums.
Bio: Ben Olsen has a bachelors degree from Brigham Young Universtity (BYU) in Computer Engineering.
He's from Idaho, but we don't hold that against him (much). He maintains a visually stunning home page at
www.rickstranger.com, the contents of which are updated rarely and
mostly at whim. Also, in continuing the theme, he had a stint at being editor of The Leading Edge.
Interests: Ben enjoys real-time strategy games (i.e. Starcraft), and has expended much effort--to no avail--
trying to get Brandon addicted to them as well. He also enjoys RPGs and the occasional MMORPG. He used to read
sci-fi/fantasy books, but now just tries to keep up with all the books Brandon and Dan write.
Jeff Creer (a.k.a. 42)
Site Involvement: Jeff is responsible for the look and
visual feel of the site. He has created many of the
graphics for the site.
Bio: Jeff is from the Western U.S. He has an
Associates degree in Computer Graphics. He has been
the Art Director for the Leading Edge for three years.
He also spent half a year as a full-time Graphic
Designer for the Phone Directories and a year as a
Creative Artist for Brigham Young University. In 2000 he won 3rd place in Utah’s Skills
USA Advertising Design Competition, collegiate level.
He is a card-carrying member of the National Art
Educators Association and Utah Art Educators
Association. He has published illustrations in
several magazines and journals. He also has been
involved as an artist in numerous site developments
including, BYU Parent-Educator Partnership, BYU Dept.
of Education Art WebQuest., and the Leading Edge. Jeff
is currently studying for a Bachelors Degree in
numerous art related programs. (He already has two degrees, by the way. Jeff is the beloved 'eternal student' of our site.)
Interests: Most of Jeff’s spare time is spent in
artistic endeavors, but when he gets a moment he
enjoys board games, RPGs and movies.
Ethan Skarstedt (a.k.a.--appropriately--Skar)
Site Involvement: Head of the Movie Department. Watches lots of movies (aw, poor guy) and passes the news on to you.
Bio: Ethan has a Bachelors Degree in English from Brigham Young
University. He reads too many books, plays too many games, watches too
many movies, and has just re-discovered skateboarding. He doesn't write
nearly enough, or spend enough time fixing up his house, but he's working
Interests: Ethan's favorite movies are as follows, (in no particular order.)
The Truman Show
Henry V (Kenneth Brannagh)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Conan the Destroyer
You've Got Mail
Michael Darpino (a.k.a. Joe Hannigan homicide detective, a.k.a Michael
Saltzman homicidal maniac)
Site Involvement: Reviewer of Films
Bio: Michael is a self-taught man with head full of ideas. He's the
original strong, silent type except when writing or with close friends.
He is a student of movies, covert warfare, and ugly truths.
Michael attended the Hollywood Film Institute, and has worked on various movie productions, including several where he was lead producer. He is the author of numerous movie
scripts, and he won "Best Movie Pitch artist" for Washington D.C. back in 1997.
Motto: "No mentor but myself" - Jack London
Interests: Michael's 10 favorite movies are:
1. Taking of Pelham 1,2,3
3. Dark of the Sun
4. Carlito's Way
5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
6. Glen Gary Glenn Ross
7. Taxi Driver
9. John Carpenter's The Thing
10. A Bullet in the Head
Table-top Games Department
Rob Wells: (a.k.a. House of Mustard, or a.k.a Robison, but not Robert.)
Site Involvement: Head of the Table-top area, Rob occasionally hands in articles, although he makes
excuses at least three times a week.
Bio: Rob has a lousy associates in General Studies, but is now working on a
double major in Political Science and History, which will avail him nothing
in the long run (although Dan's done all right with an English degree – I guess
there’s hope.) He has written ¾ of a novel, and has previously worked for
the University of Utah’s weekly art magazine ‘Red’ as the theater critic.
Interests: He plays Imperial Guard and Chaos in Warhammer 40k, and Empire
in Warhammer Fantasy. He plays most any computer game that gets thrown his
way, although he has no use whatsoever for Role Playing (like Final Fantasy,
Diablo II, etc…)
Charlie Mitchell: (a.k.a. Charlie82 and/or the Lazy Fat Bastard).
Site Involvement: Tabletop or anything else he feels like messing around
Bio: currently messing around with A levels at college he has vague ideas of
managing a shop where he will get to fulfill his passions : not doing much,
talking and messing around (a.k.a. Time Wasting). Accused of not putting any
effort in and regarding homework as something that happens to other people,
it is unlikely that his upcoming exams in Business Studies, Economics and
Computing will remotely resemble in any way a A - E (pass) mark so it would
probably be wise to ignore education completely on his count.
Interests: He plays Chaos, Tyranids in Warhammer 40k, and Chaos Warriors in
Warhammer Fantasy as well as a whole host of other armies lying around
gathering dust. He plays any computer game involving death, destruction,
Star Wars and high calibre machine guns (preferably a combination of the four)
but has a marked tendency towards RPG's, RTS's and FPS's while shying away from
driving or sports games. He has also starting buggering around with Vampire :
the Masquerade and watching MTV. Violent films are also a treasured
pursuit. His book collection (Sci-fi and fantasy for the most part) is
nearing 200 in number.
Nathan Jennings (a.k.a. Kid Kilowatt)
Site Involvement: RPG Department Head (and frequent movie reviewer)
Bio: Nathan is a law student who really shouldn't have any time to waste.
He enjoys blancmange, Guided By Voices, and long walks on the beach. His
turn-offs include self-centered people, kittens, and puddles of vomit. His
wife Faith is the one person who is able to keep him from going off the deep
Interests: Nathan is way too cool to think that anything is interesting. The
best things in the world are only just barely "not boring."
Eric Ehlers (a.k.a. Saint Ehlers)
Site Involvement: RPG Reviewer
Bio: Eric is mysterious
Jordan Sanderson (a.k.a. Spriggan)
Site Involvement: Head of the Video Game and Tower of Cheepness deparments. He also writes RPG reviews. He's also
supposed to write anime articles, but since 90% of the anime on the market is pure crap he dosen't watch much anymore. He
also plans on getting several Flash games done this summer (pesky graphics).
Bio: Jordan has a PHD in procrastination from
some mail-order college. He is also a Japanese major a BYU.
Interests: Jordan is a Fan of Anime and all video games (except for those
stupid RTS games). His current games are the Final Fantasy Origins and
Guilty Gear XX. Current anime series are Beserk and .hack//sign. Current anime that he can't believe that anyone actually
watches: Dragon Ball and Trigun.
Chis just got married, so don't expect his bio--or anything else from him--any time soon.
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