RPGFan Music Managing Editor, Rhythm Encounter Co-host & Rob's Random Encounter Peon
I started working at RPGFan in June 2010 and since then have made some of the closest friends I've ever had. I've been able to speak to people whose art has shaped my life, go to all the events I dreamt about going to as a kid, been to new places, tried out some awesome (and some not so awesome) games, learned how to manage an editorial section, recorded zillions of podcasts (and started one), and became captain of the Music ship a few years back. In other words, RPGFan is, without hyperbole, a gift that has literally never stopped giving me awesome opportunities.
I've been into games since I first played the original Sonic the Hedgehog on my uncle's Genesis, and into RPGs ever since I stumbled upon Phantasy Star IV on his Sega Channel one sweltering summer day in the ye olden days of my boyhood. Around that same time, I found my dad's King's Quest VI CD, and from then on my love of puzzling, pointing, clicking, and role-playing games was fired and sealed for life. I've got two younger brothers, and some of my fondest memories ever involve growing up playing co-op Tales of Symphonia with one of them and Kingdom Hearts with the other. Thanks, RPGs!
I'm a huge game music fan. I'm always looking for something new and interesting to listen to, but I got my start jamming along with Yasunori Mitsuda, Shoji Meguro, Yuzo Koshiro, and, mostly importantly, Yoko Shimomura. I dip my toes into some electronic, orchestral, and solo piano music as well, and love to hear unique stuff.
Outside of my gaming interests, I'm a lover of good stories and languages, and a recently-injured-but-mostly-recovered-runner. The Harry Potter series, Back to the Future trilogy, and the television show Scrubs pretty much makes up the core of my being, so you can also be assured I'll try to fit references to those things into literally everything.
Most of my work outside RPGFan involves the Japanese language, which I studied in undergrad and have a relevant Master's degree in. I've dabbled in translation in a few fields, done research on disasters in Japan, and also work for a non-profit organization in US/Japan relations.
Also, in case you didn't know, Rob does indeed hate fun.