Top 10 Questions with Erich Lichnock: Hobby Gamer
I always try to write an article about a top ten list of games that will interest people to know exist, but at Ludo we also wanted to take the time to feature some of the interesting people that come and visit the store on a regular basis. We have customers who come from a myriad of professions: students, teachers, doctors, lawyers and business people from all walks of life. They all are unique and interesting in their own way, but one thing brings us all together under the same roof and that is a deep love and appreciation for board and tabletop games.
This month we are proud to feature Mr. Eric Lichnock who is a regular customer here at Ludo and is a private English tutor by profession. During his spare time he loves to hang out with close friends over an intense RPG session or by “pushing some cardboard.”
- So Erich, what is your earliest gaming memory?
My earliest gaming memory was watching my father play Zelda on the SNES he bought for himself. Although I know I had an Atari before then, I don’t recall the Dig Dug and Frogger as well as I recall following in my father’s footsteps through the “F.A.Q.” notebook he scribbled in as he played. I never got stuck in the Forest of Illusion as a result, earning. #2 is to publish a world to be used for games of any type.
- Interesting, Zelda: A Link to the Past is still my favorite SNES game of all time… if you could only own 1 game what would it be?
If this came too with infinite time, some manner of MMO — maybe World of Warcraft. Since it probably doesn’t, I’ll settle for 2nd Edition D&D.
- Unforgettable gaming related memory then?
Back when 1MB of RAM was a huge deal, I bought Eco Quest for the PC, came home excited to play it, inserted the floppy into the computer, and was thwarted by the need for a “double density” 5 1/4 inch drive. Rather than just help me, my father taught me how to disassemble the computer, insert the new drive, and reassemble it back into working order. (A skill that still sees ample use for Meralco reasons.)
- And what are you into now, gaming wise?
Dissecting TRPGs. We’re in something of a renaissance at the moment with Tabletop Role-Playing: systems everywhere, ideas everywhere, a new paradigm no longer favouring books over other media, an environment where anyone can make anything — and not just spreadsheets. It’s an exciting time for those of us in love with fiction.
- Just a quick question of tangent, what is your favorite food that you can’t live without?
Sausage McMuffin with Egg, but it needs hashbrowns and 8 o’clock style Orange Juice. (I am the product of a lifetime of corporate conditioning.)
- What is on top of your gaming wish list at the moment?
My incoming Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King! It hasn’t arrived, and I won’t even get it until I pick it up in Singapore in July, but that doesn’t stop me from being impatient with excitement, watching unboxings, and debating if I want to buy a “demo set” from Doc if he brings it in. Hopefully I find people to play it with often!
- Favorite TV show, movie or book that has changed your life.
The Cat Street manga, which I admittedly don’t remember too much about. In the story, the main characters are kind of “stray” kids who the standard education system had failed until they joined a kind of “free school” without formal structure that focused on life and the kids’ self-esteem. The principal’s quote from the story “There’s no such thing as an early or late start” in the context of these kids and their finding of themselves and happiness is still central in my life and vocation.
- Of course the obligatory, why do you come to Ludo question?
Mostly to hang out with Jay (part-owner and “Game Guru par Excellance”) or catch a glimpse of other people I know. Other than that, my visits are to eat wasabi gyoza or have a milkshake. Sometimes I’ll be curious about games, but with the schedule conflicts between me and the rest of my group, I tend to come in solo, so my options are limited.
- What is number 1 on your gaming bucket list of all time?
To “gamify” education and use that to addict young people to learning. #2 is to publish a world to be used for games of any type.
- And the most important question: Archie or Jughead? Why
Jughead. I like my life easy, and Archie looks like he leads a hard life, so Jughead remains my idle idol.
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