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Robert Fenner
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At RPGFan Since:
August 2015

Location:
London, UK

Favorite Games/Series:
Baroque, Bloodborne, Dark Souls, Flower Sun & Rain, Hell Night, Hotline Miami, Killer7, Landstalker, The Legend of Heroes, Mother, Mystery Dungeon, Parodius, Persona, SaGa, Shin Megami Tensei, Snatcher, Steambot Chronicles, Suikoden, Tactics Ogre, Tales of Destiny, Wonder Boy, Xenogears, XZR, Ys, Zero Escape.

Favorite Authors:
Antonin Artaud, Hiroki Azuma, William Burroughs, Judith Butler, Dennis Cooper, Mark Fisher, William Gibson, HP Lovecraft, Yukio Mishima, Ryu Murakami, Flannery O'Connor, Eiji Otsuka, Edogawa Rampo.

Other Interests:
Angura theatre, cooking, comix, electronic music, heta-uma manga, surrealism, zine-making.
Back in the 80s when I was just a Little Bob, I'd make my long-suffering grandmother chase after me to the Montgomery Ward in which there was a Sega Master System demo unit on display. Enthralled, I'd try out games and push buttons until I was dragged away. My parents bought me one that same Christmas, probably so I wouldn't spend so much time in Montgomery Ward. Eventually, I stumbled upon a little game called Phantasy Star which changed my perception of what a game could be. The epic story, sprawling alien worlds, colorful characters and bizarre monsters sparked a great deal of inspiration within me, and I'd fill notebook after notebook with drawings of my own ideas for sequels. It was then that I became a lifelong RPG fan.

Growing up in midwestern America, JRPGs offered me a window into a culture that was vastly different than my own, and that fascinated me endlessly. The 10-year-old me may not have understood all of Exile's nuance, but I recognized that it was profound. EarthBound took suburbs not unlike my own and added a dash of surrealism before projecting them through a very foreign lens. The list goes on, and what a wonderful list it is.

Well, anyway, about me. I'm originally from Kansas, but I've been living in London since 2001. I'm a guy who likes to try all sorts of different things! I've been in a few bands, I've done solo music projects, I've even curated a series of electronic music nights for a number of years. I earned my Bachelor's degree in sound art & design, and worked as sound recordist/designer for a few student films and freeware games. I switched focus a few years later and earned a Master's degree in Japanese cultural studies/creative industries.

Of course, none of this stuff pays the rent, so in real life I work in the office of a disabled adults' charity. My greatest dream is to one day design and score a cyberpunk RPG masterpiece, but in the meantime, I'll settle for writing about existing RPGs. What better place to do it than with like-minded peers? I thank the staff of RPGFan for welcoming me into their family, and I hope you enjoy my work.



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