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Ronald Buie
RPGFan Music Editor

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At RPGFan Since:
June 2016

Location:
Seattle, WA, USA

Favorite Games/Series:
Etrian Odyssey, D&D goldbox, Age of Wonders, Dreamfall, King of Dragon Pass, Ultima, Final Fantasy Tactics

Favorite Genres:
Dungeon Crawlers, Adventure Games, Tactical RPGs

Other Interests:
Music performance and appreciation, medicine and health research, data science, east Asian culture and language

I have been a lifelong gamer and have played a variety of table top, collectable card, PC, and console games since I was a child. My earliest experience with the Nintendo was almost a year before its US release and, unlike prior machines, was a turning point for me. I became fascinated by the modern gaming console, with its blend of music, visuals, and responsive controls (it would be several more years before I ever saw an arcade box.) A couple of years later I had my own Nintendo, an Apple computer, and a subscription to the CompuServe network. I spent much of my spare time taking apart, learning about, and playing with these devices, and have continued to do so ever since.

Another of my passions is music composition, performance, and appreciation. I began classical piano training at the age of 5, and have never stopped making and playing music. For me, music is always there. I am always imagining it or listening to it. In games I found a medium that mirrored this reality, and in their music compositions I consistently encountered a creativity and liveliness that I rarely heard elsewhere.

Games take engrossing stories and marry them to innovative musical themes to make both greater than their parts. I think console RPGs have led the way in this. Their music has been the part of the art and industry that I love the most, and I became an avid collector shortly after getting my first computer with a hard drive. This hasn't changed, and 30 years has allotted me quite a collection.

RPGFan has given me an outlet to more formally approach this passion for game music and share it with the world. It also challenges me to stay abreast of what is coming and discover and analyze artists and works that I would otherwise miss out on. I hope my work here helps you enjoy this art form all the more!

Professionally, I work as an acupuncturist and health informaticist, assisting with pain management in private practices in the one, and evaluating health research and working with researchers to improve data sets and information management practices in the other. I will soon be continuing my informatics studies at the University of Washington, so who knows what is next!




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