Meet the Geekdom House Staff: Allison Barron Apr26


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Meet the Geekdom House Staff: Allison Barron

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Who are the people behind Geekdom House and what do they do? You well might ask, but question no longer, because Casey Covel has gone deep into the trenches to determine who we are and what you need to know. Today’s biography and nerd-cred heavy questions are all about our General Manager and Executive Editor, Allison Barron.

Like many unassuming heroines, Allison was born in a tiny town (in Ontario) as the youngest of four siblings. She grew up gaining HP and MP from her loving parents and a steady diet of Terry Brooks, C.S. Lewis, Robert Jordan, Myst, Warcraft, and those The Lord of the Rings cartoons from the 1970s. Allison lived life as a “closet geek” during most of her backstory, but only because her friends weren’t interested in video games. Then, in an epic plot twist, her best friend married a nerd, and the LAN parties began…

With all 20 of her Heart Containers filled with love for the arts and its practitioners, Allison expresses her passionate creativity though as many artistic mediums as possible, though she ultimately chose to pursue writing as a career. She was first recruited into Geekdom House by Admiral Kyle Rudge, who was looking for someone to share in an adventure that he was arranging. Hooked from the moment she heard the words “Firefly Bible study” and “geeky nonprofit that supports the arts,” Allison soon found herself running a magazine, co-hosting a podcast about The Lord of the Rings, meeting artists, singing alto in a geeky choir, attending comic conventions, speaking at churches, and painting miniatures for RPGs.

For Allison, though, the real dropped loot is found in supporting, rewarding, and appreciating her fellow artists—writers, painters, podcasters, singers, dancers, and actors. As the wielder of the Triforce of Art in Geekdom House’s leadership triad, Allison believes art to be a vital expression of the human psyche and key to recognizing the beauty in the world. She seeks to bestow Galadriel’s blessing upon all those who pursue these noble crafts.

Legend says that Allison’s editing abilities are fueled by an eternal loop of video game soundtracks (with Zelda, Mass Effect, League of Legends, and Portal being super effective). Whatever the truth may be, we only know that Allison’s ability to speak in fluent geeky quotations is somehow linked to her endless supply of editing mana.

What people think Allison does at Geekdom House: Plays video games and schmoozes with artists.
What Allison thinks she does at Geekdom House:
Tells people what to do and hopes they listen.
What Allison actually does at Geekdom House: 
Manages Area of Effect magazine, co-hosts the Infinity +1 podcast, co-manages the choir, co-manages social media, does all the graphic design, hosts a YouTube show, organizes fundraising events, administration.

Below is the transcript of questions Casey asked Allison about life, the universe, and everything (you can also listen to us reading these aloud and making fun of Allison answers on Episode 77 of the podcast):

Answer the following questions based on how the actual events might have happened if they occurred in a fictional universe. You get a point for each geeky reference you include in your answers (names, memes, quotations, fandom jokes, etc.). At the end of this section, I’ll tally up your points and tell you what the title of your future best-selling autobiography will be based on your answers (the test is super accurate and the results final, so choose wisely, young grasshopper).

1. How did you first meet the other two members of your RPG party, Jason and Kyle? (Star Wars)

I met Kyle in the Mos Eisley Cantina because I was interviewing him for an article in the Galactic Post about his daring-do in a podrace. Shortly after, I hired Jason as a Jawa Translator to help me pick out a gently-used droid.

2. What have the last 42 hours been like as Commander of Geekdom House? (Avatar: the Last Airbender)

“Sometimes, life is like this tunnel. You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will come to a better place.” —Uncle Iroh

3. What are the biggest challenges you face on the job (evil moons of doom, excluded)? (The Legend of Zelda)

Rounding up cuccoos, cutting grass for rupees to fund my adventures, searching for the Boss Key with time constraints, solving impossible puzzles, and feeling like I have no voice are all regular challenges; but with the help of the Master Sword and the Triforce of Wisdom, victory is made possible.

4. Describe your work space. (The Lord of the Rings)

In a hole in a ground there lived a desk. Not a nasty, messy, sticky desk, filled with wrappers from last week’s chocolate bars, nor yet a clean, sterile, empty desk with nothing on it or around it; it was Allison’s desk, and that means comfort.

It had a perfectly cozy chair in front of it, slightly used, with the stuffing poking out from a tear on the seat. On it was a glass mug filled with lots and lots of pens and highlighters—Allison was fond of bright colours. Above it was a figure of Mikasa Ackerman, an ocarina, and a Millennium Falcon art print. But the best things were on the right-hand side (facing the computer), for there was a stuffed toy in the shape of the fire demon Calcifer and a Majora’s Mask print by her favourite artist. Though she wished her window looked over a garden, and meadows beyond, it opened to the towering stucco wall of the neighbouring house. However, that was what artwork was for.

5. Tell me about your favourite experience in the Wandering Minstrels choir. (Harry Potter)

Having someone come up to me and say “Hey, you’re Harry Potter” (from Geekdom House) because they recognized my scar (my t-shirt) is always great. But also, getting to make my personal hero, Dumbledore (Vic Mignogna), proud by conquering the Dark Lord (singing him a song from Fullmetal Alchemist).

You scored 54.42 points. The title of your autobiography is… One Does Not Simply Ewok into Mistral: The Wibbly Wobbly Times of Allison Barron. These next questions must be answered using only gifs/memes/reaction photos from geeky media:

6. How does it feel when you put the finishing touch on the latest issue of the Area of Effect magazine?

7. Is the cake a lie?

8. How does the new Geekdom House HQ stack up with the old one?

(This isn’t accurate at all, our office is quite lovely, but I couldn’t not use this.)

Now for a few freestyle questions to wrap things up:

9. Which three characters were you in your past (alternative-universe) life?

Galadriel, Jaina Solo, and Tali’Zorah.

10. You can invite any character to dinner. Who do you invite, what do you serve them, and what’s the first question you ask them?

Obi-Wan Kenobi. Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs. “Who’s the best Doctor?”

11. What’s on your geeky bucket list?

Going to a Video Games Live concert, playing Okami, and learning how to make chainmail.

12. Is 42 the answer to life, the universe, and everything?

No, it’s Infinity +1.

If you would like to support the Geekdom House staff, the time they put into volunteering every day, and the projects they work hard to provide, please consider becoming a monthly donor! You can support Allison specifically by going to this link and choosing her name from the dropdown menu. Support for Allison helps her continue to manage Area of Effect magazine, the choir, the YouTube show, other art projects, and allows her to support other artists. We also appreciate your interaction with our articles, podcast, and other art projects. Thanks for being awesome geeks!

Casey Covel

Casey Covel

Contributing Writer at Area of Effect
An INTJ and self-proclaimed connoisseur of chocolate, tea, and sushi, Casey spends her free time cosplaying, writing, gaming, philosophizing, editing articles for Geeks Under Grace, squinting at strange words, and watching Corgi videos on the internet.
Casey Covel