Hell no. I'd miss hot showers, coffee and the Internet. Also, I'd likely have died in my thirties for lack of thyroid hormone. I probably wouldn't have died in childbirth -- Valdyas has excellent midwives -- but my mother might, because she really needed a Caesarian section.
Why aren't there any NPC stats, scenarios and other gaming information on the Valdyas pages?
Because Valdyas is not a game world. I started it, and keep developing it, for my own enjoyment and later the enjoyment of a select few others as well. Part of the enjoyment did indeed come from games, but that's not the purpose of the world or of the pages about it. The games exist for the sake of the world, not vice versa. I've never deliberately changed anything in the world or its culture for the game (or for the novels either), though the games and the novels have made me discover things I otherwise wouldn't have thought of.
I admit that. But that still doesn't make it a game world. If you want to use it as such, go ahead, but you'll have to make up your own game specifics.
Not by far as well as I'd like. (Better than Russian, though.)
What's the use of paintings? Of poetry? Of anything people make for enjoyment? Anyway, the world can always use more diversity. And no, it's not a secret language; it's right here on a public web page.
Well, not all, but yes, I know it's a problem. Mostly because names have to conform to the rules of the language, and make sense to me, or they don't ring true. I have found an excellent name generator, though, and I'm playing with scripts that may yield more variety.
Here's my first novel. It's CC-BY-SA, free to download, possible to donate if you like it. Here's my second novel, set about 200 years earlier in the same world. I've got another novel that's got some really nice writing in it but lacks plot or motivation, and one stalled at ten thousand words. Also a too-long short story (9800 words) sort of finished but I'm not completely happy with it, half of a space-opera thing (three-sided aliens! an enhanced chimp! lesbian women of colour IN SPAAACE!) and a few short stories stalled.
I've decided that I don't really care for having a career as a writer. Anyway, self-publishing used to mean that nobody would take you seriously as a writer any more, but that's changed with the advent of ebooks. It's now completely respectable as long as what you write and publish looks professional enough. I still don't want to spend a lot of time and money and energy on marketing, but as long as I can write and people who want to read what I write have access to it I'm satisfied.
The novels are set in Valdyas; they're stand-alone with some recurring characters. The long finished story and some of the stalled stories are set in alternate 1960s Western Europe. The stalled space-opera story is set in an indeterminate future. There are also a couple of stories set in modern-day Valdyas, which I want to explore further but the one I'm working on sadly lacks plot.
Kate at the moment, with code folding and excellent syntax highlighting. I've tried dedicated HTML editors but all of them were a royal pain in the behind. Also, I like to play with CSS as if with magic spells (kind of like Old Hyksos): what you say must happen, happens, provided you phrase it in the right terms.
Those are external links, going off my pages. I could have opened them in a new window but I prefer leaving that to the user. Anyway, I have no (commercial) interest in people staying on my pages. If I point them to something they're interested in, that makes me happy too.
Better than I can explain: "Why are frames so evil?". In short: they make bookmarks not work, and search engines lose their way.
No, not at all. If I go three generations back I can only say "Western European" and six generations back "European" but as far as I know there's not a single drop of Russian blood in my veins. I don't speak more than about three words of Russian either: my Church Slavonic is much better.
It's not an exclusively Russian name, but a generic Slavic form of the Greek "eirene", meaning "peace". That it's used in Russian in exactly that form doesn't change that. I call myself Irini in Greece, but it does annoy me when people call me "Irene"; if I'd wanted to be called Irene I'd have chosen that name instead.
Nope. I just happened to join the Orthodox Church in a parish founded by Russian emigrants and chose a name from their list of saints because it was much better than the name I was using at the time.
I'm not telling you.
Though it's a pretty name it never fit me very well, and now it doesn't fit at all. It's only on official documents and things like that.
No such beast in this country. You need to go to court with a lawyer and pay hefty charges. More trouble than it's worth. Moreover, they only grant it when the name you have is offensive or indecent or you can prove you're actively disadvantaged or damaged by it, not if you simply want to use a different one.
She's not a guy. Raisse the Thaumaturge is my alter ego when I play NetHack. Lots of people in that context know me only by that name. The name --though not the title-- comes from a character in our role-playing campaign in Valdyas.
Mostly not: Raisse the Thaumaturge is based on Hallei Raisse, NPC'ed by me, and Raisse who writes the diary entries is Ravei Raisse, queen of Valdyas, recurring PC (and NPC whenever necessary). To further complicate matters, the queen's parents called her after the other Raisse who is a good friend of theirs.
Yes. (The girls are all grown up now, living in their own places, and the Lego appears only when there are small kids around.)