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Joseph Joiner is a man of many ties and talents. Ask the Kimball's Twin Peak general manager how he's doing and the response might be, "devilishly handsome," or more recently, "seasoned with 11 herbs and spices."

People who know Joiner know it is just more fruit of an intense creativity that has won him wide recognition in the world of games.

He was nominated in the category for Best Game Related Short Work at the 2002 Origins Awards (the Academy Awards of gaming) for his work on the story line of the Firestorm card game about an entire universe (it can be read online at www.thirdworldgames.com). Joiner failed to take the top prize, but undaunted, continues to write.

"The problem with the Springs is there are no literary agents," Joiner noted. In addition to three finished novels, he recently created a tactical card and dice game for which he is working out the kinks.

A Kansas native, Joiner started writing essays in grade school and was always a sci-fi/fantasy fan. Although his early influences are wide, Space 1999 -- an early television series about a colony on the moon -- stands out as an early impetus. "I never missed an episode," said Joiner, sporting one of his many oddball and eye-catching ties, a yellow tie with large red tomatoes.

Family man, racquetball aficionado, Stimpy impersonator, regional demonstrator for card games, Joiner is coy when talking about ideas he has on the drawing board: "I'm not sure, my crystal ball is broken."

-- story and photo by Aaron Menza

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