I've rarely missed a "Gal" Friday post. In fact, I don't think that I have - at least for a very long time - but I took Friday off from work, went way out of town with my original nuclear family (parents & brother David), and engorged myself on my favorite meal (Lexington-style barbecue). I factored in plenty of time to actually do a quickie post later on, but then settled down for the evening to play the Dragon Age 2 DLC, "Mark of the Assassin", which I had recently downloaded. End result, I was having too good a time to remember posting yesterdays "gal". So, I'm calling a weekend audible, shunting that lovely selection to another spot on the schedule, and instead going with Felicia Day. Ms. Day stars in a new web miniseries based on the popular Bioware fantasy gaming franchise Dragon Age, called Dragon Age: Redemption. She also voices her elf character "Tallis" (the protagonist from Dragon Age: Redemption) in the down loadable content "Mark of the Assassin". She is the star, script writer and producer of the original web series The Guild, a show loosely based on her life as a gamer; plus she is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Web Television.
Felicia is also a very accomplished young lady. Before she made a genre name for herself on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horribles Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse and she lent her voice as Veronica Santangelo in Fallout: New Vegas; Day studied operatic singing and ballet professionally, performing at concerts and competitions nationwide. Home-schooled throughout much of her childhood, she began college at the age of 16. An accomplished violinist, Day was accepted to the Juilliard School of Music, but chose to attend the University of Texas at Austin on a full scholarship in violin performance. She double majored in mathematics and music performance. Day was a National Merit Scholar in 1995 and graduated as valedictorian of her class. She is an avid player of a wide variety of video game genres. Much of her work on The Guild web series was based on her personal experience with video games.
I have to add that I saw her at Dragoncon in Atlanta this year, where she proved to be a very popular guest. Mark of the Assassin was an excellent expansion quest for DA2, so if you've not played it yet, be prepared for some quality time (thanks in part to Felicia Day).