A career scientist living in the St. Louis, MO area. Brian began playing board games in 2008 when one of his co-workers introduced him to the hobby. Since then, Brian has acquired a modest collection of 175 games and a desire to try his hand at building some of his own.
His first real effort is National Park, a game about managing and improving a fictional national park in the U.S. Players work to improve their parks to bring in more visitors, but nature and unruly visitors (played by the opponents on your left and right) are constantly fighting against your efforts and messing up your park. The more you improve your park, the more power you give your opponents to mess with it. Player interaction is very high in this game, and only one player will emerge as the best park manager in the end.
Brian is also actively working on another game, called Big Pharma, in which players are CEOs of small pharmaceutical firms that have visions of transforming their companies into blue chip enterprises. Players will be building and transforming their company to increase their research and development abilities and production space, and move their drugs through the research pipeline and into production. As is this weren't enough, the FDA is constantly watching your operation, making sure that you are compliant with regulations. Non-compliance leads to fines and a loss of victory points. Player interaction occurs through R&D cards (which are drawn when as drug reaches the end of a research or development phase), auctions and contract manufacturing. Although players are competing, they may need to work together to make the most of their resources or even survive as a company.
Other games rattling around in Brian's head: