The Reputations of Joe Huber
Joe J. Rushanan
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Bedford
Massachusetts
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A while ago at some gaming session, Joe (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/user/huber) exclaimed that he was going to get a reputation (after we all showed no surprise over some choice he just voiced). At which point several of us responded that he already had a reputation. Or rather reputations. Clearly, listing those requires a geeklist.
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1. Board Game: Light Speed [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1730]
Joe J. Rushanan
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“Huberspeed" is part of the vernacular of any gamer that either has played with Joe or know gamers who have. As Joe would be the first to attest, it is not that he plays particularly fast, though he can (see the recent thread on an 1846 session http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/564394/for-those-looking...).
Instead, Joe enables an efficient flow of a game such that everyone else ends up playing fast.
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2. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:434]
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Joe plays this game Rainman-like. It is frightening. And it isn’t just RR. Bongo, etc. are all the same. In fact, in a recent game of Picus, he was beating us so much that he only played every other round to give us a chance. Thus prolonging a game that didn’t need to be.
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3. Board Game: Book of Lists Game [Average Rating:3.82 Overall Rank:10730]
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Joe makes a lot of lists http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/lists/user/huber?domai... ; 267 by the current count.
 
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4. Board Game: Strat-O-Matic Baseball [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:854]
Joe J. Rushanan
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If there isn’t yet a society of Ludometricians, in analogy to http://www.sabr.org/, there should be. And Joe could be a founding member. The word "thorough" does not do justice to his data analysis of his gaming habits.
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5. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1562]
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Joe designs a lot. Some have been published, but even the unpublished ones are interesting, often especially when they are, as he would be the first to admit, not working.
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6. Board Game: Aquarius [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:2877]
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Joe likes finding and playing obscure games. Some end up being really cool. Some not.
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7. Board Game: Made for Trade [Average Rating:4.85 Overall Rank:10237]
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Joe trades a lot. Its one way he gets those obscure games.
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8. Board Game: A Bridge Too Far: Operation Market Garden [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:5107]
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One could easily have a sub-list on Joe's reputations in Bridge. For example, he has a seeming distaste for the word "pass". Joe is very optimistic in his bidding, enough so that I heard his group at Intel came up with the term "Joe-ons" to describe the elementary particles of optimism.
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9. Board Game: 1846 [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:1105]
Joe J. Rushanan
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And another sub-list could be devoted to 18xx games. Joe likes 18xx games where there are lots of companies and lots of things to do with them, hence his love of 1846 and 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt. He almost always has more than his share of companies, and occasionally may run as many as half that are available. Joe also places exploring the game space over playing to win, which means it is rare that our games are stereotyped.
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10. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: Hero Pack 1 [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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Joe doesn't usually like expansions and calls most of them evil.
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11. Board Game: Goal! [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Joe sets some very interesting gaming goals, like playing all of his 10s x number of times in a year, and playing everything in his collection every some number of years. The rest of us gladly help achieve these goals, because it means we get to play stuff that we like fairly often.
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12. Board Game: Collection particulière [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Joe has some very specific goals with regard to his collection. He tries very hard not to own any unplayed games. And he keeps his collection rather small.
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13. Board Game: Primordial Soup [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:442]
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On a personal note, Joe has a reputation with me of always, at least once in a game, hurting my game position in a usually un-intentional way. It occurs often enough that I look for it, as one looks for an Alfred Hitchcock cameo. Of course, sometimes it's intentional. Ursuppe. Parasitism. Just saying.
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14. Board Game: Cheese [Average Rating:4.44 Unranked]
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Joe also has a reputation for being rather ... plain ... in his food preferences. I believe his food of choice is a plain cheese pizza, cooked well done. I've met a lot of people who order food well done in the past, but it's always been steak and not plain cheese pizza.

If pizza is not available, Joe will settle for a hamburger, well done, with no condiments or cheese.

Of course, it's possible that there's a food Joe enjoys more than a plain cheese pizza, but if so, it's probably even more ... plain ... than a plain cheese pizza.

Joe never complains about the food selections of others, but he keeps it simple himself.

In view of this, the odd thing is that his wife's hobby is baking cakes, and she's a wonderful cake baker. See the following picture from Bernie's 80th birthday (Bernie is a big Acquire fan):



Joe loves games, and she doesn't play games, while she loves baking, and he likes his food plain.
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