Don't have much to say about myself at this time, except regarding...Ratings:
As of March, 2012, I've started rating games that I've played. Two alternative rating systems interest me, and I'm trying to use both systems concurrently. Wherever the systems cause me to rate games differently, I'll see which system I gravitate towards, in the aggregate.System #1
10: Outstanding game. One of my all-time personal favorites.
9: Excellent game. Always a pleasure to play. Shines under most circumstances.
8: Very good game. Rarely disappoints me. High on my request/recommend list.
7: Good game. Usually willing to play. I might even request or recommend it.
6: OK game. Some fun or challenge at least. Enjoyable in the right circumstances.
5: Average game. I'm indifferent, but may be willing to play.
4: Below average game. I avoid playing and would need to be persuaded.
3: Poor game. Will strongly resist playing.
2: Very poor game. I refuse to play this.
1: Dead game. Seriously negative entertainment value. Black Hole of Fun.System #2
10. I'd travel long distances to play nothing but this.
9. I'd plan gatherings to play this game.
8. I'd play this at any opportunity.
7. I'm always happy to play this game.
6. I'll enjoy it in the right circumstance or company.
5. I'll probably find it better than not playing a game.
4. I'll try to avoid playing this game.
3. I'll actively lobby to play something else instead.
2. I won't ever play this again.
1. I don't understand why anyone would want to play this.Trading:
I'm always willing to entertain trade offers for things on my "for trade" list. Items on my "want in trade" list and wishlist are those that I'm most interested in, but it's not an exhaustive list—I may consider others as well, if they're in line with the types of games I like.
I do ask that folks kindly GeekMail me first, rather than just sending a trade offer without even the simplest "hello". I'm always willing to talk, and I greatly value the opportunity to work out a trade that works for both parties. This means that I will happily give you a reasonable amount of time to consider any of my offers and ask for the same in return.
I do factor shipping costs into any trade evaluation, so local, no-ship trades are best. Trades within Canada are still possible, as are trades to the U.S., albeit far less likely—one of us would almost certainly have to be travelling to the other's area.