User Profile for Blackfaer
Mark Thomason
United States
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Right... about me... so what do you want to know? Well, as suggested by the Geeklist "What makes a good BGG profile" I'll attempt to answer the common questions.

I work in theatre as a Technical Director and Lighting Designer in the Seattle area. I grew up in the area playing games with the family; have traveled a fair bit including spending 4 years in college in Illinois where I learned of such games as Settlers of Catan and Atmosfear and returned to the Northwest a couple years later to discover the recent revolution in the world of board games.

My taste is varied; I like many different games for different reasons. I prefer more complex games with lots of possibilities, and I like heavy interaction and lots of theme. I like the social aspects of games, I like the strategic planning, and I like the thematic storytelling of highly-themed games. Battlestar Galactica is my favorite game so far, though I'd never seen the TV show when I first fell in love with the game. Generally, however, I'm a big fan of collaboration and teamwork (I work as a collaborative artist, after all) so co-op games always fall high on my list. I'm not highly competitive, and I don't care much if I win at competitive games, but I always play to win regardless, as that is the point of the game. Games with pasted-on themes like Ra or lack of choices (and high randomness) like Candyland are what I tend to dislike.

My name, Blackfaer, is so far unique - I'm the only one on the internet and have been since the mid 90's. The etymology of the name relates to darkness/shadow, natural spirits, magic, and fire. As a lighting designer and general theatre technician, I work in the darkness generally wearing black and create light and effects to illuminate the performance; I'm also an Eagle Scout and can teach survival skills and the like, I do rock-climbing, skiing, hiking, canoeing etc. Hence the name.

My avatar is a modified version of the logo painted on the Firefly-class ship "Serenity" from Joss Whedon's film of the same name. Both for my fandom of the film and TV series Firefly, as well as for the symbolism of the Chinese characters (translating to, again, 'Serenity') tied into my spiritual/religious outlook of Taoist ideals.

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User Details for Blackfaer
Registration Date: 2008-01-11
Last Profile Update: 2010-06-20
Last Login: 2016-01-16
Country: flag United States
State: Washington
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Collection Summary for Blackfaer
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Owned   128
Previously Owned   7
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   17
Commented   36
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   184
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Owned   22
Previously Owned   0
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
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Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   5
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All   24
Board Game 1
Board Game Designer 1
Board Game Artist 1
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Rating 1
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Board Game Ratings 169
Average Rating 6.85
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Average Rating 7.62
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Top 10
#1: Battlestar Galactica
#2: Firefly: The Game
#3: Pandemic
#4: Android
#5: Tales of the Arabian Nights
#6: Shadows over Camelot
#7: The Pillars of the Earth
#8: Arkham Horror
#9: Notre Dame
#10: Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Hot 10
#1: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game
#2: Tales of the Arabian Nights
#3: 7 Wonders
#4: Battlestar Galactica: Exodus Expansion
#5: Dixit
#6: Flash Point: Fire Rescue
#7: The Resistance
#8: Haggis
#9: Small World
#10: The Magic Labyrinth
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