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John Dextraze
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Where it all started
My gateway games are Mouse Trap (Age 5), Monopoly (Age 8), Poker (Age 10), Chess (Age 12), Risk (Age 14), and I slowly drifted into a few more games from there until I played Settlers (Age ?). Still, I hung out on the outside and hesitantly cherry picked games to add to my collection. After living right beside one of Canada's largest gaming stores, a friend introduced me to a local board game group and I found BGG, I dove fully into the hobby in 2004.

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Types of games I like
I enjoy the direct confrontation and the conflict of Ameritrash Games, but also can enjoy the different pace of most Euros. I can't say that I have a large preference one way or the other. Some of the most important traits if a game is going to win me over is theme, smooth mechanics, multiple strategies, replayability and most important of all fun for me. Therefore, if you look at the games I own you will see a wide variety choices and I have rated them high because I have been very selective.

My Game Collection
If you are trying to keep your collection from growing out of control like I am, then you need to adhere to some guidlines http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/9404. My collection now consists mostly of games I truly enjoy, and hope to continue playing. I buy games to play and I collect only my favorite games so that I have the games I want play. I do not count game expansions as separate games, therefore in the notes you will see the expansions I own. My philosophy is belonging to a gaming group/community is important because that acts as a game multiplier for my collection. I may own 100 games I love to play but I have access to over a thousand more games because I belong to a solid gaming group.

My Game Collection is mainly made of the top 100 from BGG. My goal is to own 100 games that I rate 9 or 10. Games I rate 8 are games that I do not need to own but because my family and friends like playing them I have made the space for them in my collection. Games that I rate 7 are for trade, sale, or need more evaluation. Games without a rating are games I bought because I researched them extensively and they came highly recommended from my friends that share my taste in games.

I do have an exception to my 100 game limit and it pertains to games designed by Martin Wallace. He is my favorite designer and so I allow myself this indulgence to exceed my limit for one of his games. Of course I try to play test them first but his pre-order method makes this hard to do.

Top Ten = My Top Ten multiplayer games

I'll play almost any game (at least once!). Check out my collection for my favorites.

How I rate games:

10: My favorites: A must have in my collection.
9: Excellent. Play anytime. Must own it. I will suggest it.
8: Very good. Will play anytime. I wont suggest it.

---- Games below this line I do not need to own ----

7: Good. Own to play with family and games group.
6: Fair. Some fun or challenge. Enjoyable in the right circumstance.
5: Neutral. 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. Negative entertainment value. Black Hole of Fun. Yuk!

Hot Ten = My Top Ten 2 Player games

Objectives for 2014
1: Play every game I own at least once.
2: Reduce the size of my colection to 100 games.
3: Buy no more than 1 game per month.
4: Play Di Macher once per year
5: Collect all Martin Wallace's games.

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Great podcasts that I listen to...

Into The Gamescape features a wide variety of games, including some wargames! http://www.thegamescape.co.uk/ - the witty banter of Mike, Si, and Paul keep the show lively.

The Dice Tower at http://www.thedicetower.com/ is your online home for fun and informative discussion of boardgames, wargames, and card games. Featuring the latest industry news, in-depth product reviews, interviews, contests with amazing prizes, and top ten lists! Tom is an uber-podcaster. The segments from Moritz Eggert are great.

An excellent source of wargame discussion is Point 2 Point Source at http://point2pointsource.com/ - no euro games allowed. The segments from Moritz Eggert are great (yes, he appears on two podcasts).

Board Games To Go is a podcast about family strategy boardgames and can be found on the web at http://boardgamestogo.com/ - the shows are sporadic nowadays, but there is a healthy backlog available for your listening pleasure. The podcast generally focuses on light games.

Un forum québécois: http://www.dragonsnocturnes.org/forums/index.php?

Canadian Online & FGGs Boardgame Stores

My Credo:
Make your life about your passion.
Make others happy before myself.
Thy will be done.
Do it your way and you will have no regrets.
If you have to choose between chocolate cake & fruit salad, choose the chocolate cake.
When the horse is dead get off.
Adapt to what you have not what you want.
Look before you leap.

About Me:
Favorite Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton
Favorite book: Principles of War
Favorite Activity: Gaming
Favorite NFL Team: Vikings
Favorite NHL Team: Canadiens
Favorite MLB Team: Blue Jays
Favorite Golfer: My Dad
Favorite Tennis Pro: Pete Sampras
Favorite Web Page: BGG
Favorite Band: Led Zepplin
Favorite Video: http://www.playingforchange.com/episodes/2/Stand_by_Me
Favorite Designer: Martin Wallace.

Favorite Quote: You'll come to see that a man learns nothing from winning. The act of losing, however, can elicit great wisdom. Not least of which is, uh... how much more enjoyable it is to win. It's inevitable to lose now and again. The trick is not to make a habit of it.

Hobbies: Boardgames, Surfing the net, reading
Sports: Golf, jogging, walking, weight lifting

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Bricks and Roses:

1. Rose: Bruno Faidutti deleted his controversial remarks regarding religion from his website. Bravo Bruno!
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User Details for BoardGameNerds
Registration Date: 2007-06-14
Last Profile Update: 2014-01-19
Last Login: 2016-04-25
Country: flag Canada
State: Ontario
Town/City: Ottawa
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Collection Summary for BoardGameNerds
Board Game
Owned   322
Previously Owned   1
For Trade   21
Want In Trade   3
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   11
Preordered   1
Wishlist   13
Commented   251
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   718
Board Game Expansion
Owned   63
Previously Owned   0
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   2
Preordered   0
Wishlist   4
Commented   36
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   81
Board Game Accessory
Owned   0
Previously Owned   0
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   0
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   1
For Sale 1
Rating 6
Board Game Plays 1566 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 50 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Trade Rating (1) Propose A Trade With This User
Board Game Ratings 508
Average Rating 7.68
10 71   (14.0%)
9 132   (26.0%)
8 120   (23.6%)
7 80   (15.7%)
6 61   (12.0%)
5 10   (2.0%)
4 15   (3.0%)
3 9   (1.8%)
2 1   (0.2%)
1 9   (1.8%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 67
Average Rating 8.43
10 1   (1.5%)
9 60   (89.6%)
8 4   (6.0%)
7 1   (1.5%)
6 0   (0.0%)
5 1   (1.5%)
4 0   (0.0%)
3 0   (0.0%)
2 0   (0.0%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Board Game Accessory Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
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Top 10
#1: Nations
#2: Die Macher
#3: Automobile
#4: Eclipse
#5: Le Havre
#6: Power Grid
#7: Descent: Journeys in the Dark
#8: 18OE: On the Rails of the Orient Express
Hot 10
#1: 1960: The Making of the President
#2: Combat Commander: Europe
#3: Twilight Struggle
#4: Paths of Glory
#5: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
#6: Napoleon's Triumph
#7: Hammer of the Scots
#8: Breakout: Normandy
#9: Commands & Colors: Ancients
#10: Runebound (Second Edition)
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