User Profile for Challst
Craig Hallstrom
United States
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Thank you Secret Santa 2014. See https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/181637/item/3643968#i...

Dear Secret Santa,
I believe that I have been more good than not-good this year. My wish list is very long and has rankings on it but don't pay attention to the difference between any of the 1's, 2's or 3's - I often have no idea why I rank something a 3 and another game a 1. Avoid the 4's or higher. Also, if you know of a game that I should own but have never even heard of, I would love for that to be my gift.
Thank you,

I am writing a profile because I was just contacted by the first person to want to meet me based on what little information I have put on this site. Thought maybe I would have a chance of beginning a conversation with more people if I actually began participating in what BGG had to offer.

I come from a family that has always played the great traditional games. Every one in my family (except a non-gaming mother) owns at least two Cribbage boards. When I was a teen-ager my father and I probably played at least 50 games a week. My grandmother taught me to play Euchre, Pinochle, and a card game for which I have yet to find the rules again called Russian Banks. My uncle had a large collection of the Avalon Hill bookcase games and we regularly played Feudal, Twixt, and Jutland. So games have always been a part of my life.

In late elementary school I remember watching my brother and his best friend play Dugeons and Dragons. I was even occasionally allowed to sit in. In High School I was the dungeon master to a quiet group (fearful of losing what little cool we had) and in college I balanced social groups with sports, frequent drinking and running a Vampire: the Masquerade campaign.

And like many on this list, my game playing days seemed to end there... or so I thought.

Upon finishing medical school and six years of post-graduate training I got my first real job (apart from the things you do to pay for fun in high school [i.e. money for movies and dates, gas in the car and roleplaying books] or to pay for life in college and training afterwards] and moved to a town where I knew very few people. As an activity just to keep myself from going crazy (All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play...) I started designing a D&D campaign using these new fangled 3rd edition rules. While picking up a new D&D book at the local HobbytownUSA I picked up a flyer for the local Yahoo web-group and despite my basically shy personality I logged on and responded for someone looking to play D&D.

So I was playing D&D again - it feels weird to do it and I don't feel like it all the time but it is okay and I catch myself really getting into it sometimes. I also realized that now I am a player and had never been one before - I was always the DM

And then one night our DM had nothing prepared so they offered to just play a few board games. The couple hosting the night went to their closet and pulled out Catan.

WOW!! I was really bad at this game but new right away I loved it!

I was introduced to the world of board games again. Games where people interacted on every turn. Games where people don't get eliminated hours before the game is done. Games with simple rules but complex tactics.

Did I say WOW?

I have since embraced this new addiction. I have purchased over a hundred games and frequently find myself purchasing more (especially in the middle of the night when I am caught at work). I have also started giving a game to my neice (7) and nephew (10) every time I come to visit. My neice, without prompting or instruction, discovered the joys of the 'screw your plans' play in Caracassone. I also received an e-mail from my sister-in-law a few weeks ago about a rules clarification for Settlers. Apparently my nephew traded three stone to my neice so that she could use her stone port (on her turn of course) to give him back one wood - and yes, I told my sister-in-law that was legal (I don't remember exact written rules but we allow un-equal trades).

So I'm like the corner drug dealer. I'm addicted to the product and I'm trying to get others addicted as well.

So, little girl, would you like a piece of candy?
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User Details for Challst
Registration Date: 2007-03-20
Last Profile Update: 2015-01-03
Last Login: 2015-10-09
Country: flag United States
State: Mississippi
Town/City: Jackson
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Collection Summary for Challst
Board Game
Owned   714
Previously Owned   100
For Trade   13
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   3
Wishlist   176
Commented   171
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   1151
Board Game Expansion
Owned   354
Previously Owned   20
For Trade   2
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   2
Wishlist   29
Commented   17
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   423
Board Game 3
For Sale 0
Rating 1
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Board Game Ratings 633
Average Rating 6.79
10 17   (2.7%)
9 47   (7.4%)
8 138   (21.8%)
7 215   (34.0%)
6 128   (20.2%)
5 58   (9.2%)
4 13   (2.1%)
3 16   (2.5%)
2 1   (0.2%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 167
Average Rating 7.12
10 4   (2.4%)
9 27   (16.2%)
8 41   (24.6%)
7 46   (27.5%)
6 31   (18.6%)
5 12   (7.2%)
4 4   (2.4%)
3 2   (1.2%)
2 0   (0.0%)
1 0   (0.0%)
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Hot 10
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