User Profile for ColtsFan76
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"You play to win the game!"
- Herm Edwards (then) coach of the NY Jets


- About Me -

The Game of Life - 2009 Edition

- Geek of the Week #152 -

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Zoe
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For those who haven't figured it out yet, I am both a Christian (since 2001) and an Indianapolis Colts fan (since 1997). Both aspects help make up my personality. Gaming contributes to my competitive nature and addiction to winning. The "76" represents the year I was born and is the usual ending to my account names. I live in NW Indiana but work in Chicago as a Contractor. My gaming opponents consist of my girlfriend fiancée wife (zoe79); members of Northwest Indiana Boardgamers Association; occasionally my old college roommate (ipgyst) and friends and family; and a host of PBEM players (too numerous to mention).

We have expanded our family and hope to groom them into gamers as well. Joshua was born in 2009 and Toby in 2012. Joshua already "plays" around with our games and his own kids games, knowing components like cards, dice, meeples, and rules. The bright colors of most games grabs Toby's attention already.

Gaming is one of those things that stays with you most of your life. I have been playing the classics since I can remember - the light stuff of the 80's - Trouble, Sorry!, Connect Four, Monopoly. We could never figure out the The American Dream Game so we made up our own rules.

In junior high we discovered Axis & Allies and it became a new definition in gaming. The sessions were epic, weekend-long events. We fell in love with the plastic pieces and special rules for each unit. Solo play was also discovered at this time as we tried out new strategies on our own, working out the probabilites of dice rolls based on experience, and hoping to catch our opponents off guard at the next meeting.

In college, we learned about Magic: The Gathering and the transformation of card games. Too much money was wasted on this cardboard crack as we tried to buy the best deck possible. I broke the addiciton though and was able to break even on my investment. After that, the only games we played were the "party games" of Taboo, Outburst!, and other team type games. Since I am from Indiana, Euchre was often on the table.

Things quieted down on the gaming front until gaming and toy collecting merged: GI Joe was offering a G.I. Joe TCG. I held my nose and jumped in head first. Even better, I learned the ability to play online opponents with the software that had come about since MTG. But as quickly as the game had surfaced, Hasbro pulled the plug. A dejected group set-up ship to create new expansions for the game and learned the value of balanced game design. Though we all wanted the uber-cards, we had to learn the limits to keep the original card game intact. But Hasbro wanted to pull the plug on that too and shut down our site.

Through the online process, I rediscovered A&A and picked up the Axis & Allies Revised Edition. That lead to purchasing the rest of the A&A series. Though I liked the minis, I didn't want to waste my money and time on another collectible game. So I searched for other games to fill this new hunger. Through the process, I discovered the Commands & Colors games (my favorite being Memoir '44) along with many other high-quality adventure games. I have worked my way back into the gaming hobby and make BGG a daily stop as I check out all the new info and learn about new games. That has lead me to editing and playtesting opportunities with Valley Games, Inc. and Fantasy Flight Games.

In the spring of 2011, a long time wish came true: a new local gaming group! I have become an active member of the Northwest Indiana Boardgamers Association who currently meet in Merrillville, Indiana. If you live in the region, or happen to be passing through, join us for a game or two!

Thanks for having me!

For those interested, here is my info on Friendless' new Extended Stats site and msaari's BGG rating correlation

Trades
I love trading. It's getting a brand new (to me) board game for the fraction of the cost. I have lots of games up for trade because they don't see table time. However, I am not interested in just giving the stuff away in a bad deal. So before you offer a trade consider a couple of things:

1) A game for a game is not always a fair value. My first check of a potential trade is the "replacement" value of the items involved. If I can get your offered item for much cheaper than my requested item, it isn't going to happen. If I have an OOP game valuing over $100, I am not going to consider giving it up for your $30 game I can buy anywhere.

2) Since trading is meant to keep costs down, I am also not interested in paying high shipping fees for my large game while you spend a few bucks on a small box's shipping. So offering up another sweetener to offset the additional cost I have to pay would be more likely considered.

3) Before sending a trade offer, consider sending me a quick geekmail. "I am interested in "Game X" - what might I have that would interest you.



Top 10's
Since it seems we must define our usage of the Top 10's, here is mine: The "Top 10" is my all-time favorite games according to rank on the Geek. This gets a periodic check-up to see if anything new has crept onto the list. Ties are broken by number of plays and my general mood on the day I update it.



The "Hot 10" is my recent list of most played games. I try to update this at the beginning of every month and either look at the "Last 30 Days" as provided by the Geek or look at the current month to date plus a full month before that: typically, whichever tends to give the most accurate data of what I have played the most recently. Ties are broken by current rank or my general impression of the game on the day I update it.
The "Hot 10" is currently my 10x10 in 2015 Challenge (10 x 10 = 2015). The list is here to help me to remind myself what I should focus on this year.



For a more accurate update on what I have been playing, here are my "Most Recent 10" plays over the last couple of weeks.




- Microbadges -
Microbadges that I have created and have been accepted:

Game Related
Commands & Colors Series Fan:
I smell new games!:
Plano Box fan: updated as:
Tanga People:

Publishers


Games
The Making of the President:
BattleLore:
Bohnanza:
Carcassonne:
Caylus:
Colosseum:
Cranium:
Hannibal:
Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot:
Die Macher:
Memoir '44:
Notre Dame:
Pizza Box Football:
Quelf:
Shear Panic:
Starfarers of Catan:
Trivial Pursuit:
Union Pacific:
War of the Ring:
Wits & Wagers:

Interests
Cars:
M&M Snacker:
Sudoku:
Miscellaneous:

Literature and Arts


Colleges


Pop Culture


Profession
Naval Flight Officer:

Science
Airship Enthusiast:
National Geographic Society member:

Sports
College:
NFL:
NHL:
AFL:

Zero Owners
Currently on probation:
Already deleted:

To buy any of these MicroBadges for 8GG, please click here:

Microbadges That I Own:
32 purchased from hard-earned GeekGold
36 redeemed through badges sold or holiday coupons
44 from auto-awards through content and contributions
24 from participation in miscellaneous site events
52 from contest participation
188 total as of 28-DEC-2011

Avatar / ÜberGeekBadge Series
I suppose changing "clothes" entitles me to post a bit about my different Avatars and ÜberGeekBadges. For the archives:

Avatars

- July 30, 2006 (to present): Main Avatar





- November 14, 2013 to ?: footballasfootball.com take on NFL Logos inspired by European "football" logos




- March 9, 2012 to September 16, 2012: In Mourning for the end of the Manning Era and "Black Friday" that saw so many fan favorites released




- September 16, 2009 to October 27, 2009: Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus box cover to represent my role in the BSG 25 - Rise of Pegasus moderator play-by-forum game.




- May 7 / May 29, 2009 to July 25, 2009: My character selection as a player in the Online Battlestar Galactica Game VII. The second was after Tigh became Admiral because President Adama was thrown in the Brig and subsequently stripped of his office as well. There was a new Sheriff in town! And we humans won!


- March 25, 2009 to May 7, 2009: Battlestar Galactica box cover to represent my role in the Battlestar Galactica - Online BGG 01 game session,Battlestar Galactica - Online BGG game session - Season TWO, and Battlestar Galactica - Online BGG game session - Caprica SIX


- April 23, 2007 (about one week): In recognition of the White House South Lawn Ceremony for the Super Bowl XLI Champions




- February 4, 2008 (about one week): In recognition of the NY Giants beating the much-hated NE Patriots and preventing Brady and Belicheat from obtaining "the Perfect Season"



- April 1, 2008 (about one day): April Fools' Day





- Christmas 2008 (about three weeks): To highlight my Christmas Tree Ornament - a custom gift from my 2008 Secret Santa



ÜberGeekBadges

- January 13, 2008 (to present): Main ÜberGeekBadge


- March 9, 2012 to September 16, 2012: In Mourning for the end of the Manning Era and "Black Friday" that saw so many fan favorites released


- February 4, 2007 (about one year): In recognition of the Indianapolis Colts winning Super Bowl XLI


- February 3, 2008 and February 6, 2012 (about one week each): In recognition of the New York Giants winning Super Bowls XLII & XLVI.


- April 1, 2008 (about one day): April Fools' Day


- Secret Santa Participation -
2014 Edition of: My Secret Santa Sent Me... - Las Vegas, Mice and Mystics: Heart of Glorm, and Clubs - My Target: smithtanium
2013 Edition of: My Secret Santa Sent Me... - Bruges, War of the Ring: Lords of Middle-earth, and Pyramid (Battlestar Galactica) - My Target: CarrawayEffect
2012 Edition of: My Secret Santa Sent Me... - Ninjato and Animal Upon Animal - My Target: Rstclair82
2011 Edition of: My Secret Santa Sent Me... - Small World Underground and BANG! Wild West Show - My Target: delabarr
2010 Edition of: My Secret Santa Sent Me... - Fresco and Carcassonne: Bridges, Castles, and Bazaars - My Target: Saltboy
2009 Edition of: My Secret Santa Sent Me... - Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 and Conflict of Heroes Expansion Pack: Map Board #6 – The Marsh - My Target:
2008 Edition of: My Secret Santa Sent Me... - Railways of Europe and Power Grid: China/Korea - My Target:
2007 Edition of: My Secret Santa Sent Me... - 1960: The Making of the President - My Target:

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User Details for ColtsFan76
Registration Date: 2006-01-31
Last Profile Update: 2015-07-01
Last Login: 2015-09-04
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