User Profile for DrCrow
Rob Bell
United States
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Life is not a game - games are life.
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*********************Dear Secret Santa*********************
Don't stress over the gift! Be totally chilled! cool

I would be most happy being gifted anything from my Must Have, Love to Have or Like to Have wishlists so no comments are really necessary; although I have left comments on nearly all Must Haves and some minimal comments on Love to Haves. You can even surprise me with something not on my wishlists if you desire - just make sure you check my "pre-ordered" games as well as my "owned" games. I can send permalinks for all of these items (to the santa account) if requested - they don't show up properly in my profile.

I know many of my Must Haves are promos and/or hard to find here in the US and I do not expect to receive any such stuff. I promise not to buy myself any games from the Secret Santa deadline until Christmas. However, you may wish to contact my wife so you don't get the same game as her. Her BGG stuff is below. She doesn't check it often (I try to remind her around Secret Santa time), however, so you might want to let me know (from the Santa account) if you've geekmailed her so I can tell her to check it.

I love all sorts of games, but theme is always important to me. Also, any game that has solitaire rules is a plus. You can read more about that in my profile below.


Life Is Not A Game - Games Are Life

This is my wife:

Kasia Bell

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She drives me craaaaaazy.

But she also enjoys playing games with me, so I love her anyway.

Favorite Designers:
Richard Launius, Stefan Feld, Christian Marcussen, Vlaada Chvátil, Friedemann Friese
Ignacy Trzewiczek, Adam Kałuża, Filip Głowacz, Ireneusz Huszcza, Michał Oracz
Jerry Hawthorne, Mac Gerdts, Croc, Xavier Georges, Uwe Rosenberg, Vital Lacerda

I enjoy playing board games of all kinds and I love to get totally immersed in the theme of a game - regardless of what the theme is. Games that drip with theme and have well-integrated mechanics will always rate higher with me, but any small attempt at acknowledging theme - especially an original one - will get my attention. Games that tell a story rate higher as well. When a game tells a story, it allows your imagination to play the game along with you... and I assure you that your imagination appreciates the opportunity.

Society tends to compel us to suffocate our imaginations as we get older, but in doing so we also suffocate who we really are. Imagination is the most important tool we have - don't you dare let anyone try to take it from you.

If a game has solo rules, it is always going to get bonus points from me - even if they aren't that good. Don't ever let anyone fool you into thinking that the true essence of board games can only be found in playing with a group. There is certainly beauty to be found both ways. I feel truly sorry for people who absolutely need someone else around them in order to have a good time.

In the end, life is not worth living if you do not have a friend to share it with - but you are also missing something in life if you don't make the effort (at least once a fortnight) to also spend time with (and get to know) yourself.

I am a big fan of house rules. If you want to play something where you have no control over the rules or mechanics no matter how much you don't like them - go play a video game. Sometimes game rulebooks are meant to be used as a guide - not chiseled into stone tablets as scripture. If using a specific rule makes a game more fun for you, then it is not only your right - but it is your duty to change it.

Just because someone has a shiny "Game Designer" badge does not mean their ideas are necessarily better than your own.

Board games are about fun and imagination first and foremost; everything else is secondary.

Boardgames have killed videogames for me - I will never look back.

BGGs rating guidelines are ridiculous and I completely ignore them. My personal ratings are based on the way I feel about a game and they are always subject to change - it's as simple as that.

For games with expansions:
My base game ratings always incorporate all of the expansions that I own for them - and this can (and usually does) affect the base game rating. Expansions (if I decide to rate them) are rated on their own merits but their contributions to the base game rating may not correspond to the individual expansion ratings. A base game very often can become more than the sum of its parts. Having said that, I'm not fond of rating expansions separately anyway.
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User Details for DrCrow
Registration Date: 2009-03-07
Last Profile Update: 2015-05-17
Last Login: 2015-10-13
Country: flag United States
State: Pennsylvania
Town/City: Frenchville
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Collection Summary for DrCrow
Board Game
Owned   548
Previously Owned   47
For Trade   13
Want In Trade   408
Want To Buy   407
Want To Play   18
Preordered   31
Wishlist   533
Commented   202
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   1190
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Owned   360
Previously Owned   26
For Trade   8
Want In Trade   108
Want To Buy   107
Want To Play   0
Preordered   14
Wishlist   113
Commented   59
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   521
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Board Game 132
Board Game Designer 3
Board Game Artist 2
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Board Game Subdomain 1
Board Game Compilation 4
Board Game Implementation 11
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Sold 43
Rating 34
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Average Rating 8.24
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