........................................................................To Our 2014 Secret Santa: Package received! Thank you so much - we love everything! I promise I will post to the Geeklist soon!
I'm gradually moving a lot of the stuff in my profile to my blog here at BGG, which you can check out here.
I have a lot more room to ramble there. Fat Tony Trivia:
*Although parenting has caused a serious decline in game nights at our house, I still think of my wife Gretchen
as my main gaming partner.
We play a variety of Euros, card games, and abstracts. My personal favorites, though, tend to be Ameritrash, cooperative and partnership games, medium and medium-heavy Eurogames, and light to medium wargames (although no one who hangs out in the Wargame forums here on BGG would call any of my games "wargames").
We are parents of one girl: Ella Julianne Dehner. She was born April 16th, 2011, and Gretchen and I are her adoptive parents. As you might expect, our serious gaming time has dropped off to almost non-existent. We manage to get together with friends for gaming once or twice a month. As for Ella, she is getting started on gaming with some of the standard kid games (Candyland, Chutes & Ladders, etc.), but her first real game was First Orchard
, courtesy of our 2013 Secret Santa. She's also into Uno, Hey, That's My Fish!
, Robot Turtles
and a few others. We think she's ready to start sitting on our laps during some of our other games, since she doesn't just blindly grab at components anymore. If she at least feels like she's helping out, that's usually good enough.
*I try to rate games according to the BGG "recommended ratings:" in other words, based on my personal enjoyment. This is why most of our games fall into the 7-8 range. I'm not interested in trying to use the rating system as some sort of objective statement about the overall quality of the game.
*Gretchen and I are also becoming big iPad gamers. It won't replace board games, but it certainly is a nice option to have if you need a gaming fix and don't have the time or energy to set everything up and spend an hour playing (and this happens more often than not lately). Our favorites for the iPad so far are Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer
, Small World 2
, Summoner Wars
and Ticket to Ride
. I thought I'd be able to keep up with my recorded plays of iPad games, but after playing about 10 games of Catan one weekend I realized how foolish that was and gave up.
*Against my better judgment, I've allowed my friend to get me hooked on Warhammer 40,000
. I'm in the (slow) process of building a Astra Militarum (aka Imperial Guard) army, with a Dark Angels detachment and possibly Inquisition as well.
*I go back and forth on whether or not I want to get back into roleplaying. The RPGs that are most interesting to me are A Song of Ice and Fire,
the Warhammer 40K
family of games, and the new Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
game from FFG.Top 10:
My current favorites from our collection, arranged more or less in order. A few of them are old and current standbys, but for the most part I try to keep the list filled with games that I actually find myself daydreaming about playing, or that I see myself always being excited to play. In a few cases, I've listed a boardgame family where I think it's appropriate.The Next 10
(ten more favorite games, in alphabetical order): BattleLore
, Commands & Colors: Ancients
, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
, Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition)
, Nexus Ops
, Shadow Hunters
, Summoner WarsThe Almost 10+
(twelve games that could be favorites, if I played them more often): 1960: The Making of the President
, Age Of Empires III: The Age Of Discovery
, A Game Of Thrones (first edition)
, Horus Heresy
, Power Grid
, Race for the Galaxy
, Railroad Tycoon
, Samurai Swords
, Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game
, Tigris & Euphrates
, War of the Ring (first edition)The Hall Of Fame
(games that started us on the gaming path, and are still near and dear to our hearts even though we rarely play them anymore): Carcassonne
, Lord of the Rings
, San Juan
, Through the Desert
, Ticket to Ride series
, TikalHot 10:
Games I'm itching the most to play, or am currently playing online, or am wanting to learn or buy. Often, the list consists mostly of recent purchases, unplayed games in our collection, expansions I'm eager to try out, and the occasional upcoming release. I avoid overlap between the Top 10 and the Hot 10. Wishlist, Want to Buy & Want in Trade:
Generally, my wishlist is for standalone games I want, while "Want to Buy" is used for expansions for games I already own. I've done a small amount of trading, and have thus marked a few items as "Want in Trade". Games Played:
Includes all of my online plays at SpielByWeb
(I'm Fat Tony at both sites), as well as Tigris & Euphrates, Ticket to Ride
and "Play By Forum" games here at BGG, and finally PBEM games. In the event that a game takes more than one session to play, I record it on the day it's completed. I've also included solo plays of some cooperative games and others that officially support solo play. Occasionally, I record plays under an expansion, depending upon the circumstances.Recently Played: