I'm getting back into gaming after a particularly eventful 2015. I got very busy at my job, I started playing in a band, and my daughter became involved in more activities. All good things, but it was my worst year of gaming since my wife and I got into it in 2006. Hence, my resolution for 2016 is to play more boardgames. In the spirit of this, I'm currently in the process of overhauling my profile almost completely. You can also check my rarely updated BGG blog here.
I have a lot more room to ramble there. Fat Tony Trivia:
*Here's a list of my main gaming obsessions, in no particular order. Of course, I like a wide variety of games (Euros, Ameritrash, card games, abstracts, etc.), but my favorites tend to be along these lines: Deckbuilding games, Living Card Games and customizeable card games. Dominion
, Legendary: Marvel
, Warhammer 40k: Conquest
, A Game Of Thrones
, Summoner Wars
...the list goes on. Love 'em. Legacy games. Risk Legacy
is one of the best and most brilliant games of all time, and we're incredibly excited about Pandemic Legacy
. I'll be wanting SeaFall
at some point as well, for a more hardcore "gamer" crowd. Light wargames & Dudes On A Map.
There are endless debates over what is and isn't a wargame. In our house, and our gaming groups, if it's a game with a war theme, it's a wargame. This is, admittedly, a very broad category by my definition, but it includes all of the Commands & Colors games (Memoir '44
in particular for me), the Game Of Thrones
boardgame, War Of The Ring
, Horus Heresy
, Nexus Ops
, etc. Cooperative games.
I love games with a hidden traitor (Battlestar Galactica
, Shadows over Camelot
), as well as "one vs. many" games (Fury Of Dracula
), but pure co-op is still wonderful. Some great memories come from cooperative games. Miniatures.
My favorite game of all time is probably Heroscape, which the hardcore minis dudes wouldn't call a miniatures game, but whatever. Against my better judgment, I've also 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. (And now I have a Tau army too. Sigh). I also greatly enjoy both X-Wing and Star Trek: Attack Wing, but I'll let my friends buy those. Anything that feels "epic". Sid Meier's Civilization
would fall into this category, as would Chaos In The Old World
and some already mentioned games (BSG, WH40K: Conquest, Memoir' 44, etc). Star Wars: Rebellion
is a recent and instant addition to my favorites in this category. Anything that could be described as "just plain fun". RoboRally
, Small World
, King Of Tokyo
, some versions of Risk
, Shadow Hunters
, Smash Up
, etc. Of course, saying you like games that are fun is a cop-out: it's like saying you like food that tastes good. Games are supposed to be fun, and any game can be fun with the right people. I'd rather play Monopoly with my best friends than play Battlestar Galactica with a bunch of hyper-competitive "fun murderers".
*Don't be too impressed by the size of our collection: about 48% of our collection is expansions. I freakin' love expansions, much to my wife's chagrin. At this point, I'd actually rather invest further into a game I already love than buy a new game I'm not sure about.
*My wife Gretchen (LittleMarge here at BGG) and I are slowly introducing our daughter Ella to games. Her favorites include Sorry! Sliders
, My First Carcassonne
and First Orchard
(a gift from a Secret Santa - thanks!). We think she might be ready to hang out with us while we play some of our favorite two-player games. If she can be on Team Mommy or Daddy and feel like she's helping out, I think we'll be in good shape. Otherwise, husband-wife gaming is pretty much nonexistent right now.
*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.
*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.Hot 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. 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: