This Christmas was great and you were a great Santa. Thank you for the gifts, but also for all your kind messages! I wish you all the best in your life. You most certainly are a great and loving person!
Update: Thank you also for the awesome calendar you sent. I was very surprised to receive this and it's great to get to learn some background about you. I hope you have a beautiful life in Australia, because you certainly deserve it! All the best.
I was born in 1986 in the south of the Netherlands (Brabant). My parents always thought games are important for teaching kids to play together, have fun and learn so we had quite a decent game collection for that time (15-odd games or so), including Labyrinth
and Mouse Trap
When I was around 10 (1996) I played a lot of Risk
with my friends and we always had a blast. Later, when I went to high school (1998), I got introduced to Magic the Gathering
. I bought some starter decks and traded some cards with friends. This was the first game I invested in (not much, but a lot for a 12 year old..) and I see this as a milestone in my gaming history. I played MtG
for around a year or two, but always just for fun and never competitively.
During the period '00 to '05, I didn't game so much and was much more busy doing the stuff teenagers do. Playing video games, teasing girls and going to bars for the first time and so. My parent still had the feeling board games are important, so I received quite some games for my birthdays or Christmas. This got me Catan
and a large collection of expansions for Catan
In 2005 (when I was 19), I moved to Utrecht because of my studies. I started studying Information Sciences and didn't want to travel so much every day. Moving to my own student housing meant taking the games with me. Causing me to remember the Catan
games a bit more, but still not too many games were played.
In the years that followed I was busy studying, drinking and playing video games. This changed when I graduated and started living together with my girlfriend in 2010. We both liked board games and since we now had our own living room and time together we started to play more. We bought Stone Age
and Saint Petersburg
together and the board gaming frequency went up.
It wasn't until I bought Hive Pocket
that I became really interested in board games. This may seem weird, but I was really trying to optimize my play and this brought me to BGG. I then looked around on the Geek some more and my board game enthusiasm was sparked.
When Secret Santa was announced last year I participated and received (among other things) Dominion
. Everything went downhill from there
. I supported BGG and didn't stop buying games. My collection grew significantly since then and I'm actively trying to get more and more friends into the hobby.
Here I am now, ready for trading in Essen 2013
Essen was a blast for me and my girlfriend both. Many awesome years of board gaming will follow. Of that I'm sure Update
: Two years later (2015), my board gaming life is still awesome. We are just back from our third Essen, I will participate in my fourth Secret Santa and we are still loving it!