Last 10 played games:
My name is Jonathan, I got into board games after realizing there was more out there than what was at your local Super Wal-Mart. This was around 2007. However, we have always been a family of gamers, playing games like Battleship
, and Monopoly
. So full credit goes to my parents for starting me on the right path. We just didnt know there were more games out there, but we always recognized that gaming was time well spent with family. In '07 I got to return the favor to my parents, I discovered BGG and all the great games out there. I would come home from college and bring games along, my Mom admits fully she at first she did it just to spend time with me, but then she got hooked along with my Dad. They even went out and bought a few of their own games that were favorites of theirs. They now have been evangelizing the gaming goodness to their friends as well.
I love FUN
games (thats the point after all isnt it?), as this portrays me, I love to have fun. That being said, I will try just about any game at least once. I realize that me saying I enjoy fun games doesnt really give you a good idea of which genre of games I enjoy, simply put I'll try anything once, I enjoy Euro's, Trash, Wargames, Dexterity etc. If its fun to me, I like it. About the only games I dont care for are CCG's, and Party Games. You'll see that my previously owned games are higher than my owned, when I first started this hobby I tried the whole collector aspect. As I matured I realized that spending money on a bunch of games that only get played once and sit on a shelf just isnt good for me or my wallet. So I sold a good bit of games and acquired others, I feel that games that are fun, and highly replayable are the best. I feel my sweet spot for number of owned games (Base games, not counting expansions) is between 80-110, this gives a good variety and keeps me focused.
I enjoy 3 hour or less games. I have some strict rules for games that are going to last over 3 hours, while this may sound draconian it helps insure that A. The table has fun and B. Isnt a waste of time. These have sort of spawned after a few head banging against table sessions with people I wouldnt want to spend 30 minutes with much less 4-8 hours.
For me to play a game that is over 3 hours:
1. Everyone must have at least read the rules and know them somewhat.
2. Must have met and played with a majority of folks at the table in a game before hand.
It really sucks to get involved in a really long time sink game where no one knows the rules/rulebook or you end up with playing with people whose personality doesnt gel with yours and you are stuck there for a really really long time.
I record all
my plays, whether its face to face, a computer adaptation of a board game, solo, etc. When I record my plays I record a play for every game which components were used for the game or scenario. This is not a 'stats' padding technique but rather the easiest way to look back and see what games are getting played. Simpson-ized me.
Boardgaming Career Highlights:September 28, 2007
First logged play since joining site. Axis & Allies
November 8, 2009
500 logged plays. Red November
May 1-9, 2010
November 25, 2010
1,000 logged plays. Rummikub
with my parents. March 5-29, 2012
Largest logged month at 115 plays.April 25, 2013
2,000 logged plays. Zombie Dice
with my wife. October 4-14, 2013November 11, 2013
My daughter Cary, at 4 years old, beats me in her first game of Ra: The Dice Game
, playing on her own with no help from me. I played to win & didnt pull any punches. And so it begins...(My child just beat me for the first time) November, 2013
Largest logged month at 128 plays.October 22, 2014
3,000 logged plays. Chupacabra: Survive the Night
with my wife and daughter. I use the ratings meanings based on BGG Admin Dakarps suggestion:
10: Outstanding game. One of my all-time personal favorites.
9: Excellent game. Always a pleasure to play. Shines under most circumstances.
8: Very good game. Rarely disappoints me. High on my request/recommend list.
7: Good game. Usually willing to play. I might even request or recommend it.
6: OK game. Some fun or challenge at least. Enjoyable in the right circumstances.
5: Average game. I'm indifferent, but may be willing to play.
4: Below average game. I avoid playing and would need to be persuaded.
3: Poor game. Will strongly resist playing.
2: Very poor game. I refuse to play this.
1: Dead game. Seriously negative entertainment value. Black Hole of Fun.
I am very blessed to have a wonderful
wife (March 17th 2013), daughter, and son (August 25th, 2014) they are the best family one could ask for. They love me, support my goals, and keep me grounded, I am very thankful to have them both in my life."The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." - St. Augustine
I love to travel, so far I have been to:Jamaica - 2004
Greece - 2010
Bahamas - 2011
Israel - 2012
Italy - 2013 [Honeymoon]
Croatia - 2013 [Honeymoon]
Montenegro - 2013 [Honeymoon]
Greece - 2013 [Honeymoon]
US states:South Carolina
District of Columbia
Greece was my first trip abroad by myself and was amazing! You can follow the write up about it here:My first trip abroad (by myself). Musings, ramblings, and fun in Greece! Pt 1 (Text and pic heavy)Me atop the Acropolis. Athens, Greece(L to R) Holly, Justin, Anna, myself, and CT at Atlantis Resort. Nassau, BahamasMe atop Mt. Susita. Ein Gev, IsraelOn the walls of Fort Imperial atop Mt. Srd. Dubrovnik, CroatiaWife and I lunching in San Marco Square. Venezia, ItalyRain day on the Lady of the Rock. Kotor, MontenegroSitting with the statue of King Leonidas. Sparta, Greece
My Grandfathers served in WWII my Fathers side as a Combat Engineer in Pattons 7th and 3rd Army and my Moms side as a Flight Mechanic in the Mighty Eighth on B-24's and B-17's. My Dad and Uncle both served in Vietnam, my Father with the Air Force and my Uncle with the Navy. I am proud of my warrior heritage and the sacrifices made by my family members.
I play games with my family and belong to the various local game groups here in Summerville, SC.
I am a member of the Charleston Area Gamers (Look us up on Facebook if you are in town) and have quite a few local regular wargame opponents as well.
I also own one great cat named Phantom, have had her since 7th grade year of school. She loves to check out the new games and particularly loves to pretend shes the newest enemy Sauron has unleashed on Middle Earth.
reading about and playing Ancient history, The Crusades, WWII ALL Theaters of Operation, Arab-Israeli Wars, Vietnam, Cold War, and Cold War going hot. This love and passion for reading expresses itself in me owning over 2500 military history books with over 300 of them read.
I am a Star Wars geek but who isnt?
I absolutely love live music if its under a genre I am interested in. Here is a list of bands I have seen live:Trivium x 4 [Met the band]
Sevendust x 2 [Met the band]
Hurt x 2 [Met the band]
Project 86 x 2 [Met the band]
Halestorm x 2
Lacuna Coil [Met the band]
Stone Sour [Met the band]
Disturbed [Met the band]
Coheed and Cambria
Hail the Villain
Jeffro the Wandering Madman
The Dady Bros.
Art of Dying
For What It's Worth
I found the Hivegod award