I am a Chemical Engineer who lives in Eastern Washington.
I work(ed) on cleaning up Legacy Nuclear Waste from the Hanford site. I am currently out on disability/rehab due to some health issues.
I love to play games. I am primarily a Eurogamer, but I also like the classics. Chess, cards, etc a great deal and I do enjoy several Ameritrash games.
A friend and I started the Columbia Basin Boardgame Society in the fall of 2006 here in Eastern Washington. We meet 2-3 times a months. We have a guild here if you want to read more about that. Or you can click my game organizer microbadge to go to our Webpage.
In most years I plan to attend GameStorm in Portland and BGG.Con in Dallas.
I don't rate a lot of games here, only personal favorites, ones I have played a lot because they are group favorites or ones that I have strong feelings about after a few plays. So when I do rate games my ratings don't change much after the fact.
I log plays sporadically (I only seriously logged plays for one year - 2008)
I don't update my collection very often so I may own games I don't have listed. Especially if I got them as door prizes or in a math trade and am not sure I am keeping them.
I play games at MaBiweb.com and Yucata.de as meerkat as well. If you want to play a game with me let me know.
I am also Meerkat1 on my LiveJournal, if you want to know more about my non-gaming self. But due to family and work issues I haven't been updating that a lot this past year.
Why Meerkat? A dear friend, Pixie, decerns totemic likenesses/gives out animal nicknames that she thinks most represents her friends. She named me Meerkat many years ago. After reading about them I determined she was right again.
MEERKAT MOTTO (From the Meerkat rescue site)
Respect the Elders, Teach the Young, Cooperate with the Family,
Play when you can, Work when you should, Rest in between.
Share your Affection, Voice your Feelings, Leave your Mark.
That is an accurate description of much of my personality.
My personal motto from the song by Avalon:
From the mountains to the valleys
From the rivers to the sea
Every hand that reaches out
Every hand that reaches out to offer peace
Every simple act of mercy
Every step to kingdom come
All the Hope in every heart will speak what love has done
For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love
I'll be a witness in the silences when words are not enough
With every breath I take I will give thanks to God above
For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love
For a survey of Favorite Ten games and why I wrote up this... so I figured I should put it here too.
Ok this isn't easy for me... I tend to not think of things in terms of ranking them per sae. Still I want to add my input so the first thing I had to do was decide what 10 favorite meant to me for this.
10 all time favorite
10 of the 10 I rate as a "10" on BGG
10 favorite "right now" as in what I a most interested in playing these days.
10 "If these were all I could have in my personally owned collection"
10 "If these were all I could ever play in the future"
And since which way I am thinking really affects my choices I had to figure out what I wanted to focus on.
So I went with a sort of mish mash... and thus:
Here are the top 10 of my general all time favorite games that I am currently most interested in playing these days AND don't ever see me not wanting to play when I get a chance too, even if I own them and will have eventually been playing them for years and years.
In no particular order:Fresco
This is currently my favorite game in terms of desire to play AND expected longevity. It is beautiful, has some depth and "fun" mechanics and yet isn't so heavy that it isn't accessible to teaching new players, even non-serious gamers. Pandemic
I never get tired of playing this game, with new people or old hands it works. I think it is the best of the cooperatives so far and I love the theme and it is balanced enough to really supply tension right up to the end most of the time. With the On the Brink Expansion it has enough variability to never get old. Shear Panic
It is an almost no luck brain burner if you play with deep thinkers, it is a light, often quick, game when playing with casual gamers. The different "fields" demands forward thinking as in optimize the "now" but also must be anticipating changing conditions. It has a built in mechanism that limits the options as the game gets tighter near the end so it reduces A&P potential when it is most likely to kick in. Plus I totally ADORE the cutesie factor of the sheep and how it is worked into the game itself. Power Grid
So much better than monopoly... and yet for me has that classic "I love to play Games!!!" experience I recall from my youth every time I play it. Plus I have a totally pimped out version personally that I adore as well. Zooloretto Junior
Lighter game but still interesting. Great gateway game potential. And it has Meerkats! Chess
I hardly ever get to play anymore... but it was my "gateway" game before I was even 5 years old. It helped shape my life and helped me discover who I was and also helped define who I wanted to be. As much a I love Euros and other games ... nothing will ever supplant "Chess" as my first love of games. Risk, Backgammon, traditional card games, and yes even monopoly also have places in my gamer heart since they were the games of my youth. But Chess is the one I still love to play when I do get the chance. Just as much as I love modern games. I would even play it at a convention, as precious as convention time is, if somebody invited me to a game of it. Starfarers of Catan
and/or Starship Catan
(When playing 2 player this is better than the big game) -
The best of the Catan games in my opinion in terms of mechanics AND it is about Exploring SPACE!!! Plus it has some of the BEST components in terms of fitting the theme and adding to the fun of the play in a hands on way of the hundreds of games I have played!! The Princes of Florence
It is really hard for me to choose amongst the group of what I consider to be my favorite type of games... classic Euros with interesting themes and too many things to do so lots of hard choices to make between many good options. Goa, Pillars of the Earth, Through the Ages, Endeavor, Container, Caylus, etc. But repeatedly I find that when I think about it, this is my enduring favorite so far of this "class" of game. Perhaps because of the Theme in addition to the game play. I love the "renaissance" vision of the ideal humans should seek to achieve. A blend of achievements in Art, Science, Religion, Service to Community and general Intellectualism. A social structure that produces the people who enable/sponsor the development of people like Dante, Galileo, Filippo Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Leonardo di Vinci in addition to the great people themselves. This is all at least touched upon in this game via the theme. I just really get into it and win or lose I always enjoy playing it.
Eeek -- out of time I will edit to add my last two later. But don't want to risk losing this so far... so submitting it incomplete.
Later Edit - Octi
I love abstracts and it is hard to pick just one favorite to represent this category. Any of the GIPF series could have fit here... especially TAMSK
, but I am going to go with Octi. I love this little known and hard to find game. The balance between making moves now vs making more powerful pieces to use later makes for a game with simple rules that develops into a delicious brain burner. Cranium
as a very close second -
For me no list can be complete without a Party Game. I love party games and Pictionary
certainly has a place in my heart from many many memories of laughter and bonding with friends over years, as does Trivial Pursuit
. But my love of words made Balderdash my favorite for many years... until I played Cranium
. The intermixing of trivia, creativity, mental skill tests, singing and general silliness I think makes for a much more balanced experience, likely to play at some point into a strength for all the players at some point (instead of favoring just one kind of talent for a whole game), that still delivers on the "fun". Inducing laughter, embarrassment, moments to shine and genuine all around goofiness all in nice "time frame" for play. I never find myself wishing it was over before it is, but also rarely feel a need to play it again right away. So it is satisfying, well balanced and fun all around.