User Profile for Patrick Carroll
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Games are not movies or stories; they're vehicles for creative decision making.
"Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade." (Marcel Proust)
I'm a married homeowner, living with my wife and three cats. I work as an editor.

I've loved games all my life, but I probably play them a lot less than the typical board-game geek. I've gone through phases of wargaming, strategy gaming, computer gaming, and social gaming. But I end up spending a lot of time playing games solitaire. When I say I love games, what I mean (mostly) is that I love exploring game designs--learning interesting games and discovering how they work (and what works and what doesn't while playing them).

I've moved My Pet Gaming Theory to my BGG blog Solitary Soundings. It's the first post there.

And I've started a VGG blog, for anyone interested in that kind of game. I play games on electronic devices quite often, but almost always turn-based games.

My avatar: A bit of American Civil War clip art I picked up. It was titled "Antietam," and I'm guessing it's from a cartoon caricature of General McClellan as "The Young Napoleon." He's poring over a big book, and there's another barely discernible figure (a disembodied spirit of somebody?) looming over him from behind the bookcase. I'm kind of a bookish fellow and would likely make an even poorer general than Little Mac. And I like reading about the Civil War and playing games about it.

My badge: I play games solitaire more than any other way.

I do think about games a lot, and I end up writing about them online. If I post a lot to the BGG forums, it's just because I like writing and getting discussions going.

My Top 10 and Hot 10 are really just a bunch of games I like, not necessarily in order. (I don't update either list all that often.)

Below is a personality-profile chart that shows my Enneagram type (6w5), Keirseyan/Myers-Briggs type, and Gardner multiple-intelligences pattern. (You can click on the chart to get to where I got it and get one of your own. It's free, but you have to set up an account.)

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User Details for Patrick Carroll
Registration Date: 2006-04-27
Last Profile Update: 2015-06-02
Last Login: 2015-09-02
Country: flag United States
State: Minnesota
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Collection Summary for Patrick Carroll
Board Game
Owned   148
Previously Owned   143
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   1
Wishlist   0
Commented   278
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   356
Board Game Expansion
Owned   36
Previously Owned   2
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   14
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All   57
Board Game 11
Board Game Family 2
For Sale 0
Rating 0
Trade Rating (14) Propose A Trade With This User
Board Game Ratings 191
Average Rating 6.24
10 1   (0.5%)
9 6   (3.1%)
8 13   (6.8%)
7 79   (41.4%)
6 52   (27.2%)
5 28   (14.7%)
4 7   (3.7%)
3 3   (1.6%)
2 1   (0.5%)
1 1   (0.5%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 7
Average Rating 6.93
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8 1   (14.3%)
7 5   (71.4%)
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Top 10
#1: Backgammon
#2: Chess
#3: Checkers
#4: Go
#5: Nine Men's Morris
#6: Dominoes
#7: Cribbage
#8: Rummy
#9: Mahjong
#10: Patience
Hot 10
#1: Lock 'n Load
#2: A House Divided
#3: Backgammon
#4: Cribbage
#5: Ancient Battles Deluxe
#6: The Battle of the Bulge
#7: Magic Realm
#8: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game
#9: The Ironclads
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