I've liked games all my life, but only became aware of the Eurogame hobby in 2003. I played some AD&D at university, a little Diplomacy since, but computer games (mainly first person shooters) have been the main geeky interest during my adult years. Shortly after I fell out of love with FPSs I discovered Boardgamegeek and the Swiggers club in London
, and haven't looked back since.
I record all my games played, though haven't in the past always included those with family. Here are some recent examples:
When playing with an an expansion, I list both it and the base game (hello Dominion
!). I play on-line very seldom, but have many opportunities to game with friends: public places I can often be found besides Swiggers are London On Board
, TwinCon, TringCon
,the Cambridge Games Day
, and of course Spiel
I try to rate the games I play, and, with less success, to leave comments. My preference is for medium-weight games, tactical rather than strategic, co-operative or competitive rather than confrontational, eyes-up rather than eyes-down. See my 'Hot 10' list for my favourite games new in 2008, and my 'Top 10' for my favourites published in 2007. Check out my ratings for my current opinions and my all-time stars, but being a fanatical Cultist of the New, I know there's always an 11 just about to be published.
Here are a few examples of the games my family owns:
(Sadly, my non-gaming wife takes no pleasure from this treasure hoard, and my daughters find few of my games to their taste.)
My Gallery contains some pictures of my collection as it has grown over the years. Some would argue (well, my wife does) that I have too many games, and I should have a 1-in-1-out policy. Well, I am offering some for trade, but (apologies!) I don't want to post to addresses outside Europe.
The origin of my username is described in this Geeklist
The origin of my avatar is described in this thread
My Geekbadge is a commemoration of the greatest FEAT OF DARING ever
. Please read this Geeklist