As a kid, board games have been a great interest of mine, but the old-fashioned ones like Hotel Tycoon
, The Game of Life
, Scotland Yard
, or later Trivial Pursuit
We were always taking numerous game boxes in the trunk of the family car when going on vacation.
Growing up, I played less and less, preferring video games. I enjoyed a game of Space Crusade
now and then and mostly played RPGs like Call of Cthulhu (1st Edition)
, Vampire: The Masquerade
When I turned 20 (it was published in 1995), I heard about a new game called Settlers of Catan
, but by then I didn’t want to involve myself with “children’s games” anymore, not knowing that the Board Game Revolution had just started, spearheaded by those cunning Germans
I eventually played it later in my 20s but it didn’t convince me more than that. It still is far from my favorites in the board game universe.
In the meantime, I bought some light card games like Elixir
or Family Business
, but they didn’t hit the table much.
For my 30th birthday, my sister-in-law offered me a card game named BANG!
I was intrigued at first, then grew to like it, despite its flaws and started to organize game evenings at my place or at friends’. We played BANG!
, the aforementioned light card games, Texas hold’em poker and the games my friends subsequently bought themselves, like Loot
After a whole year spent addicted to a computer MMO (Atlantica Online
), I finally kicked out of it and a good friend of mine,
dragged me to the Outpost gamecenter in Brussels, where they host board game evenings every Tuesday night. There, I met a lot of very nice people and discovered, better late than never, the modern board gaming world.
I quickly fell in love with the hobby and acquired in three or four years a “modest” collection. I first bought the Great (and sometimes not so) Old Ones : Puerto Rico
, 7 Wonders
However, my first purchase after joining the club and playing it there on a fateful evening was The Castles of Burgundy
, which introduced me to Stefan Feld
’s wonderful mechanics and multiple paths to victory.
He immediately became my hero, and I made a mission of trying all of his games. I now own many of his and still have to play some lesser known like Rum & Pirates
I abandoned the idea of owning them all because of the sheer number.
I’m now known as the club’s resident Feld fanboy but I don’t mind, I will wear that title proudly until he begins designing crappy games
2013 being Stefan’s year with 4 new games, I’m a happy fan !
In the meantime, I’m the proud father of two boys, Thibault and Julien, born in 2009 and 2013.
Thibault, my first kid, has seen me buying tons of new games and has always taken much pleasure punching out the tokens himself.
I’ve taught him very early that games components are fragile and he always handles them with much care, ever since he was 3 years old.
I’ve bought him some board games for his age and he can’t wait to be older to play with the grown-ups.
He’s already a big fan of King of Tokyo
and asks me often to play it. I of course advise him which dices to reroll (and I always explain why), but he beats me almost every time by reaching 20 victory points, he’s so lucky with the dice
Oh, and my wife is by no means a gamer nor a geek, but she’s so nice to play with me once a week or so, and is very good at it, she beats me on a regular basis. She complains always having to learn different rules though, because, having a large collection, I like some variety in my gaming sessions.
My tastes in games have of course evolved, and although I almost can’t stand to play BANG!
again - or many party games on that matter – I’m pretty eclectic.
You might have guessed, I love Euros, but I’m not against Ameritrash either. I own Arkham Horror
and quite a few expansions, but I have trouble finding players who are not afraid to lose
I like co-ops as well as competitive games, but I always tend to play defensively and develop in my corner of the map. I don’t like direct conflict that much, I therefore see no point in games like Kemet
, StarCraft: The Board Game
or Small World
for example. And I therefore don’t like wargames either. That’s why Feld is more my play style I guess.
That defensive/isolationist strategy of mine, more often than not, will cost me the victory in that kind of games, like Eclipse
, but as long as I had fun playing, I don’t mind.
I’m anything but a sore loser. If I can win, I’ll do my best but otherwise, I’ll just have spent a great moment in the company of friends.
It’s not exclusive of course, but I tend to prefer longer games too, like minimum 90 minutes, I feel more involved and have a sense of accomplishment after playing (Eclipse
, Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game
, the heaviest Feld games, like Trajan
, …). That’s why “civilization games under an hour” like Olympos
have no appeal to me.
I also sometimes suffer from analysis paralysis, but I’m working on that (annoys the hell out of my wife, but she’s doesn’t play faster either anyway
Currently beginning to think about my next trip to Essen this year :Wraith75's Essen 2014 list and other things to keep in mind
Favorite games (in no particular order) :Puerto RicoTrajanThe Castles of BurgundyStone AgeArchipelagoLegendary: A Marvel Deck Building GameLords of WaterdeepEdoAlien FrontiersGalaxy TruckerSeasonsTroyesDescent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)Bora BoraLegacy: The Testament of Duke de CrecyRococoPort Royal
And there you go, that’s me in a nutshell (well, a big coconut then, I realize I wrote quite a lot
Thank you BGG and cheers to the wonderful community of gamers !