(courtesy kevintlee and St. Thomas Aquinas)
I used to be a rocket scientist (sort of).
Now I'm a professor.
Neither of these things helps me one bit at playing games better.
I'm married to a gamer, though neither of us knew we were gamers before we got married. I'd played some with friends in the past (at ICSE in Portland for whatever that is worth), and my wife and I both liked board games growing up. I bought one of the many Carcassonnes for our anniversary one year. We were hooked, though it took us a while to realize we were hooked on games
, not just that game. My wife bought the next couple of games (for Christmas), and then we found BGG, and bought Goa -- and it was all over.
My wife beats me first game of anything we play that isn't pure luck, and usually keeps a very high winning percentage. It's somewhat that I'm absent-minded and sort of dumb, and partly that she's that good
. She's beautiful and funny and generally wonderful, too, fellas. Ain't I lucky?What I Like
Card games -- not traditional suited card games, or variants of that (generally), but CCG-like games with variable powers and interesting combination-potential. In a former life, I played M:tG a lot, but I prefer self-contained games, without the encyclopedia of rules. I like other things as well -- Tigris, Goa, Through the Ages. I also like tile laying. I like good games, I guess.
I like giraffes, but that doesn't have much to do with board gaming.
Stuff I actually played recently:What I Don't Like
Boring middle-of-the-road "ok" euros. Some kinds of abstracts. Non-intuitive rules. Too much luck. No luck at all (maybe). Repetition and boredom. Not using the brain, using the brain until it overheats and explodes.Other
My "Top 10" is often just my top 10 by ratings, varied by what I'm tired of and what I'm excited by at the moment. "Hot 10" has stuff that I'm interested in at the moment, and haven't had a chance to get/try.Avatar
My avatar is taken from a drawing of Buster Keaton sinking into the water, drawn by Guy Davenport. The illustration is for Hugh Kenner's book The Counterfeiters
, which is "an historical comedy" concerning simulation and simulacra, Alexander Pope, Charles Babbage, Jonathan Swift, Victorian and 18th century intermingling of art and science, and a lot of other things.