Welcome to the fabulous world of me!
First the avatar. If you are not familiar with the brilliant and devious Satyr called “Torgo”, I suggest you check out this clip:
It’s from Manos the Hands of Fate - My favorite episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.Well...How did I get here?:
My gaming history begins in 1975 which is the year I was born. I really liked bright colors and shiny things back then. “Give me a set of keys”, I used to say, “and I’m a happy toddler”.
My first boardgames were likely your standard Hasbro affairs, but I was very much fascinated by early computer games and the Atari. My parents were always very suspicious of these games and tried to restrict or outright outlaw their presence in the house which probably only made me more fascinated by them. I ended up making a career in video games.
By the time I was 10 or 12 years old I had been introduced to Dungeons and Dragons which I really loved. I especially liked running campaigns and creating the worlds for my friends to adventure in. I played D&D, Cyberpunk and Paranoia through high school and college. I also enjoyed the occasional game of Axis and Allies and REALLY got into CCGs (Magic and Star Wars were my favorites).
After college the Texas Hold ‘Em craze hit and my friends and I were early adopters, with a regular poker night that lasted a year or so. I still really enjoy the game, and will even watch it on television if nothing else is on.
A little while after the poker thing died down I went and purchased my first (and so far only) condo and around the time I was filling it with furniture and throwing paint on the walls I had two conversations within a couple days of one another that ended up bringing me here. The first was with a close friend who challenged me to make use of the new big round table I had purchased by hosting some sort of regular game night. The next day I was talking to a co-worker of mine and asking him what video games he had been playing recently and he told me that he was sorta over video games and much more into boardgames. That guy introduced me first to Riener Knizia’s Samurai, and then to Boardgamegeek.
**********Games I like:
I like a bit of this and a bit of that. I like to have a well-rounded collection. I like a good game of dice and combat with space aliens or trolls or whatever. I love a good cube pusher. I’m quite happy to try and find the best way to turn green blocks into white blocks and sell them for florins/copins/ducats/ or even victory points. I love historical war games as I find them tense, engrossing, and themes are almost always fascinating. I like trick taking card games and quick fun fillers. I like party games that fill the room with laughter.
In guess that in general I I’m probably most enamoured by the heavier stuff. I like close games that feel tightly designed and are packed with agonizing choices.
My top ten games (geek list here: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/74228/baditudes-top-ten-20...
) are less a strict ranking of the 10 best games I’ve played and a bit more like a “Desert Island” collection. They are the ten games I would keep if I had to get rid of all the rest and I think they represent the sort of variety I like in my gaming life.
here’s me with my tribute to my favorite game at Check Point Charlie - Berlin.