User Profile for barteus
Barteus Maximus
United States
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Recently Played:

My Top 10:

Playing one of my favorites, Conquest of the Empire

My Background:

I've been a gamer my whole life, but came of age during the 80s, enjoying such classics as Axis and Allies, Star Fleet Battles, D&D Basic/Expert, Car Wars, Ogre and various microgames.

My Avatar:

Since my teen-age years, I have been interested in military history, with an emphasis in the Roman Republic era. Back in the early 1990s, I started to play Civilization on the computer (386 processor with an awesome 16 Mhz speed!). I almost always played the Romans and used the name “Barteus” as an imagined Latinization of my name. Decades later, I am still interested in Roman history and used “SPQR” as my avatar. SPQR stands for Senatus Populusque Romanus. These initials appeared on Roman legion standards, on coins and many other places.

My Game Designs:

Micro Space Empire, free PnP

Galaxy Command, published by Worthington Publishing.

My Favorite Types of Games:

Civ-Lite and Roman Themed Games/Wargames: my favorite era of historical study, particularly the Roman Republic time period. Commands & Colors: Ancients, Empires of the Ancient World, Conquest of the Empire, Antike, Julius Caesar

Ameri-Trash: old school and new school plastic minis, dice rolling, lots of mayhem. Axis & Allies, Nexus Ops, Conquest of Planet Earth: The Space Alien Game, Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie

Old School Microgames: 1970s and 1980s, cheap (at the time), hex and counters, CRT (Combat Results Table), ZOC (Zones of Control). Revolt on Antares, Ogre

Other War Games: Historical or space themed combat games. Memoir '44, Star Fleet Battle Manual, Hold the Line, Commands & Colors: Napoleonics, Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975, Battle Cry: 150th Civil War Anniversary Edition

Fillers: My collection, plus those of my buddies, is getting so large that many games we may only get to play once a year. I have a hard time paying $60+ for a game that hits the table infrequently, so I’ve recently tended toward filler games which hit the table more often. Archaeology: The Card Game, Loot, Fairy Tale, 7 Wonders

Beer and Pretzels/Card Games: Easy to pick up and play, lots of randomness, and a “take-that!” mechanic. Nuclear War, Citadels, Naval War, Kung Fu Fighting

RPG-style: quests, minis, abilities, level-up. Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game, Return of the Heroes, Under the Shadow of the Dragon, Island Of D

How I Rate Games:

A quick glance will show you that I award a “10” to about 2-3% of all games. I rate based on the generic genre of the game, i.e. a “9” filler game is not expected to go head-to-head with a “9” complex wargame. I rate for “what the game is”. A “9” filler is a very good filler.

A “10” is an A+ game within the genre, one with excellent theme and execution and little-to-no flaws. A game I would play just about any time.

A “7” is an average, mainstream rating, a ”B” in academic terms. Good play, a few problems (maybe components, or a rule is broken, or poorly written rules), but very playable and welcome to the table in moderation.
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User Details for barteus
Registration Date: 2004-02-04
Last Profile Update: 2015-07-28
Last Login: 2015-07-28
Country: flag United States
State: Kansas
Town/City: Parsons
GeekMail: mail Send Private Message to barteus
Collection Summary for barteus
Board Game
Owned   195
Previously Owned   10
For Trade   15
Want In Trade   27
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   22
Commented   54
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   246
Board Game Expansion
Owned   19
Previously Owned   0
For Trade   1
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   0
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   21
Board Game 11
Board Game Publisher 2
Board Game Implementation 2
For Sale 1
Rating 10
Board Game Plays 4272 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 343 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Trade Rating (10) Propose A Trade With This User
Board Game Ratings 147
Average Rating 6.65
10 2   (1.4%)
9 7   (4.8%)
8 20   (13.6%)
7 50   (34.0%)
6 52   (35.4%)
5 11   (7.5%)
4 4   (2.7%)
3 1   (0.7%)
2 0   (0.0%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 11
Average Rating 6.27
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7 6   (54.5%)
6 2   (18.2%)
5 3   (27.3%)
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Top 10
#1: Commands & Colors: Ancients
#2: Hold the Line
#3: Hold the Line: Frederick's War
#4: Nexus Ops
#5: Glory to Rome
#6: Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975
#7: Conquest of the Empire
#8: Julius Caesar
#9: 7 Wonders
#10: Elder Sign
Hot 10
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