My earliest memories of board games go back to the late 1960s/early 70s when I discovered the copies of Speed Circuit
, Formula 1
, Battle Cry
, and Facts in Five
in our family room closet. My dad was/is a WWII vet and drove a race car when I was growing up, so those titles all make sense. However, since I was only 7 or 8 years old I had a hard time wrapping my brain around them but I did spend a lot of time fiddling around with the bits and trying to figure out how to play them.
We must have been a gaming family, because my mother's brother and his wife had Stocks & Bonds
and The Mating Game
though I don't recall either my parents or my uncle and aunt ever playing those games.
The first games I remember having as a kid were Billionaire
, The Inventors
, and Green Ghost
When I was in middle school, a friend gave me his copy of Sports Illustrated Football
with 1971 team charts, which sparked an interest in sports games. Soon after I bought Baseball Strategy
direct from Avalon Hill. I ordered many more AH games direct from 4517 Hartford Road in Baltimore, including Basketball Strategy
, Football Strategy
, USAC Auto Racing
, Magic Realm
, Source of the Nile
, and others (all of which I still have). I also had a subscription to All-Star Replay from Vol. 1, No. 1, and still have every issue. When the magazine went kaput I received a gift certificate for, I think, $10 toward an order but never used it. I'm sure I still have that, too.
The games from my childhood are long lost, thought I have been fortunate through thrifting to acquire some of the mass-market titles. I am still on the lookout for Formula 1 and the American Heritage series.
My current preferences lean toward Euros. I really like history, finance, and political games. I don't care for zombie themes. I still enjoy sports simulations. Yet most of what I play is picked by our 9-year-old and 12-year-old.
My Myers-Briggs profile is ISTP or INTJ, depending on my mood when I take it. The "I" part of the scale registers almost no E points. Strange that I enjoy gaming with actual people, huh? I am an ordained minister and a former professional touring trombonist. No, there are not very many of those (professional touring trombonists).
My avatar is me as a cooking judge in Cuisine a la Card
, which I won in the BGG Cuisine a la Card contest
. The artist told me she was going for a "Most Interesting Man In The World" vibe. "I don't always play card games...but when I do I play Cuisine a la Card." Ha.
My BrainHex Class is Mastermind.
My BrainHex Sub-Class is Mastermind-Achiever.
By their definition, I like "solving puzzles and devising strategies as well as collecting anything you can collect or doing everything you possibly can. There are few play experiences that you strongly dislike."
I guess that explains my diverse collection.
My scores for each of the classes in this test were as follows: