I've always liked to play.
Age 00-10: Toys.
Age 10-20: Video games.
Age 20-30: Computer games.
Age 30-??: Board games!
I'm a software developer by trade, and though I've always liked gaming, I no longer want to come home and get back on the computer to do so.
Fortunately my wife has been very supportive of this strange new hobby of mine. We play games among ourselves and with our young son. I also am a member of the Vancouver BoardGameGeeks guild:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/57
I attend twice a month (they meet more often). A great group of people I always enjoy playing games with. If you live in the Vancouver area, join us for a game!Gaming Preferences
My tastes don't mesh with most of the community. Favourites here are longer, highly strategic German-style games: While I like Agricola
, will play Power Grid
if everyone else wants to, and am more than happy to schedule a game of Die Macher
once in a while, given a choice between joining a light game and a heavy game, I'll almost always choose the lighter fare.
While hobbyists here gush over the intricacies of deep Euros, one trend I dislike is complexity for complexity's sake. Agricola is a fine game without needing 300 different cards. Pretty much everything I've seen of Ystari just makes me want to shake my head -- a complex collection of lifeless mechanisms in which the total is less than the sum of its parts. I do like Die Macher
, though -- I must give more thought as to why.
To some people, a game is just a puzzle: poke and prod it until you've figured it out, and afterwards either only play with other "experts" or will permanently (whether consciously or not) set it aside for the hottest new puzzle. To others, like me, games are as much for the enjoyment of each other's company and an opportunity to share a laugh. Though I don't generally like party games, and would like a little bit of thought and planning to be involved, that doesn't mean I like games where five people hunch over a table for two hours trying to make their opponents' brains melt first.
The ideal game for me is a highly-interactive (but not cutthroat), light-to-medium tactical (not necessarily strategic) German-style game with a straightforward ruleset and takes 40 to 60 minutes to play. Favourites of mine include The Downfall of Pompeii
and Ave Caesar
. I enjoy some American-style games but only once in a while for the taste -- to me they are hamburgers, while light and medium German games are the meat and potatoes of my diet.
I'm also a little bit of a collector:
* Alea medium box series
* Light- and medium-weight games from Hans im Glück
(not a completist)
* Card games in tin cases, many by AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH
(not a completist)Odds and ends
* I started tracking Games Played in 2006 but for the most part it's only those played in the game group -- I leave out all the games I play with my family.
* My 9- and 10-ratings are not necessarily my favourite games. Generally, if I play a game 20 or 30 times or more, and I still enjoy it after so many plays, then I will give it a 10, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're my first choice of games to play. These mostly represent games that my wife or son loves and we end up playing a tonne.
* I'm trying to use the Top 10 to represent my all-time favourites, but I'm terrible at keeping it up to date.Recently Played Games: