User Profile for bshazel
Brian M
United States
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I got into gaming by getting together with friends for a home cooked meal after work. While waiting for the food to be ready, they plopped down Carcassonne and that was that. Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, then some various party games once a month for the next year was quite entertaining.

When I moved away, gaming became my way to meet new people. I joined a local gaming group in Columbia, SC, meeting once a week. Was introduced to a lot of heavier strategy games. Then I began attending the FLGS open gaming nights twice a week...and suddenly I was playing three times a week at the least.

I now play with friends, some local meetups, and run a club for students in my high school. Like many others, I am constantly introducing people to the awesome but neglected world of board gaming.

I mostly play Euros, I love the strategy and how luck is generally not the reason you won or lost. In general, dice are bad. Rolling straight 1s in Stone Age consistently really ruins the possibility of a sound strategy in a game. My new rule of thumb: Dice are fine when you are playing against a board, ie Arkham Horror. I have also grown to include other genres at this point. Twilight Struggle is quite possibly the finest crafted game ever with Battlestar Galactica being right in the mix.

Non Gaming:
I teach Computer Science and am now starting to work with robotics. Love to play various games or sports when there is time. Used to own and run a couple of MUDs in high school that were quite popular at the time.

I am open to trades requests. My games are in near-perfect condition. I prefer multi-item trades to save on shipping. I also try to make sure trades are similar in value by checking online prices at various sites. Please do not try to trade a game that is obviously on ridiculous sales always, like at EagleGames, for a game that has a similar MSRP. MSRP does not take into account actual prices.

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User Details for bshazel
Registration Date: 2009-08-20
Last Profile Update: 2013-01-15
Last Login: 2016-05-01
Country: flag United States
State: Virginia
Town/City: Bristow
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Collection Summary for bshazel
Board Game
Owned   151
Previously Owned   50
For Trade   20
Want In Trade   13
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   9
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   204
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   282
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Owned   28
Previously Owned   6
For Trade   2
Want In Trade   5
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   13
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   39
For Sale 6
Sold 17
Rating 8
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Average Rating 6.47
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3 4   (1.9%)
2 6   (2.9%)
1 1   (0.5%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 13
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