A Brief History of my Board Game Hysteria
I've been gaming since I was little tyke, mainly solo, though my mom enjoyed scrabble, and humored me with other games from time to time. In high school, my friends and I discovered Magic, Rail Baron, and Axis and Allies. That's when I fell in love with the hobby, and kept gaming when I could through college with friends and family.
It wasn't until I met my future wife, that my gaming addition started to throttle. She loves games as much as I do! While we each have different tastes in games, there is a large area of interest in which we overlap, and she's willing to try almost anything.
My wife and I have started our family, and we've already gotten our two daughters and son hooked, starting with Go Away Monster. My wife and I are just biding our time... Since we've moved to Minnesota, we've had frequent game nights with friends who also have kids.
Our current favorites are Arkham Horror
, Castles of Burgundy
, Stone Age
, Survive: Escape from Atlantis
, and hottest of all, 10 Days in Asia
For a while I met up with some very cool gamers in Hobbs, NM, who introduced me to many great game titles like Battlestar Galactica
, Space Hulk: Death Angel
, 7 Wonders
, Race for the Galaxy
. and many, many more.
I've recently helped to organize a regular game group in International Falls, MN. We've recently settled on the name BorderLakes Game Group. In you happen to move to the far reaches of northern Minnesota, send me a message! There are some great gamers in the North Woods. We now meet twice a month, and some of us get together other times too. We play Twilight Imperium
once a year! Here's our yearly list of games played: BorderLakes Game Group Games Played 2014
I also enjoy gaming solo. Elder Sign
, Arkham Horror
, Death Angel
, Red November
are just a few I enjoy.
I currently work as a Park Ranger at Voyageurs NP. I oversee two seasonal visitor centers, boat tours, park volunteers, and the website. Working for the National Park Service is a dream come true. I work in some of the most amazing places on the planet. I have to keep reminding myself how lucky I am. If you're ever on a family trip to northern MN, send me a geekmail; I always enjoy meeting new gamers, and I'm more than happy to share my knowledge of the national parks.
Here's a list of the National Park units where I have worked:
Wind Cave National Park (SD)
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (MI)
Carlsbad Caverns NP, (NM)
Voyageurs NP, (MN) (current)
My wife and I have been inspired by this geeklist
Here's our first challenge: New State, New Challenge: 50 Different Games in 50 Day
Here's our second challenge: End of 2012 Challenge: 100 Different Games in 100 Days
Out third challenge has started in September of 2013: End of 2013 Challenge: 100 Different Games in 100 Days
We've started our fourth 100 Games in 100 Days challenge: New Year! New Challenge! 100 Different Games in 100 Days
We successfully completed our 2014 10 games 10 times challenge
Happy Gaming to all.