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User Profile for cerulean
Ryan Hackel
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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I used to play lots of chess.
Then I played lots of Magic The Gathering.
Then I played lots of Dominoes.
Then I played lots of Fluxx.
Now I play lots of Dominion.

I'm also an amateur game designer. Game design is my art form. I've got a website for my game designs and player aids. I've got twenty years worth of prototypes at hand, including a few that I want to get published.

I generally don't add my own games to BGG. I don't think my games are *relevant* enough until somebody else is motivated to add them. I hereby give my official assent for any of my designs to be added as BGG entries (but don't upload my files, please).

What do I like in games? In no particular order:
1) Modular boards and random setups for greater replayability.
2) Economic games. Money is the ultimate measure of VP.
3) Games set between 1500 and the near future. I find it hard to engage in earlier historical themes or in space operas. Bonus points for the narrower 1750-1938 window.
4) Shorter games are better. I'd rather play four one-hour games than one four-hour game.
5) Games in small packages.
6) Game systems and interchangable components.

What games turn me off? In no particular order:
1) Social deduction. This means Werewolf, Resistance, games with hidden traitors, etc. Deception is not a leisure activity; it is a human failing.
2) Memes... zombies, ninjas, Cthulhu, etc.
3) Games that often take more than three hours to play. That's just not going to happen.
4) Any card game that uses "trick" or "trump" in the rules. My eyes just glaze over.
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User Details for cerulean
Registration Date: 2005-02-28
Last Profile Update: 2015-04-01
Last Login: 2016-05-01
Country: flag United States
State: Virginia
Town/City: Falls Church
Website: http://ryanarium.wordpress.com
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Collection Summary for cerulean
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Wishlist   0
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For Trade   3
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   35
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Wishlist   0
Commented   78
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All   187
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Top 10
#1: Dominion
#2: Dominion: Intrigue
#3: Give Me the Brain!
#4: Dominion: Dark Ages
#5: Dominion: Seaside
#6: Dominion: Prosperity
#7: Fluxx
#8: Unpublished Prototype
#9: Wanderlust
#10: Treehouse
Hot 10
#1: The Builders: Antiquity
#2: Button Men
#3: Dominion: Seaside
#4: The Builders: Middle Ages
#5: Equate
#6: Go-Moku
#7: Outfoxed
#8: Twixt
#9: Dominion: Prosperity
#10: Dominion: Intrigue
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