thirty-forty-something married father of two with a life-long gaming jones.
Most of my gaming experience has been as a role-player, a love affair that began somewhere around 1985, but as life has moved on and kids have entered the picture, the time and planning for that hobby have become more and more scarce. I had a dalliance with collectible card games in college, notably Magic: The Gathering, and have been a miniatures gamer (mostly Warhammer and 40k) since 1998.
My board game addiction began in earnest in 2007 when Black Industries released the fourth edition of Talisman. I had heard enough about the older editions of the game and was enough of a GW junkie that I decided to try it out. One afternoon playing that game with two of my best buds, and I was surprisingly satisfied and very intrigued.
Next, I came into a copy of Arkham Horror, and I went from intrigued to hooked. Since then I've found games that were hit or miss, but by and large I've enjoyed most everything I've come across -- be it the cinematic excitement of Last Night on Earth or the family friendly, elegant simplicity of Forbidden Island.
So, from sniffing out the frakkin' Cylons in Battlestar Galactica to ripping open gravity feeds to try to complete sets of Marvel/DC Dice Masters, I'm finding that maybe, all along, I was a board gamer waiting to happen.
My Top 10 is a straight-forward ranking of my most enduring, favorite games.
My Hot 10 is, for the moment, a list of games that I'd most like to own.