As early as I can remember, I've loved to play strategy games with family and friends. In my youth I was introduced to chess, stratego, feudal, panzer blitz, formula 1, and vegas (NBC version) games, for example, and played them as often as I could get someone to play them with me. I was only introduced to BGG and the world of strategy games in 2005 when I found a local boardgamers group in Gilbert,Arizona, USA. Since then, I've collected many games, introduced them to friends and family and also enjoy promoting them to schools and clubs as educational learning tools. There are so many good board and card games - just never enough time to play them all!
If you're wondering about my unique avitar, it's our family cattle brand, designed by my father, VAL. I grew up on a cattle ranch in eastern Oregon, raising Charolais cattle and farming. (It's an imported beef breed, originally from France. My family still visits the ranch and I love to teach and play new board games each year to my nieces, nephews and other family members).