Been playing games my whole life. Progressed from Snakes and Ladders to the "Life, Monopoly, Stratego, Battleship" set, and then Parker Bros. American Heritage series (Battlecry, Broadside, Skirmish). These put me on the path to Avalon Hill and wargaming! Spent the 1970's and 1980's with all manner of wargames. In the 1990's I discovered Axis and Allies, and in 2003, I found both this place and eBay, which led to the uncontrolled, explosive growth of my game collection and gaming activities.
I now generally have one to two major all-day game sessions every month, plus my wife and kids and I play games two or three days a month, with "Rummikub" being a particular favorite. My outside game group, "The General Staff" has roughly a dozen regular members, and plays mostly "Box of Toys" style games, such as "Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition", "Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition", "History of the World", and "Conquest of the Empire". Lately, an increasing number of card-driven wargames have been working their way into the mix, "Sword of Rome" being our current 'hot' game. I would like to play a few more hex-and-counter wargames, and slowly, I finally appear to be increasing play of this genre once again, with plays of the Avalon Hill "Classics" "Afrika Korps" and "Battle of the Bulge" being among recent plays.
My Personal Top 10 are my, for the moment, top ten games, which are a mix of new and old, multi-player Amerigame and two-player wargame. My Hot 10 list in fact prioritizes my WANT list - games I don't yet have but really, really want! It's also a pretty good mix of two-player and multi-player conflict games. The common theme for the majority of games that I play is that there's battling and more battling! I loves my battles!!!
Here's a look at the "war room", updated in January 2015!
Both Game Shelves - IKEA Kallax
Room Divider Shelf detail
Wall Shelf detail
The whole room!
And some pictures of the original arrangement...
Game shelves 1&2!
Game shelf 3!
Coffee table games!
Another view of the "war room", including the foos table and my autographed picture of Jack "Splat" Lambert!
As for my game ratings, I have adopted the scale proposed by dakarp, namely:
10: Outstanding game. One of my all-time personal favorites.
9: Excellent game. Always a pleasure to play. Shines under most circumstances.
8: Very good game. Rarely disappoints me. High on my request/recommend list.
7: Good game. Usually willing to play. I might even request or recommend it.
6: OK game. Some fun or challenge at least. Enjoyable in the right circumstances.
5: Average game. I'm indifferent, but may be willing to play.
4: Below average game. I avoid playing and would need to be persuaded.
3: Poor game. Will strongly resist playing.
2: Very poor game. I refuse to play this.
1: Dead game. Seriously negative entertainment value. Black Hole of Fun.
Outside of gaming, I am a corporate manager, a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a former United States Army officer, and a frustrated garage/punk rock guitarist. Here are my most recent plays...