"One Key to Happiness - Games"A three-generation gamer.
Username tells it all -- a grandpa who loves games. My game group consists of 5 adults (wife, son, daughter, son-in-law, and me) and 2 grandchildren (ages 19 and 17). I'm always looking for good games for 5-6 players (my granddaughter plays only a few select games with us, but my grandson is a major game enthusiast).
Because my granddaughter rarely plays a game with us, we usually play 6-player games. We prefer all to play together whenever possible.
- Eurogame mechanics; multiple ways to win
- Card, board, and dice games
- Game time: 120 minutes or less; reasonably-short set-up and put-away
- Reasonably-easy-to-learn rules
- Themed games
We are not so much into:
- Trivia, dexterity, RPG, CCG, miniatures, word, educational, memory, musical, or general-knowledge games
- Games with violence, drugs, religious, drinking, political, sexual, or moralistic themes
- Long (more than 2 hours) and/or very complex games
- Player elimination; wargames
- Roll-and-move or primarily random games (exception
: we do enjoy push-your-luck dice and card games)
Although I own and have enjoyed playing games that fit many of the latter descriptions, they are not games we regularly play as a family.Profile Last Updated: December 2014
As of April 2014, I'm excited to have my first game added to the BGG database and to be added as a game designer -- Shifty Partners
A short description of my gaming background up to the time I found BGG can be seen here.
My historical (2005) BGG kudos GeekList is here.
Some of the things I enjoy about the hobby of games are described in this GeekList
.For Secret Santa (every year) -- I would be happy to have a used copy of any game on my wish list. If you purchase a game from http://www.timewellspentgames.com online, and tell them to contact me, I can pick up the order, saving you all shipping costs.To my Secret Santa 2009
: You are amazing! Thanks so much for my three gifts, all from the top of my wish list. See this entry
for more info.To my anonymous Secret Santa of 2009: Received your message. Would love to know your identity. We still really enjoy playing the games you gave me -- Seafarers of Catan (and the 5/6 player expansion); and Bakong. Great choices and very generous. I am amazed to hear from you five years later. Merry Christmas to you in 2014!To my Secret Santa 2010:
Thanks for the alert. I will be looking forward to hearing from Time Well Spent. It's about a 45-minute drive from my house, but I enjoy talking with owner Dave Jones about games while I'm there. I'll post about the gift when I receive it. -- Update November 30: Call this evening from Dave tells me my gift is ready to pick up. I'll do that sometime before the weekend. Can't wait! Update December 1
: I love your gift; you couldn't have done better! See this entry
for more info.To my Secret Santa 2011:
Ho, Ho, Ho! To my replacement
Secret Santa! You did more than I would have hoped to receive from a regular Secret Santa. I am blown away! See: this entry
for more info. Thanks for your excellent generosity!To my Secret Santa 2012:
Terrific! Your choices from my wish list were excellent. I expect to enjoy many great hours of gaming with these three games. Your anonymous communications were much fun to read, and I appreciated your keeping me up to date on the gift exchange. You were an outstanding Secret Santa! For more info, see: this entry