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User Profile for garbagerunner
Ben Garbe
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Madison
Wisconsin
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I'm a big fan of trades so if you see something you're interested in on my "For Trade" list, feel free to send me an offer or a geekmail--even if you don't have anything from my "Want in Trade" list. I'll do my best to respond promptly and hopefully we can work something out!

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I was introduced to The Settlers of Catan in 2010 as a junior in college and received my very own copy of the game later that year for my 21st birthday. From there I progressed to Race for the Galaxy and Agricola and I've been hooked ever since, rarely turning down gaming opportunities

As an engineer, I enjoy the problem-solving challenge that many games provide and I love trying new games that require different tactics and strategies. My favorite games are medium weight strategy games with minimal amounts of luck/randomness like Agricola and Caverna and I generally love anything involving worker placement (Keyflower, Myrmes, Vanuatu, etc) but I'll play anything once!

I have an awesome wife who is also a gamer (though not quite as addicted as me!) and board games are a fun hobby we can enjoy together meeple

While I constantly find new ideas popping into my head, board game design has proven easier said than done... My first game design, Kegonsa, now has its own entry here on BGG! Check out the free Print & Play and let me know what you think!

Besides board games, I really like spending time outdoors (hiking, fishing, playing various sports) and I particularly enjoy long distance running


Notes: [1] recorded plays reflect all games played in person since joining BGG on 1/25/12 (standard deck playing card games not included); [2] all games rated according to BGG's suggested scale

Top 10 = My favorite games (#1-10)
Hot 10 = My favorite games (#11-20)
(Updated: 26 Jan 2015)

My 5 Tiny House Games
If I moved into one of those super-small, super-efficient homes and I had to limit my collection to just five 'big box' games, here's what I would choose considering teachability, versatility, and replayability:

Agricola
The Castles of Burgundy
Dominion + ALL Expansions
Keyflower + Farmers + Merchants
Ticket to Ride + Extra Maps

My Favorite Designers
(Updated: 27 Apr 2015)
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Designer(s)
Uwe Rosenberg
Stefan Feld
Richard Breese
Bruno Cathala
Antoine Bauza
Tom Lehmann
Wolfgang Kramer
Sebastian Bleasdale
Reiner Knizia
Touko Tahkokallio




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User Details for garbagerunner
Registration Date: 2012-01-25
Last Profile Update: 2015-07-27
Last Login: 2015-07-28
Country: flag United States
State: Wisconsin
Town/City: Madison
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Collection Summary for garbagerunner
Board Game
Owned   121
Previously Owned   33
For Trade   9
Want In Trade   11
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   112
Preordered   6
Wishlist   11
Commented   16
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   446
Board Game Expansion
Owned   27
Previously Owned   3
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   6
Preordered   2
Wishlist   2
Commented   1
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   55
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Wishlist   0
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Plays
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Average Rating 6.62
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2 10   (3.1%)
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Top 10
#1: Agricola
#2: Keyflower
#3: Caverna: The Cave Farmers
#4: Castles of Mad King Ludwig
#5: Glass Road
#6: Myrmes
#7: Vanuatu
#8: The Castles of Burgundy
#9: Dominion
#10: Tichu
Hot 10
#1: Terra Mystica
#2: Ora et Labora
#3: Le Havre
#4: Race for the Galaxy
#5: Macao
#6: Trajan
#7: Glen More
#8: 7 Wonders
#9: Key Harvest
#10: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
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