User Profile for garbagerunner
Ben Garbe
United States
Waukesha
Wisconsin
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52 games in 52 weeks...
The 52 Game Challenge: 2016
Add your own item to the geeklist and join me in my quest!

I'm a big fan of trades so if you see something you're interested in on my ever-changing "For Trade" list, feel free to send me an offer or a geekmail. I'll do my best to respond promptly and hopefully we can work something out!

I've started writing mini-reviews of recent games I've played in the comments section of each game entry. Check them out HERE to get my thoughts on a variety of games--both good and bad--and consider adding me as a GeekBuddy!

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 La Granja and I generally love anything involving worker placement (Keyflower, Vanuatu, Myrmes, etc). I find myself drawn to games with "real-world" themes (farming, mining, city/castle-building, etc) and generally don't care for many of the popular tropes (fantasy, sci-fi, space exploration, zombies, etc).

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 all-time favorite games
(Updated: 19 Nov 2015)
Hot 10 = My most anticipated games (to play/purchase)
(Updated: 19 Nov 2015)

My Favorite Designers
(Updated: 19 Nov 2015)
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Designer(s)
Uwe Rosenberg
Stefan Feld
Richard Breese
Bruno Cathala
Ryan Laukat
Antoine Bauza
Tom Lehmann
Wolfgang Kramer
Sebastian Bleasdale
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Ratings determined as follows:

R = (X sub n)^((11-n)/10) + ...

R = designer rating
X = rating of game n
n = 1-10 (where 1 corresponds to a designer's highest rated game and 10 corresponds to their 10th-highest rated game)

Note that designer ratings are based on exactly their top 10 games that I have played. Any designers with less than 10 games played had dummy ratings of '5' assigned to the remaining games. Designers must have a minimum of two played games to be eligible for consideration.
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User Details for garbagerunner
Registration Date: 2012-01-25
Last Profile Update: 2016-01-19
Last Login: 2016-02-10
Country: flag United States
State: Wisconsin
Town/City: Waukesha
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Collection Summary for garbagerunner
Board Game
Owned   132
Previously Owned   53
For Trade   10
Want In Trade   9
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   121
Preordered   2
Wishlist   0
Commented   39
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   523
Board Game Expansion
Owned   29
Previously Owned   5
For Trade   2
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   14
Preordered   2
Wishlist   0
Commented   1
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   68
Board Game Accessory
Owned   1
Previously Owned   0
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   0
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   1
Fandom
Marketplace
For Sale 1
Sold 4
Rating 3
Plays
Board Game Plays 1817 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 250 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Trades
Trade Rating (37) Propose A Trade With This User
Ratings
Board Game Ratings 393
Average Rating 6.57
10 4   (1.0%)
9 36   (9.2%)
8 78   (19.8%)
7 92   (23.4%)
6 102   (26.0%)
5 46   (11.7%)
4 17   (4.3%)
3 6   (1.5%)
2 10   (2.5%)
1 2   (0.5%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 50
Average Rating 7.28
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9 9   (18.0%)
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6 9   (18.0%)
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Top 10
#1: Agricola
#2: Keyflower
#3: La Granja
#4: The Castles of Burgundy
#5: Castles of Mad King Ludwig
#6: Caverna: The Cave Farmers
#7: Glass Road
#8: Gold West
#9: Vanuatu
#10: Myrmes
Hot 10
#1: Powerboats
#2: Rattlebones
#3: Automania
#4: Mare Balticum
#5: JamSumo
#6: Patchwork
#7: Guilds of London
#8: Grand Austria Hotel
#9: Bruxelles 1893
#10: A la carte
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