I'm a husband, father of 5 and a youth pastor - and yes, in that order of priority. My gaming experience extends back as far as I can remember (Chutes & Ladders), but has grown, morphed and thankfully matured (mostly) through the years.
As a kid, I enjoyed games of The Inventors
and Land Baron
with my Dad and playing Life
with my sister. My family always had a closet full of games and I was always wanting to learn how to play a new one (usually one that was too old for me, but I loved the challenge). Yes, that would be a typical "oldest child" proclivity on my part.
As a teenager, I got into Axis & Allies
pretty heavily and described it as "Risk on steroids" to all who asked. I supplied the games for my friends every few weeks and we rotated through most of the Gamemaster series with an occasional foray into A Line in the Sand
or some other monstrosity of a war game. I remember spending days playing these games by myself in order to develop my "perfect strategy" only to be foiled by my complete ineptitude at dice-rolling. Dice hate me and I am convinced that they were included somehow in the curse God declared against Adam when He booted him out of the Garden of Eden - pure evil.
As an adult, my taste in games has been impacted greatly by my wife and kids and increasingly rare moments of free time. Gone are the 4-hour gaming sessions only to be replaced by whatever game my wife will play with me during "nap time" (currently: Flash Point
). So, I'm always looking for semi-light 2-player games that can be played in about 45 minutes. As my kids are getting older (oldest one is 9 now), I'm excited about introducing the younger ones to a world beyond Candyland
: Gulo Gulo
, Loopin' Louie
, Animal Upon Animal
, etc. (I know, I know, but dexterity games are fun!). The older girls are less into games and more into stuffed animals, but will join us for (or willingly be forced to play) Machi Koro
, King of Tokyo
, or Zooloretto
(must be the animals). However, my 6-year-old son is my young Padawan and will play anything and everything in front of him. He's already memorized the abilities and cost of every Star Realms
card, insists that he can learn Mars Needs Mechanics
and requests PitchCar
for every family game night.
However, as a youth pastor (yes, the greatest job on the planet), I'm hanging out with teenagers and young adults on a regular basis and love introducing them to fun games as well. So my need for more party and interactive games gets met that way (currently: Telestrations
, Bubble Talk
). There are some who are willing to learn something a bit more complex (LOTR: TCG
), but I try to keep our game times open to everyone in most instances. My group of adult youth leaders are a bit more willing to "go mature", but they still like the party games and the interaction.
That being said, I continue to sneak in an occasional solo session late at night and have been caught playing everything from Ginkgopolis
BGG has been an incredible resource through the years, and I hope to contribute in some way to others who are here. I'm getting more and more into trading games and posting comments. The people I've met here have been great and I'm looking forward to a happy future of gaming and sharing with my fellow BGGers.
As a final note, my Hot 10
are the games I'm currently looking forward to playing the most (when I actually remember to update, which happens annually at best it seems). My Top 10
are the games I most want to acquire (again, when I remember to update. Hey, 5 kids and a busy youth group will tend to do that).MERRY CHRISTMAS SANTA!
I've done my best to update my wishlist, although my profile desperately needs attention. Used is fine by me as well and I'm always open to playing something new. Please ENJOY the giving, knowing that I will thoroughly enjoy the receiving. Merry Christmas to you!