I'm a regular guy who works as a senior software architect, currently at OXON
. Having a wife and a kid are wonderful blessings. I'm also on Flickr with my photography
(some of it game-related), on Twitter
, and generally try to be active on the edge of the social media revolution. Of which, I'm sure, BGG is a part. Oh, and I have an MSc in philosophy.Microbadges:
My microbadges always show things I'm excited about. Sometimes it's games that I want to play or constantly think about - they might not even be in my top 10. Sometimes it's BGG stuff, and sometimes it's just the top ones among my top 10. There is one microbadge that's always there though because it's just that important:
, first replaced by
and then by Gaming history:
I always loved board games. As a kid, we used to play Labyrinth
and of course Monopoly
and the likes. Later, my brother and I delved into Warhammer 40,000
and spent all our pocket money and spare time at the local (privately owned by a nephew of Albert Einstein, coincidentally) GW store.
I kinda lost interest in board games then, played tons of computer games instead and had a time of playing a bit too much WoW. About four years ago, I regained interest in board games, met old friends again and found a gaming group. My collection has been growing ever since, and I love to play with different groups at different times.My Avatar:
I used to infrequently change avatar, but always to something I've painted myself. My painting skill is nowhere near Golden Demon standard, but I love to play with painted minis anyway.
To the right, you see the bigger version of the wizard that I'm currently using (for quite some time already, and I think it might stay for a bit more), from Drakon (third edition)
. The mold is used by FFG in Descent, Runebound and Runewars as well.
As you can probably see, I cheated a bit and moved the top end of the staff down a bit for the avatar, so it's visible while retaining ample detail in the guy's face.About my ratings:
I use the proposed BGG scale in a perfect world behind a Rawls-ean veil of ignorance. Meaning, I answer the following question: If I could get the perfect group and had enough time for the game, would I like to play it?
Expansions nearly always inherit the main game rating, or rather, I always rate the game with all available expansions. This leads to some games having better ratings than if I'd rate them without expansions, and it also leads to quite some expansions having ratings without me having actually played them.
My top 10 represent my currently most liked games, across all genres - a real all-time top 10. My hot 10 on the other hand represent my newest acquisitions, newest being #1, and thus will change somewhat frequently (even though I try to slow down with new games...).
I've made a GeekList that takes a snapshot of my top 22 at that point in time and adds mini reviews:My top 22 games, with mini reviewsRecently played games:
I do extensive play logging since early 2010
, only occasionally logged plays before that. I meanwhile log solo and test plays as well, and add a comment for each play, saying with how many players it was and adding some info about how I liked the game or what things I learned from it. I used to not log plays (online or against an AI) that don't involve the physical game components, but have now changed my practice and since January 2011 do log plays that were online but against actual human opponents. I still don't log plays against AIs.
I generally only log plays of base games, rolling the expansions in there. Usually, whenever I play a game, it's with all applicable expansions and I'll mention when I skipped one of them. My 10 most recent plays: