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User Profile for hholzgrafe
Helen Holzgrafe
United States
Happy Valley
Oregon
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My avatar is the Fate card from Shadows Over Camelot. If it could fit in my uberbadge my gaming motto would be this quote from E.G. Bulwar-Lytton (the notoriously bad author for whom a famous bad writing contest is named):

"Fate laughs at probabilities"

This sums up my gaming philosophy in a nutshell.

I don't rate games for one simple reason. To me a game is good enough to warrant playing or it isn't. So, my ratings would all be 10s or 0s. I think this skews the rating statistics too much for everyone else. So, I just don't do it.

I also find that I play too many games and I just can't keep up anymore with my games played entries. I found I was spending too much time on BGG putting in games played and not enjoying myself they way I wanted to when I visit here. So, I just stopped. Besides, my husband (rholzgrafe) does record his games and about 95% of them are with me anyway. So, in a way my games played statistics can be found in his profile.

I attend several local gaming groups on a regular basis and am part of a weekly group hosted by a friend. My husband and I host impromptu gaming days at our home on a regular basis as well. I look forward most to the days each week I get to play games.

I like games where the object is more to build your own empire rather than tear another's down. My favorites are Roads & Boats, Caylus, Cuba, Tikal, Jambo, Railroad Tycoon, Die Macher and games like that. I do also like a few conflict games like Twilight Imperium and Wallenstein but they have to have more than just fight resolution going on in them.

I am fanatical about keeping all the pieces of my games in order and accounted for. I am legendary for counting every piece in a game before I consider it put away. You should see the looks I get when I am counting out Roads & Boats pieces after a game.

I really like keeping the cards and tokens that are blind-drawn in good shape. I don't like the feel of cards kept in sleeves and most don't fit anyway. So, I make tuckboxes for as many games I own that I can find the time to design. I have posted a lot of them here on BGG.

Here is information about how I make my tuckboxes (and how some others are working on the problem, too):
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/1571785#1571785

This great geeklist is a list of all the tuckbox patterns posted (by me and by others):
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/16006
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User Details for hholzgrafe
Registration Date: 2005-12-10
Last Profile Update: 2008-07-14
Last Login: 2015-07-04
Country: flag United States
State: Oregon
Town/City: Happy Valley
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Collection Summary for hholzgrafe
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Wishlist   8
Commented   35
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Top 10
#1: Roads & Boats
#2: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
#3: Railways of the World
#4: Cuba
#5: Colosseum
#6: Goa
#7: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery
#8: Jambo
#9: Hacienda
#10: Ticket to Ride: Europe
Hot 10
#1: Agricola
#2: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
#3: Cuba
#4: Roads & Boats
#5: Tribune: Primus Inter Pares
#6: 1960: The Making of the President
#7: Iron Dragon
#8: Die Macher
#9: Dune
#10: La Città
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