User Profile for hrc333
Jeffery Bowling
United States
San Francisco
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Was it for this my life I sought? Maybe so, Maybe not.
And silence contagious in moments like these
Consumed me and strengthened my will to appease
The passion that sparked me one terrible night
And shocked and persuaded my soul to ignite

How I Started:
I grew up playing card games and other US board games. In high school, my younger brother started to play heavier games such as Supremacy and Junta. While I was not really a part of his game groups, I did play enough to get a good exposure to this style of games. I had a time of playing Magic: The Gathering a lot in college and then did not play any games for a few years. When I started to hang out with my brother again in the late 90's, he and his wife were playing a lot of Advanced Squad Leader. Living in California, I found some other ASL players in the area and started to play ASL on a regular basis. After a couple years of playing ASL, I started to play 'Euro' games with my non-gamer friends. (Yes ASL is my gateway game) We played a lot of Carcassonne, Catan and The Princes of Florence.

Who I Play With:
Since 2000 I have been playing mostly 'Euro' games. I generally play with the same group of friends once a week or so. I also play games with my wife when I can get her to play. I still play lots of games with my brother and sister-in-law when we see each other. Recently I have started to branch out and play at a few of the local game groups. My favorite group by far is the Berkeley games group that plays on Thursdays. If you are in the Bay Area, you really should check this group out.

As of late, I am not playing as many games since most of my time is spent on tour seeing Phish!

I generally keep my ratings current. I will generally only rate a game I have played more than 3-4 times, unless after a play or two there is a clear flaw in the game that would cause me to rate a game low and not play it again. All my ratings are relative to each other and I try and maintain an average of 6.5 in my ratings. Since I try and wait to rate items, my ratings tend to be fairly consistent over time. While there are a few exceptions, most games do not move up or down more than a point for their original rating.

Top Ten:
My Top Ten are my all time favorite games. I generally try and wait 6 months or so and let a game get over 10 plays before I consider it for my Top Ten. These games are in no particular order.

Hot Ten:
My 'Hot' games are games that I either would like to try, games that I have not gotten to the table in a while and would like to or games I have played recently and want to play again real soon. If we are having a game night and you own one of the games on my hot list, please bring it.

Recording Plays:
I started recording games played at the start of 2008. I have since then recorded everyone game I have played against real opponents. (Face to Face or Online.) I also recored a single play on 1/1/99 for all games I have played previous to January 2008. This way I get a true representation of 'New to Me' games and not just games that I played after 2008.

My Recently Played Games:
These are the last 10 games I have played.

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User Details for hrc333
Registration Date: 2004-01-08
Last Profile Update: 2012-01-22
Last Login: 2016-04-22
Country: flag United States
State: California
Town/City: San Francisco
Website: www.fallingislikethis.net
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Collection Summary for hrc333
Board Game
Owned   251
Previously Owned   43
For Trade   24
Want In Trade   31
Want To Buy   3
Want To Play   74
Preordered   0
Wishlist   30
Commented   5
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   497
Board Game Expansion
Owned   34
Previously Owned   0
For Trade   2
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   2
Preordered   0
Wishlist   3
Commented   0
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   42
Board Game Accessory
Owned   0
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
Board Game 4
For Sale 0
Rating 2
Board Game Plays 2694 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 58 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Trade Rating (54) Propose A Trade With This User
Board Game Ratings 260
Average Rating 6.62
10 16   (6.2%)
9 26   (10.0%)
8 54   (20.8%)
7 65   (25.0%)
6 49   (18.8%)
5 25   (9.6%)
4 10   (3.8%)
3 5   (1.9%)
2 7   (2.7%)
1 3   (1.2%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 10
Average Rating 8.00
10 3   (30.0%)
9 3   (30.0%)
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Top 10
#1: Agricola
#2: The World Cup Game
#3: Crokinole
#4: El Grande
#5: Dominion
#6: Power Grid
#7: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910
#8: Carcassonne
#9: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
#10: The Princes of Florence
Hot 10
#1: Caverna: The Cave Farmers
#2: Terra Mystica
#3: The Castles of Burgundy
#4: Agricola
#5: Suburbia
#6: Trajan
#7: Space Alert
#8: Troyes
#9: Ora et Labora
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