Updated Jan. 20th, 2014:
I have always liked board games and mostly always felt a little bit like the odd man out being the only one in any given group to want to play games. I started a game library in my childhood and early on in my marriage (around the mid 80's), I built my collection up a little with what I then knew to be available, always on the look out for new interesting games. As we started having kids and they grew, we played some games but not as much as I had prior. We taught them Uno, Sorry, Crazy 8's, and other easy games. Later on I started them on Monopoly, and Probe, and then even Shogun.
Leading up to Christmas, 2004 I 'accidentally' discovered German games.
Since then I have been buying
a lot of
too many games and building up a wonderful library. My four daughters and even my wife (and even some more distant family members) have become interested to varying degrees in games so I have managed to do a lot of playing. My youngest daughter, Lindy, in particular has the gaming bug and we are fairly evenly matched opponents so I have had a lot of fun with her. The youngest of 4 girls she has now left home. No more gaming partner.
However, to fill the void I have started attending more gaming events and started a new game group which have both helped in getting some games played. To find people to play is not that easy since I live in a rural area so there is not a huge selection of people who will play games. Still, I have made out not too bad in play time. My annual recorded game plays since 2005 when I started recording are as follows: (all of these are face-to-face)2005 = 155
2006 = 298
2007 = 380
2008 = 496
2009 = 590
2010 = 724
2011 = 880
2012 = 1031
2013 = 749
2014 = 1023
I also do a regular geek list analyzing my collection called "Best Bang for the Buck."
So, here I am, happily playing and collecting. My collecting, however, needs to slow down but all my best intentions have not quite panned out since, even though I sold 2, I won 12 more games at a game event. And then there were those "few" that I just had
I borrowed this from another user:"Men don't quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing"
(Oliver Wendell Holmes)
Apparently I don't look to be growing old anytime soon!!Last 10 games played: