I am 58 and live with my partner Mitch in Atlanta, Ga. We have been together almost 27 years. I have visited all 48 of the continental U.S. and visited 32 National Parks. I have also ridden 50 different roller coasters.
I remember playing Candyland on the kitchen floor when I was a kid. I grew up playing board games with my friends and my niece Gwyn. Mostly the regular games Careers, Risk, etc. I really loved the game Masterpiece and played it a lot with my friends. Pit was another Friday night favorite. I also fell in love with Bridge while attending the Governor's Honors Program of Georgia as a Math student. My niece and I played most of the 3M book shelf games and gamettes; Acquire and Bazaar were our two favorites.
In the 80's I was totally addicted to Trivial Pursuit and Outburst. I was on my college Academic Bowl team. I could not get enough of trivia games. I still can't. I lived my 20's in Jacksonville working for Barnett Bank and going to Gator games in Gainesville. Played a ton of Spades and Hearts in those days. I got my AA degree at Florida Community College and starting my career as an Operations Analyst.
In 1988 I moved to Atlanta and came out as a gay man. We used to host game nights at our house on Saturdays. Mostly party games. We moved to the burbs in 1997 and found it harder to get people that we knew to come out to our new place so my board gaming entered a dark period. I was also getting very involved in the bear community. Big hairy masculine gay men are called bears. I traveled a lot both for work and pleasure in the 90s. It was a great decade in my life.
In 2000, i went back to school to finish my bachelors degree and graduated in 2004. I decided I wanted to leave banking after 25 years and start a new career. Since then I have had three market research jobs and now work for an online advertising company. We target ads based on people's spending history. I hope to retire from there.
At the beginning of 2006 I discovered the Atlanta Board gaming community and a whole new genre of games. I quickly grew to love games by Knizia and Kramer and Colovini. I would say Sid Sackson is my favorite vintage designer and Bruno Cathala, Alan Moon, Stefan Dora, Gunter Burkhardt, Michael Schacht and Dirk Henn are my favorite new breed designers. My favorite strategy game mechanics are auction bidding and variable player powers. I recently played my 2000th recorded game in the past 6 years.
I have 400 games in my collection. I like owning games others don't own and have a few rare games in the collection.
Designing a party game or trick taking game would be very cool. I assisted in writing the 2nd expansion for Smarty Party.