- The Game of Fences
I've been a gamer all my life. I am fifty-something years old and my memories of gaming reach back to the 1960s. I played the usual variety of family games like Monopoly
and Mille Bornes
among many others.
I consider myself first and foremost, a "wargamer". I've been playing wargames almost as long as I've been playing games. Starting with games like Broadside
and moving up to games from Avalon Hill
in my teens and tweens. While those companies are sadly no longer around, wargaming is alive and well thanks to companies like GMT
and Victory Point Games
among many others.
I tend towards light to medium weight games over heavy and/or complex games. I have enjoyed playing all types of board, card and dice games but prefer playing wargames as a general rule, but lately find myself playing dice games a lot. (Easy to teach, easy to play!)
My AVATAR is a counter from the SPI game Swords & Sorcery
: Continental Siege Engine
I'm a big fan of the Bolo
stories by Keith Laumer (Wikipedia: http://tinyurl.com/d3xof
) and the game Ogre
by Steve Jackson Games. Give me a giant cybernetic fighting machine any day!
For a more detailed (but not regularly updated) "personal gaming history" see http://www.kmb2.com/kpghTake the Magic: The Gathering 'What Color Are You?' Quiz.
The "Real World" Kimbo!Don't ask me to trade or sell or trade my games.
I don't do that. Once a game enters my collection it's there to stay. One day, maybe, I'll change my mind and start to offer games in trade or for sale. But until then, save us both the time and trouble and don't ask. The answer will be "not interested." Thanks.A NOTE ABOUT MY "TOP 10" LIST:
These are my perennial favorites. The games I keep close at hand and ready to play. The games that keep coming back to the table regardless of age. A NOTE ABOUT MY "HOT 10" LIST:
Games come and go; new games, old games. Too many games; not enough time. Here I list some of the games currently on my radar.About my ratings:
The BGG rating definitions don't really work for me. Instead, I use the following compatible definitions:10:
Personal favorite. This game just works for me.8-9:
Very good game. Always fun and interesting.5-7:
A good game.3-4:
So-so game. Will play occasionally or reluctantly.2:
A bad game. Will almost never play. Just doesn't work for me.1:
Broken or has a mechanic or theme I dislike. Or is uninteresting in the extreme.A NOTE ABOUT MY PREORDERED GAMES LIST:
I don't track games I have preordered using this category. Instead I use this category as a "catch all" status for game items I do not want counted as "games owned." This includes un-built Print & Play games that I have the files for, books about games including "Player" and "User" guides and other miscellaneous game add-ons. This keeps my "games owned" list limited to the actual games that I own.A PERSONAL NOTE:
In March of 2011 I was diagnosed with advanced, metastatic cancer. The prognosis is not favorable. (That's just a fancy way of saying a the cancer is terminal; a cure is not possible.) The Doctors are vague when discussing how much longer I have to live, but the consensus seems to be around two years (depending on favorable responses to treatments, etc.). Thanks to my employer, I have a great medical plan that has met my medical needs (so far) without imposing a financial burden upon my family. Words can't express how thankful I am for that. Needless to say this change in my health status has had a effect on my gaming. I remain an avid gamer and despite the relatively short time I have left, continue to buy new games (much to the consternation of my wife). In September of 2011, I became disabled and stopped working. This, of course, further curtailed my gaming. I have good days (and weeks) and bad ones too. During the good times I coninue play games and keep up with BGG.
I choose to share this information here simply because I want an explanation of my condition to be recorded somewhere and I can't think of a better place than BGG. This site has added immeasurably to my enjoyment of my gaming hobby.
This is not "Good bye" (at least not yet) but "Thank you!". Without BGG I would still be a gamer, but not nearly as actively as I have been since discovering this site. So a big "Thanks" go out to Aldie & Dirk as well as everyone else who help to make BGG the gamer haven it has become.My Web Site:
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