Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully I don't bore you too much with a little history about myself.
I was born in San Francisco, to an Irish father and an Italian mother. Can you say confused.
Early on I learned that gaming was a part of our family gatherings. Cribbage was a game that was played on the Irish side. On the Italian side we played dominoes.
The first game I received as a youngin' was Combat
, after I broke my arm --don’t even look up when it was made--let’s just say a long time ago (in another galaxy).
Well I loved the game so much I tried to break my other arm to get another wargame. Never liked playing chess or monopoly.
So saving my cash, I managed to purchase my own wargames, which eventually became a lifelong passion (habit would probably be a better word). My first were Gettysburg
, and many other AHers. The bestest game ever, when I was in my teens was PanzerBlitz
--no I am not kidding--all those tanks.
Avalon Hill was my first addiction. It was that way till they went out of business. Very sad day.
SPI kind of filled the void, but they were pushing games with paper maps, not like the solid mapboards AH had. SPI did fill one dream though, sending out a new game with each of their magazines (yes, I still have these).
I can still remember the designers back then; Charles Roberts, Jim Dunnigan, John Prados, and Frank Chadwick. There was a time where a lot of companies were putting out a lot of games and the market was wide open.
Some of the series I have owned are; ASL, Europa (World War II, starting with Drag Nach Osten), Great Campaigns of the American Civil War, etc. All of them led to an interest in military history. I tended to focus on WWII Eastern Front, US Civil War, and late 1700 early 1800 naval warfare. Yes, Lord Nelson was the man!!!!
After high school I managed somehow college before entering the US Coast Guard where I spent a lot of time in the Bering Sea--yes, the Deadliest Catch location. I swear this is where I met Bill, as we swore we saw a UFO. Here is a picture of the ship I was on--the USCGC Morgenthau (a small destroyer escort).
I also spent some time teaching others how to shoot while in the Coast Guard (rangemaster). Luckily, I managed to land a job after that at a local Sheriff’s Department after getting out of the service.
While working there I met the love of my life, computer games, I mean my wife Colleen (damn fingers). Actually computers weren’t even available then.
Colleen blessed me with three lovely boys; Timothy Patrick (31), Brett Ryan (26), and Trevor John (23). Yeah, I know, nice Italian names. More than that, she has given me a great life. Here’s a picture of the family during an Alaskan cruise. Tim, who did 5.5 years as Airborne in the Army is now a police officer. Brett is a correctional deputy and my gaming partner. Trevor was a combat medic in the Army and is now going to the police academy.
That passion which started my interest in military history led to a BA in Land Warfare (American) and a MA in Land Warfare (European).
Colleen is very sweet and caring and she doesn’t mind my passions, including sailing, reenacting, and a big yes--playing boardgames. Oh hell, she is the best cause she simply tolerates me. Here are some photos of those adventures, which includes sailing on the Brig Niagara, reenacting in Gettysburg for the 145th anniversary, and firing my 12 lb. Mt. Howitzer at a local event.
Now that I am retired (yes, we can go at a real early age
) and only working part time, I have had the opportunity once again to return to my passion--gaming. It is only recently that I have delved outside of the wargaming group.
Anyway, I was selling some of the older wargame series on EBay when I accidentally came across BBG. What an awakening. There were actually others out there (read that you) who actually were addicted to games as much as I was. OK, so I wasn’t a freak, well maybe I was, but at least others could relate, ah yes...a geek.
Right now my favorite game is Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! (second edition)
You must be bored having gone this far...
Sadly in January 2015, Angel our sweet little Maltese passed on. She was a great joy while she was here.
My Most Recent Plays
Some Random Games From My Collection
And I just had to have one of these: