If you Geekbuddy me, please send me a message and tell me why. Not just for my ego, but also so I can make sure that I keep my own geekbuddies list up to date.
I am working on a PhD on boardgames, which I call "living the dream". My (provisional) topic is "Between Cardboard and Computer: Modern European boardgames and digital convergence". I am exploring the ways in which digitising (Euro) boardgames transforms the experience of play. My background is in Human-Computer Interaction, and I have a research interest in social and natural user interfaces. When I have papers, videos, etc to share, I (will) post them at my research site
. Currently (May 2015), I have a (draft) paper on parenting and boardgaming which explores how hardcore gamers maintain their connection to and involvement in the hobby after they have children. Also another on the tensions that arise when boardgames are turned into digital boardgames.
I'm in Melbourne, Australia, which is rather a lovely place to live. As a child, I played the usual board and card games, when I hit my teens I became a roleplayer and later took up Bridge. I made it onto the state Youth Bridge team in 1996 but it was more by accident than through any great skill. I went back to boardgaming while at Uni and discovered German-style games, through La Citta and then Settlers, in the mid nineties. I am proud to be one of the founding members (and ex-Mayor) of C187 LupusLanding, the BGG Werewolf Community town on http://www.brettspielwelt.de
-- which was founded on the 4th of June 2006.
I'm married to Fraser, who posts here as Karlsen. We met in 1983, at a game convention. I was 13 in those days (you do the maths). These days, we mostly play Euros, as well as children's and family games with our daughters "Biggie" (16 in August '14) and "Otto" (12 - as of March '15).
I went to Essen in 2008 and it was AMAZING. Beyond amazing. Then I went again with my family in 2009. It cost a small fortune but I honestly feel it was worth every penny. Now all I have to do is work out how to go back. Often. Sadly, it's now unlikely to be before 2017.
My main claim to BGG fame is that I was the very first Geek of the Week in September 2005 - some answers are a bit dated now though - also I am an Admin here, albeit without any specific responsibilities.
Also, I was the Love Spreader of the Week in November 2012. Never fear, though. My week in the sun may be over, but I am not yet All Out Of Love.
These days, I am the Tabletop Manager for PAX Australia. In 2014, we had an amazing experience and the team will be back for more in 2015. If you are interested in the show, please get in touch.
If you really want to know more, you can read my personal blog - it's about games, family stuff, general artefacts from my life, etc - but it's not updated very regularly. If you have come here because you know me in real life, please note that everything I post is entirely my own opinion and has nothing to do with employers, clients, my research or BGG management (latter unless stated). There are posts by me at the original Gone Gaming
- these days, I occasionally post at The Opinionated Gamers
Following on from this thread: a Poll.
Where did YOU meet me?
(or where will you meet me?)