Michigan City, Indiana, a nice town on the peaceful southern shores
of Lake Michigan, about 60 miles from Chicago. Hence all of my undying allegiances to the Windy City's professional teams. 2013: the Blackhawks take the Stanley Cup!
2xxx: the Cubs win the World Series!! (footage forthcoming)What I do when I'm not playing games:
I'm a professor of music, having taught music theory and composition at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles since 1992. Regarding composition, here's a bit about me and some of my works
.What's up with the avatar?
It's a shoebill
, a huge, magnificently hideous African wading bird; a fantastic prehistoric fright of a creature. Back in the late 80s, I called my fantasy baseball team the Shoebills and the shoebill as mascot has stuck with me ever since. Regarding the banner: Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) ranks among the greatest and most influential composers of the 20th century; he was also a conductor of great renown. I had the honor of meeting him backstage after a performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2003.Favorite types of games:Card games
: En Garde, Hanabi, Innovation, the Mystery Rummy series, Onirim*, Pax Porfiriana, Race for the Galaxy, Schnäppchen JagdDexterity games
: Catacombs, Crokinole, Elk Fest, Safranito, TaktikaMultiple factions games
: Blue Moon, Neuroshima Hex**, Summoner Wars, Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends, Theseus: The Dark OrbitAbstracts
: The Duke, Dvonn, Gipf, Ingenious, Tamsk, Tzaar, YinshPuzzle-like games
: Factory Fun, Galaxy Trucker, Pueblo, Ricochet Robot, Troia, UbongoWar games
: Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer, D-Day at Omaha Beach, Julius Caesar, Midway, Phantom Leader, Sekigahara, Wings of War, Up FrontWish-I-thought-of-that games
: Khet, Master Thieves, Mord im Arosa, Polarity
*completed a 100 plays challenge
**completed another 100 plays challengeMost recent acquisitions: