User Profile for muzfish4
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Guilds and forums

I am active in a couple of guilds and forums here on BGG, mainly the Miniature Painters Guild and the ACT Forum.

I recently started the Cricket Guild which is a great place to go to discuss anything to do with any form or level of cricket.

Secret Santa

This year I have again elected to go with the Wargamer Secret Santa (SS) only, mainly because looking at my wishlist the vast majority of the games are wargames.

Here's my wishlist, I hope there is enough diversity there to give you something to work with:


I've participated in other SSes in the past (the general one as well as the Australia/New Zealand ones) and thoroughly enjoyed them and look forward to a bit of fun with the SS this year.

Thank you Wargamers SS, whoever you are!

Geek of the Week

I was fortunate to be selected as mb number 321. Please have a look at this thread to see how the week went.


I have a bunch of microbadges for entering the BGG contests. I'm getting close to 100 200 300 and how many have I won? Zero, that's how many.

Still I have met one guy who won one (an American expat in Shanghai), so it is possible. Hope springs eternal....

About me

For more than the last few years I have been based in exotic Canberra, Australia's Bush Capital and have found a few good gaming groups here.

I have been playing games ever since I was a small child starting with the usual family games.

As a teenager I was into role-playing games for a few years, but I lost interest in them.

I started serious gaming with miniature wargames and still have a soft spot for the Teutonic Knights (my first ever army, Mikes Models in 15mm). Current miniature games interests include Fear and Faith and Might and Reason, though I have only played a few games so far, i am really enjoying Maurice: War in an Age of Gentlemen and Philosophers – 1690-1790. I also play in the regular De Bellis Antiquitatis tournaments in Canberra.

I try to record all my plays on BGG and rate every game I play. All plays are face-to-face as I do not play online - I spend enough time at work staring at a screen and don't want to do more of the same in my limited leisure time.

I also like painting miniatures, which I find a nice relaxing hobby, hence the amount of miniatures of one sort or another in my image submissions.

These days I tend to play more boardgames than miniatures games, though I do like both.

I like a wide variety of boardgames - see my top ten - and am usually up for anything, except Roborally or Powergrid. For whatever reason, I reall cannot stand those games!

My favourite boardgame, by a country mile, is Twilight Struggle. it has everything I look for in a game, great theme, some luck but not too much and replayability. The idea that you play to minimise damage as well as take the advantage really apeals to me. I'd like to play more Here I Stand, but with a young family my ability to devote nine straight hours (or so) to gaming is extremely limited at best.

I am quite fortunate in that my wife likes gaming - and she can be pretty competitive. She rightly sees it as a much better option than me hanging out at the pub and getting on the turps with my loser mates.

I have two young sons and have high hopes that as they grow up they'll enjoy gaming and this will be a fantastic activity for the whole family. So far signs are good and the monthly boardgame meet-up at the Gungahlin Libray (second Saturday of every month) is very child friendly. We try to attend most months.

My Geekbadge

I was pretty happy to finally amass enough geek gold for a geekbadge. My "Heart of Trash" comes from a coversation with fipple that occured while we were trying to keep the Ameritrash dream alive while most of our chums were being seduced by Agricola.

My Avatar

I have finally gotten around to updating my avatar with a better picture.

It's still a 28mm miniature of an Austrian infantry officer of the Seven Years War.

It's from Crusader Miniatures and I painted it myself. He's painted as being a member of Infantry Regiment "Hoch und Deutschmeister" - one of the better "German" (as opposed to Hungarian) regiments of the period.

I tend to play Austria or Austria-Hungary in a lot of games so this seems like a good avatar to have. Hopefully it will also motivate me to finish my Austrian army for Might and Reason.

Chance would be a fine thing.

Miniature Painting

One of the true strengths of BGG is the diversity of gamers who all contribute to this site.

I am a member of the Miniature Painters Guild and really enjoy seeing the great work that is on display here on BGG for a huge variety of games.

I try to enter every monthly Turtleback painting contest - details of the current (and previous) contest can be found here

Other geek activities

I really enjoy a lot of the monthly features on BGG in addition to the monthly Turtleback painting contest and when I have something to contribute I try to participate in:

'New to you' geeklist
'Has it stood the test of time?' geeklist
'Movies you watched' geeklist
'Photography' geeklist
'Out of the Dust' geeklist
'New to your kids' geeklist

What D& D Character am I?

I Am a Lawful Good Human Ranger/Wizard (3rd/3rd Level)

Ability Scores:


Alignment: Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment when it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.

Race:Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Primary Class:Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter's dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Secondary Class:Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Find out what D&D character you are by taking this test: [url]http://www.easydamus.com/character.html [/url](Courtesy of Easydamus).

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User Details for muzfish4
Registration Date: 2007-09-11
Last Profile Update: 2015-04-09
Last Login: 2016-05-04
Country: flag Australia
Town/City: Canberra
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Collection Summary for muzfish4
Board Game
Owned   357
Previously Owned   16
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   2
Want To Buy   7
Want To Play   14
Preordered   31
Wishlist   127
Commented   450
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   752
Board Game Expansion
Owned   152
Previously Owned   5
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   1
Want To Buy   3
Want To Play   1
Preordered   27
Wishlist   33
Commented   46
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   222
Board Game 44
Board Game Designer 1
Board Game Publisher 1
Board Game Expansion 4
Board Game Implementation 7
For Sale 0
Rating 0
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Board Game Ratings 438
Average Rating 6.76
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6 46   (10.5%)
5 41   (9.4%)
4 19   (4.3%)
3 9   (2.1%)
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Board Game Expansion Ratings 42
Average Rating 7.65
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Top 10
#1: Twilight Struggle
#2: Might and Reason
#3: Race for the Galaxy
#4: De Bellis Antiquitatis
#5: Maurice: War in an Age of Gentlemen and Philosophers – 1690-1790
#6: Soviet Dawn
#7: Here I Stand
#8: Black Powder
#9: Zombicide
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