Cumbria-based board gamer, although charity shops within a 100 mile radius cannot be counted safe from my bargain-sifting claws.
From age 10 to 18 Fighting Fantasy
and various of the classic Games Workshop boardgames of the 1980s dominated my life. Then I "grew out of it", and in the years that followed presumed that computer games and consoles had completely killed off real actual cardboard and plastic board games. GW's re-release of Talisman
got me to rediscover tabletop gaming in 2007 - The Liverpool Lions meet-up introduced my wife and I to the actual world of euros and board gaming as hobby - once we'd been to our first meeting and played For Sale
and Ticket to Ride Europe
we were completely hooked. We moved away from Liverpool, but happily BGG helped us to find gamers even in the remote wilds of Cumbria, so although we don't have a local weekly meet-up, we do still manage to get a lot of gaming in.
Play cut-throat games of Race for the Galaxy
, Kingdom Builder
, etc against spouse on pretty much a daily basis, if we can keep the littluns occupied long enough. Likewise, if we are able to keep our rivalry from putting people off, we try and play with groups as often as possible (preferably low to mid weight economic euros, but generally, whatever board and card games guests want to play are good enough for us).
We play Love Letter, Blokus and Unexpected Treasures with our oldest child - and look forwards to an imagined future of the whole family sitting down together for a friendly game of Power Grid.
RPGGeek has tempted me step-by-step back into the glorious Nerdvana of actual RPGing, but for the present, board gaming still has the upper hand.
Tabletop gaming is the hobby that best fits into the demands of family life. I also enjoy playing Bluegrass banjo, a little mandolin and guitar, fell walking, trail running and am trying to make a regular habit of writing fiction. I read widely, and follow too many too excellent American TV series. I speak Mongolian poorly, and work at a supported accommodation project encouraging young adults to make the most of their lives.
BGG Top Ten - what I currently think my favourite board games are (this is subject to a lot of whimsical change)
Hot Ten - games I do not own but would like to own, and which I have generally only had a few if any opportunities to play and am very keen to play again.
RPGG Top Ten - The best things in RPGs - systems, periodicals, adventures - all rolled into one arbitrary list.
Hot Ten - The systems (whether I own them or not) that I am not currently playing that I am most keen to get to the table, whether as GM or player.
VGG Top Ten - My all-time best of.
VGG Hot Ten - I don't think much about playing video games, and don't have much idea of what is out there, so no Hot Ten.Top 5 Board Game Plays by year:
2008 (31 plays recorded in total)
1. Grass (16), 2. Risk:Transformers , Runebound (3), Settlers of Catan (3), 5. Wordigo (2)2009 (650 plays recorded in total)
1. Carcassonne (47), 2. Dominion (44), 3.Cartagena (36), 4. Citadels (31), 5. Rubik's Tik Tak Toe (23)2010 (795 plays recorded in total)
1. Dominion (117), 2. Agricola (64), 3. Carcassonne (42), 4. Liar's Dice (37), Race For the Galaxy (37)2011 (460 plays recorded in total)
1. Dominion (35), 2. Race For the Galaxy (28), 3. Agricola (24), 4. Peloponnes, Scrabble (15), 5. Glory to Rome, Haggis (14) 2012 (368 plays recorded in total)
1. Race for the Galaxy (71), 2. Village (17), 3. Roll Through the Ages (16), 4. Scopa (14), 5. Top Race (13), Agricola (13) 2013 (438 plays recorded in total)
1. Race for the Galaxy (111), 2. Roma (24), 3. Lost Cities (17), 4. Kingdom Builder (13), 5. 7 Wonders, Scrabble (tied with 11 each)2014 (620 plays recorded in total)
1. Race for the Galaxy (148), 2. Kingdom Builder (80), 3. Android: Netrunner (49), 4. Pathfinder ACG: Rise of the Runelords (43), 5. 7 Wonders (15)