I enjoy most board and card games, with a weakness for fantasy, science fiction and historical themes. I dabble in miniature-painting, which I enjoy, but am far too slow at to take seriously, though I can be persuaded to take on the odd commission if I have enough time and the figures look fun to paint
. Outside the world of cardboard and plastic, I enjoy playing and sometimes teaching Bluegrass banjo, and dabbling in an extremely modest amount of mandolin, fiddle and guitar. Being fortunate enough to live on the edge of the Lake District I try to get out fell walking and trail running as often as possible. I read widely, and follow too much TV. I work at a supported accommodation project encouraging young adults to make the most of their lives, whilst still trying to figure it out for myself...
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; 9 different games, 5 new-to-me)
1. Grass (16), 2. Risk:Transformers , Runebound (3), Settlers of Catan (3), 5. Wordigo (2)2009 (650 plays recorded in total; 129 different games, 110 new-to-me)
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; 117 different games)
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; 126 different games)
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; 96 different games)
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, 140 different games)
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, 117 different games)
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)2015 (385 plays recorded in total, 118 different games)
1. Race for the Galaxy (53), 2. Android:Netrunner (41), 3. Yomi (32), 4. Innovation (14), 5. Star Realms (11)