My user ID translates to 'game geek' and that sums it up for me. I've been one all my life, but it really started showing itself when I went to university in 1992. I started with fantasy adventure games (including RPGs) and Magic but by 1997, I'd become a real Eurogamer. I'm not much into American style games, with some exceptions (mainly those with a fantasy theme, like Runebound or BattleLore).Reviewing games and other activities
I've reviewed more than 300 games for my website, www.spellengek.nl
. These reviews are all in Dutch. I operate this site with two friends of mine. Together with some guest reviewers, we've reviewed nearly 700 different games. One or two new reviews are added every week.
Apart from reviews, I also write session reports and have a gaming blog on www.spellengek.blogspot.com
. All these writings are in Dutch. For BGG, I limit myself to short comments for the games I've played.
I'm also a founding jury member of the Nederlandse Spellenprijs (Dutch Game Award), which nominates several games for this award every year. The winner is picked by the general public.How I rate games
In my reviews, I use a five-point system. I do not wish to see these as numerals, but more as categories to classify games according to how much I like them. They just happen to have a number as their label. For this puprose, a 5-point scale is more than enough. For the sake of comparison, I try to translate these to the 10-point scale of BGG:
10- great game, one of my favourites. Nearly always willing to play
8 - very good game. Likely to suggest myself and usually willing to play
6 - decent game. May not suggest it myself, but I would play it occasionally
4 - mediocre game. I'd rather not play it unless others really
want to play
2 - horrible game. Never want to play this again, no exceptionGames I like
I like many types of games, but, like most Dutch gamers, I'm mostly a Eurogamer. I'm a big fan of Reiner Kniza, but also like longer games by Kramer, trick-taking games and fantasy adventure games.
My hot 10 are the games I played most in the past two months.