Not the game designer, his relative, or even his friend.
Just a stay-at-home gamer dad who more or less came up the typical BGG way.
Found BGG in a google search for "turn-based strategy games for PC", as I realized that with a child coming, real-time PC games would be too difficult to play.
Took no time in converting (back) to boardgames, thanks to this site, and am just amazed at the renaissance in boardgaming we're seeing, as well as the community which supports it.
All "games played" are played with the Lexington Boardgames Meetup Group, which meets Wednesday evenings at The Rusty Scabbard in Lexington, Ky.