User Profile for thinwhiteduke
Charles Simon
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Dear 2014 Secret Santa,

My wish list includes games that my wife would enjoy, since I rarely play any games without her--either one on one or as part of the group.

That being said, she has an aversion to science fiction games, but loves fantasy. She also really loves deduction games and games with hidden roles/traitor mechanisms. She is also a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos, but, like me, theme tends to make a game much better.

Her favorite games include Letters from Whitechapel, One Night Werewolf, Mansions of Madness, and Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective.

My daughter is eight (I haven't updated this page in a while) and she primarily enjoys story telling games such as Fabula, Marrying Mr. Darcy, DC Deckbuilding Game (she really loves DC superheroes), Werewolf, and Cash and Guns.

My first love has been and will likely always be role-playing games. I'm an old school D&D player and still get as much enjoyment from it as I always have. However, there are plenty of times that opening up a board and dealing out cards is just what I need.

My gateway game was Axis & Allies and I slowly drifted into a few more games from there. Still, I hung out on the outside and hesitantly cherry picked games to add to my collection. After a friend introduced me to a local board game group and I found BGG, I dove fully into the hobby.

I enjoy the direct confrontation and the conflict of Ameritrash Games, but also can enjoy the different pace of most Euros. I can't say that I have a large preference one way or the other, but I do probably lean a bit towards AT games. One of the most important traits if a game is going to win me over is theme. I'm usually not a fan of games with pasted on theme, but if the gameplay is there I'll still enjoy it. Yes, I'm looking at you, Tribune.

My wife is my best friend and my most common gaming partner. My core gaming group consists of 3-5 players, so I enjoy games that can comfortably accommodate a more intimate group, though I do try to make our gaming convention whenever it meets. My wife and I tend to play two-player games most evenings together and enjoy it more than watching mindless teevee.

My wife is also a geek and fortunately enjoys the same types of things that I do (though she is a little more apprehensive about games with direct conflict, even though she has a deceptively devious strategic mind). We also have a five year old who has joined us in the ranks of gaming geekiness. And, as you can see we are raising our daughter to grow up to be a geek as well:

My Top 10 list is my overall favorite games and my Hot 10 list consists of the games were played the most over the last calendar month.

I live just outside of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but frequently visit friends and family in the Philadelphia and central New Jersey area and am always looking to find more gamers to join in at either of these areas.

My wife and I are also members of the Eastern PA Gaming Society and we try to attend as much as we can, though the distance and finding an all day babysitting for our two year old means we don't get out there as often as we'd like. Check them out at

I've also really enjoyed bringing my daughter into my love of criticizing things and we review things together. Mostly movies, but a few game reviews end up in there as well. Feel free to check out our review site at
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User Details for thinwhiteduke
Registration Date: 2008-03-22
Last Profile Update: 2014-11-13
Last Login: 2015-03-04
Country: flag United States
State: Pennsylvania
Town/City: Ashley
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Collection Summary for thinwhiteduke
Board Game
Owned   632
Previously Owned   167
For Trade   198
Want In Trade   132
Want To Buy   12
Want To Play   0
Preordered   1
Wishlist   130
Commented   318
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
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Owned   219
Previously Owned   27
For Trade   58
Want In Trade   101
Want To Buy   10
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   99
Commented   64
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Top 10
#1: Stronghold
#2: Dune
#3: Twilight Struggle
#4: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
#5: Hyperborea
#6: One Night Ultimate Werewolf
#7: Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
#8: Letters from Whitechapel
#9: Middle-Earth Quest
#10: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
Hot 10
#1: One Night Ultimate Werewolf
#2: Hyperborea
#3: Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
#4: Mascarade
#5: DC Comics Deck-Building Game
#6: Castles of Mad King Ludwig
#7: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
#8: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
#9: Time's Up! Deluxe
#10: Abyss
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