recent gamage...rss streamGames I'm looking forward to... Or at least looking forward to playing more: (Hot-10)My favorite games (Top-10)Who I am:
I'm a 48 year-old IT Admin (email) with a wife and 8-year-old son. Born in Minneapolis, I grew up in St. Louis and then returned to Minneapolis to work over twenty years ago. As to interests, beyond games
; we have an off-grid cabin in northern Minnesota, that we just completed in the last few years, and plan to make hefty use of (a bonus need for more games!
). I'm into Tiki\Lounge stuff
. Oh, and I also have a range of guitars, ukuleles and even a mandolin, that I enjoy playing. Gaming Background:The Early Years: Mainstream Gaming
As a kid games were limited to the usual 'family' fare and 'flavor of the weak
' games, that came and went from year to year. Early highlights I recall where Which Witch?
(sadly long gone), a Carrom
set my mom got us for xmas one year, and a hard-won but expensive (for a kid's dough) copy of Prize Property
I learned the more-useful standard "card games" after large Sunday family dinner gatherings (Hearts
). And of course picked up the junior high cohort: penny ante Poker
. And, once I got my first job, I learned Buck Euchre
from the other guys in the warehouse over lunch. The D&D Years: Running with the Devil
Of course, my reading tastes and gaming tastes took a hard turn in a completely new direction, in approximately 1978, when I first crossed paths with the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set
. Within short order, my reading rapidly shifted emphasis from Hard SF & Heinlein
, to the fantasy authors and works listed within the AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide's
"Appendix N: Inspirational and Educational Reading
" list. And, like a lot of folks, a great deal of my time began to be devoted to either playing, or frequently preparing to play
. College "Cool" (sic):
The D&D obsession of course continued throughout high school, and included picking up some D&D-related board games (Elric
), But the whole thing was rapidly and firmly
pushed into the background by the time I went to college, when I found that "more cool" folk - most importantly women
- preferred to play games like Trivial Pursuit
, or more frequently Quarters
College did lead to picking up half a dozen of the Avalon Hill & 3M "bookshelf" games (Most importantly, a copy of Acquire
). But although drinking games are perennially popular, most college "social" life excluded much in the way of actual "board" gaming. The PC Revolution
Post college and mid-80's computers led to video games (a life-sucking hole of their own
). But, oddly, by the 90's 'social gaming' returned, after a fashion, when my brother & I decided to start hosting Quake
LAN parties in our condo. Long weekends of computers filling our living room & dining room ensued. Much fun was had. Much BO was generated. Obviously, these were pretty dudes-only enterprises.
Of course, this was all short-lived, as the technological barriers that created the need for "LAN parties", soon fell to broadband, the WeberNets and large scale multi-player online gaming.
But fortunately for me, by the time I was hitting my 30's, the prospect of playing first person shooters with loud-mouthed 12 year olds had lost all of its luster. So back to single-player video gaming I went.
I dabbled very
briefly with M:TG
in the mid-90's as well. But it became clear very quickly that nothing short of a fat wallet and an on-going stream of expen$ive cards would keep the game fun in the long-run. So again, I moved on to other pastures.
Besides, at that time, Quake
were a lot of fun. Real Life Ensues:
Eventually, I grew up, found, won and married the love of my life.
Of course, once RealLife(tm) begins, marriage and offspring tend to thoroughly cut back video gaming to a pretty minimal level. No real loss there. So, Quiet Days commenced...
(*peaceful crickets*, "G'night John Boy"
)The Return of the Geek:
Flash-forward five years, to round about October of 2008.My wife and I were invited to an evening of "dinner & games", at the home of some notoriously cool friends of ours. We had a great meal and learned and played dominoes
and Mille Bornes
. A great time was had by all! A wallet-draining obsession with table/board games was born!
OK, Yea, adults have been playing these particular games for between fifty
and five hundred
years. It shouldn't have been much of a surprise that they were entertaining pastimes. After all, our grandparents routinely passed substantial
amounts of time with either these particular games, or any of a wide variety of card games.
But after kids games, and dudes-only D&D and video gaming, whod'a thought 'board games' could be cool and
The obvious progression to "today", was that a Google search that night led to me directly to BGG
So I started my sail down the BGG top-rated games list
. As expected, I started with the Eurogames
that dominate the top listings. All were fair to solidly fun games - heck, most involved novel new mechanics of the type I'd never seen before in my more limited exposure to 'main stream' board gaming. Filthy Trashy
Since that time my tastes have shifted substantially, but by no means exclusively, to Ameritrash
games like Arkham Horror
, Wrath of Ashardalon
and other 'Billions of Cool Bits and Dripping with Theme(tm)
' games. Which brings me to where I am today. Of course, along with all that strict AT, I've got a LOT of well-loved non-AT and even Euros: Thunderstone
, 7 Wonders
, et al.
By way of example, how commingled all these labels have become: A recent evening found three 'thematic games fans
' sitting down to play...
1. 2 Family Games
(the then recently re-released Survive!
and a copy of Mystery of the Abbey
2. A strict "Thematic
game (Betrayal at House on the Hill
3. A Strategy
... and had a great time playing all four games, regardless of label!
--updated 5/20/2011"What is your avatar?"/"Are you a Skinny Puppy Fan?"
My avatar is clearly (I hope) an Easter Island Moai. Well, at least my hand-drawn attempt at one constructed out of brushed tin.
The origin of my avatar comes in two bits:
1) I've used the handle "tin_omen" or "tin0men" since the mid-90's for online gameplay and operating a desktop customization web site
. I've been a fan of Industrial Rock
music since the early-90's (IR = guitar-driven industrial), and when looking for a new Quake
handle, whilst flipping through my cd collection, I flipped past Skinny Puppy's
, with the song "Tin Omen"
. "Hmmmm", thought I.
No, Skinny Puppy isn't my most-favorite IR band (Ministry or Killing Joke would probably be closer these days
), but Ministry's 'The Missing' was already taken by a blogger I used to frequent at the time.
2) These day's I'm also into Tiki
. So the 'moai' fits that theme as well.
Yea. I've got a bar
& Hawaiian shirts. And I also consider myself a pretty decent mixologist.
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