I currently reside in Memphis, TN and am a member of the MSBGC (Memphis Strategy Board Gaming Community) group. We have a very active group, especially for the size of our city and surrounding area. I credit the group for getting me involved in the broader board gaming community.
I've enjoyed playing board games for as longs as I can remember. My parents played more traditional games with me when I was young. My dad played chess with me and my mom introduced me to checkers, dominoes, mille bornes, life, monopoly, and some other games they had around the house. We acquired some lighter games and party games like scattergories and uno.
In high school I began playing Axis and Allies with some friends that had it and I really enjoyed this one, now the other games seemed juvenile. My friends moved away after high school and my freshman year of college a classmate taught me to play spades which I really enjoyed also. We entered a tournament and won and I developed my skills during computer labs playing Spades on yahoo while working on my school work. When Axis and Allies became available online I began playing this also, but I played this a lot more for a while until it started to interfere with my studies, so I hung it up, finished grad school, and started my career.
My career eventually brought me to Memphis, where I knew no one. So I figured a city this size has to has some people who like Axis and Allies, so I went on yahoo and searched Axis and Allies and Memphis. That's when I found the local game group, they advertised this game on there front page. I decided to show up to a game night just to see what it was about, hoping to find Axis and Allies players. Well no one there wanted to play Axis and Allies and since I was a guest I went along and we broke up into groups and I ended up playing Puerto Rico. I was blown away. Where were these games when I was growing up?
Well the next game night I showed up, I wanted to play Puerto Rico again, well they were not in the mood and we played Power Grid, then Citadels the next game night, then Tigris and Euphrates, Genoa, Princes of the Renaissance, El Grande, ect... every game I played I enjoyed (Age of Steam was the exception, but there were reasons for that). Since I always wanted to play Puerto Rico, someone told me about BSW, which allowed me to play online many of these games. Amazingly I skipped over Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Carcassonne. I kind of worked my way back to them and enjoyed them in a lighter sense, but never got the wow factor from them.
I've sense attended most of the conventions we have here, become involved in the BGG community, and played more on BSW. I also started purchasing games that I either enjoyed or thought I would, growing my collection to the level it's at now. I don't attend all of the events we have, but I try and if anything new starts, I try to show up at least a few times.
Overall, I credit the community with helping me meet a great group of friends and contacts here in Memphis and as far away as Taiwan. My wife is not a fan of games, but tolerates my hobby and is friends with a few members of our gaming community. Currently I host gaming in my home every other Wednesday evening and sometimes on holidays or times when people are free to get together. My favorite game at this time is a toss up between Axis and Allies and Twilight Struggle, but I like playing different games and I am trying to chip away at my collection as I have accumulated many games that I have yet to play (roughly 25%).
My interests according to the Matthew Gray Gamecluster ( http://mkgray.com
100 Eurogamer (Type 1)
22 Amerigamer (Type 2)
17 Eurogamer (Type 3)
17 Amerigamer (Type 1)
12 Eurogamer (Type 2)
Euro-1: Core Eurogames, like Puerto Rico.
Euro-2:Family Eurogames, typically lighter, like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride.
Euro-3: Heavy Eurogames, such as El Grande or Tigris & Euphrates.
Ameri-1:New style American games, typically with lots of plastic miniatures.
My Flag Counter (thank you, visitors):
The following is my current Top 10: