I also have a (long defunct, but soon to be resurrected) blog
that covers various gaming and geek related subjects.About me:
I currently work as an open access librarian at Durham University, although I am an archaeologist by training. My archaeological specialism is the Lower Palaeolithic of Britain and Europe and the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic Transition. I've published on idiosyncratic technique in handaxe manufacture and whether this can be used to isolate individual hominid knappers in Lower Palaeolithic assemblages. Details of my research (if you're interested) can be found here
. And I am also avid gamer who'll try anything once.
I've a tendency to like things with meeples and miniatures in though...
I currently live in beautiful and historic Durham, although I was born in Huddersfield and raised in North Yorkshire. I spent most of my youth living in a village called Austwick, near the foot of Ingleborough. This was cool, due to the large number of glacial erratics and long walks through the countryside that you could go on.
During my early teens I discovered Games Workshop and became deeply involved with all things Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Fantasy - having both a large Dark Angels 40k army and a substantial Chaos army for Warhammer Fantasy. Shortly thereafter, I was gifted the original D&D boxed sets (Red through to Gold!) by the local vicars wife, and I soon became enamored with roleplaying games. This only increased when I moved up to the local grammar school and discovered their gaming club - Warhammer, Blood Bowl, Magic: The Gathering and more RPG goodness than you could shake a stick at. Eventually I took over the club and ran it for about 3-4 years until I left for University and my undergraduate degree.
University was a black time for gaming...I sold off most of my GW stuff and my RPG books and got down to some serious socialising and work...
It wasn't until I started a PhD in Archaeology that I got back into games, having been introduced to Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan by a few friends in my department. Since then I have reverted very firmly to my old ways - my boardgame collection grows at an steady rate and I have got back into RPGs and comic book collecting. In fact I currently run two Trail of Cthulhu games and play in an Ars Magica and D&D 5e campaign.
My favorite board game is Twilight Imperium (Third Edition)
, which I will play any day of the week for as little or long as possible. Also, I have a big hole in my heart for games dripping with theme - meaning games like Arkham Horror
, Descent: Journeys in the Dark
and Mansions of Madness
will always be high up on my to play list.
Oh, and if you hadn't noticed - I like H.P. Lovecraft a lot
However, my main gaming partner is my wife, Elizabeth, a lovely girl from Portland, OR. Therefore, a large number of the games that I own and play are geared towards two players. Elizabeth is also an archaeologist, but her specialty is Iron Age Britain, specifically glass bead manufacture and use. So we share the same love of our subject, but most of the time we're jovially taunting each other over who's period is the best Secret Santa 2010
My 2010 Secret Santa sent me my presents
already! Sorry I unwrapped them early
A big thank you goes to my Secret Santa:
I'm here for the ambiance.
for giving me Medici
and Medici vs Strozzi
!! A little bit of confusion from www.boardgameguru.co.uk
for sending out Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game – Secrets of Arkham
instead of Medici versus Strozzi, but a big thanks to Paul for saying that I could keep it. It's just the incentive I need to start playing the Call of Cthulhu LCG!FTL Secret Santa 2011
Santa has already been and gone for 2011, but he left some awesome presents! Firstly a copy of Pergamon
, which suites me well as an archaeologist
He also gave me a copy of Elder Sign
as well! As if one present wouldn't be enough
I totally love both of these games. Fantastic presents
Thank you Santa:
AaAaAaAaAaAaA! Oh no! You shanked my Jenga ship!
We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!
If you want to trade with me and don't have anything on my wants list, it's always worth messaging me. I like to try all sorts of games, so you never know, you might have something I'd be interested in Achievements
- 16 April 2011
- 20 June 2011
- 10 July 2011
- 18 July 2011
- 31 July 2011
This overtext is far more interesting than I am.
One die to rule them all.
I was nomimated as the 80th Love Spreader of the Week
Thank you Troy!
I was also the winner of the 9th Monthly Pimp My Boardgame Contest
, with my PnP copy of Dune.
I came first place in the RPG Geek One Sheet GUMSHOE Contest 2015
.Finally, Thank Yous
btw i'm maja
Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. Pratchett
Thank you, Maja, for your package of postcards. They are very much appreciated and brightened up this geek's day
Also, the unexpected birthday gift of Fzzzt!
Thank you so much
Thank you for your very generous GG tips - now I can keep sharing the wealth amongst my thriends! Also, for the very unexpected gift of Age of Industry
. Thank you so much!! With me and Elizabeth being big fans of Brass, I'm sure this will be a huge hit
In the confusion and the aftermath you are my signal fire. Hold me close, 'cause I need you to guide me to safety. The only resolution and the only joy is the faint spark of forgiveness in your eyes, I don't want to wait forever...
Thank you for your lovely postcard and congratulatory message
I had a fun week as Love Spreader of the Week!
That one not so much
Ohh that tickles
Thank you for sending me Field Commander: Alexander
, John! It is very much appreciated. I hope to teach the Persians to fear the might of Macedonia before long..
Lastly, a big thank you to all my thriends and other geeks who make BGG such a pleasant community