"I entered the hobby by typing 'board games' into a search engine in 1996. That led me almost directly to The Game Report and The Game Cabinet, where I was introduced to the hobby via the writing of Peter Sarrett, Ken Tidwell, and Mike Siggins. In 2000 I started the Spielfrieks mailing list, inspired by similar, private lists. Not long after that I wrote a series of interviews for Funagain Games, including such notables as Reiner Knizia, Wolfgang Kramer, Alan Moon and Bruno Faidutti. In 2001 and 2002 I was a Hippodice finalist for 'The Birds and the Bees' and 'Jet Set', respectively. Jet Set was almost published by Plenary Games before they went out of business. I won Abstract Strategy Magazine's Simultaneous Movement Contest with 'Assembly Line'. Balloon Cup was published by Kosmos/Rio Grande in 2003 and was nominated for the Spiel des Jahres that year. 'You Must Be An Idiot' was published by R&R Games late last year and hasn't been nominated for anything. Finally, I originated the Protospiel Convention, which is now in its 6th year."