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Tom Razo
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OK, here goes nothing. Hey there, my name is Tom Razo. I like hanging out on the geek way too much and listening to podcasts while at work.

I also like chucking dice and I'm not afraid to admit it... there, I feel so much better now.

Tom"Everything is better with pirates..."Razo arrrh

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Check the Great Big Table podcast (http://greatbigtable.com), a podcast about expanding the board game hobby.
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Hi, I'm Jim Jones. I am pretty much a fan of most board game podcasts including this one. I also have my own podcast with my wife at http://greatbigtable.com.

For the past two and a half years, I've run a weekly lunchtime game group that plays in public where I work. The email newsletter that I use to advertise each week's game and call for players started at six members and now is right around forty and includes staff from multiple departments and members of the surrounding community.

My wife and I also co-host a monthly community game night on the third Friday of the month. It's been running for a little over a year and has between ten and forty people at each event.

In early 2012, my infant daughter underwent a life saving cranial reconstruction surgery at Children's Miracle Network Hospital. After she recovered my wife and I resolved to do what we could to help the organization that helped save our daughter's life and hosted our first annual weekend long Extra Life board game marathon to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. We raised a combined total of just over $2100.

This year we are hosting our second Extra Life board game marathon where we will play at least 24 hours of board games across October 25th, 26th, and 27th in Evansville, IN. If you'd like to join us that weekend, we have a hotel that can give a $68 a night rate that's just a short drive from our chiurxh's fellowship hall where we'll be playing. Send me a Geekmail if you are interested or have any questions. This is our Extra Life team page for our local event, http://www.extra-life.org/team/stpetersgamenight . We're planning on a couple of tournaments, having a number of games that you can play for a chance at winning and plenty of food (last year we ate like royalty). Beyond that, we're going to play a lot of games for a great cause that is dear to our hearts.

If you'd like to join our effort, but can't make it to our local event, consider joining our podcast's team and raise money with your family, friends, and colleagues wherever you are, http://www.extra-life.org/team/greatbigtable

Besides all this, I'm a system administrator by trade, a father of three under the age of eight, and a husband of nineteen years. I enjoy reading popular science books, science fiction, horror, comedic and fantasy novels. When I get the chance, I play a really bad game of disc golf, but still enjoy it immensely. And, when the wind is right, I like to fly stunt kites.
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Hi, I'm Chris M., and I play bad board games on purpose. My friends Flip, Jared, Prof. Laserbooks and I then record ourselves complaining about them. People seem to like that.

I'm a big fan of Battlestar Galactica, Deckbuilding games, light-to-mid weight euros, and games with strong themes. I am obsessed with Doctor Who, and I am a Monopoly apologist. I also like professional wrestling quite a lot. I've been in the ring once, but it was for a limbo contest.

My wife and I got married in our local bowling alley, with catering by the on-site pizza place. We bonded years ago over a mutual interest in "Weird Al." These days, we go to Starbucks every Sunday for a couple hours to sit and play games together. The first game I ever taught her was King's Cribbage...she beat me by 200 points in our first game.

My strongest opinion about gaming is that theme and mechanism are not opposite ends of a spectrum...the best games marry both onto a harmonious design. Ameritrash? Euros? Bring 'em all on...what I like are games, plain and simple!


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Hi, I'm Greg Byrd. I am a board game addict, husband and father of two (3 and 1 (board game addicts in training)). My Lovely Wife will occasionally consent to play with me and we intend to start a video podcast about our adventures in finding games we both enjoy called "Table for Two".

My current favorite game is still Agricola, but I'm finding more great games all the time.
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Ok, I'll bite...

I'm Mark Rivera and Stephen Avery is my Twitter buddy whom I share a love of Ameritrash games with and I hope to meet some day so I can give him the Smack Down with my latest game, a dice chucker, Luchador, Mexican Wrestling Dice!

I'm a Yank who has been living and gaming in the UK for 23 years. I've been writing the Boardgames in Blighty blog for a number of years. I love going to Essen.

I'm becoming grumpier as I get older because I can, which is worrying and satisfying...

Dang! I will be 59 in December...

GET OFF MY LAWN HIPPY!

so where do I find this Pirate podcast anyhoo?
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Hi, I'm Benny and I flip tables during games of Nothing Personal.
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I'm Brent Brown. I played D&D and board games in college then fell out of the hobby.

One day I was listening to Brandon Sanderson's Writing Excuses podcast, and he mentioned Pathfinder RPG in passing.

So I got into Pathfinder and found the No Direction podcast. While listening to that, the host casually mentioned the Dice Tower podcast.

So I listened to that, and got back into board games.

Podcasts... Dangerous things... arrrh
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Hi I Tim Bueschel and I don't subscribe to the chain letter mythos (But unwilling to take the chance since Avery's involved) arggg! Is it talk like a pirate day?
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I'm Roy Anderson and I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.
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Hi

I too don't believe in dreaded pirate curses but the best way to follow my inclination is to pretend I DO believe in them .. as the great Poet Hector J Villivan said "predictability is akin to death!"

I'm married these one and ten years November coming.
Have 5 children of various ages, abilities, levels of cheekiness, height, appetite and destructive-tendencies.

I love board games and frequently (try to) have a monthly gaming night every month on the first Monday of the month at my house.

I've almost stopped playing computer games where I was convincing myself that playing online was a form of social interaction, and I now use games to meet people and be of use to society by encouraging real relationships.

God is the one who sits in the driver's seat of my life. And he always takes me places I wouldn't have thought of. Love that guy!

Peace!

edit: dang! I forgot my end with a witty tag name..
Matt "Drawing a blank.. but playing it anyway" Bowles
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Hi I'm neither Stephen Bonnocore or one of his hot booth babes.

I am also not Colby Dauch either, worse still I'll never wear a plaid hat even if it was cybernetically grafted to my head.

Apparently I am no one cool /cry
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I like Pop Tarts better not toasted. I listen to NPR. I used to iron my t-shirts but haven't for a few years now and my life is better for it. My fish's name is Hector. I can cure hiccups, however I admit I have no utility in event of a zombie apocalypse.
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Hi I'm Upkar and I'm a brit that lives in Sweden.

I like to pay high taxes and give all my money to state agencies.
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Ha, got totally taken in by this and am feeling obliged.

UK gamer here, pretty new to the whole thing.
Like listening to podcasts and will check yours out.

I have a burgeoning blog about beginning gaming and being in the UK: 3cubedreview.wordpress.com

And a twitter too: @3cubedreview

Ok, shameless self-promotion over.

To get into the spirit of things I will point out that my favourite Pirate game is Cartagena.

arrrh
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Hello, my name is Mark Zielinski.

I'm 1/3 of the Pirate podcast, 1/3 of the Mantic Radio Podcast, and found on the Dice Tower when Tom and Eric post my contributions.

And yes, I am better with fractions than Steve Avery.

Mark "better with fractions then Steve Avery, but not better than Geoff Engelstein" Zielinski
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Hi, I'm Tom Gurganus (Tom G) and run Go Forth And Game, an interview focused gaming blog.
You can find interviews with lots of game designers and publishers at Go Forth. Even one from the
1/16th pirate himself very soon. I'm looking forward to listening to this podcast.
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Hey all! I am Brad McGown and I am an avid gamer/father. I have been into hobby games for the past 15 years and have done play testing for many different companies over the years. Currently, I am an iOS playtester for the boardgame-to-iOS company, Playdek, although mum is the word to what game I am actually testing.
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I am A.T. (Anthony) Selvaggio. I played D & D and Strat-o-Matic Baseball/Football as a teenager, but got into hobby boardgaming in my late 30's. I love thematic games and wargames (yes, I am somewhat of a grognard, but I am drifting toward lighter wargaming given my job (lawyer) and parental responsibilities - 10 and 7 year old). I play a lot of Euros with the family, but don't hold that against me.

I am also haunted by the looming presence of both ASL and miniatures games. They keep tempting me and I keeping trying to resist their call. It is a bit like a Cthulhu situation...just keep them slumbering and its all ok!
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Hey guys great show!

I am Dan Patriss or GeekJock. I am the main host (sometimes 1/3 sometimes 1/4 and even other 1/5) of The Geek Allstars podcast and the man in charge of begging donations for (and running) Gamers For Cures (Gamersforcures.com).

We also have a charity 24 hour board game marathon to benefit charity (Turner Syndrome Society of the US). If you would like to donate to the fundraiser head to our First Giving site (tax free!) http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/gamersforcures/3rdannu...
And if you would like to donate a game or larger item for our raffles/give aways please GM me any time!

As for myself I am a American-style dice throwing, deck building gaming idiot and sometimes I dabble in some boring euros! Well I will pretty much play anything.

I also enjoy drinking with Avery and Buonocore at any opportunity I can!

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I'm Tom Vasel and I hate this podcast and everything it stands for. Ninjas for the win!
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Hi, I'm Tony and I rarely get to play with Tom Vasel even though he is in my game group because I am the archetypical "Trader in the Mediterranean type". I have over 900 games, but they all are mostly heavy Euros.

Long live Ruhrschifffahrt 1769-1890!!!
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I'm Tom Vasel and I hate this podcast and everything it stands for. Ninjas for the win!
Hmmm... Troll fail. I'm afraid that your love of piratey things is somewhat well documented... arrrh
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I'm Frank and I'm here because Avery harassed me mercilessly via email. Atypically, I don't have podcast, save for an epic two hour stint on Geekspeak sometime in the Pleistocene.

I performed magic shows at the age of 5. Got into computers in the mid 70s in sixth grade, the Internet in the 80s, met my wife at a BBS party, married her in a cemetery on Dia die los Muertos, am partly responsible for he live Vampire thing, started a boardgame website in the late 90s, designed the odd boardgame in the 2000s.

Oh and Karate Robo Zaborgar is the movie of the week. Watch it or be uncool for the rest of your life.
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My name is Rich Sommer, and I am mad at Steve Avery for sending this link to me in an email. It's worse than rickrolling, because it demands typing.
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What link? ...or did I just get Rickrolled?
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