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We start next week with a very active person I would like to know more
about. Tadam! I present you Seth Jaffee: ultimate frisbee player,
boardgame player and designer extraordinaire!

Here's a link to his profile: http://boardgamegeek.com/user/sedjtroll
Take a look at All For One

Seth is a fellow upcoming designer that I met through BGDF but I do
not know him personally and I know he has a lot of interesting stuff to share.

sedjtroll wrote:

Hi BGG,

I'm always amazed and sometimes confused when people I don't know, and
I can't fathom how they'd know me, walk up and say hello. This
seems to happen all the time, with some obvious examples being at
BGG.con where people (like Derk and Aldie for example) recognize my
avatar or login because of some silly thing I posted which I figured
noone had even read. Recently I made a friend in LA, and she told a
friend of hers that I was going out there for SoCal games day,
and he knew exactly who I was (evidently he reads absolutely every
post on the 'geek).

That said, I never really thought I'd be asked to be Geek of the Week.
I figured I didn't really know that many people on this site, and the
ones I did know aren't the prolific ones for the most part. Oddly
enough, when Jean-Francois' name came up I thought "Hey, I've met that
guy (online), maybe there's an outside chance he'll recommend me for
GotW." I didn't really think he would, but I guess I thought it was at
least possible. And lo and behold, here I am... writing up a bio for
GotW!

For those of you (the vast majority I'd guess) that don't know
me, here are some vital stats:
Name: Seth Jaffee
Age: 32 (as of March 25, 2007)
Job: Structural Engineer
Home: Tucson, AZ
Hobbies: Ultimate Frisbee, Strategy Board Games, Board Game Design

And man do I love playing games. It seems to be appropriate to
start out GotW by telling you how I got into gaming, so here're the
highlights:

When I was a kid, I loved to play games. I loved any little contest,
really. I played a lot of Conspiracy, Pay Day, Fun City Game
(which I still have), The Mad Magazine Game, Survive: Escape from Atlantis! (which is lost in
the depth of my parents' house ), Spy vs Spy (which is also
lost, but I saw at a used bookstore yesterday), and Electronic Detective.
With my family I'd play Monopoly and Rummikub. In
elementary school I was in the Chess club, but I really wasn't
very good. I like Double 5's a lot. In College I played a TON of
Magic: The Gathering (competetively), and I miss it so much! All my best
stories stem from trips to tournaments with my closest friends. My mom
got into Scrabble, and used to like it when I joined her for her
Scrabble Club - where I was far outmatched (these are tournament
scrabble players), but I was able to hang with them - not because of
any impressive vocabulary, but because of crafty word placement, and
they let me cheat a little and use their electronic scrabble
wordfinder dictionary thing.

Maybe 5 years ago some friends who were home for the holidays turned
me on to Catan. I thought it was pretty cool, and that my Magic
friends might like it, so I looked all over town for a copy to no
avail. One of those friends happened to be up in Phonix for the day,
so I called him and had him find and buy a copy. When he got home that
Friday night, 10 or 12 of us started playing (in shifts - winner
stays, 3 new players jump in), and we didn't stop until halfway
through Sunday. That's right, we played Settlers for 30+ hours
straight. Hey - that story'd be a good candidate for my 2 truths and a
lie!

Somewhere along the line I got interested in Game Design as well. I
see it as a lot like deckbuilding for M:tG, so it makes sense that I
like it. I've worked on several designs, most of which I listed in a
Blog, or discussed at length on the Board Game Designer's Forum - a
great resource for that kind of thing, with great people on it...
that's where I met Jean-Francois and The original designer of
All For One David Brain. While I have a ton of ideas that I think
are neat, I think I'm really better at taking someone else's idea and
refining it. As such, I think I'd make a better game developer
than a game designer, and I think any designs I do that are
going to be successful will have to have a co-designer.

About 2 years ago I decided since I like and play games so much I
should consider going to a convention. I went to KublaCon in San
Francisco, and I absolutely loved it! LAter that year I went to
BGG.con, and I loved that too! I returned to both cons the follwing
year, and I have plans to do the same this year. I've met some really
terriffic people at these cons (interesting stories about some of
those!) and I look forward to going back for more.

Those who know me in real life know I can be somewhat long winded, and
now those who've read all this can probably guess the same. I guess
I'll wrap it up now with 2 truths and a lie and let you guys make with
the questions.

Links for reference:
Board Game Designers Forum: http://www.bgdf.com/
Lonely blog that noone reads: http://sedjtroll.blogspot.com/


Here are two truths and a lie about Seth:

sedjtroll wrote:

1. I have no sense of smell... none whatsoever. In a chemistry lab in
college I almost knocked myself out trying to smell Amonia, Amonia is
strong stuff, and I wanted to see if I could smell it.
2. I broke into a school with some friends and stole a copy of Boggle
from a teacher's office... then I gave it to my sister for her
birthday.
3. I won several thousand dollars on the Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour
when I was in college. I was no John Finkel or Dave Williams or
anything, but I had several day 2 finishes. It adds up nicely


Seth has an extra tidbit for us:

sedjtroll wrote:

Supplemental bonus truth/lie:
What do you think, true or false: I have Derk on my gtalk list (and
he's on all the freaking time), but I never IM him because I feel like
I'd be bothering him.


True!

Some starter questions:

How did you approach David Brain for the modifications to All For One?

Was it difficult getting your ideas accepted by him?

What do you think are the advantages of games designed in collaboration? And what are the disadvantages?

EDIT: Removed too many clues for the truths and lie.
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Congrats Seth! You are a gamer geek through and through, so I think you're an excellent choice for gotw.

OK, so I've always wondered about your name Sedjtroll, is there a story behind that?

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Congrats, Seth. Much overdue!

By virtue of being GotW, and because I'm procrastinating form preparing class for tomorrow, you get to play in the second ever installment of:

YOU MUST CHOOSE!

#1:
Never play an unupublished prototype (including your own) ever again
-or-
Have to play Reef Encounter (without variants) once a week for the rest of your life

CHOOSE!


#2:
Be eaten by lions
-or-
Be eaten by zombie lions

CHOOSE!


#3:
The most insidious question of all...
Boardgames, Frisbees, Music, Movies, TV, Books, Internet, Bacon

You may only have three! CHOOSE!


Thank you for playing, and congrats on being GotW.

-MMM
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Couple questions:

1) You're not related at all to Al Jaffee (a regular contributor to MAD Magazine), are you? (BTW, I still own a copy of Spy vs Spy.)

2) How come when I check your contributions (GeekLists, in particular), it says that you made 16 lists but none show up? Maybe you could jog my memory; what are some GeekLists you have created? Do any stand out to you?
 
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"GRATZ"! on this here, and do you ever 'attend' that "ConSim"-'Con' down your way when it rolls around?
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Dude! Good show!

I saw All For One being played at Spielbany a couple of weeks ago, and people seemed to be enjoying it. Good luck to you and David getting it published!

I know you're an Ultimate Frisbee nut (a sport that I've never actually seen played). Are you athletic in general? Do you enjoy other sports?

Do you think following sports and enjoying board games are related?

What should the punishment be for excessive analysis paralysis?
 
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Yah-hooooo! Congratulations, Seth! This is gonna be cool.

Now, since I haven't been keeping up on BGDF lately, I want to know what games you have under development right now, and what their status is!
 
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Now here's someone I'm happy to see be GOTW!

And here's a question, Seth:

I don't much hold with the "triangle" of AT, Euro, and wargame. But taking it as an easy-to-grasp image of the game continuum, what game do you think is the closest to the midpoint of that triangle?
 
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Congratulations Seth! Hope you enjoy your week.

So a few questions for you:
- What are the top 3 games you've never played, but really would like to?
- What is your favorite GeekList of all time?
- What is your favorite image that you've uploaded to the Geek?
- With all of the prototypes you've played, do you have a lot of fellow boardgame designers living near you? Or are these prototypes you're playing at various conventions or meetings further from home?
- What do you think is the most overrated game on the Geek?

Thanks!
 
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Well deserved, Seth. Well deserved.

As for the truths and lie, I know one that is for sure true, and I have a pretty good guess at the other, but I don't know for sure.

I feel I already ask you too many board game questions, so here are some about frisbee:
1) When was the last time you played disc golf?
2) Would you want to get back into it?
3) How many ultimate tournaments do you travel to each year?
 
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Songlian wrote:
Congrats Seth! I think you're an excellent choice for gotw.

Thanks Steph! I never thought I would be, but with the questions I see popping up, and thinking about stuff while writing up that bio, I started thinking maybe I am a good candidate for GotW!

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OK, so I've always wondered about your name Sedjtroll, is there a story behind that?

Well, I don't know if "story" is the right word for it... here's the derivation...

As I mentioned in my bio, I played M:tG pretty much non-stop for over a decade. There's a magic card called Sedge Troll, which used to be a pretty decent card back in the day, though by today's standards it's not so hot. Anyway, my dad used to call me "Sej" instead of "Seth" sometimes because those are my initials. In college my login name for the computer system was by default "sej." When choosing an online handle I wanted something that reflected who I was, so I was looking for something related to Magic... but I also wanted it to be related to my name... "sej"... "Sedge Troll"... "sejtroll"!

Believe it or not, on some forum or somewhere I tried to sign up, "sejtroll" was not accepted. Like someone was using it already or something. So I added a D (middle name is Edward, so it still fit), and then I wanted it to be consistant so I just spelled it that way everywhere.

So there you have it. Nothing to do with trolling internet forums, though I frequently see responses to heated posts which point to the "troll" part of my nickname as an argument against my point of view.

My two least favorite things about that nickname though are as follows:
1. A lot of people associate "troll" -> fantasy/d&d -> [something with negative connotation]... so they give me a funny look when I tell them my email address. this is pretty minor though, and actually doesn't happen as often as I worry about it happening.
2. The art on the Sedge troll card is absolutely hideous, and not very cool at all. That handle would have been perfect if the Sedge Troll card looked cool. I always wanted to win a Magic Invitational, because they let you design a card, and my card would have been a reprint of Sedge Troll but with better art!

And my favorite part: Reading it off to someone..
"S like Seth, ED like Edward, J like Jaffee, T-R-O-L-L like the little guy who lives under a bridge"

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Octavian wrote:
Congrats, Seth. Much overdue!

Thanks! It was cool meeting you at BGG.con that first time, and I was sorry we didn't talk much the second time around.

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YOU MUST CHOOSE!

#1:
Never play an unupublished prototype (including your own) ever again
-or-
Have to play Reef Encounter (without variants) once a week for the rest of your life

CHOOSE!

Hmm... coming out with the big guns, right out of the gate? That hardly seems fair!

Well, I'm gonna sack up and say "option A." In reality, I'd rather play Reef Encounter every week, even though I hated it, because I'm sure it would grow on me... and at the very least it only lasts an hour or so (and I can endure a lot of that kind of agony), but it's much more fun to say "Screw that! Reef Encounter sucks... it sucks so hard I'd give up game design before I'd play that crap again!"

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#2:
Be eaten by lions
-or-
Be eaten by zombie lions

CHOOSE!
I'm going to choose Zombie lions. At first glance I figured "however bad it might be to be eaten by Lions, Zombie Lions would be worse," but as I started typing that it occurred to me that that there's no such thing as Zombie Lions, so if they were eating me, it must be in a dream, or my imagination, or some (probaby lame) rpg...

And since I've studied, I know that man is Mortal (quick Goldman reference there), and as such I'd much rather be eaten for pretend then for real. So Zombie Lions it is!

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The most insidious question of all...
Boardgames, Frisbees, Music, Movies, TV, Books, Internet, Bacon

You may only have three! CHOOSE!

Another tough one.

Boardgames, Frisbee, Internet.

I don't read books anyway, there's nothing worth watching on tv, I always forget to turn on music (like right now *opens Windows Media Player*). I would miss movies, and bacon, but as long as I could play Ultmiate and Board games I'm sure I could fill up my time.

Oh, and losing internet is simply out of the question. Your question actually read "you may have only TWO".

No internet. Sheesh. Who does he think he's kidding?

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Thank you for playing, and congrats on being GotW.

You're welcome, and thank YOU!
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Coyotek4 wrote:
1) You're not related at all to Al Jaffee (a regular contributor to MAD Magazine), are you? (BTW, I still own a copy of Spy vs Spy.)

No, I'm not. I used to tell people that I had an Uncle Al (which is true), and let them assume it was that guy. Hey, that would have been a good one for 2 Truths and a Lie as well!

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2) How come when I check your contributions (GeekLists, in particular), it says that you made 16 lists but none show up? Maybe you could jog my memory; what are some GeekLists you have created? Do any stand out to you?

Hmm... I don't know why they wouldn't show up...
Does this link not come up with a list (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=viewlists&...)?

Well, here's the gist of it...
To do with acquiring games:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/8440 - fishing for trades
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/8583 - looking for a present for my sister
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/9111 - a particularly fruitful Ultimate Trade (trade chain thingy)
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/8568 - a Thoughthammer order
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/9527 - that same thoughthammer order 2 months later, when they were about to arrive. Interesting how things change over time.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/11430 - I don't rightly know what happened with this list, and why it was even a litt rather than a post in the trade forum. It had to do with trying to get back into Magic. That was short lived.

Session Report geeklists:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/11321 - BGG.con '05
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/11573 - National Games Week '05
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/17630 - BGG.con '06 part 1
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/17662 - BGG.con '06 part 2
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/18494 - SethCon '06 (I have a gaming party the day after Xmas every year when all my friends are in town)

Misc Geeklists:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/17204 - Anticipating BGG.con '06
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/13674 - Optimal number of players
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/10908 - Anticipating Essen '05
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/9803 - Sillyness
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/9494 - Probably my most interesting list
 
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GROGnads wrote:
"GRATZ"! on this here, and do you ever 'attend' that "ConSim"-'Con' down your way when it rolls around?
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I'm sorry, I'm afraid I left my GROGnads to English dictionary at home...
 
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GROGnads wrote:
"GRATZ"! on this here, and do you ever 'attend' that "ConSim"-'Con' down your way when it rolls around?
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Just kidding Robert!

I don't normally go to ConSim or whatever it's called, is there much Board gaming at it? I'm not into miniatures or war games... I have gone (and am going) to PhoenixConGames, is that the same thing? Similar?
 
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IngredientX wrote:
I saw All For One being played at Spielbany a couple of weeks ago, and people seemed to be enjoying it. Good luck to you and David getting it published!

THANKS!

I sort of made a New Years resolution to get All For One published - well, in line to be published anyway - by the end of the year. I'm not sure I've taken any steps in that direction just yet.

My prototype is currently still in New York. I had hoped to bring it with me to OrcCon (StrategiCon?) in L.A. this weekend, but I guess it's not the end of the world if I don't. I don't have the "latest version" at the moment (Ahem, Scurra? how are those updated missions coming..?)

I'm glad to hear it looked like people were having fun!

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I know you're an Ultimate Frisbee nut (a sport that I've never actually seen played). Are you athletic in general? Do you enjoy other sports?

I'm not in as good shape as I have been, but I'd say yeah, I'm farily athletic. I play Ultimate about 4 times a week for most of the year (between practice, league and pickup). I haven't played any other sports in quite some time... I played a lot of Basketball in high school, and I played Volleyball all through college. I loved and miss Volleyball a lot. In about 1 more year I'll be old enough to play "masters" Ultimate (which means everyone's at least 33 years old), at which time I might try to play more competetively again. For now it's pretty much just for fun.

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Do you think following sports and enjoying board games are related?

I absolutely hate following sports. It just doesn't make any sense to me. I can't make myself care. If it were my team, then sure. If I had some say in how they performed, then sure. I can't enjoy watching a bunch of other people on TV playing Football for example...

I can tolerate watching a sport I know, like Bball, Vball, or Ultimate, because I can see what's going on, and I can tell if someone does something impressive because I know how hard it is to, say, sink a fade-away jump shot with a big guy's hand in your face, or attack-block a big hitter at the net, or go horizontal 4' in the air to catch the tail end of a disc... but if it's a game I'm not familiar with then forget it.

But if the question is "Do you think playing sports and enjoying board games are related?" then the answer is "Hell yes!" Sports are games too, there's all kinds of strategy and tactics involved. Sure, they take up a little more space then your kitchen table (RRT haters might dislike that aspect), and they wear you out a little physically...

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What should the punishment be for excessive analysis paralysis?

The punishment for slow play and AP should be that a harem of beautiful women should massage and bathe the player from head to toe.

I tend to be one of the slower players in my group. I try to speed up, but I'm usually trying to work out some come from behind victory (the best kind!) or something and it just takes me a long time to decide sometimes! Luckily there is at least 1 player slower, so I can shift the focus to him sometimes...

You know how there're tiles for Largest Army and Longest Road in Settlers? We have a Longest Turn tile in our group.
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rholzgrafe wrote:
Now, since I haven't been keeping up on BGDF lately, I want to know what games you have under development right now, and what their status is!

Hiya Rick! Will you be at KublaCon this year? I intend to return again... might need a roomate!

Most of what I've been thinking about is probably listed on my gaming/game design blog (not very extensive, but it exists) here: http://sedjtroll.blogspot.com

The most recent stuff has been other people's games. When I went to London last November Ian Vincent gave me a copy of a prototype he made which I like very much. I'm trying to talk him out of a crazy uniform price auction in it, but he's pretty adamant that it needs to stay.

My friend John (hederj) has made a game called Wizard's Tower for which I posted a session report (under Unpublished Prototype... http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/138560) It's pretty fun, somewhat abstract, and quick.

And the other big one I've been testing lately is Homesteaders, by Alex Rockwell - an Auction game along the lines of Caylus or Puerto Rico which I really enjoy (and so do most of my friends).

As I said in my reply to Gil, I've resolved to get All For one published this year (or in line anyway), so we'll see how that goes. I'd love to get that Hot and Fresh prototype finished so I can see if it works out as well as I always hoped it would (procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate).
 
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gbohrer wrote:
Now here's someone I'm happy to see be GOTW!

Cool, thanks!

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I don't much hold with the "triangle" of AT, Euro, and wargame. But taking it as an easy-to-grasp image of the game continuum, what game do you think is the closest to the midpoint of that triangle?

I agree with you about that "triangle" being completely bunk. However I think I know what you're getting at...

Nexus Ops seems to me to come relatively close - it's got the Ameritrash dicefest conflict resolution, the Euro board layout and VP scoring, and it's basically a wargame. Struggle of Empires is another good candidate - maybe better because it's got a more traditional wargame map and feel.

So that's my answer. I'm copping out and picking 2... Struggle of Empires and Nexus Ops. I think it's fair to pick 2 though, as Nexus Ops is a bit more accessible or user friendly while Struggle, well, you have to contend with a Wallace rulebook for starters. For the die hard gamer, go with Struggle. To play with your mom, go with Nexus Ops.

(Apologies to all the gamer moms out there that I just offended with that last comment)
 
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Seth,
Played some ultimate back in the day-What is *your* best/favorite (they may not be the same) position in Ultimate?

Do you prefer/play man to man or zone, and if zone, what kind?

Any tournament stories you care to share?
 
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Congratulations on being Geek of the Week, Seth!

What were some of your more successful decks when you played Magic the Gathering tournaments? Were they type I or type II decks?

Did you spend a lot of money on cards?

I seem to remember there was another troll, 2 colorless and a red, and it regenerated for a red mana as well. I can't remember the name of that card (maybe it wasn't a troll), and I'm too lazy to go downstairs, blow off the dust from my boxes and dig through the cards.
 
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sedjtroll wrote:
I've resolved to get All For one published this year (or in line anyway), so we'll see how that goes. I'd love to get that Hot and Fresh prototype finished so I can see if it works out as well as I always hoped it would (procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate).


I remember playtesting All for One with you at KublaCon couple of years ago. I really do hope you get that published; it was fun, and I'd like a copy for my game shelf. (Metaphorically speaking, it would be at the head of my collection along with fellow BGDF member René Wiersma's Gheos -- but only metaphorically because I shelve alphabetically. Really All for One would have to come after Aladdin's Dragons and Alhambra, and Gheos is a few feet farther down the shelf. )

How's Terra Prime coming along?

And yes, we're hoping to attend KublaCon again this year, although our plans are never firm until the date gets a lot closer. We live rather fluid and interruptible lives, I'm afraid. But I'd hate to miss it.
 
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Congratulations Seth! Hope you enjoy your week.
Me too!

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- What are the top 3 games you've never played, but really would like to?


Well, last Thursday I played 2 of them... Gheos and Yspahan. Well, technically I'd played Gheos, but not recently and not in the published form. And I have only recently been interested in Yspahan, so that's really no kind of answer... let me try again.

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- What are the top 3 games you've never played, but really would like to?


For a long time I've wanted to try La Città. I saw it played once, and it looked neat. I've read a little about it and it just sounds interesting.

I've heard that San Marco is great for 3 players, and it's Area Control which I generally like. On the other hand, it's by Alan Moon, which is pretty hit or miss for me. One of these days I'd like to gie it a shot.

All con long I wandered around Dallas trying to get into a game of The Pillars of the Earth, to no avail. I watched fellow Tucsonan Goedeke play a game... he doesn't seem too enamoured after a game or 2, but it looked good to me. I realize I can play this on BSW, but I simply haven't I'm not a huge fan of playing on BSW wihtout already knowing the game (that's completely irrational, and largely not true). I think I just want to try this one in real life.

And I'll add an Honorable mention...
Hot and Fresh! I've been wanting to play that for over a year I'm sure! Who doesn't want to break traffic laws to deliver pizza while your route changes over time, and your tips go down if you take too long???

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- What is your favorite GeekList of all time?

I don't read a lot of geeklists, but my favorite would have to be this one:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/15967

I had a lot of fun watching the avatars, and I got my new avatar out of it as well! Zopper-Alf is a bad ass!

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- What is your favorite image that you've uploaded to the Geek?


This is me being selfish...
I just think this one looks cool:


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- With all of the prototypes you've played, do you have a lot of fellow boardgame designers living near you? Or are these prototypes you're playing at various conventions or meetings further from home?


Most of the protos I've played have come from the Board Game Designers Forum (http://www.bgdf.com). Either I've made my own games, or prototyped games from there, or had people from that site send me games. There are a couple other protos I got directly from the designer, like Homesteaders from Alex Rockwell when I was in Seattle, and Smoothie King from Ian Vincent when I was in London. Here's a short list of other people's games I've got (or at least played) protos of from the BGDF:

Acts of the Desciples (by Jeff Warrender)
Gheos (by Rene Wiersma)
All For One (originally by David Brain)
Micropul (by Jean-Francois Lassonde)
Heir and Regent (by Rick Holzgrafe)
PocketCiv (by Scott Slomiany)
Isla Margarita (by Scott Slomiany)
Everest (by Matthew Frederick)
Velociracers (by Matthew Frederick)
Elvencraft (by Matthew Frederick)
On the Metro (by Sebastian Bleasedale) (an early attempt)

Wow, that's more than I thought! And I bet I missed a few. Matthew lives in Phoenix, so I see him more often than other BGDFers.

As you can see, a couple of those got published. In my opinion, a couple more are worth publishing. The BGDF is a great collection of amatuer designers - there are several other published designers on that site as well (I just haven't played their protos!) I've actually toyed with the idea of starting a publishing company (along with a wealthy friend of mine) and picking BGDF games I think are worth it and publishing them. of course, I'd probably want to bea ble to tune and tweak to my own liking as well, which a lot of designers might not be too happy with.

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- What do you think is the most overrated game on the Geek?

As far as deeper games go, Reef Encounter and Age of Steam are currently arm wrestling for most overrated game on the geek. for more accessible games, it's Carcassonne (and all it's little friends too!)
 
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RecklessJester wrote:
Well deserved, Seth. Well deserved.

Thanks!

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As for the truths and lie, I know one that is for sure true, and I have a pretty good guess at the other, but I don't know for sure.

If I've stumped you then I must've picked good truths/lies, because I've known you for almost 25 years! Geekmail me your guesses and I'll tell you if you're right. Or wait a week *shrug*

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1) When was the last time you played disc golf?

It's been a really long time... I can't even remember. I should go out there sometime agian.

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I wouldn't mind. Wake my ass up some Saturday morning and let's go!

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Hmm... does Phoenix count? I guess it should. I usually go up there for 2 or 3 hat tournaments a year, as well as New Year's Fest (went to Trouble in Vegas this year instead - which was a good choice!). I usually go to Acapulco in January, Seattle in July, and somewhere for Sectionals and regionals in the fall. Then there's 2 or three tournaments here in town each year as well. So what's that, about 8-10 tournaments nowadays. this is WAY down from when I was in college by the way.

By far may favorites are Acapulco and Seattle. Acapulco might be the better tournament, but the 11ish day vacation I take in Seattle (and all the associated gaming) makes for a better vacation overall.
 
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What is *your* best/favorite (they may not be the same) position in Ultimate?

I play Handler. For those that don't know, that's sort of like the Quarterback... in Ultimate there are usually 2 or 3 Handlers, and the other players are sort of Receivers. the Handlers are the ones that are better at throwing and controlling the disc.

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Do you prefer/play man to man or zone, and if zone, what kind?

I Love handling in a Zone offense, because it's so much fun to throw through the cup and watch them run back and forth trying to catch back up. I also like to play zone defense (oddly enough) as the right marker, but I like a wide, flat cup - the idea is to let the other team throw back and forth laterally, as long as they can't advance the disc. basically I've constructed a Zone Defense that would piss me off if I were handling. Also, I'm lazy, and my Zone makes for less running.

When playing Man-to-man defense, I like Fronting and swithcing (aka "Poaching"). I'm quick, but not fast, so having to chase someone around usually gets me out of position, and I hate getting beat.

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Any tournament stories you care to share?

Hmm... probably...

At Daweena last year I played pretty badly. I got exactly 1 D all weekend, but it was a pretty good one - I baited a guy to throw through the cup, then I got a layout-callahan. That's a diving catch, which of course gave my team possesion, and we had pushed them back into the endzone, so it counts as a score for us (since I now have posession in the endzone we're attacking).

A few years ago I did something similarly cool... but that time I actually blocked a throw, knocking it back toward the endszone. Then I ran over there, jumped, caught the disc, and landed (barely) in the endzone for a goal.

Scoring goals isn't all fun and games though. I have a titanium screw in my shoulder from one time when I landed on it, seperating it alltogether. But hey, I caught the goal.
 
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Congratulations on being Geek of the Week, Seth!

Thanks!

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What were some of your more successful decks when you played Magic the Gathering tournaments? Were they type I or type II decks?

I never played Type I - I didn't have the cards for it. I played a lot of Type II and Extended (1.x). My favorite was Block Constructed (usually - depended on the block of course)

My most successful decks were cool because they weren't 'net decks. 'Net decks were those that were posted, usually after winning tournaments. So everyone and their brother had access to the alleged "best" decks. I didn't usually do as well with those decks because I would basically play them wrong. So instead I made my own decks. Some of them were ike the net decks, some were pretty off the wall, but most of them were pretty good.

I swept an Urza Block PTQ with a Green/White "Fatty geddon" deck which used Elves for mana production, large creatures like Morphling, Masticore, and Weatherseed Treefolk, and then Catastrophe and Plow Under to hinder my opponent's resources (or reset their board if I was behind). it had quite a lot of main deck enchantment D, with more in the sideboard, because the top decks used Opposition and Yawgmoth's Bargain (all powerful enchantments). In fact, the "best" deck was FULL of enchantments, which would come to life and attack once a certain card hit play.

Maybe my coolest competetive deck used Time Stretch (10 casting cost, take 2 more turns after this one). It was just before people started using a lot of high cost cards, so everyone thought 10cc was too much, but my philosophy was that once I cast Time Stretch, the game was pretty much over. It was otherwise a Green/Blue control deck (type 2) which stalled, countered, and drew cards until it had enough resources to double time walk. Once that happened there was a sort of temporary soft lock, and by the time it fizzeled out they were either dead or in a horrible position. On the down side, I completely screwed up at regionals playing that deck, losing games I shouldn't have, and drawing a lot (the deck was SLOW), and therefore my poor performance made it look like the deck was crap.

My favorite deckbuilding story ever though was this one...
There was going to be an Emperor tournament at a local shop. Emperor is like teams of 3, where the guy in the middle is your emperor and the other 2 are his guards. You win by killing the other team's Emperor. I made a deck which planned to win by producing a Lands Edge and getting it into play. That's a card whch lets you discard a land card to do 2 damage to a player. In Emperor it applies to your teammates as well. So the other 2 decks were made up entirely of land.

I stocked the Emperor deck full of cards that search for other cards and get extra mana in play and I worked on the deck until I could get it to produce a 1st turn Land's Edge abotu 30% of the time. At the time the rule was that if any player had a hand of all land, they could call a mulligan, and all players could reshuffe and redraw if they wanted. So I basically had 3 shots to draw the first turn Land's Edge.

So come the time of the tournament, we sta down for the first game and I won the coin toss to go first. Right off the bat I drew the cards I needed, played a Land's Edge, and my teammates threw all their land a the other team's Emperor...

These matches are best of three however, and for the second game the opponents got to play first. When it got to my GF's turn, she drew a card and, knowing full well she wasn't going to play any cards, she just shrugged and discarded a land rather than playing one. We all laughed about that, and I didn't get a Land's Edge that time, so my other teammate also discarded a land and the other team got another turn. Our opposing Emperor then had an interesting choice to make... he wanted to cast Balance, which would make my teammates discard cards, but at the same time (since Diana had not played a land) it would have made him and his teammates discard all their land! Diana's discard might have been the best play of the day!

We ended up winning that game a couple minutes later. Games of Emperor usually take about 3 hours, so we ended up having to wait a while to play again. But that 5 minutes was awesome!

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Did you spend a lot of money on cards?

Yeah, probably. I spent more on trips to tournaments. I got a chunk of money back when i sold all my cards on eBay for like $2400. Also, around Ice Age I bought a lot of packs, and I was spending al ot of money and not getting what I wanted. So I stopped buying and started trading like mad. My collection got better faster that way than ever before.

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I seem to remember there was another troll, 2 colorless and a red, and it regenerated for a red mana as well. I can't remember the name of that card (maybe it wasn't a troll), and I'm too lazy to go downstairs, blow off the dust from my boxes and dig through the cards.

That's called Uthden Troll. A friend of mine in Phoenix actually uses Uthden as his nickname when he playes online stuff like Starcraft or whatever.
 
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