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l10n0fjudah wrote:
I'm in the process of answering questions (and should have some focused time once the kids are in bed), but in the mean time there's something I wanted to do to have a little fun here.
I would like to give a geekgold to each person who will post:
1. Their favorite BGG contribution.
2. Something about yourself (something you like a lot, unique about yourself, etc.).

I think it would be cool to learn about you as you learn about me.
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Well, hey! Hard to refuse.

First, a question for you: If you could play a table game with any person (alive now or previously), who would it be and what would you play?

1. My favorite contribution was my entry for the Geekbot adventure contest on RPGG.
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Sadly, I did not find a functioning Geekbot.

2. Something interesting about me is that one of favorite jokes is wearing this microbadge that Rune made: mb
(If you don't get the joke, you can look up microbadge 7423 to decide if you want to apply microbadge 47).
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Okay Steve I'll bite too.

My favorite contribution is a toss up between my variants for Ticket to Ride and For Sale and my Boardgame Kickstarter Projects.

While it's not entirely unique I take great enjoyment out of being a 26 year old pipe smoker. I get called a grandpa a lot because of it but that's okay with me!
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Okay Steve I'll bite too.

My favorite contribution is a toss up between my variants for Ticket to Ride and For Sale and my Boardgame Kickstarter Projects.

While it's not entirely unique I take great enjoyment out of being a 26 year old pipe smoker. I get called a grandpa a lot because of it but that's okay with me!


Kenny i started carrying three-four pipes with me during college. one of the first interactions with my wife was teaching her how to smoke one.

at thirty i'm finally starting to feel like i'm the right age for my personality. I was called 'old man' even through high school.
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My favorite BGG contribution is a Geeklist I put together last year where I asked questions of the top 2 users that had the most plays of each game in the top 100 ranked games here on BGG:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/52638/interviews-with-...

I remember the one you did in 2008 for the top 50, brilliant idea!

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Something about myself? Here are a few things:
- Even though I'm a born-and-bred Canadian, I don't really care for hockey, but I'm a diehard Seattle Mariners fan.
- I only just started reading C.S. Lewis in the last couple of years (I'm now in my late thirties), and several of his books have joined the ranks of my favorite books of all time: The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, Mere Christianity, Til We Have Faces, and The Space Trilogy (especially Perelandra).

I was a Ken Griffey Jr. fan growing up, and so I liked the Mariners as well (although these days I'm not a baseball fan).

For C.S. Lewis I've read The Screwtape Letters, Out of the Silent Planet, and Perelandra (That Hideous Strength was too intimidating for me to get through as a teenager at the time), and of course the Chronic (What?) cles of Narnia. I should make it a priority to get to the other three you mentioned, especially Mere Christianity since I hear people reference it occasionally and sounds like it'd be good.

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Quaid Slauson wrote:
2. Something interesting about me is that one of favorite jokes is wearing this microbadge that Rune made: mb
(If you don't get the joke, you can look up microbadge 7423 to decide if you want to apply microbadge 47).

You definitely get extra points for the microbadge humor
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l10n0fjudah wrote:
I'm in the process of answering questions (and should have some focused time once the kids are in bed), but in the mean time there's something I wanted to do to have a little fun here.
I would like to give a geekgold to each person who will post:
1. Their favorite BGG contribution.
2. Something about yourself (something you like a lot, unique about yourself, etc.).

I think it would be cool to learn about you as you learn about me.
guaranteed for the first 100 such posts


I don't contribute in the many wonderful ways that much of this active community does. A few comments here and there are the extent of my contributions.

One thread that I commented on has stayed with me, though. It announced the death of Major Dick Winters, from the Band of Brothers fame. Knowing of him for years and understanding that he was one of the few remaining from his group, I knew his time on earth would come to the end rather sooner then later. Hearing the news was sad, though. He was a hero in the deepest sense of the word.

http://boardgamegeek.com/article/6078018#6078018


As for something about myself, I am so happy that God has gifted me with a child. She is twelve and I am very proud of her. I pray every day that I live in an upright manner as an example to her as well as in appreciation to Him.

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Dundy,

If you haven't read his book, at his passing I posted his "Leadership at the Point of a Bayonet."

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/605565/dick-winters-pass...
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Jim Krohn wrote:
Dundy,

If you haven't read his book, at his passing I posted his "Leadership at the Point of a Bayonet."

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/605565/dick-winters-pass...


Thank you for the link, Mr. Krohn. I do have his book. It deepened my respect of him.
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Congrats, Steve !
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Congratulations !

My questions:

1- How did you meet BGG ?

2- What are the qualities of a good player ?

3- What is your favorite ABSTRACT GAME ?

4- Can you describe yourself as a gammer ?

4- How did people make ice before freezers ?

5- Why is a boxing ring square ?

6- Why is an error on a computer called a bug ?

Enjoy your week.
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Congratulations Steve!!!
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Do you have siblings? Does your wife? Do you plan to have more children? How did you decide on three (or more)? How did you pick their names?

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wildthayne wrote:
Do you have siblings? Does your wife? Do you plan to have more children? How did you decide on three (or more)? How did you pick their names?

You're right, I completely forgot about these!

I have one sister and my wife has three sisters and a brother. We don't really plan to have more children, but we haven't completely shut the door yet.

My wife knew that we'd have at least three, and she was absolutely right because I wouldn't trade my youngest for anything. The "more" is still a question, and I would be fine if we were done.

The names of the first two came from the book of Job. Jemimah and Keziah were two of Job's three daughters after his restoration. The third was Keren-Happuch, but we weren't ready to commit to that, so we went with "Alethea" which means "truth" in greek for our third daughter.
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So Steve, now that the week is almost over, is there any topic or question that you would have liked to have been brought up that wasn't?

I'm interested to see the reveal to your 2 Truths and a Lie...
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Congratulations !

My questions:

1- How did you meet BGG ?
I'm not entirely sure, the details are hazy, but I believe it was my friend and co-worker Mike Zebrowski who mentioned the site and I checked it out. Mike has always been seated near me for some reason and was a big factor in my gaming re-introduction.

2- What are the qualities of a good player ?
One who can roll with the punches of a game without complaining too loudly.

3- What is your favorite ABSTRACT GAME ?
I don't play too many straight abstracts, but the ones I've enjoyed lately are Khet and Polarity. There's more to Polarity than just placing the magnets, there's a lot of subtle strategy and techniques to the game.

4- Can you describe yourself as a gammer ?
I think the most important part of gaming is being a good sport, and that's what I strive for in winning or losing.

4- How did people make ice before freezers ?
I think they must have lived up north.

5- Why is a boxing ring square ?
Apparently matches originally were fought in a drawn circle on the ground and the term carried over to modern matches even after it turned into a square.

6- Why is an error on a computer called a bug ?
According to Wikipedia:
Use of the term "bug" to describe inexplicable defects has been a part of engineering jargon for many decades and predates computers and computer software...for instance, Thomas Edison wrote the following words in a letter to an associate in 1878:
"It has been just so in all of my inventions. The first step is an intuition, and comes with a burst, then difficulties arise—this thing gives out and [it is] then that 'Bugs' — as such little faults and difficulties are called—show themselves and months of intense watching, study and labor are requisite before commercial success or failure is certainly reached.
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fehrmeister wrote:
So Steve, now that the week is almost over, is there any topic or question that you would have liked to have been brought up that wasn't?

I'm interested to see the reveal to your 2 Truths and a Lie...

I think the bases have been pretty well covered, it's been a great week. I also look forward to revealing the 2 Truths and a Lie since the voting was so close. I think my week can be closed without regrets, thanks to all who participated thumbsup
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l10n0fjudah wrote:
The names of the first two came from the book of Job. Jemimah and Keziah were two of Job's three daughters after his restoration. The third was Keren-Happuch, but we weren't ready to commit to that, so we went with "Alethea" which means "truth" in greek for our third daughter.

I have a good friend named Keren from that very verse.

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l10n0fjudah wrote:
The names of the first two came from the book of Job. Jemimah and Keziah were two of Job's three daughters after his restoration. The third was Keren-Happuch, but we weren't ready to commit to that, so we went with "Alethea" which means "truth" in greek for our third daughter.

I have a good friend named Keren from that very verse.



Very cool!
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Two truths and a lie: which is the lie?
1. I've never licked a nine volt battery.
2. I once sold a game to Z-man.
3. My favorite game to play as a kid was Survive.
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The lie was #1, I've licked plenty of nine volt batteries

#2: It was definitely a role reversal here, but I had a copy of Thunder Road for sale in the BGG marketplace that Zev purchased from me.

#3: Even though it was hard to find willing players, I loved the game Survive as a kid and now own my parent's copy of the game...it's still a great game.
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And the 319th Geek of the Week is...

Geek of the Week #319 - Kenny Ven Osdel
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l10n0fjudah wrote:
DanielCG wrote:
Congratulations !

My questions:

1- How did you meet BGG ?
I'm not entirely sure, the details are hazy, but I believe it was my friend and co-worker Mike Zebrowski who mentioned the site and I checked it out. Mike has always been seated near me for some reason and was a big factor in my gaming re-introduction.

2- What are the qualities of a good player ?
One who can roll with the punches of a game without complaining too loudly.

3- What is your favorite ABSTRACT GAME ?
I don't play too many straight abstracts, but the ones I've enjoyed lately are Khet and Polarity. There's more to Polarity than just placing the magnets, there's a lot of subtle strategy and techniques to the game.

4- Can you describe yourself as a gammer ?
I think the most important part of gaming is being a good sport, and that's what I strive for in winning or losing.

4- How did people make ice before freezers ?
I think they must have lived up north.

5- Why is a boxing ring square ?
Apparently matches originally were fought in a drawn circle on the ground and the term carried over to modern matches even after it turned into a square.

6- Why is an error on a computer called a bug ?
According to Wikipedia:
Use of the term "bug" to describe inexplicable defects has been a part of engineering jargon for many decades and predates computers and computer software...for instance, Thomas Edison wrote the following words in a letter to an associate in 1878:
"It has been just so in all of my inventions. The first step is an intuition, and comes with a burst, then difficulties arise—this thing gives out and [it is] then that 'Bugs' — as such little faults and difficulties are called—show themselves and months of intense watching, study and labor are requisite before commercial success or failure is certainly reached.

Thanks for the answers.
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Damn, I'm way late for this party - I hope someone saved me a piece of cake! I hope you don't mind if I still toss out a few question...

I'll start with music. Blindside, Brandnew, Frodus, Havalina Rail Co, P.O.D., Savior Machine, Soulfood 76, Starflyer 59, Zao - there are some band names here that I haven't come across in over 15 years (which shouldn't be a surprise, since you're only 2 years younger than me)! But what about The Supertones, Insiderz, Five Iron Frenzy, Dogwood, Craig's Brother, Ghoti Hook, Value Pack, Slick Shoes, MXPX, Sick of Change, The Fraidy Cats, Project 86, Figure Four...? No love for the punk and ska? Also, how do you feel about the direction that Mewithoutyou took with their "It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright" album?


That's quite an exceptional list of movies in your "Favourites" too, including my personal favourite of all time, "Snatch". Do you watch any documentaries? If so, what are a couple of your favourites?


Neuroshima Hex! is clearly one of your favourite games. Have you tried it with the Neuroshima Hex! Babel13 expansion?


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I love having creative outlets for output, I find that energizing


For myself, the most personally fulfilling activities are those which allow me to exercise my creativity. What are your preferred creative outlets?


And my one standard question for the GotWs: While you have the podium, is there anything you would like to state here that would normally get you sent off to the RSP forums (perhaps something important that you feel we should know)?



But enough about you - let's talk about me!

1) I have a handy dandy MicroBadge for my favourite BGG contribution. Just click on the purple button. You know you want to...

2) My wrap-up post from my own week in the spotlight probably tells you a little bit (or perhaps a little too much!) about who I am: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/5518623#5518623

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Re: Geek of the Week #318 - Steve Holden aka Fudgy or l10n0fjudah
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Damn, I'm way late for this party - I hope someone saved me a piece of cake!

It's never too late.

squash wrote:
I'll start with music. Blindside, Brandnew, Frodus, Havalina Rail Co, P.O.D., Savior Machine, Soulfood 76, Starflyer 59, Zao - there are some band names here that I haven't come across in over 15 years (which shouldn't be a surprise, since you're only 2 years younger than me)!

We have more in common than I thought. It's great to find someone else who recognizes some of the bands I listen to and love; it doesn't happen very often.

squash wrote:
But what about The Supertones, Insiderz, Five Iron Frenzy, Dogwood, Craig's Brother, Ghoti Hook, Value Pack, Slick Shoes, MXPX, Sick of Change, The Fraidy Cats, Project 86, Figure Four...? No love for the punk and ska?

Oh yes, I listened to these when I was younger, with the exception of Sick of Change, The Fraidy Cats, and Figure Four. At one point I even claimed punk & ska as my favorite genre, but as the trend faded, only the less trendy bands stuck around on my playlists.

squash wrote:
Also, how do you feel about the direction that Mewithoutyou took with their "It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright" album?

The album was ear candy for awhile, and there's definitely some nice moments, but it didn't get the play time that their other albums did for me. Of course, it's hard to top an album like "Brother, Sister", but yeah, I prefer their previous direction. Looks like they have an album coming out 2012, so we'll see where they go next.

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That's quite an exceptional list of movies in your "Favourites" too, including my personal favourite of all time, "Snatch". Do you watch any documentaries? If so, what are a couple of your favourites?

Nice to find someone with similar movie tastes too! I don't really watch documentaries, I guess it's a genre I don't think much about. If you give me an example of what you consider a good one, I'll check it out. If you liked Snatch, did you also see "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels"? I'm kind of running dry in my list of "to see" movies, do you have any recommendations for me?

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Neuroshima Hex! is clearly one of your favourite games. Have you tried it with the Neuroshima Hex! Babel13 expansion?

Yes, I've played with the Babel 13 armies and used the terrain for some campaign scenarios. The latter is a whole new way to play the game that can be really enjoyable. Here's the campaign I was doing.

squash wrote:
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I love having creative outlets for output, I find that energizing

For myself, the most personally fulfilling activities are those which allow me to exercise my creativity. What are your preferred creative outlets?

I just enjoy it when a nice idea gets planted in the gulliver and sees fruition. The medium almost doesn't matter, it's the travel from thought and reality arrival that's enjoyable. My most frequent outlets are usually the more automatic ones like writing and humor. Other favorites that come to mind are putting together musical collaborations, photography, and electronics or wood projects.

squash wrote:
And my one standard question for the GotWs: While you have the podium, is there anything you would like to state here that would normally get you sent off to the RSP forums (perhaps something important that you feel we should know)?

I read your wrap-up, that's a great philosophy to love others, live & have fun. I didn't have anything particularly pressing, but since you ask I'll just share my heart a little. I have a similar desire to love others and have fun with life, but I find myself a very dependent creature and there's only one shape that fits my need. Left to myself I tend to dry up to a loveless mass and attempts to pursue fun eventually return empty. It's just reality for me, I need a relationship with my creator, I've found there's no other way to maintain abundant life.

There you go, RSP stab
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