Masked Man Revealed!
Chris Dunbar
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Like many others on the Geek, I started noticing pictures of a mysterious Masked Man appearing all over the site. At first I found the images to be mildly disturbing. However, after the first half-dozen or so sightings, they were making me laugh more than cringe and I grew to appreciate them more and more with every new one I found. Obviously someone had paid a hefty price for that fine mask and wanted to get their money's worth.



So who is responsible for all of these mysterious images?


None other than veteran BGG contributor

Ender Wiggins
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This morning, after spotting the Masked Man hiding amongst the Masters Gallery photos, I grew more curious and set out to answer two important questions.

1 - What is the purpose of the Masked Man photos?

and MOST importantly...

2 - Who is the Masked Man?

The first question was answered quite swiftly when I found this GeekList by EndersGame. I won't go into the details here as you can check it out for yourself, but I admire Ender for honoring the departure of his dear friend in such a unique way!

Now...on to the real purpose of this GeekList...to reveal the true identity of the Masked Man! I don't know if this was ever meant to be a mystery, or if perhaps the identify of the Masked Man is common knowledge, but if so, I was unaware and had a perfectly enjoyable time trying to figure it out on my own.

So sit back (or don't, if you have poor eyesight) and enjoy...
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1. Board Game: Who is it? [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked]
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I'll begin this list by asking the question....

Who is the Masked Man? Could he be easily identified as a BGG user and/or real person? If so, would this hush all of the Masked Man detractors that claim his images don't belong in the "People" section of game photos as he's not a "real" person?

We shall see...
 
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2. Board Game: Riddle of the Ring [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:4056]
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One of the first identifying marks I made note of was the wedding ring worn by the Masked Man. A simple gold band. Not very unique, but better than nothing...

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3. Board Game: The T-Shirt Game [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:9578]
 
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I also noticed that the Masked Man is quite fond of his University of Western Ontario shirt. I assume he purchased this shirt as a fan of their sports teams or something, as I doubt he's an alum. I could be wrong, but I don't see him being allowed to attend unless their Head of Admissions has a thing for disurbing-as-hell faces.

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4. Board Game: Snake Eyes [Average Rating:3.75 Unranked]
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A lot can be learned about a man, even a Masked Man, from his eyes. Specifically I noticed that the Masked Man wears glasses under his mask, sort of like a reverse Clark Kent.

You'll have to look at the "original" size of this photo to notice the glasses...

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5. Board Game: Masters Gallery [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1257]
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Now that I had a few identifying marks to go off of, I headed over to Ender's gallery to see if I could find any images of people without masks that matched these traits. Would I be that lucky?
 
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6. Board Game: The Match Game [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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There he is! The Masked Man...without the mask!

Western T-Shirt? Check!
Black, thin, straight-rimmed glasses? Check!
Gold Wedding Ring? Dammit Masked Man...where's your other hand? Seriously?!



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7. Board Game: The Birthday Game [Average Rating:5.17 Unranked]
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Alright Masked Man! You may have hidden your ring from me in the previous photo, but you won't get away with it this time!

Also...I hit the JACKPOT! There's the Masked Man's first name in the caption!

Happy Birthday Jeff, indeed....

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8. Board Game: Mr. T Game [Average Rating:4.64 Unranked]
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So we have a face and a first name. Could I actually use this info alone to identify the Masked Man as a BGG user? Probably, but hey, I still have more clues to present!

Ender refers to the Masked Man as Mr. T occasionally. So is this really the initial of his last name? Am I looking for a Jeff T.?

We shall see...
 
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9. Board Game: Oh! Canada [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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Almost done..but a few more clues...

A fairly obvious one is Canada. Ender lives in Canada and plays a ton of games with the Masked Man, so I assume my suspect must also reside, for the time being, in Canada.
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10. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:125]
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During my investigation I learned that both Ender and the Masked Man enjoy Magic: The Gathering. If our suspect rates the games he plays and has a highish rating for M:TG, it's just another nail in his mask's coffin.
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11. Board Game: Kids Battle the Grown-Ups [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Lastly, there are several pictures of the Masked Man with children that are seemingly undisturbed by his horrid appearance. They must know the Masked Man pretty well to be so calm around him. Could these possibly be his own children? If so, would I find children's games in the suspect's game collection?

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12. Board Game: 10-Four, Good Buddy [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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So I took all of my evidence and headed over to Ender's GeekBuddy list.

56 GeekBuddies total.
19 GeekBuddies from Canada.
1 GeekBuddy that answers to Jeff T.
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13. Board Game: Suspect [Average Rating:4.38 Unranked]
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Jeff Temple...Mr T...the Masked Man...

Just 4 GeekBuddies...one of them is EndersGame.

Does he rate Magic: The Gathering highish? I'd say...he gives it a 10

Children's games in his collection? Cranium Cariboo, Leaping Lizards, and Zoofari.

There's no more debate...the Masked Man is indeed a real person...a real BGG user even!

I wish him the best of luck with his move, and send my sympathies to both him and Ender for their soon-to-be distant friendship. Enjoy your last few days guys!

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