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This geeklist serves as a platform to celebrate the winners of the Love-Spreader of the WeekTM award. This not quite prestigious yet soon-to-be coveted award is handed out on a weekly basis for outstanding acts of love, gentleness, respect, and otherwise positive traits.

The award was started in the 'Feel the Love!' feel-good thread, but is not limited to contributors of this thread.

You are welcome and encouraged to heap praise, thumbs and on the winner. The next award winner will be picked by the current Love-Spreader of the Week.

For all information about the Love Spreader of the Week award, see the awesome wiki.
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151. Board Game: Nay-Jay! [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
Jason Lott
United States
Cheverly
Maryland
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It's been a great week spreading the love! I have had a lot of fun dispensing gold like mad (still not quite done with that) and thumbing everything I've seen around BGG. Such a fun tradition! As for my lie, it was #2. I've tried the quiz a few times but never been on the show. The others are all true - I was part of a large community performance with Mikhail several years ago here in DC, and I ran into a former roommate twice while backpacking across Europe - both times standing in front of great works of art (Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" in London and "Guernica" in Madrid).

For this week I found someone who brings a lot of love to BGG from up North. He's a very avid game player, and has enriched our community with the fun tales of playing games with his precocious daughter.

Say hello to your new Love Spreader Of The Week, Jon Enns!

Jon Enns
Canada
Herbert
Saskatchewan
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I was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan in grain farming country. I am self employed doing a wide range of things ranging from computer graphics to stone masonry (which I call rock work) to house renovations to 'you name it'. I am a bit of a backwoods boy who dearly loves a chance to play games.

Two Truths and A Lie

1. I straddled a 7 foot black python in a jungle and tried to get a picture of it.
2. I pulled an old trailer 3000 miles with my wife and 4 teenage daughters to free camp for 3 - 1/2 weeks on a beach in Mexico with no services or buildings.
3. I helped my sister and her husband build a log house with logs we cut down ourselves.
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152. Board Game: The Squirrel Game [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:9250]
Jon Enns
Canada
Herbert
Saskatchewan
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Once again, Jason, thank you for this honour.

Truth and lies?
1. I straddled a 7 foot black python in a jungle and tried to get a picture of it.
True. I thought I was crossing a log and when it moved, although inwardly I freaked, I outwardly tried to slowly move my camera into place for a photo. I did not, however, get a clear picture as the snake darted away from between my legs leaving me shaking for a moment.
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2. I pulled an old trailer 3000 miles with my wife and 4 teenage daughters to free camp for 3 - 1/2 weeks on a beach in Mexico with no services or buildings.
True. It was the most awesome family time we have ever had. My entire family fell in love with Mexico and shared many of our very best memories with each other.

My wife and I in Mexico on that particular beach

3. I helped my sister and her husband build a log house with logs we cut down ourselves.
Lie. I did help them build a log house but we did not cut down logs ourselves nor did we put it together entirely by ourselves. However I did a lot of finishing work on it.

Me working on my sister's house at 30 feet



At the point in time that Jason asked me if I would be Love Spreader of the Week I had thought this award was only for those involved in the "Feel the Love" thread and since I have not spent much time there I had thought he likely had the wrong guy. But upon looking up the origins of this award i discovered that it goes, not necessarily to someone from the feel the love thread but is chosen based on their "outstanding acts of love, gentleness, respect, and otherwise positive traits." When I read that I immediately thought of Matt Robertson. I have seen few here on the geek that are more courteous, gentle, respectful of others, and overall pleasant. I have met him in person and still know that to be true. It is with great pleasure that I give you your new "Love Spreader of the Week,"

Matt Robertson
Canada
Regina
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Avid gamer. Explorer. Amateur Philosopher. Collector of Laugh Lines. Chronic Group Organizer. Taster of Beer. Zen and the Art of Play. Eclectic. Socially awkward but hosts gatherings anyways. Constantly awed and amazed at the world and its people. Serious. Silly. Love music; but cannot play any instruments. Eternally grateful for all life has to offer.

Two Truths and a Lie:
(1) I planned an entire vacation in another country centered around visiting a brewery.

(2) When I was 23, I went canoeing with a friend on a river in Nova Scotia without reviewing any trip notes. We ended up going over a 3 foot waterfall. We managed to salvage all of the gear, however, we destroyed the canoe and our pride.

(3) I started a DJ business when I was 16 years old and made more money turning in empty beer bottles from the dances that I played than from the DJing.
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153. Board Game: Island Trader [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Matt Robertson
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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Well, my week as LSoftW comes to a close and I can think of no better torch bearer to carry the tradition and ritual than Chris Holm.

Chris Holm
United States
Rio Rancho
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I met Chris last year at BGG.CON. Chris is one those soft-spoken, kind-hearted people that make a very positive first impression. An interesting fellow with some great crafting skills; he has the most amazing version of Merchant of Venus I have ever seen. It must have been a labour of love to build and the fact that he brings it to BGG.CON to share with others is pure awesome. I am very much looking forward to playing a game this November at the upcoming BGG.CON.

This hobby truly benefits by having great ambassadors; Chris is certainly one. Without further adieu; here's Chris...

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The Bio: I grew up mostly in Colorado, getting a maths degree in the early 90s. I recently followed my career to New Mexico, and I've worked in tech support for nearly 20 years now. Every day, I've helped people with all kinds of technical equipment, from humble inkjet printers, to gas station car washes, to servers worth more than my house. This occasionally cuts into my gaming time, which has been my favorite hobby for about twice that long. I'm quite active in my church and I enjoy helping out my family and friends. Acts of kindness are sources of great satisfaction in my life.


Now for Chris' Two Truths and A Lie...

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1. I saw Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace twenty-six times on the big screen, including four times in one day at four different theaters -- and I have the ticket stubs to prove it.
2. I know from direct personal experience that a priority medical flight from Albuquerque to Houston takes less than 90 minutes ground-to-ground -- and as a result, I have no spleen.
3. I spent the Wednesday night before 9/11 sleeping in the same house as the then-governor of Wyoming and his family.



Enjoy your week Chris, look forward to seeing you in a couple of months...
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154. Board Game: Hawaii [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:341]
Chris Holm
United States
Rio Rancho
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After a week of spreading even more love than normal, here we are at the end. Thank you all; the timing for this week's award could not have been better.

Our next recipient and I became acquainted on the Geek more than a year ago, by way of a certain jolly old elf who lives in the far northern climes. Even by then, he had organized several math trades for folks in the U.K. and the rest of Europe. Lately, he has turned to generating instructional videos for boardgames, two dozen by this point and counting, a creative outlet which I believe has brought him the most fame.

Clearly, he advances the cause of boardgamegeekery. His role as an ambassador deserves some well-earned recognition.

So, here is our new Love Spreader of the Week,
Richard Ham
Malta
Marsalforn
Gozo, Malta
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Would you like to know more? This is his story!
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Wow, how cool. Yes, I accept

I spent most of my childhood in northern California living on a 42' steel hull sailboat that my dad built from scratch, being home schooled by my mom. Eventually, I went to the University of Washington in Seattle, where I met Jen in German 102 on the first day. 3 years later we were married, and I was working at Nintendo as a Gameplay Counsellor (these were the days before the internet, when people stuck in a video game would call a hotline for help). From that, I worked my way up to lead videogame designer on a series of games (some hits, some misses) and have been doing that for around 15 years now.

Following my career, Jen and I have lived in Seattle WA, Bend OR and Austin TX, and then made the big move to live overseas, landing in Guildford, England. We were in the UK for close to 8 years, and have now moved to Malta. We LOVE England and can't wait to get back, but the job offer I got to work here in the Mediterranean was too good to pass up, so we'll see how this goes.

Jen and I became board game enthusiasts in 2009 when, while visiting Seattle, I stopped by a great little FLGS called Blue Highway Games (highly recommended!). I was looking for a copy of Travel Scrabble, for an upcoming road trip we were going to make, but the guy working the counter talked me into getting Pandemic instead. Jen and I LOVED it, and played it obsessively every day on our road trip through France, and since then we've become hard core geeks. 6 months ago, during a break between jobs, I started filming video walkthroughs of games, and really enjoy it. Now that I'm working full time again, I don't have as much time for it as I like, but try to get a vid recorded every couple of weeks, and get at least 3 or 4 games played with Jen every week as well.


Two of these are truths, and one is not. Which one is the lie?
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1) In my senior high school yearbook, I was voted most likely never to leave town, and of course I now live half way around the world!

2) I'm 6'2", and 4 years ago, I tipped the scales at 250 pounds, but thanks to low-carb dieting, I've since been able to comfortably stay at around 190.

3) TMI warning! I got a botched vasectomy at 22, which caused my scrotum to swell to the size of a grapefruit for a few weeks!

Welcome to your week, Richard! Have a fantastic time responding to our questions!
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155. Board Game: The Loan Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Richard Ham
Malta
Marsalforn
Gozo, Malta
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Hey everybody. Thanks for all your questions and making it a fun week. I was definitely honoured to be awarded, and will wear my microbadge with pride! And for the record, option #1 was the lie. I was actually voted "most talkative" in my high school senior yearbook - my wife was voted "most likely to never leave Cheney, Washington". Ironically, she's now living in Malta, and I'm really not that talkative when you get to know the real me.

(and yes, #3 was definitely true, and all I can say is, the human body is an amazing thing!)

Anyway, I'm very pleased to be able to introduce our next LSotW:

Finland
20100 Turku
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I first met Kreik during a math trade back in march of 2011, where he made me an offer of adding to his side of the trade a $25 Kiva loan in my name, just to be nice. I hadn't heard of Kiva before, but was amazed by the organization, and took him up on it, and I haven't stopped since. I believe Kreik's actually introduced many other BGGeeks to Kiva this way as well, which definitely earns him the title of Love Spreader.

On top of that, he regularly runs european math trades, and is a frequent poster, raising the level of discourse all over BGG. I could think of no one better to hand the baton of Love Spreading to, and so without further ado...

KREIKKATURKULAINEN
(try saying that ten times fast)

Hi everybody!

Since I was recently a GotW, and since Richard picked me because of our connection through Kiva.org, I will not talk much about myself (difficult as that is), but instead I will talk about something that spreads the love (in the financial sense) around the world every day: microfinance.

Kiva.org is a platform to connect lenders such as Richard and myself to people in developing countries that lack traditional access to capital, and need a small amount of money so that they can start or expand their businesses.

In short, microfinance is the provision of financial services to the very poor, the "bottom billion", as some call it. In most cases this means loans of under $500, sometimes as low as $10, to farmers, shopkeepers, cooks, builders, and so on.

Many consider Muhammad Yunus the "father" of microfinance, because he was one of the first to practice it, discovering that the poor are very good at repaying the loans, in fact often better than the "rich". This makes microfinance a viable model for sustainable development, and in many cases an opportunity for profitable banking.

It also provides for social change, elevating the role of women, as many MFIs (microfinance institutions) lend only to women, as they are perceived as being more dependable and less likely than men to misuse the funds they borrow.

There are many more advantages to having microfinance around, as well as a lot of criticism. Ever since Yunus and Grameen Bank jointly won the Nobel peace prize, its profile has increased dramatically, with even large banking conglomerates getting into it. This is why I like Kiva.org, which depends on me and you to finance loans, giving us the power to lend for reasons other than profit. Think of it as Kickstarter for the poor, a FTL thread on steroids, literally a gift that keeps on giving.

While not without its critics, Kiva.org allows me to contribute towards a loan of a fisherman in Cambodia or a seamstress in Lebanon or a taxi driver in Kyrgyzstan. When that borrower repays their loan, I get my money back (Kiva.org has a repayment rate of 98.98% at the moment), and I am free to withdraw it, or to relend it again. 100% of the funds go to the borrowers, Kiva.org support is separate and optional. I do not receive any interest, even though the borrower pays interest to the MFI. Think of this as charity, but not as a giveaway.

The $25 I first lent to a clothes seller in Peru has been repaid and relent hundreds of times. I have since added about $1500 more, which has been recycled to lend $9900, as this is one way that the small business that I own can give back sustainably.

If anyone would like a free $25 to start with, click on this link (I also get a matching $25 to lend): http://www.kiva.org/team/travel2help/recruit

The link above also recruits you to my team on Kiva.org, but there are other Kivans here on BGG, and in fact there is a BGG team: http://www.kiva.org/team/boardgamegeek

There is a lot more to learn about this, so feel free to ask questions. There are also a few controversies about microfinance, so don't be shocked when you hear about high interest rates and other issues. I am currently writing my master's thesis on sociological aspects of microfinance, and I have been involved in this for a while, but I am still learning, while spreading the (financial) love.

More links:
http://www.kiva.org/about/microfinance
http://www.microfinancegateway.org/p/site/m/template.rc/1.26...

And a short video:


Thanks for reading this far!
Iraklis

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The "submarine" ChitChat thread has interfered with Iraklis's sex life.
Iraklis beat Friedemann Friese at Power Grid, China map, 4 players.
Iraklis has been confronted by heavy machine-gun-toting coast guardsmen for sailing a little too close to a cruise ship.
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156. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1190]
Finland
20100 Turku
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So folks, I know you are all sad now that my time as LSW is done, but that's ok, this is how life works, little ones. One day you will grow and get over this, and you will still miss me, but know that in the end, you will all be stronger for it.

So, please allow me to present the next Love Spreader of the Week, a man that needs no introduction... if you were members of the Greek Guild, but since these pesky Greeks don't really venture much outside their little village at the corner of BGG, I had to tempt one with an award.

So, here's this guy:
Dimitris Vasiadis
Greece
Vari
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Dimitris is basically what you would call a fireman, putting out fires all around the Greek Guild, helping people not flame each other as much and tries to explain what people want to say better than they can. I am not sure he spreads much love, but he certainly stops the hate from spreading, and this is why I picked him for LSW as soon as Richard picked me. Also, I needed someone to make me look good .

I told him he could write as much as he would like, so the length of the following is sort of my fault. I know he has the ability to write, but I didn't know he knew so many different words! Well, you learn new things every day...

Base the Bass wrote:
Hello fellow BGGers! and a special greeting to all those of you who strive daily to infuse this community with your warm-heartedness and good will.

Yes, is that enough? now gimme the award.
thank you.

Well, since the plagiarist former LSW kreikka hijacked my self-worshipping style in his Geek of the Week speech, I'll just have to be plain honest and skip the laughing part of the greeting. Please forgive my potentially poor syntax. Here goes.


BGG severely improved my life. Offering to this wonderful community was an opportunity to rediscovered my abilities, but also to meet people who renewed my faith in all good things. I hope to spend as much time as possible with them.

I joined BGG many years ago, but became an active member about 5 yrs ago under the influence of
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Manos has a sincere and elementary love for boardgames that I can't even begin to comprehend even after the many years that I've known him. His friendliness, generocity and hospitality, were at the core of the effort to create a local boardgaming community. And thus, the greek guild was created. Originally constituted by a few happy crazy guys for about a year, it became an active community that now enumerates some 700+ hardcore gamer members all over Greece (and we know each other ) and is the strong constant in the country's boardgaming scene.
Over the years the guild was recognized by many institutions and shops, and with the sincere voluntary efforts of its members it has established many activities that brought us all close in person with each other, including monthly meetings, vacation trips, an annual boardgame design contest, and many more; we even have our own newspaper "_the TATTLETALE_". The reason I feel it is useful to mention these feats, is that they come from a self-managing voluntarian community with no authoritative hierarchy, that runs on the goodwill and the personal cost of its members.
After some years in the guild's influence, people have embraced boardgaming further into their lives. A friendly guild member, 3pod, has taken the big step and started his own publishing company, artipia games, and they are doing very well so far. Another friend, giourkas, has turned his family's island hospitality into a small boardgames hotel that has received the best of reviews from BGG guests from all around the world.

I have met many lovely people through the greek guild and BGG in general, who exceed my expectations by a surprising amount. Some of them I have now the luck and honour to call personal friends, others I enjoy their presence and positive influence. Although they are way too many, I feel the personal need to mention just two of them. Sorry for taking advantage of your time in this section.

Antonis Georgountzos
Greece
Athens
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Antonick is a colleague, and he has helped me more than all other people in my life, combined. He doesn't even want to take credit for that. I didn't even ask him to. He says I am the one who has helped him; go figure. I feel comfort knowing I someday might meet another person like him, then I'll have two of them in my collection. Petty humans. hahaha.

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JamesH is the loveliest, most likeable, most intelligent, most enjoyable, most caring, understanding,... blah blah blah... person I have met through the BGG community. He is truly the definition of a wonderboy. I have even established a JamesH likeability scale to compare other people to him, just to freak him and other people out. Didn't work. People even liked the scale too. He is just too likeable. He currently pursues a postgraduate degree on game theory. Too dumb to understand boardgames the easy way like the rest of us, he has to scientifically search for more ways to win. Cheater.

I also feel the need to mention Paul Lister (sorp222). Paul runs a boardgames shop in the UK and I believe he considers everyone more a friend than a client. I do not know how he does it and where he finds the time and the determination for it -he is also a very active community organizer- but he does deserve congratulations for standing to his values.

Lastly, I miss Scott's reviews. I love that guy. Sorry, I didn't follow the full story. I'm sure it's been discussed much.



Well, I should consider bringing this greeting to an end. But before, I'll share a few things about myself and the games I like

I have studied at athens medical school. I have been involved in an alluring biomedical engineering project, that started off of personal curiosity and took about 6 of my academic years. Unfortunately, the project was part unofficial and thus unsanctioned at the time and it did not yield a corresponding degree. The past few years I have been working part time as a psychotherapist. I'd like to have Adlerian philosophy and Jungian vision, while using Freudian tools. Still haven't decided if I will continue on to psychiatry, or if I should go back to the alluring scientific research. It was a project regarding the computer simulation of biological systems, such as a single cell for example.

My favourite games: My favourite theme is civ games but in particular I like games where you get to build something during the game, have it be your civilization, your adventure character, or a plain VP engine, I don't care. On the contrary, I find it harder to enjoy opportunistic or abstract games.

With the help of fellow guild members, I've had the privilege of trying over 600 different games -and counting. The best game I've played is by far Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization. 30 plays and I'm still discovering the game and the experience. The game is so good that it creates a level for itself. I can't compare it to anything else. I fear it will be years before another game that good comes out.
I have come to understand that Vlaada is an ultra-advanced alien, that came to earth and instead of working on... I don't know, the cure for cancer, the bastard is out there having fun making pretty damn good boardgames. Anyway.

2nd and 3rd place, Race for the Galaxy and Le Havre. Perhaps Mage Knight Board Game will take 3rd place though. Other designers among many that deserve to be mentioned: Martin Wallace and Stefan Feld.


Being a part of the vibrant BGG community is a continuous discovery not only of boardgames (the real good ones don't come often) but mostly people. This journey inspires us to offer a lot to this hobby and its community. I feel I should also mention some difficulties that one encounters, and some unfortunate instances to be realistic, but hey, this greeting is way too long already.

thanks to anyone who took the time to read all this!


now gimme the award, it's mine! MINE. MINE I SAY, give it here, why - you seem to have a dead man's grip on it, kreikka. Give it I say, you salmiakki-bearing bastard!

effective immediately, you are all expelled/banned from BGG and I am the sole user, thus admin and president. AT LAST! you fools. (As you can imagine, I say the same things everyday to my fellow greek guild members but they will just not listen to me! )



Two truths and a lie. Kreikka asked me to make it hard (Editor's note: That's what she said!). So I made it subjective to be real hard, sorry! At least there could be a discussion on the matter.
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According to Base the Bass' opinion:
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
What we most need from each other is understanding, regardless of agreement.
57.1% 12
Justice and hope are two of the best drives regarding introspective issues.
19.0% 4
People that are mature enough understand that one true thing we have in this life is each other.
23.8% 5
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Closes: Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:00 am




Now, Base is kinda shy, so please ask him a lot of tough questions. Here are mine:
- Blondes, brunettes or redheads?
- Have you ever punched anyone?
- What colour underwear does Vlaada Chvatil usually wear?
- In 3 words or less, what's your take on the recent political-economic situation in Greece?
- What is the best thing about salmiakki?
- Why did the fat priest eat thick lentils?
- Why haven't you played Through the Ages online with me? What are you afraid of?
- What is your favourite REM song?
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157. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:77]
Dimitris Vasiadis
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Ok then. I'd like to thank all of you guys for this nice week and all the interesting questions. It's time for the next LSW!


Leandros, or Vaggelis is the warm hearted core of the community in Salonica - the largest northern city of Greece. He has been with us from the beginning, and for many years now he strives to keep everyone happy, many times at his own personal cost or sacrificing his freedom of expression. He will not tire you with a long speech, but I'm sure you will manage to see the lovely person that he is during this week.

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I feel the need to apologize for keeping the award local. Among many BGG members who equally deserve it, I had to consider one that is not tied up in Essen preparations. I have discussed the matter with Vaggelis he'll gladly point the award abroad next week.

Among many other things, Vaggelis is the Greek Secret Santa organizer. He always prepares a funny teaser video. This year's video features Autokrator's designer Lefteris Iroglidis. Enjoy!




-----Leandros' greeting follows


Hi BGG

my real name is Vaggelis (not Leandros) and I work and live in Thessaloniki with my family (beloved wife and our two little goddesses)

I joined BGG from its early days and still remember that I was very impressed with the way this community shares and how we face each other in it.

I don't consider myself a hardcore gamer. I equally enjoy a filler, a party game or a heavy euro.

Greek Guild and monthly sessions give me the opportunity to meet some great people (including Dimitris)


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Two truths and one lie for Vaggelis. Which is the lie?
My daughter is a boardgame designer.
I want to listen to rules patiently and keep my comments or questions for the end.
My avatar is not me.
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158. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:65]
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my week is over (same my crashed laptop,the last two days) soblue

thank you all,it was great

time for the next LSW...

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United Kingdom
Redhill
Surrey
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Stelio is a BGG admin.This award is a small thanks for his great help at any issue facing in Greek Guild's Secret Santa (three years now)

small bio...

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Stelio is a half-Greek Geordie actuary, born in 1978 and living in the UK. A BGG user since late 2005, it was only with the 2009 launch of RPG Geek that he became much more involved in the community, eventually being made an admin in early 2010. He is married with two children: a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter. A wealth of information on him can be found on his RPG GotW thread, but feel free to repeat questions. "Stelio" is his real name.




Poll: Lovespreader of the Week - two truths and a lie
Which is Stelio's lie?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
I have dual nationality (British/Greek)
20.0% 4
My favourite meat is lamb
55.0% 11
I play the bouzouki
25.0% 5
Voters 20
This poll is now closed.   20 answers
Poll created by Stelio
Closes: Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:00 am


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159. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:340] [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
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It was a quiet week for me, with questions from only a couple of people. Probably that's because I'm not an active participant in the Feel the Love thread, so I've remedied that this time...

Let us bid a warm welcome to the latest recipient of the Love Spreader of the Week honour!

Joe Johnson
United States
Harrogate
Tennessee
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spudz777 wrote:
Real life stuff:

I'm married (ten and a half years) and we have one wonderful six year-old son. I stumbled into BGG while a graduate student in South Carolina, which is also where board games became a large part of my life. I graduated with my PhD in 2010 and found a job as a physics and astronomy instructor in southeast Kentucky (USA). I'm involved in community theater and chorus through a local private university (not where I teach), and I host "open door" game nights whenever I'm not rehearsing.

BGG stuff:

I was a relatively early contributor to the original Love Thread, jumping in somewhere around page 30. I was very active until work on my dissertation got too time-consuming (not to mention the rapid pace of posts in that thread...wow). I missed out on the great shutdown, although at the time I was desperately trying to catch up on thumbing posts.

So spudz777 has not been as active in the FtL thread as he'd like to be, but his heart is of course in the right place which is what this award is all about.

Plus he bought mb so I hope that passing the title on to him will prevent a murder, and that can only be a good thing.

Poll: Lovespreader of the Week - two truths and a lie
Which is Joe's lie?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
1. I have not subscribed to cable or satellite TV in over ten years, and have no plans to start.
30.8% 4
2. I was an uncredited extra in the film "The Truman Show", which was filmed near my hometown in Florida.
23.1% 3
3. One of the early points of contention between my then-girlfriend and now-wife was a scuba course I took in college. I got to vacation in the Florida Keys while she was locked up in a physics lab over spring break our senior year.
46.2% 6
Voters 13
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160. Board Game: Money! [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1012]
Joe Johnson
United States
Harrogate
Tennessee
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I've enjoyed my week in the sun, and I thank all of you for making it happen.

I am overjoyed to present to you our next Love Spreader of the Week:

Jeff Michaud
United States
Longwood
FL
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I chose Jeff to succeed me because of his awesome work on the On-Line Want List Generator which is frequently used to facilitate math trades. These math trades have brought many wonderful games into my house, and I owe it all to Jeff. Shower him with thumbsup and for he deserves it!

Here's his bio:

JeffyJeff wrote:
I'm not a regular in the FtL thread but have semi-followed it for a while, my main focus on BGG are math trades and finding hot deals so I thank Joe for the nod for my special way of spread the love of board games which is the OLWLG, aka "On-Line Want List Generator", which helps both traders and math trade organizers run and participate in math trades which helps find new homes for games where they will get the LOVE they deserve...

Sorry for such a short bio, I've been preparing for a long drive this weekend from New Hampshire down to Florida, so will also be delayed a couple days as I'll be offline... but hope to be back up online and on BGG by Monday! Thanks again Joe!


As Jeff said, he's traveling, but we'll hear from him on Monday. In the meantime, scour his posts as you try to determine which of the following three statements is his dastardly lie:

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Which is Jeff's lie?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
I have at least one US Patent
21.4% 3
I love onions but hate garlic
50.0% 7
I have fostered over 25 felines
28.6% 4
Voters 14
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Closes: Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:00 am
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161. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:6]
Jeff Michaud
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Longwood
FL
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Thanks Joe for honoring me this past week as the LSotW, even though I was way too busy this past week to partake fully in it... but I'm please to announce a worthy successor...

Melissa
Australia
Parkville
Vic
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who also has had the honor of having been the very 1st...

Geek of the Week

Her intro bio...
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Melissa has been gaming for most of her life, graduating from cards to RPGs to Euros. Her daughters, 14 and 9, bypassed the cards and RPGs. She is married to Fraser, who posts here as Karlsen. They celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary at Melbourne Zoo on November 9th.
Melissa had planned to be at BGGcon this year but circumstances conspired against her. She is yet to forgive circumstances and warns them that she holds a grudge.
Melissa has been to Essen twice, and her ambition is to return. In the meantime, she haunts the Essen video stream and maintains a frighteningly long wishlist.
When not working, gaming, volunteering or spending time with family, Melissa is studying. She unlocked an achievement this year, when she submitted a YouTube video about games as an assessment piece. It is possible that her personal victory conditions and the university's marking guidelines will not always coincide quite so well as they did then.


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  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
When I am stressed, I buy plastic storage containers. We have over 60, at last count.
46.9% 15
We are expecting a new family member in January. A girl. Bigster and Otto are going to have to share a room again.
31.2% 10
My daughter Otto attends a bilingual school where 8 hours a week (maths, science and sport) are taught in German.
21.9% 7
Voters 32
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Closes: Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:00 am
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162. Board Game: Run Mousey Run [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I am delighted to introduce the next Love-Spreader of the Week, the lovely
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Netherlands
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I met Maurice in 2008 and he is at least as lovely in person as online.

Here's his bio:
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Hi Melissa,

I still own you that short Bio.

Hi, I'm Maurice.


Short enough?


Okay, I'll try again:

I'm a father of 2 boys, aged 5 and 7 and live in a small town near the sea.

I have master in physics, but not wanting to spent my live in a lab (studying light scattering so working in a dark room) I didn't stay in science but started to work for a newspaper company in the IT department. I still work in IT now, but now help all different kind of companies with migrations and transformations of their IT solutions.

As to hobbies:
Been a boardgames all my live, but only after discovering Settlers and Carcassonne I really got into the hobby.
Besides board gaming my hobbies are Scuba diving, inline skating and cooking. Since I have kids I have not been scuba diving that much, but I will again when they are older so no worries.
As a spectator I just love Rugby. I already have the 2015 world up marked in my agenda and am planning to see at least 4 matches.

As to sharing the Love:
I like sharing. I believe that you should always be kind to strangers. A random act of generosity always makes me feel good and I feel fortunate when I can.


And here are his Two Truths and a Lie:
Poll: Two truths and a LIE!
See you well you know Mousey! Which is the lie?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Our Cat plays with the Pocket Ants app on my Ipad
15.8% 3
I once caught a Shark bare handed.
52.6% 10
I played boardgames together with Otto (one of Melissa's kids).
31.6% 6
Voters 19
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Closes: Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:00 am
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163. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Wonder Pack [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Louise McCully
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I met Louise when here on BGG last year when I had a few extra copies of 7 Wonders: Catan.
I think I was giving away one copy in the 2011 patron drive and her reaction in the geeklist was such that I decided to just give her one of the other copies I had laying around.
Without the need to, she sent me a beautiful string-bag she made herself with a fantastic fern-pattern.

This year I especially looked for an extra copy of the Esteban card in Essen to sent to her.
I ended up sending her SS target another 7 wonder promo and she is sending my target one of those fantastic string-bags she made.

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I'm a born and bred Kiwi. Grew up in a forestry town and now live in Auckland (our
biggest city). I pay for my board game habit by working as a Production Planner
where I schedule the production of the Steel Mill, Rolling Mill and the Wire Mill.
I live with my boyfriend and our two cats, the cats are my avatar.

I grew up playing board games, the usual ones like Cluedo, Monopoly, The Game of
Life and less usual The Sweet Valley High game (even though there is no review last
time I looked I am not writing one!). University we would quite often play games
such as Taboo or Atmosphere but it wasn't until I attended my first Science Fiction
Convention that I got introduced to Settlers of Catan.

Since then the interest in board games has been steadily trending upwards to its
current level. I spend a lot of time reading BGG, I tend to only post when I have
something that will add to the conversation. I have subscriptions to the Spielbox
and Plato magazines and a growing to-be-played pile of games. This year I have
started pimping my board games with themed fabric drawstring baggies... currently on
the look out for fabric for the black bag in Village.

I also am the owner of a few bookshelves full of science fiction and fantasy, my
to-be read pile I estimate will last about three years. Also have a growing
collection of belly dance costume gear plus the rather large pile of stamp related
stuff. I'm not sure where my partners gets to put his stuff but it doesn't have the
footprint on the house that my collections do :-)


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Two truths and a LIE!
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My board game collection has got to the point I need to hide the fact I've made a new purchase from my non-gaming boyfriend.
46.2% 6
Went to a show that included a man hula hooping in his birthday suit.
30.8% 4
I chatted to Robert Silverberg without knowing who he was for most of it.
23.1% 3
Voters 13
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Closes: Sat Dec 1, 2012 6:00 am
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164. Board Game: Rabbit Hunt [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:5441]
Louise McCully
New Zealand
Auckland
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I would like to introduce you to the new Lovespreader of the week.

Robert Manore
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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I first met Robman whilst trawling through the Geeklists leading up to Essen and came across The Enchanted Bunny "Went" to Essen 2010 quite early on. It quickly became a favourite because he kept it up to date with the latest info and it was full of pictures!! Over time I noticed him popping up in almost every Essen related geeklist handing out all the handy info he had managed to track down. Even though Essen is over he is still continuing to update his list with his thoughts on the games he bought and listens to input as to the layout of his geeklist from his subscribers.

I also admire him for the thought he puts into trying to find games that include his autistic step-daughter, it's not easy role to fill.

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Currently, I am an American Stay-At-Home father living in Germany. I stay at home with my 4-month old daughter while my wife of 9+ years works for the U.S. military. We share our home with my 17-year old Autistic step-daughter and 7-year old son.

I was a big console gamer, but not much exposure to tabletop games other than the occasional Monopoly, Guesstures, etc. In 2009, I was introduced to tabletop gaming by my German Geekbuddy, Crysagon. The first tabletop games he introduced me to were the German editions of Battlestar Galactica and Thunderstone. My German speaking ability was only conversational at the time, but playing more often with my new German gaming friends really helped me improve my German speaking skills. However, knowing how to send someone to the Brig in German doesn't really help much in the German super market.

My Geekbuddy and I later went to our first Spiel in Essen in 2011 where we discovered BGG. I only owned two titles before I attended Essen 2011, which were Battlestar Galactica and Betrayal at House on the Hill. My eyes (and wallet) were opened to a whole new world of magic, excitement, and addiction. I was on a limited budget so I only came home with 3 titles: Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, Thunderstone + Thunderstone: Wrath of the Elements, and Abandon Ship. After I got home from Essen in 2011, I went online and registered onto BGG! I was amazed and disappointed all at the same time. I was amazed by the plethora of information and users, but disappointed in all the cool games that I had missed at Essen.

I love BGG and all of its users. After I received enough tips to buy an avatar from generous users, I now enjoy paying it forward and tipping others so they could do the same (No Geek Left Behind... (How to Get an Avatar)). When it was time to create my avatar, I was subscribed to several auctions trying to expand my small collection at the time. I was a noob when it came to bidding, fair pricing, etc. And I was always getting outbid by bidders in the United States because the auctions always closed while I was asleep at my home in Germany. So being a huge fan of the TV series, The Big Bang Theory, I decided to make my avatar the Enchanted Bunny from the Mystic Warlords of Ka'a because, "Warlord beats Troll, Troll beats Elf, Elf beats Water Sprite, and basically everything else beats Enchanted Bunny."

I also love participating in the Games 4 Geekgold Lotteries (Games for Geekgold Subscription list), which is a great way to bless other users with games in exchange for some Geekgold. I have also written a few reviews and sessions reports, but my passion is using my free time to upgrade my games with personal flare (The Enchanted Bunny Micro Pimps). Finally, I also had the privilege to participate in my first Secret Santa here on BGG. I enjoyed taunting my target and blessing their family with some awesome games!

In the past year, my collection has grown to 112 distinct titles, with an average of 40 plays over 20 distinct titles each month. I also have a weekly gaming group to go to, and my wife now enjoys playing 2-player sessions with me on a regular basis.


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I was a Bronc Rider in rodeos while attending university in Texas.
21.4% 3
I once met and shook hands with Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Soviet minister of foreign affairs.
7.1% 1
I was cast as an extra cartel member in the movie, Bad Boys II, in 2002.
71.4% 10
Voters 14
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Closes: Sun Dec 9, 2012 6:00 am
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165. Board Game: The Child Awareness Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Robert Manore
United States
Colorado Springs
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Cesar Puga
Brazil
Itajai
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I first met Mike on March 16, 2012 through a Geeklist he had created: (Another) Free Game Giveaway!! World Down Syndrome Day!.

Mike's daughter has Down Syndrome and he loves her immensely. Mike wanted to spread the awareness of Down Syndrome and spread the love that he had for gaming. So, Mike promoted World Down Syndrome Day by giving away a board game valued at $40.00 USD with free worldwide shipping. If you owned the Down Syndrome microbadge...

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...during the drawing, the value of the board game would be $50.00 USD. If you were actually displaying it under your avatar at the time of the drawing, the value would go up to $60.00 USD!

Mike's Geeklist really touched my heart because my 17-year old step-daughter is clinically diagnosed with Autism. So, Mike and I hit it off and have been Geekbuddies ever since. We are able to be real with each other and share the ups and downs of raising a child with special needs.

Mike is a great geek! He is always helpful and kind. He loves to Play By Forum and we are currently playing a PBF game together. So without further delay, here is a little about Mike...

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First of all, I want to thank Rob for granting me this honor. He's a great person and a tremendous geek and I am very happy to be his buddy.

I am a 37 year old IT Consultant. I work at a large Brazilian IT company that placed me inside an even bigger Food Company. My job is to design new solutions for their Sales and Distribution processes using SAP tools and enhancements.

I live at Florianopolis but work at Itajai. It is a 80 mile trip so I leave home Monday morning, get back Tuesday evening and do this again Wednesday morning and Friday evening. I spend a lot of time traveling.

My wife and I have a wonderful daughter, Cecilia. She is 2-years old now and since last month she can't stop saying her favorite word: "Papai", which means "Daddy".

You can't imagine how happy I feel every time I hear that. My daughter has an extra chromosome, which makes her even more special. Being with Down Syndrome means she needs a little more attention and care from us but aside for that she's just like any other 2-year-old child: happy, curious, and full of energy. She really brings joy to our family.
You can check her at this blog: cecilianp.blogspot.com.br

And... she is about to get a sister! My wife is at her 37th week of pregnancy! This can happen any minute now !! Boy, am I anxious!

My gaming history is not as rich as most of the other guys at BGG. In my childhood I played Clue, Stratego, Risk, and some party games, but that was it.

When I was in high school, there was a History teacher that was into war games and that's when I started playing...Squad Leader! Quite a change of pace!

I couldn't find anyone to play this so I stopped playing for a long time. 2 years ago, I bought Catan and brought it to my job where my co-workers (most of them 10 years younger than me) immediately loved the game, and we started a gaming night. We played Catan till it burned out.

Then I bought Ticket to Ride and Pandemic. But everyone got hooked when we played Battlestar Galactica. It's tense, fun, and we got to pick on each other the day after the game! Even this week I am still called a "Damn Cylon" after an epic reveal. To which I reply with, "I love the smell of tylium in the morning."

Now I have some more games: Puerto Rico, Lords of Waterdeep, Kingsburg, The Resistance, Citadels, and a few more. I think my collection won't grow much in the near future because this hobby is very expensive in Brazil. We pay 3 times as much as the CSI price for each game. And now with 2 kids I also lack the space, and the time for that.

That's why I try to spend my time at BGG playing by forum, reading reviews and learning about the games. I might not own them, but there's no reason for me not to read about them!

I know my contributions to this site are not huge, but I'm very happy to be a part of it, specially for the great community that we have here. We should thank people for that. And that's why I salute you, my geek friend, for being here and making this a great place to be!


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  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
1) I had a serious car accident hitting a horse on the highway. Every time I tell someone about it, they ask first about the horse.
29.4% 5
2) On 9/11, I was working at a Brazilian building called the "World Trade Center". The Police asked everyone to leave the building as a precaution, and I got a day off.
35.3% 6
3) I won a Board Game contest when I came up with the largest Portuguese word that could be made using only the symbols from the Periodic Table.
35.3% 6
Voters 17
This poll is now closed.   17 answers
Poll created by Robman
Closes: Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:00 am
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166. Board Game: Secret Santa [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
Cesar Puga
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Itajai
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I would like to introduce all of you to the new Love Spreader of the Week.

This guy loves to gives free games for the nice kids! So, without further ado, let's hear it for:.....





Secret Santa
Canada
Quebec
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Which is the lie ?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
1) I lost my virginity with a reindeer
30.8% 4
2) I wanted to work at Heaven's Gate, but lost my chance at a poker game.
23.1% 3
3) My outfit is actually Mrs. Claus PJ's.
46.2% 6
Voters 13
This poll is now closed.   13 answers
Poll created by Mike_Bonn
Closes: Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:00 am


Hi, Aldie. Hi, Octavian. Nice to see you guys here... strange, but nice.
Is there anything wrong?

What do you mean I have to change it ? Why???

But but but everyone loves him, he's a great guy and...

STOP IT! He DOES exist!!

Grrmmmmpfffff... Let go of me! Ok, Ok... I'm cool!


Well, it seems I can't nominate Santa as Love Spreader. So, I'll choose another guy that loves to give games, even when it's not Christmas!!

Dan "DP" Pepin
United States
Dallas
Texas
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I was born and raised in St. Paul, MN but find myself in Dallas, TX working in finance these days. I have a great love of singing, soccer (or football if you prefer), and the outdoors thanks to my background in Boy Scouting. I'm also a huge scotch fanatic, lover of classic books, and amateur ethicist. I was lucky enough to attend my first BGG.CON this year and met a ton of great gamers. My main contribution to the BGG community is the Great Geek Game Giveaway which involves giving a free game (or 3) away every month (look for it at the top of the FTL forums!). I count myself lucky to be among such great company as the LSWs!


Dan's 2 truths & 1 lie
Poll: Dan's 2 truths & 1 lie
Which is the lie ?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
1)I accidentally bumped into George W. Bush at a Texas Rangers game and was pounced on by the Secret Service. It hurt.
52.9% 9
2)I visited every country in Western Europe within a 10 day time frame, taking along only what I could fit into my pockets. Don't worry, I took a spare shirt.
35.3% 6
3)If I were to play my music collection from start to finish without duplicating a song, I would be listening for over 3 years straight. So many hard drives.
11.8% 2
Voters 17
This poll is now closed.   17 answers
Poll created by Mike_Bonn
Closes: Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:00 am


Enjoy your week, Dan!
Congratulations!!
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167. Board Game: Gold Mine [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:5125]
Dan "DP" Pepin
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Well thank you all for the great week! I'm glad I got a whole one in light of recent Mayan non-events. So with the world continuing, I give you you next LSW. I chose him for his role in keeping G4GG going. His name is:

Bishop of East Anglia
New Zealand
Christchurch
i actually live in Wellington
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And here's a little about our newest LSW:

SamNzed wrote:
I am a playwright who dabbles in PR, and I live in New Zealand, which is as paradise as you get.
I've always sort of boardgames right from when I was young and at one point when I owned very little in my early 20s I still had a copy of Junta in my pile of stuff. I have a lovely wife and 2 stunning kids.

In my past I've been a student president, a human shield, a policy analyst, a speech writer, and a corporate manager (some things not for too long).

My current aims are to reignite 4 draft plays I have on the go and finish at least one of them in the new year. I'm directing Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap with rehearsals starting in January and the production in April.

I believe things that go around, come around, that life is shorter than we think and being good to people on the way is least we can do for those around us.

My current project here is giving away avatar GG. I tend to believe that what goes around comes around, and so try to be generous.


How about some fun with lies? (P.S. my lie was #1 last week!)

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Which is the lie? Guess away!
Which is the big fat lie?
When I worked as a speechwriter for our deputy PM I suggested to the mayor of our southern-most city that he should market his city as 'the end of the World'
My sister works in the film industry and has done for 20 years
I can curl my tongue when I poke it out.
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Poll created by dpep13


Have a great week!


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168. Board Game: Big John [Average Rating:4.15 Unranked]
Bishop of East Anglia
New Zealand
Christchurch
i actually live in Wellington
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Thanks everyone for your comments over the last week.
I said at the beginning I felt like Inspector Closeau following Mother Theresa, well to make it worse the next LSW makes me look like Scrooge McDuck, and if you've seen his offer in 2012 BGG Supporter Badge Drive / Rummage-O-Rama Give-Away - Free Games (some with Free Worldwide Shipping) - Maybe win a boardgame hotel stay in Greece or a subscription to the English edition of Spielbox? you'll see why.

I really like Canadians so I'm pleased he's wearing a Maple leaf- and what an interesting guy. What I get from his story is being generous and spreading love is a choice and it requires effort, but it sounds like it really makes him happy.

I introduce
Jason Russell
Canada
Windsor
Ontario
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I grew up outside Ottawa in the woods in a giant house my parents built. I loved the outdoors. My parents let us do anything anytime after school and the summers were AMAZING.

However, we had no friends nearby, so created our own fun by making pinball games out of plywood, nails and rubber bands, and two scrap pieces of wood for 'flippers'. We climbed trees, built tree forts, explored all 200 acres of solid forest.

We moved in grade 7, and the VEEY first day I was in my new school, I saw a guy rolling these weird shaped dice during lunch with some of his friends. I was fascinated. I asked what the odd shaped objects were for, they were secretive, but eventually I won over a member and he told me - 'They're for Dungeons and Dragons." The rest is gaming history.

I eventually played everything I could get my hands on, it was a great time for gaming. Car Wars, D&D, Titan, Diplomacy, Champions...and then miniatures started to appear. Games Workshop and Citadel. I became a miniature fanatic.

I won my first painting award after losing to a 'short person' who was quite good. I'd made a diorama with all sorts of Dwarves getting ready to race, one of the Dwarves, Johnny I called him, was riding a rocket. The title of the diorama was 'The Year Johnny Took It All". The short person won with some dude riding an elephant through a jungly forest, it was titled "On the Way to Delhi." I pleaded my case to the judges (I was a very sad 14 year old, forgive me!) I was told I lost because he'd had such beautiful scenery, and mine was on a flat piece of wood with flock.

My revenge took a year to complete. My next year's entry (at Cangames, a great Ottawa gaming convention) was titled 'On the Road Back from the Deli".
It featured a Dwarf riding an elephant, the elephant covered in all sorts of meats. And there were PLENTY of trees, as he rode up the side of a mountain, with a painted background showing the sky and clouds.

That day, I won a trophy, but I broke a man's soul. And after the excitement of winning wore off, I realized I'd made a wonderful man extremely sad, to the point of tears. He never returned to the convention again. I've no idea what ever happenned to him. This changed me into a better person, I think. I hope, anyway.

I'm going on waaaay too long.

OK, I went to Ottawa U and ALMOST graduated from Business admin, but switched to Carleton U and took Psychology. I was working at The Silver Snail (Ottawa location, awesome!), a gaming and comic store, and I loved it. I ALMOST graduated again, but fate (and my foolishness) interceded and Games Workshop Canada called! They were hiring!!! After my first interview (which went well), I was turned down. Ask Andrew Sinclair (my best friend ever) why... seriously, ask him. Great behind the scenes story.

But the NEXT interview a month later went well, and I was hired. I moved to Toronto, and spent my next 8 years learning everything about selling. Mostly from Andrew's incredible tutelage. He was, IS, a master salesman. I became a great salesman myself. We became great friends, and I had a fantastic time working there. But it all ended in tears. GW closed.

Andrew got a job at a gaming distributor called Lion Rampant. I followed him there. He was, once again, my boss. We sold every kind of game ever made. It was awesome, and awful. The owner was always broke, ordered the wrong stuff, and never had enough of the best selling items. I lost my mind and was fired. I left and sold insurance.

Now, I'm in Windsor, because of two things. My younger brother lost both his legs after an operation to remove a cyst from his outer brain went badly. He died, came back, died a couple more times and came back. But eventually the strain on his body took its toll, and gangreen spread in his feet. They had to amputate his legs from the knees down. My life looked like a bowl of cherries all of a sudden. Poor Dave. He struggled this last year, but is now walking on his own, and is happier than he's ever been.

My mother, Dave and I decided to look for a bungalow and all live together. My mom retired last year, perfect timing, I was starting a home business creating resin casts of sculptures done by friends, and Dave would be receiving disability from the province each month. Or so we thought. That's still being fought in the government.

Windsor has the cheapest bungalows in Canada, as the Ford factory closed, and it now has 11% unemployment. So we now live in a palacial bungalow, on a beautiful street. And we are VERY happy.

We plan on opening a Gaming Cantina (we sell drinks and beer, people pay $15 a month to become members and can play games from our 1000 game library til 2:00AM, or read all the comics they want, which we get every week. And of course, the salty popcorn is free. Want a drink with that?). It's going to be called Geektropolis Cantina. And it's going to ROCK.

Until then (mid 2014), I'll have a few Kickstarter campaigns making resin gaming items (custom meeples, anyone?), with Andrew being the campaign manager. Should be amazing.

In ten years, Andrew is going to move down, and we'll all sit back and let the scantily clad bar ladies take care of the place. We'll be too busy playing games and drinking.

That's my story. That's the future, with any luck. You're ALL invited to the grand opening, and of course, will receive your super rare onyx lifetime membership cards soon after.

With any luck, a franchise will open near you in the next decade!!!


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Two truths and a lie
From BigJay:
I like to tell stories! Sorry these are all so long. I SWEAR they're all true!!! OK, maybe one is far fetched. OK, a lie.
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1. One night while drinking in a pub outside Trent University, I decided to go get a pizza next door. The line was FAR too long (at LEAST 5 people in line!!!! Pfft!!!), so entered the open side door, walked into the kitchen, and announced to a very nice pizza making lady that I'd help her by making my own pizza. Chaos ensued. She ran away screaming, the building emptied, the police arrived, but only found a $20 bill. The pizza was EXCELLENT, by the way.
58.8% 10
2. When my grandfather on my father's side passed away, he'd previously expressed a wish to have his ashes scattered into the sky via airplane, as he had been in the air force during WWII. It fell to me to scatter the ashes. A small twin prop was rented for an hour coincidentally on the day of my younger brother's birthday). I flew up with a pilot and helper (I suppose a co pilot? He was the guy who was to open the door of the plane for me). I strapped in and 10 minutes later, it was time. The helper opened the door, we were at a low altitude but it was deafening. I cautiously went to the door, with safety strap attached, opened the jar with bag of ashes...and the plane instantly filled with ashes. In my eyes, ear, mouth, and other nether regions. We landed quickly after, all involved covered head to toes in gray powder. I attended my brother's birthday, and had an awkward tale to tell my family.
5.9% 1
3. During high school at Glebe Colligiate in Ottawa, where I grew up, my fraternal twin Clint, much smaller than I at the time, was having a terrifying experience with a grade 13 student, (final year of high school at the time) (We were in grade 10, my twin had quite a growth spurt during grades 12 to 13, he's a security guard now). I had always protected my 2 brothers and nerdy gaming friends from bullies, and had been bullied myself for most of my school years, as I was a large fellow, and bullies seem to enjoy a 'challenge'. I was used to fighting lol. The school yearbook came out near the end of that year, and the bully in question had a graduation picture of himself standing in the back of a pick up holding a shotgun. Clint, and our friends, feared for his life. This guy was a lunatic. This was during the mid 80's, and bullying was in no way recognized or prevented. Good times. On my way back from delivering papers a week later, I always crossed a bridge over a canal to get home, a famous canal that runs thru Ottawa. Well who do I see but the bully, walking right towards me, same side of the bridge. We'd already had a few scuffles. He recognized me, and I him, and we both knew something was going to happen. I was terrified. We began to grapple immediately after mouthing off to one another. I was much heavier than him, and had him pinned against the bridge's guard rail by pure luck. I lost my mind, and pushed him over the side. He fell around 30 feet into the canal. He was fine. The canal is deep in the middle, but it could have ended much more poorly for him, and me. However, The bullying ended immediately.
35.3% 6
Voters 17
This poll is now closed.   17 answers
Poll created by SamNzed
Closes: Sun Jan 6, 2013 6:00 am
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169. Board Game: Drum Roll [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:709]
Jason Russell
Canada
Windsor
Ontario
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HELLO ALL!!!!!!!!!

It's that time of week again! Time to pass the Love Torch to the next Love Spreader of the Week!!!

I wrote that love isn't easy, and that it is hard (but important) work.

Folks, this gentleman makes it look EASY, but have no doubt, it is a diciplined decision he has made to spread love everywhere he goes, and I doubt any one of us can claim to have not felt his loving presence.

I am VERY proud to announce this remarkably loving soul as the next Love Spreader of the Week!

Sir Ralf, don thine armour, and proudly bear the torch that is Love Spreader of the Week!!!!!

Uncle Ralf
Netherlands
Amersfoort
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Take this torch and cast loving light in all the shaded corners of BGG, as you have done in years past!

Here are Ralf's words, enjoy!!!

I was born on 9th of october in 1989. I was raised in a family with 2 sisters, so no big brothers to fight with. Still lots of fun with my sisters! I come from a very musical family (dad plays guitar, mother plays piano and violin, sisters play the flute) and at the age of 7 I decided I wanted to be a drummer. I was always hitting pots and pans with sticks in the kitchen, so I guess my mother wanted her pans back or something, so my parents bought me a drumkit. After several years of lessons (10 to be precise)

I had lots of performances and I got a lot of stage experience. It was an amazing time. I participated in a competition for musicians at my music school, and together with 2 others we played an awesome rhythmic piece. In the end we were placed second, losing from the harp players. Afterwards we heard that we got amazing grades from the jury, but that one person in the jury just disliked drums and gave us lower scores because of that, making us second instead of first place. The woman was kicked out of the jury after that, to never jury anything again. The year after that we tried this competition again, and became first!

After a while, I decided to quit taking lessons and just learn for myself. Still actively drumming my name, hence Drummyralf.

That brings me to my username! A lot of people I know read it as "dummyralf" which would also suit me I guess. Because once, I broke my leg while playing tabletennis! A crack of 18 cm long in my bone, no less.
But the nickname came from a friend of mine. I needed a nickname for the internet, and wanted something with drumming in it. Drummingralf didn't sound catchy and suddenly my friend came with "drummyralf". I liked it, and never changed it since. Also never have problems that the nickname is taken on a site

Well, what more to tell? Oh yes, I currently study for teachers assistant. I don't think I will be working in this field later on, but atleast it gives me a diploma. Still a lot of fun to be had. Kids are so spontaneous and funny! Last christmas at internship we had a christmas tree in our classroom. All the kids helped decorate the tree, and it looked amazing. There was this one clumsy kid though. When one of the kids on the other side of the class saw something out of the window and cheered: "Look at this!" he started running towards the window, falling over the chords of the lights. I wasn't really paying attention and just carefully decorating the tree, but suddenly the whole tree came tumbling down on me!

Well, that's about all I can think of for now. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Which one is a lie:
-I broke my leg while playing table tennis and got crack of 18 cm long in my bone.
-I entered a musical contest once where the jury was biased and therefor became second place. Afterwards the jurymember was removed from her function as jurymember.
-I got a christmas tree falling down on me due to a distracted kid who was helping me decorate the tree.



OK, GUESS WHICH IS THE LIE!!!!

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Which statement is a BIG FAT LIE!!!!!
-I broke my leg while playing table tennis and got crack of 18 cm long in my bone.
-I entered a musical contest once where the jury was biased and therefor became second place. Afterwards the jurymember was removed from her function as jurymember.
-I got a christmas tree falling down on me due to a distracted kid who was helping me decorate the tree.
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Poll created by Big Jay



I'd just like to thank Sam for handing me the torch for this past week, and to everyone who made this such a fantastic experience!!!

Oh, and my lie? I never threw grampa ashes out of a plane!!!!!!! Pffft!!! meeple

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170. Board Game: Dollars and Dibble [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Uncle Ralf
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Amersfoort
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He is kind! He is loving! He is awesome! Active on BGG, VGG and RPG, this fellow will surely be seen by many of us! And to my surprise, he had never been chosen as an LSW. An outrage I say. An OUTRAGE! So the choice was easily decided.

And because he is a miniature painter, playing a boardgame with him will never have you look at dull grey miniatures! Be sure to check out his awesome images!

http://boardgamegeek.com/images/boardgame/all/page/1?usernam...

I present to you the new LSW!

Original Dibbler
Germany
Aachen
NRW
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Here are his words:
I was born in Essen a City that all of you will at least have heared of. Most my life took place there. Four years ago - after finishing my diploma in chemistry - I move to Aachen because of work. Here I met my lovely fiancée Katja who I will marry this summer.
I played boardgames all my life, videogames since I was about 10 and RPGs since I was about 12. Now boardgames are most important, followed by RPGs and videogames. Well, I suppose this is enough as a short introduction. Feel free to ask!

And now the difficult part - two truth and one lie:
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Which of the following statements is a lie?
I like to smoke pipe.
I ate vegetarian for 2 years when I was a teen.
Last month I spent more money on whisky than on cloths.
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171. Board Game: Oliphant Football Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Original Dibbler
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And here is your new LSW. He is a FTLer since the first tread. He even is a noble knight of the FTL thread. He is a good guy. He never was LSW... He is NOW!

And this is him:
R Moore
United States
Clarkston
Michigan
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Here is his story as he told it to me:
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Well.. My story. I'm a story teller in general. I preach sometimes for my church and I am a school counselor who teaches life lessons in classrooms Kindergarten through 8th grade. I love telling kids stories of my own experiences with the hope of building empathy and imparting wisdom. I'm also happily married with 5 kids of my own.

My students mainly come from Flint, MI which has been one of the most dangerous cities to live in for a while. I don't live there so I'm a bit of an outsider. I suppose being an outsider is as accurate of a description of me as story teller. But I love those kids. I think building relationships with kids and teaching them new and effective ways of communicating, problem solving and learning is the way to change lives.

I get into a lot of hobbies for a small time but two constants in my life that have been there since childhood are games and music. I am a percussionist, singer and I play the electric banjo. I recently took a break after being with a church band (worship team) for over a decade and am now using cubase 7 to write some of my own stuff... it's a meditative, spiritual kind of thing that has always been my way of connecting with God and rediscovering my place in the order of things.

I use games to connect with people.. I love playing. But I also love growing and sharing and getting to know others and helping others open up and building connections. Gaming does all these things for me. I can still be a kid at heart and get really excited about a game I want to play.


And here are his two truths and one lie:
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Which one is a lie?
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I sang in a children's chior for several years in Frankfurt while living in what was then West Germany.
35.0% 7
I learned a stronger appreciation of the phrygian dominant scale on my banjo while dueling a bouzouki near Kibbutz Kfar Blum, while on a month-long educational tour in Israel.
30.0% 6
I developed my finger strength for playing the tabla from a local expert while on a 6 month mission trip to Bangalore, India.
35.0% 7
Voters 20
This poll is now closed.   20 answers
Poll created by Originaldibbler
Closes: Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:00 am
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172. Board Game: Calling Superman [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
R Moore
United States
Clarkston
Michigan
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The next geek to be summoned to the hall of GotW is no stranger to kindness, FTL or the LoeH.

He is a family man, long time gamer, kickstarter expert and frequent contributor to Geek.

Here is our man of the hour:
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Hamburg
Hamburg
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I grew up in a small town in northern Germany, and began role playing with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (2nd Edition) when I was about 12. When I grew older, I started playing all kinds of boardgames with the same crowd, mostly classical euro releases. During that time, we moved from AD&D to Vampire: The Dark Ages after trying various other RPGs.

When I started college, I found players for Vampire: The Dark Ages and GMed a round for a few years, but not so many for boardgames (apart from Magic: The Gathering, which I fortunately never bought in).

After a few years of working full time, I re-discovered boardgaming in 2009 and my collection has grown quite a bit since then.

I have been living in Hamburg for about 10 years now, and I am married for almost 5 years, with a son of 3,5 years.
Apart from boardgaming, I am an avid comic book collector with a collection of about 3500 US comic books (which I mainly collect), and many german comics.



And now your weekly quiz...
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Which one is the lie?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
1. My wife and I married without formal clothing and without guests on a beach during a vacation, telling everybody afterwards.
6.2% 1
2. I once saved a guy from drowning while I was volunteering for the German baywatch as a teenager (DLRG = German Live Saving Group)
18.8% 3
3. My son was named after one of my favorite comic book authors at that time, with my wife's consent.
75.0% 12
Voters 16
This poll is now closed.   16 answers
Poll created by Oliphant
Closes: Mon Feb 4, 2013 6:00 am


So please bomb this man with questions, well wishes, quizes and all the kind thoughts you can muster!
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