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The last seven days have been fun. Thank you!

Geek of the Week #266 is one of the most accomplished women in the board game hobby:

Jennifer Schlickbernd
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I'd like to thank Pete Belli for nominating me, so exciting!!!

About me:

I first got into Euro games back in 1988, when I was able to acquire a copy of Die Macher at Origins. At that time, most board gaming (outside of wargames/miniatures) was thematic games like Empire Builder, Axis and Allies and the like. Previous to that I had played Diplomacy, 1829, 1830, and Civilization. I would later be privileged to be on the design team for Advanced Civilization.

I am divorced, with a 19 year old son who is mostly into video games. One of my most special board gaming moments is when we were playing Twilight Imperium II. We'd been playing for six hours, and I wanted to quit. He was 10 years old at the time and said "how can you want to quit?! The game is just getting good!". Strategy gamer after my own heart . although I was tired that day.

I'm African American and over 50 years old to boot, so I'm certainly not your 'typical' geek, if there is such a thing. Back in 1988, there were so few women in the hobby. And now there are so many! I sometimes attend the Eugene (Oregon) Game Gala put on by Lorna Wong, I've seen nearly 50% female attendance. Which is awesome . Unfortunately African American involvement in the hobby is a lot less than that, which is regrettable to me because this is a great hobby and I'd love for more of my family and African American friends to participate.

I'm a strategy gamer by trade and lately I've become more focused on them. I find more innovation in the heavier, multi-faceted strategy games that have come out lately. Games like Rune Wars, Dominant Species, Middle-Earth Quest, Masters of Venice, Imperial are particularly attractive because they seem to hold up a lot better for me over time than the lighter family oriented games. Yes they take more time to play but I'd rather spend that time with a game that I really enjoy versus spending the same amount of time with several games where I've seen the mechanics a hundred times before (or at least it feels that way).

I do love Magic the Gathering and Dominion though. I was the first 'judge' of Magic the Gathering outside of the judges at WotC. I have the oldest known DCI number at 11. I also did some playtesting for them. It's such an awesome game! And Dominion is also one of my favorites. Different every time and a lot less expensive than Magic.

Other things that I like to do: People ask me what I watch on TV. I tell them I watch three shows, the NFL, the NBA and the MLB. That's it. Love my Lakers, cry over my Raiders and hope for my Dodgers. I really enjoy the out of doors. As pets, I have a Boston Terrier named Buster Brindle, a Shih Tzu named Xiao-Xiao and an African Grey Parrot that talks named MerlinBerlin.

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1)I am a lifelong stutterer
2)I once had a wrap around skirt fall to the floor in a rollerblading store
3)I listen to hip hop music


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I'll get Jennifer started off with three quick questions:


On certain days the dice seem to hate us and the good cards will hide at the bottom of the deck... are you a good loser?

Can you tell us about a game that truly impressed you with a superb graphic presentation and outstanding components?

Grover Washington, Jr. or David Sanborn?


Congratulations and enjoy your week!

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Another great choice, and another person who should have been accorded this honor long ago!

Jennifer, just one question - will your Lakers win it again this year, or will the "Dream Team" from South Beach crush all before it (including my beloved but increasingly over-the-hill Celts)?

Have a great week in the spotlight!!!
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CONGRATULATIONS

A fine choice for GoTW!!! thumbsup

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What is your most & least favorite game mechanic and why?

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One of the designers of Civilization as GOTW?

We're not worthy to ask questions!

Edit: but of course I'll ask one anyway.

Jennifer, you note the relative scarcity of African-American gamers - which I've certainly noticed as well. What do you attribute that to?

And congrats on being GOTW - I really enjoy your contributions, and I've checked out your column a few times and enjoy that, too.

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Congratulations! Fantastic choice for GOTW.

Have fun this week.
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Congratulations!
By the way, nice job your Raiders did on my Chargers last week.
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Congrats Jennifer!
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Congratulations, Jennifer!
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Great choice Pete!

Congratulations Jennifer! - a most worthy Geek of the week. Have a wonderful week.
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Congratulations 'Mrs Meeples' - great choice and enjoy your term as Geek of the week.
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Congrats
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Grats, Ms. Meeples!

A few Dominion questions for you:
Favorite card?
Least favorite card?
Small expansions: Pro or Con?
If you could change one thing in Dominion (a rule, a card, etc.,) what would it be?
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Congratulations Jennifer, have a great week.

And may I also say what great taste in sports teams you have.
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We're honored to have you as the Geek of the Week, Jennifer. If anyone deserves it, it's you!
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Huzzah Jennifer!
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Congrats Jennifer!

How did you find your way into gaming, strategic gaming in particular?
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Congratulations Jennifer!
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Hm. Excellent choice. Heretofore, all I've known about our new GotW is that she very nicely and promptly answered a question I GM'ed her about Advanced Civilization.
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Congrats!!


Two quickies about my favorite game:

a) How did you become part of the design team for Advanced Civ?

2) If you had to change one thing about the finished product, what would it be?

And a bonus question:

c) When are you going to comne to WBC and school us all?
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Congratulations on your Geek of the Week honor.
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I had actually read some of your credentials when checking out the creators of Advanced Civilization, but I hadn't gotten anywhere close to the awe-inspiring list of honours that are on your proverbial regimental colours.

Enjoy your week!

Question: of the designers of Advanced Civilization, who had to go to the bathroom most during design meetings?
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Congrats Jennifer! My questions for you:

There seems to be buzz around heavier games coming out at Essen. Have any of these caught your eye?

You've been involved in this hobby for a length of time and you still enjoy it... any thoughts about where it's come in the long view?
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I offer you my most enthusiastic contrafibularities

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