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Antonio B-D
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It is time for me to let go of the Geek of the Week position and pass it on to someone else. And this someone else is Murray.

You might not know the name or even the username (MABBY) but you'll sure remember his avatar as one of the most striking avatars in the geek. And also a very nice, inteligent and fun poster. A true, Geek of the Week.

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First of all, I need to thank Antonio for nominating me for this thing.
We run across each other on several threads around here but I never thought that this would happen to me.

OK, then.
My name is Murray, and I’m a boardgame addict.

I grew up loving both reading and playing games. I was an avid card player by the age of five. Visits to my grandparents, on my dad’s side, began with me running past them (avoiding hugs and kisses) straight for the cards and the cribbage board. I could have played crib until midnight, if they would have let me.
Special occasions brought with them aunts, uncles, cousins, and long games of Canasta and Rummoli.
My grandfather taught me how to solve crossword puzzles of all sorts, as well.
Meanwhile, on my mother’s side, I played Scrabble with my grandmother whenever we got together. That game has instilled a love of words (and anagrams) that stays with me to this day.
My first real boardgaming experience, as I recall fondly, was one called "Stock Ticker", which was the only game that my father ever owned. It’s pretty easy; very luck-based because of the dice rolls, but I just loved it.

Speaking of my father, it is from him whom I gained my sense of humour. I love to laugh.
My childhood was full of comedy; mostly from television shows. From "Gilligan’s Island" to "Hogan’s Heroes" to "Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In" to "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", "Soap", and "Saturday Night Live", my days (and into the wee morning hours) were spent in search of comedy.

In other respects, I was a typical boy of the times. I had dozens of model airplanes and cars, and the usual boardgames (Stratego, Battleships, Monopoly, Operation, Clue, Risk, and so on). I also bought a copy of "Panzerblitz"; I punched out all of the chits, and noodled around a bit with it, but I never could find anyone willing to play it with me.

By the time I had reached University, the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons phenomena was taking hold. A residence/ dorm-mate friend of mine blew his entire student loan on AD&D goodies, and he set up an ongoing campaign that was run from his dorm room. He didn’t have time to go to classes.
We loved the game and, after graduations and all, I still played AD&D, weekly, for many years (15?). I liked being a DM because of my latent creativity, and everyone seemed to enjoy my "world". Sadly, once marriages and children came along for the last of us, people moved away and we had to quit.
My roommate (after University) and I liked to go to the horse races, to place small bets, and we found a local game store that sold the Avalon Hill bookcase edition of the horseracing game "Win, Place & Show" so we bought it, as a joint purchase. He still has it. But my collection is now 86 times larger than his.
The first game that I bought after I got married was "Eurorails", and it remains the favorite of the house.

I found BGG while looking online for strategy tips for the game "Priceless". I noticed right away that BGG was laid out better than most user forums, and I found myself returning there quite often. I was especially attracted by the "games owned" section of the user profiles, since it allowed a person to keep track of what they owned and what they played.
Once I got into reading and participating in geeklists, though, I was completely hooked.

I think that George Carlin had it right when he advised us to "question everything". I love to ruminate on the reasons why seemingly normal people do abnormal things. I try to push the boundaries and I’m very much in favor of there being more creativity and beauty in normal, drab, every-day items; like advertisements, say, or restaurant menus, or website forums...



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Two truths and a lie, but which one is which?
I once drank too much coffee on a camping trip and suffered for close to an hour, on a very narrow, winding, bumpy, mountain road (i.e. no trees or bushes), before the driver could find a place to stop so that I could empty my swollen bladder.
I have seen the live Irish dance show, "Riverdance" (including its cousin, "Lord of the Dance"), three times.
I once worked in a clothing store and was the top-performing employee there. My nametag read "Patrick", instead of Murray, and I truly believe that this, alone, was the reason for my success.
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Congrats, Murray!
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Antonio B-D
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Well I think it is the time for me to start the ball rolling.

So... have you ever played a wargame? Are you interested in wargames?

What is your biggest gaming guilty pleasure (dumbest game that you like)

And.. congratulations!
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Congratulations Murray, have a great week.
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Congratulations Murray!

Enjoy your week!
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Congratulations Murray.

Love that avatar !





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You have Trival Pusuit rated a 9. Does that mean you play(ed) it a lot. Don't you get to know all the questions?
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Well done Mabbyson
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Congrats Murray!

d10-1What is your favourite colour when playing a boardgame?
d10-2Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter?
d10-3Do play an instrument? If yes, which one and for how long already?
d10-4Having fun?
d10-5What would have been your name if your parents didn't name you Murray?
d10-6What is your favourite snack?
d10-7 What is your favourite alcoholic / non-alcoholic drink?
d10-8What is your favourite time of day?

Enjoy your week!

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Congrats, MABBY!

Is it true that people who live in Calgary only eat beef?
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Congratulations! Have a great week.
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Congratulations!
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Congratulations, Murray!



I like your avatar
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Congrats to you and your scary avatar.
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Congrats Murray! Great avatar; that has to be one of the most unflappable people ever, filming that rally.
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GRATZ! MABBY and what do you think of this: Blocks = "Stratego" whistle
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Hungadunga wrote:
Congrats, MABBY!

Is it true that people who live in Calgary only eat beef?


Congrats fellow Calgarian and Days of the Year Geeklist layabout..

Follow up question:

Where can I find a good hamburger in Calgary? I have tried many a burger joint and the only one that was any good was too small and remote to succeed. The rest have all been crap.

One more:

Do you frequent "The Sentry Box"?
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Congratulations! I always look forward to your comments in the better quality geeklists.

Let me ask a few questions-
1) What's the coolest historic site you've visited?
2) What is life like in a city where the hockey team isn't a national embarrassment?
3) What's your all-time favourite beer?

Enjoy your week! Don't forget all the little people!
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Congrats!

Prepare for a week of random quesitons and musings from people you don't know.

On that note, here we go:

1. Least favorite D&D (any edition) Class as a player? Why?
2. Favorite D&D (any edition) Class as a player? Why?
3. Is there a class of character that makes you groan as a DM when a player chooses? If so why?
4. Have you tried any of the dungeon crawler boardgames like Descent etc.?
5. Whats your take on the San Juan upgrade from the Alea Treasure chest? I see that you own the base game and expansion and I have to admit for me it does not get much table time since I 'discovered' Race for the Galaxy and I am wondering if the expansion would bring San Juan back to the table.
6. You San Juan highly. Are you interested in Race for the Glaxy? Why or why not?

Thanks in advance for your sage GotW wisdom
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abendoso wrote:


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Two truths and a lie, but which one is which?
I once drank too much coffee on a camping trip and suffered for close to an hour, on a very narrow, winding, bumpy, mountain road (i.e. no trees or bushes), before the driver could find a place to stop so that I could empty my swollen bladder.
I have seen the live Irish dance show, "Riverdance" (including its cousin, "Lord of the Dance"), three times.
I once worked in a clothing store and was the top-performing employee there. My nametag read "Patrick", instead of Murray, and I truly believe that this, alone, was the reason for my success.
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So that was an Irish clothing store, then?
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Sorry for asking this, but how does one get be a geek of the week?
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beatress wrote:
Sorry for asking this, but how does one get be a geek of the week?
Not a problem, and that's easy: HAVE a 'friend' as the previous ONE! whistle
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beatress wrote:
Sorry for asking this, but how does one get be a geek of the week?

Sexual favors.

Oh, and congratulations, MABBY.
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Good show gent, congrats on the GoW

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