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Finally! It's time for a new Geek of the Week! I present him thusly:



Here's what he has to say for himself:

h00sha wrote:
This very short bio began long ago with the announcement from my parents that we were moving to Canada from our beloved Jamaica. At the age of 6 I took this information in stride and worried not for myself but only for my first crush and the devastating impact this move would have on her. Yes, this geek was once a boy who had kissed a girl in his class and the two agreed to marry. I remember writing a letter to Stacy Knight which contained the words, "Dear Stacy, I am sorry I cannot marry you because we are moving to Canada." The children would never see each other again.

Dry your tears, friends; what began in sorrow eventually turned to joy. A young lady left her home in Saint John, New Brunswick (not to be confused with St. John's, Newfoundland) on Canada's east coast for a new start in the booming western province of Alberta. In the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Calgary was home to an older sister, Star. Star welcomed Bridgette with open arms and the sisters rekindled their relationship. I met Bridgette in church and finally understood why Stacy and I were so cruelly torn apart.

Bridgette and I married 15 years ago and are the proud parents of a beautiful girl with wisdom beyond her years. They are my primary game group. As they are not passionate gamers, I always appreciate their efforts to participate in my hobby. Sometimes I'll bargain with them - "You don't have to clean your room if you'll play with me," or "You can spend a little extra on clothes this week if we have a game." - and everybody's happy! Other times, they'll volunteer. Most other times still, I will play solitaire. When an opportunity arises to introduce a gateway game to a friend of family member, I take it. I have also been known to attend game nights chez
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Regarding my gaming history, my User Profile on BGG will tell you that, "I enjoyed playing Snakes and Ladders and Monopoly as a youngster and played a few other games growing up - never really enjoyed the other major mass market games though (risk, clue, etc.) I remember Survive and a space game that I only have a vague recollection of. Played some D&D in junior high, really not much. Became aware of CCGs in the 90's but never played - wished I had someone to play with, but had other priorities. Fast forward to about 2005/2006 and I'm looking for a game that my daughter will like. Started with Cranium for kids. Then my employer at the time was running a team building event that was based on monopoly. I figured that she was ready start learning about money, so we get monopoly. Really loved it! But it gets boring fast so now I'm surfing the internet for board games... something calling me, telling me there is more. Found some positive reviews and references to Settlers of Catan and vaguely remember seeing it for sale at the mall. Buy it. Love it! Buy 2 more copies for friends at Christmas that year (2007). Life goes on and we play games occasionally. Looking for something more again. Now it's near the end of 2009 and I stumble upon BGG. I decide that this site is for geeks - "that's not me" (denial) - But I plan on using it as a reference for my next game purchase... decide on Ticket to Ride, with no intent to go further into the hobby. Everything snowballs in 2010 and a gamer is born."

I have been remiss in that I have not yet mentioned my younger (but taller) brother, Jeremy, my only sibling. Obviously, we played games and sports together as children. Between swimming, hockey and lacrosse we learned the fun of competition and the meaning of the words 'team' and 'winner'. His gaming life has continued over the years via 8-ball at the pool tables and Texas Hold 'Em in the casinos and online. He takes his fun seriously, avoiding drinking/smoking and other bad habits to be successful in both games. I have introduced a couple of my games to him and he is open to more.

What else is there to say, friends? Continue playing games! Play like your life depends on it. Like your life depends on the playing, not the winning. Play games and contribute to BGG in a positive way. You can be constructively critical, hilariously humorous, pensively ponderous. You can even become a patron. Contribute in a positive way.

Your joy is your strength.


Poll: 2 TRUTHS AND A LIE

  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Alex Haley stayed at my relatives' home in Jamaica for a time while he was writing 'Roots'.
20.0% 12
My first cousin once removed, Jeffrey Pattinson, was the victim of OJ Simpson's 'road rage attack on neighbour'.
48.3% 29
I met Joe Frazier at a party after his fight against George Foreman in Kingston (I was only one at the time).
31.7% 19
Voters 60
This poll is now closed.   60 answers
Poll created by Hello Gregor
Closes: Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:00 am


I congratulate first! h00ray for h00sha (I get to do that first, too)!

Now, to start the questions:
1. I gather from your autobiography that winning is not your priority when playing. You also play with others and solitaire. What are your reasons for playing games?

2. How's Fields of Fire coming? I'm sure I'm not alone in the subset of people who await with bated breath the next installment of your progress.

3. How do you pronounce your name? Would it have been too much if I'd titled this thread Gr33tings G33k of the W33k- h00sha?

4. Do you play only solitaire games solitaire or do you play multi-player games solitaire as well?

5. In a hundred words or less, would you please compare and contrast wargames with American football?

6. Have you ever thought about designing a game or engaged in the act of game design? If not, what sort of game would you like to have designed in the past?

7. Recently, you've dipped your feet in the vast ocean that is wargames. Is there something you feel other games, specifically those beneath the Euro umbrella, could learn from wargames? Is there something the larger game community could learn from wargamers? What are we missing?

8. If you could ensure that Stephen Harper played one game with Queen Elizabeth, what would it be?

9. Do you listen to music when you play games? If so, what's the best game/music combination you can think of?

h00sha! Thanks for consenting to open your life to us by consenting to become Geek of the Week! Enjoy all the questions and congratulations and have lots and lots of fun. Whee!

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Hip hip Hur-h00sha!

Congratulations, sir!
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Hello Gregor wrote:

I congratulate first! h00ray for h00sha (I get to do that first, too)!
Thanks HELLO GREGOR!! I loved the intro video you made about me! Especially the way you referred to some of the outdoor excursions in my videos as field trips. So true! I love thinking about where to film next and am looking forward to winter to get a change of scenery.

For anyone interested in seeing some of my movies, they are here.


Hello Gregor wrote:
1. I gather from your autobiography that winning is not your priority when playing. You also play with others and solitaire. What are your reasons for playing games?
I wonder about this too. Someone once said that it's never too late to have a happy childhood, and I think that might be one key reasons why I play games. Not that I had a terribly sad childhood, but I think that between school and extracurricular activities there wasn't a whole lot of time left for free play for me growing up. Of course, that's just self-psychoanalysis; I don't really know why I play. Perhaps that's part of the mysterious appeal these games have for us. Other possible reasons why I play games include the "containment" factor you spoke about last week, and FtF social connectivity with others.

Hello Gregor wrote:
2. How's Fields of Fire coming? I'm sure I'm not alone in the subset of people who await with bated breath the next installment of your progress.
Haha! It's great. After about 4 or 5 attempts at Mission 1 in Normandy, my men and I finally pulled off a victory, gaining 19 experience points! Previous attempts were marred either by destruction from enemy fire or simply quitting halfway through after realizing a major rule had been played wrong. I'm enjoying the tutorials by
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and will offer a true update next year after I've worked through more of the Normandy missions... maybe before we head to 'Nam.

Hello Gregor wrote:
3. How do you pronounce your name? Would it have been too much if I'd titled this thread Gr33tings G33k of the W33k- h00sha?
By george, I think you've got it! It's h00sha, as in ala-goosha.

Hello Gregor wrote:
4. Do you play only solitaire games solitaire or do you play multi-player games solitaire as well?
Mostly solitaire games, but you've inspired me to take on multiplayer games now too. In particular, I've enjoyed A Few Acres of Snow by myself a few times and have had my eye on running solo games of my copy of Glen More

Hello Gregor wrote:
5. In a hundred words or less, would you please compare and contrast wargames with American football?
I can only compare these two on the lowest common denominator. I know just a little about wargames, having only a couple in my collection (though guaranteed to be at least 1 more) and even less about football. So we'll look at them on the basis of what I know about American football. I was never into football, watching instead hockey on tv as a kid and these days only when I feel VERY inspired. What I know about football is this: it seems to me to be all about angles. If you can find the right angle to run or pass, you'll win. If you can see the angles, sort of outside yourself like an out of body experience, you'll win. In wargames, this is similar. Fields of Fire is a good example of this where the terrain is a perfect quadrilateral. Other wargames make use of flanking the enemy and you have to choose your approach to the objective carefully. And of course there's the planning, the stopping and starting, and the back and forth. I've often thought how much I would enjoy watching football if I'd lived a different life.

Hello Gregor wrote:
6. Have you ever thought about designing a game or engaged in the act of game design? If not, what sort of game would you like to have designed in the past?
Yes, I've thought about it. I've got a notepad that I've scratched a few ideas down on. I come back to it every couple of months with a new game idea. Maybe someday, I'll be able to combine all these neat ideas into one coherent thing that, like magic, will make sense to someone else.

Hello Gregor wrote:
7. Recently, you've dipped your feet in the vast ocean that is wargames. Is there something you feel other games, specifically those beneath the Euro umbrella, could learn from wargames? Is there something the larger game community could learn from wargamers? What are we missing?
I have a new respect for wargamers. I see them as the grand daddys of our hobby. I see them as above us 'normal' gamers, though I am certain that they don't see themselves that way; that's just me. They just love playing the games they love to play. Contrast this to the way I use to see them: other worldy people who have bizarre thought lives, who I was completely indifferent to. Despite my new appreciation, I'm not sure that the larger game community is missing anything from wargaming. Wargames are different enough from other boardgames that we can't absorb/assimilate the genre completely so that we become one mega-hobby, but they are similar enough to other board games that every gamer should be able to enjoy at least one of them. There have been a number of great games that successfully blur the lines, but on the whole I think that wargames should be cherished for their uniqueness. I really enjoyed the review by
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Hello Gregor wrote:
8. If you could ensure that Stephen Harper played one game with Queen Elizabeth, what would it be?
I would love to see our Prime Minister and our Head of State sit down after tea in Buckingham Palace over a game of Jamaica. I think that her Royal Highness would enjoy the memories of her trips to the island that would all come flooding back. She would love the beautiful colors and might take the chance to relate to Harper on a more casual level. Harper would benefit from the fact that he was able to introduce the Queen to something new. That would be a fun session report to read!!

Hello Gregor wrote:
9. Do you listen to music when you play games? If so, what's the best game/music combination you can think of?
Not so much. Only background music. I think anything thematic would work though!
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Congrats matethumbsup.

Question: What game needs to be designed, what theme or historical topic do you feel is begging to be made into a game but hasn't been done yet?

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Greetings and congratulations Warren!

I must confess that I don't really go out to the videos section that often, so I am not all that familiar with you. But I will soon remedy that situation, along with many others I expect, and have a look at a few of your offerings.

Stand by for a searching question or two.
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h00sha wrote:
and have had my eye on running solo games of my copy of Glen More

It actually works fairly well. You kind of have to have the die-AI keep their tiles so you have some baseline to score against, but I find it an enjoyable experience.
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Congrats, man! thumbsup I still credit you, among other things, for being the first ludovideographer to go topless in one of his videos! That was groundbreaking stuff!

Here's a couple of questions:

What are your best and worst memories connected to Settlers of Catan?

What prompted you to start reviewing games?

What were your first thoughts when you were nominated GotW?

What's the next wargame you are planning to explore?

If there is intelligent life on other planets, do you think they play games there too? Or is it strictly a thing of Earth?

If you could play a game with a famous historical figure, what game and what figure would you choose?



Final assignment: for each of the emoticons below please write a statement about yourself that is both true and somehow related to the emoticon.

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marnaudo wrote:
Congrats, man! thumbsup I still credit you, among other things, for being the first ludovideographer to go topless in one of his videos! That was groundbreaking stuff!

Not to take anything away from h00sha, but...
http://www.youtube.com/user/calandale#p/c/14FF293AE9D06A3A/9...
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Hello Gregor wrote:
marnaudo wrote:
Congrats, man! thumbsup I still credit you, among other things, for being the first ludovideographer to go topless in one of his videos! That was groundbreaking stuff!

Not to take anything away from h00sha, but...
http://www.youtube.com/user/calandale#p/c/14FF293AE9D06A3A/9...


I guess I should have specified:
marnaudo wrote:
Congrats, man! thumbsup I still credit you, among other things, for being the first ludovideographer to go topless in one of his video reviews ! That was groundbreaking stuff!

(or has Enrico done this too? I remember a video review in which he appeared not to be wearing any pants, but topless?)
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Yeee HaW, h00sha. Welcome to your designated week of having to answer mildly interesting questions about games and some other random stuff. I've previously seen two of your vids. One on 'A Few Acres of Snow' and the other on 'Circus Train'. I enjoyed both very much!
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marnaudo wrote:

(or has Enrico done this too? I remember a video review in which he appeared not to be wearing any pants, but topless?)


Terribly afraid that my FIRST game related vid was.


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Congratulations Warren!
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calandale wrote:
marnaudo wrote:

(or has Enrico done this too? I remember a video review in which he appeared not to be wearing any pants, but topless?)


Terribly afraid that my FIRST game related vid was.


http://affiliate.kickapps.com/_Vietnam/video/319428/52188.ht...


AH! Edit:

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Congrats, man! thumbsup I still credit you, among other things, for being almost the first ludovideographer to go topless in one of his videos! That was kind of groundbreaking stuff if only the ultimate visionary ludovideographer hadn't already discovered everything!
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Hey Warren!

Nice to see a fellow Canuck get his just rewards.

Have a good week, king of us!


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Congratulations Warren! It's great to see a fellow Albertan honored thus. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your week in the spotlight!

So here are my questions for you:
- What do you like best about living in Calgary?
- What are the top 3 games you would like to try if given the chance that you haven't played yet?
- I see that you rate Innovation a 10. I also enjoy it a lot. What is your response to people who say it's too chaotic?
- About how many other Albertans who are active on BGG have you personally met and played games with?
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jamesmckane wrote:
What game needs to be designed, what theme or historical topic do you feel is begging to be made into a game but hasn't been done yet?
Thanks James!! I would love to see a solid rock and roll game. Not trivia, but maybe a euro about seeing/managing shows or gaining culture points (?) in a game that spans from Little Richard/Elvis to Depeche Mode/New Order. Maybe rock icon 'leader' cards, events like woodstock, putting a band together. Not sure what it would look like, but I would really be interested if it were a solid game and not cheesy. Tall order!
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Congratulations Warren! How's the gaming scene in Calgary? Spend much time at The Sentry Box?
Thanks Peter!! I think gaming in Cowtown is pretty sweet! We've got FallCon once a year and the Sentry Box rules! Several other small FLGS' around too. I'm more active in this online community than I am in "real" life, but I've got the meetup app on my iPhone now so maybe I'll be gaming with more of my fellow Calgarians soon!
marnaudo wrote:

What are your best and worst memories connected to Settlers of Catan?

Thanks Marco!! Best memories of Settlers: I remember playing this a few times in 2008 when my wife was quite ill. I remember the smiles we had around the table - she never was excited to play but always ended up winning! Laughter is truly great medicine.
Worst memories: nope. sorry. it's all good, all the time in Catan!
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What prompted you to start reviewing games?
I got the feeling like I wanted to do something more... BGG was getting a bit dry for me, but I know that in this life you will always only get from something what you put into it, so I decided to have some fun! Actually, you were an inspiration to me, Marco. You and
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What were your first thoughts when you were nominated GotW?
Oh No! What the heck have I gotten myself into? I'm not a real geek! I'm a fraud... they're going to know. Oh, shut up Warren, you deserve it! Go on, it'll be fun... To hell with what 'they' think. (Turns out there is no 'they' and I'm really enjoying the attention. To think that fear tried to steal this joy I am experiencing and the wonderful words of congratulations and support. *shudder*. Thank you everybody!!!)
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What's the next wargame you are planning to explore?
Well it could still be awhile yet before Andean Abyss comes out... we'll have to see if I'll need another wargame fix before then. (BTW, thanks for reviewing Empires in America). I will be busy for awhile with Fields of Fire so nothing on the immediate horizon.
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If there is intelligent life on other planets, do you think they play games there too? Or is it strictly a thing of Earth?
If they're out there, they are definitely playing games!
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If you could play a game with a famous historical figure, what game and what figure would you choose?
I'd choose to play Dixit with Queen Nanny and her brothers. The stories they'd tell would, I think, reflect their perspective of the world and give me some insight as to their impact on caribbean culture.
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Final assignment: for each of the emoticons below please write a statement about yourself that is both true and somehow related to the emoticon.

arrrh I'm not a big fan of digital piracy. Tend to purchase what I download. (mostly)

zombie Can't think of anything for this one... am I losing my BRAINS?

robot I can robot dance really well. Arm swinging at the elbow, torso bent at the perfect angle, stoic expression. Poetry in motion!

ninja I am a descendant of elite Jamaican ninjas. It's true. Really.

goo In my mind's eye, I can see my future... I see myself going to bed very soon. Yes, very soon.
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Congratulations! How awesome that you get to visit and play with Nathalie too!

Have a great and well deserved week!
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I hope you enjoy your week in the spotlight
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Congrats, a couple of questions for you:

If you could have a superpower, what would it be & why?
What do you drive/pedal/mush to your office/secret headquarters/frozen pond?
What do you like for breakfast?
What upcoming game(s) are you most looking forward to?
What do you call a shoe made from a banana?

Peace,
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