I stopped logging plays as of Jan 2014, and I haven't been reviewing recently. I used to rate and comment on every game I played, but as I spend more time designing (and a little less time playing) nowadays I've limited my comments only to games I really enjoy.My avatar.
Travis from Indie Boards & Cards
was kind enough to arrange for me to be drawn as a specialist for the Flash Point Fire Rescue promos, as a thank you for my review and support of the game. So I've changed my avatar to the great picture of me in a fireman's hat. Brilliant. Shame the card is a little controversial... I make a rather young "veteran".My favourite games.
These are the games which I consider the pinnacle of artistry in board-games.
I have a preference for European style games, don't like lots of conflict between players, and can't get on with civilisation building on a map. I don't enjoy heavily thematic games, but am fascinated by clever mechanics. Economic games and engine-building are a real draw for me. Of course there are exceptions to all this.
My favourite games include medium-heavy Euros, such as Agricola
, Power Grid
, and Luna
. I am happy to play even heavier titles such as Poseidon
. However, I also like a lot of sillier, lighter games. Catacombs, Formula De
and Dice Town
are all great games.
Most recently, I have become a very keen player of trick-taking games and simple dice games.My board-gaming history.
I played a lot of board games as a child, and amongst the regular mass-produced nonsense were some gems like Scotland Yard
, Enchanted Forest
, and Wrasslin'
. Teenage years brought on a whole host of Games Workshop board-games, most notably Blood Bowl
, and Heroquest
, along with a few RPGs (especially Heroes Unlimited
). During this time, I also played a lot of Dover Patrol
: my Dad's childhood game
In my late teens I forgot about the goblins and wizards, and mainly played party games. Cranium
and Beyond Balderdash
were favourites during university years.
Nostalgia drew me back to games a few years ago, and the discovery of Fluxx
gave me a new interest in gaming with friends. It was a couple of years after this revival of a long-time love of board-games that I discovered the world of European board-games. After purchasing Carcassonne
, I quickly picked up Dominion
and expansions. My girlfriend enjoyed them too. Thunderstone: Dragonspire
seemed a natural successor to Dominion, but it stalled. My girlfriend hated it, and I wasn't sure about it. This was my first inkling that American-Thematic games weren't for me. This point has been repeatedly proven to me over the subsequent months. Sci-fi and Fantasy in particular have frequently proven to be turn-offs for me, although there are exceptions.
I have met a lot of new friends through the hobby, mainly by attending local gaming events. I now play sporadically at these events, or with friends at home. I also frequently play games with non-gamer friends over coffee, or with family (Takenoko
, The Resistance: Avalon
etc.). I have picked up a few simple short games like Diamant
, Sushi Go!
, and For Sale
to play with work-colleagues over lunch. I have quite a collection of games now, and it is constantly growing.
I made my first trip to Essen in 2012, for the Spiel games convention, and it was quite an eye-opener. Obviously, my collecting expanded massively in that four-day period! I returned in 2014 primarily to demo my own designs to potential publishers. I look forward to attending again in the future.
I am always keen to make trades on BGG and involve myself in Maths trades wherever I can. I like that I can buy a game without trying it first, in the knowledge that I can trade it later if I don't get on with it.My Hot Ten: Most recently acquired games.
These are the games I have most recently acquired by purchasing, or through trades.My reviews.
I also review games on BGG. You can access my reviews from this geek-list:http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/146115/europhile-reviews-a...Games I want to own.
These are the games I intend to buy soon, maybe pick up in a Maths Trade, or wish I could find at a decent price in the UK!My designs.
I have designed the following games (all as yet unpublished):
1. City Rollers
- city-building/dice rolling.
2.N/A - space-themed tile-laying game.
3. Animal Olympics
- trick taking game.
4. Ruffling Feathers
- trick taking game.
- inspired by Super Bomberman.
6. Stock and Roll
- dice rolling stock-market simulation.
7. Advantage Tennis
8. Advantage Cricket
9. Advantage Baseball
- the "Advantage" games are a series of free print and play sports games, using the same basic system of card-play, all available to download from BGG.
10. Stories of the Time Travellers
- a deck-building/story-telling game.
11. On a roll
- a dice game