User Profile for CinMel
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To my Secret Santa & Thrifty Secret Santa

I have signed up for both exchanges, you might want to contact each other, so duplicates are not gifted. To my TSS, you can find my wishlist here.

Just to let you know, I might enter the Trimming the Fat Math trade. At least its a short one, and results will be found out late Tuesday November 17.


18 Nov 2015

Okay Santa, results are in from the math trade... I managed to receive Saboteur & Saboteur 2, they were marked as (4) thinking about it... Guess I'm good to go now...


16 Dec 2015

Hi Santa, I really tried to be good and not purchase anything during the holiday sales, but I couldn't resist... I love a good deal... I left the games on my wishlist but changed them to a 5 and commented that I purchased them during the holiday sales... I also did this in case you are a late Santa and just looking at my wishlist... you see, I'm not really sure you exist this year... I've heard nothing from you (its okay if you're the silent type)... I'm still holding on trying to believe that Santa is real... in case you purchased one of those games, don't worry about it, we might need a 2nd copy anyways to keep in the RV... have a Merry Christmas...


23 Dec 2015

Hi Santa, just wanted to let you know that I received a package this evening from CoolStuff, so I'm assuming its from the main BGG Secret Santa. Unsure if gifts are wrapped (probably not), so the whole box went under the tree. I will add my entry on the Got List when I open on Christmas morning.

Have a very Merry Christmas!!!


29 Dec 2015

Hi Santa, go check out what I wrote in the Look what Secret Santa sent me in 2015

Have a Happy New Year and may all your gaming dreams come true.


About me:

As far back as I can remember I have always played games. In childhood, I played a lot of board games, but in adulthood, it was mainly card games (they were easy to transport while moving around with the military) of any kind and the occasional board game.

My husband and I started playing board games again since adopting our son back in 2005. Today, he's a very active 18 year old, and attending his first year of college this year (there goes my gaming budget). In Oct 2013, we joined a local game group that meets once a month to learn and play new games. We don't go as often as we would like, but its there for when we have the time.

Back in 2012, we finally played The Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne and really enjoyed it... not sure what really stands out about Carcassonne, maybe its the tile placement of it, or how the board changes all the time.

Still unsure if I have a favorite game style, but we can guarantee I don't like war games, LCG, TCG/CCG's like Magic: The Gathering type games. Party games are okay, but never really have more than 3 to play them. Other than that, not really restricted in the type of game we play. If the game is interesting and fun, plays well for 3 people, easy to pick up and learn, not overly complicated in the rules, plays less than 90 minutes, it will get played. Things I do enjoy are, card games, tile placement, dice (love dice)...

In 2011, I discovered I have a fascination with dice. I like the many different shapes, colors and sizes, and started collecting them (to support my addiction so to speak). I have a goal of filling a 5 gallon water container of dice. Take a look how its coming along:

Game collection:

My Top 10 are games that I will try to obtain sometime soon either by purchasing or trading for.

My Hot 10 are games that I really enjoy playing.

From my game "wishlist", I included games I recently bought or traded but haven't yet received... and games that I'm just not interested in... they are marked (5) "Don’t buy this for me"

My (1) Must have & (2) Love to have wishlist status is pretty much current and games that I'm looking for in trades... (3) Like to have & (4) Thinking about it wishlist status is a work in progress... they are constantly changing, going up or down on the wishlist.

I have also included comments listed under "wishlist comments" for the games on my wishlist.

I have a few incomplete games that need parts to complete them. Can you help me out? Click here to find out if you can.... (apparently this is not working correctly as of 4 Nov 2015)


I will trade with US only, including APO/FPO addresses... Are you interested in trading? Take a look at my wishlist, if you see something you like, send me a geekmail and let's talk about it? Please don't forget to include condition, edition, all the good stuff when sending me a request. I do rank my wishlist items, and I have added comments to let you know how interested I am about that game...

If we end up making a trade, please pack the game well with packing materials in a box... you wouldn't believe how many times someone sent me a game and all they did was put it in an envelope, or crammed it in a box with no protection around the game, so naturally the game was destroyed...

What are you waiting for... let's trade!!!

My Microbadges:

If interested in purchasing any of my microbadges, click here --->>> My microbadges

About my ratings:

I haven't rated many games yet, but one day I will get around to it. It's hard to rate them after one play. Sometimes you know right off the bat if you're going to like the game or not, but other times, you just need to play it a few more times to really get the feel for the game. Plus, I can never remember to rate them after giving them a try.

My Top 10 are games that I will try to obtain sometime soon either by purchasing or trading for.

My Hot 10 are games that I really enjoy playing.

I've finally started rating my games. Can't remember where I found this list, but this is what I'm going to go by when rating:

10 - Outstanding. Always want to play and expect this will never change.
9 - Excellent game. Always want to play it.
8 - Very good game. I like to play. Probably I'll suggest it and will never turn down a game.
7 - Good game, usually willing to play.
6 - Ok game, some fun or challenge at least, will play sporadically if in the right mood.
5 - Average game, slightly boring, take it or leave it.
4 - Not so good, it doesn't get me but could be talked into it on occasion.
3 - Likely won't play this again although could be convinced. Bad.
2 - Extremely annoying game. I plan never to play this again.
1 - Defies description of a game. You won't catch me dead playing this. Clearly broken.

Previous Secret Santa thank you's:
SS06 - so far, this is all I found
SS07 - My US only 2007 Secret Santa sent me.
SS07 - My International 2007 Secret Santa sent me.
SS08 - 2008 Secret Santa sent me
SS09 - 2009 Secret Santa sent me
SS10 - 2010 Secret Santa sent me
SS11 - 2011 Thrifty Secret Santa sent me
SS11 - 2011 Secret Santa sent me
SS12 - 2012 Thrifty Secret Santa sent me
SS12 - 2012 Secret Santa sent me
SS13 - 2013 Thrifty Secret Santa sent me
SS13 - 2013 Secret Santa sent me
SS14 - 2014 Thrifty Secret Santa sent me
SS14 - 2014 Secret Santa sent me
SS15 - 2015 Thrifty Secret Santa sent me
SS15 - 2015 Secret Santa sent me

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User Details for CinMel
Registration Date: 2006-10-26
Last Profile Update: 2015-12-29
Last Login: 2016-02-06
Country: flag United States
State: Virginia
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Collection Summary for CinMel
Board Game
Owned   992
Previously Owned   82
For Trade   172
Want In Trade   46
Want To Buy   0
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Preordered   0
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Commented   1
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Owned   49
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Want In Trade   5
Want To Buy   0
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Preordered   0
Wishlist   15
Commented   0
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   2
All   85
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Wishlist   1
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All   3
For Sale 0
Rating 0
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#2: Belfort
#3: Gheos
#4: King of Tokyo: Halloween
#5: Carcassonne: Winter Edition
#6: Pandemic: The Cure
Hot 10
#1: Can't Stop
#2: Tumblin-Dice
#3: Carcassonne
#4: Zombie Dice
#5: Ticket to Ride: The Card Game
#6: 10 Days in the USA
#7: Catan
#8: Forbidden Island
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