Hello all. My name is Jeff Baker. I've been playing board and card games of some sort for most of my life. When I was a kid I played the usual kid games like Monopoly
, The Game of Life
, as well as Chess
and various card games (the standard 52 card deck type). My favorite and most frequently played board game of my early years was Stratego
. I played many a game against my brother and my uncle. In 1996 (around the time of Mirage) I got into Magic: The Gathering
, a game that a played for about 12 years (either in local tournaments or against my best friend, Dave). During this time period I also played HeroClix
for a bit. I ultimately got out of collectible games completely because it was getting expensive (among other things). During these earlier years I did play video games quite a bit, especially fighting games like Street Fighter and Tekken.
In 2007 (I think) my friend Dave
introduced me to modern board games. Some of the earlier games I played were Race for the Galaxy
. After a little while I got into war games/Ameritrash with game like BattleLore
and Warrior Knights
. At the end of 2009 I joined a local gaming group and it was through this gaming group that I really got into war games. In the summer of 2010 one of the groups' elder statesmen, Mark,
taught me Squad Leader
, which is now one of my favorite games. My username and avatar comes from one of my games of Squad Leader. During the game Mark mowed down most of my guys, but had a tough time getting rid of my 7-0 unnamed corporal. During the game the piece was referred to as a "scrappy corporal." By the end of the game the piece was known as "Cpl Scrappy." One gaming night I said that if I registered on BGG that I would make Cpl Scrappy my username. The group members around me laughed and said they liked it. As such when I did register for BGG I decided to use Cpl SCrappy as my username.
Nowadays I play a lot of different board games, ranging from fillers to heavier Euros to Ameritrash to heavy war games.