Hello and welcome to my profile!
My name is Daniel, I'm 41 years old, married, two children (11 and 8). I live near Osnabrück at the foot of the Teutoburg Forest (that's less than two hour's drive from Essen). I work as a lowly graphic designer / layout guy and am a singer in a rock band. We made a music video last year (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXYJuaNo5Kw
). I'm the guy in the blue shirt. GAMING PARTNERS
I attend a weekly game night at my FLGS, the Spieltraum
in Osnabrück. I also game with my wife (our favorites are the Kosmos 2-player games as well as Dominion
(also Pandemic Legacy, we're into month 3 now, with no losses) and Pandemic
and other co-ops). And we also play quite a lot of games with our children; the family favorites are Maus und Mystik
(we've completed the base game as well as Heart of Glorm
, and I'm currently painting the Downwood Tales
minis), King of Tokyo
and Die verbotene Insel
as well as Die Siedler von Catan
. We also game with another couple on a bi-weekly basis. MY BACKGROUND
I've been a gamer all my life. I got wet eyes every time I saw the 'MB präsentiert' commercial. I started with Slotter and the inevitable Monopoly as well as Spiel des Lebens, then moved on to Role-Playing Games (Das Schwarze Auge, Mittelerde Rollenspiel, Traveller, Beyond the Supernatural mostly). I played BattleTech for days on end when the german version came out (while listening to INXS's "Kick" – good times!). I had a brief brush with wargames (Harpoon, Star Strike) and discovered ameritrash with Heroquest, Blood Bowl (Second Edition) and Space Hulk (a love affair that has stood the test of time).
I started to play more and more PC and console games (which I have all but given up on since I have kids – I don't have that kind of time anymore), but I moved back to boardgames with the advent of Settlers and El Grande. When I met my wife, we started playing two-player games like the Catan Card Game. My collection has exploded since. ON GAMES
I am burnt out on themeless eurogames (notable exceptions exist, but you won't catch me playing Macao
) and look for a fun experience rather than a contest of the mind. I am leaning towards the Ameritrash for that reason. I also like card games and the occasional abstract. I am also quite fond of cooperative games. And I have discovered that I like negotiation aspects of games, and games with traitors (Resistance/Avalon et al). And also dice. Ooooh, dice. Dice love me back, as a matter of fact.
Lately, I'm more and more on the family style side of gaming: easy rules, short play time.
My wife and I won last year's Pandemic Survival world championship at Essen 2014 and played for Germany this year as well.
I adore games with good components and like to improve my games component-wise. I have started painting miniatures with Space Hulk (3rd Ed.), gotten much better with the Talisman minis and now am almost done with Dreadfleet. My Mice&Mystic (including expansions) and Descent miniatures are painted as well.
I sometimes write for a blog on www.spieltraeumer.de
(in German). Please do visit. I also log all my played games on my Instagram account, www.instagram.com/HerrNiemann