This is me.
Fan of H.P. Lovecraft
, the Mythos, the Roleplaying Game (Call of Cthulhu
), and devout Follower of the extraordinary King in Yellow
. Praise be to Robert Chambers, who brought him to light.
Fan of Neil Gaiman
, The Sandman
comic series, his outstanding novels, and my very own version of Fat Charlie (me), with trustworthy companion and Mr. Nancy (my guinea-pig).
Fan of Gaming with RP and without
(anything that doesn't need a screen), sometimes even with LA in front, dedicated GM and involuntary Explanator of Rules, lover and loser of strategy games.
Happily married to a non-gamer wife.
Oh, she said I have to write more about her than only one sentence.
More than one sentence.
So that's who I am.
Your average, talkative, extroverted, rotund white guy on steroids.
With a small but decent game collection.
And a big, and occasionally indecent, mouth.
Oh yeah, I can sing a little. And act. You know "Sweeney Todd", the movie with Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter? Like that, only slightly worse. Minus the Hollywood, the cameras, the lights...
But I have been on stage. Doing what I do best - Musicals.
And am proud to say that I NEVER played the good guy. Because those guys are lame!!!
I generally read a lot.
Mostly Horror, Urban Fantasy, or weird stuff. All pretty useless in Real Life, though. Except for fuelling my imagination. I can fantasize whole worlds.
Sadly, I cannot paint them...
...and don't ask me to describe them - I would never shut up again!
Oh, and I like sports.
If other people do them.
And other people watch them.
In fact, I like my sports at least a mile away, and with enough warning to get into my car and drive away.
I would never run away.
Running is for cowards...
...or sporty people...
Finally, I'm a TV junkie.
You know, all that weird and fantasy and horror and strange stuff? Yeah, I watch it.
But no vampires, no monster hunters, no teenie stuff. Barf.
And most of all, British Comedy.
The kind that makes your teeth ache, and your brain cells crawl down into your stomach to commit suicide in the gastric acid, because the jokes are so bad.
Oh, by the way, I am not religious. Not overly.
And I am most definitely not Christian. Decidedly not.
If you now ask yourself "Why the bible quote, then?" - well, then you don't know your Chambers.
And yes, I know the bible.
Quite well, actually.
Know thine enemy...
So, that's enough. About that.
Oh, you want to know what games I like?
I like all kinds of games. And it's hard to pin down.
I used to say "I hate party games". Then I discovered The 3 Commandments
, Team Work Original
and all the others. So you can scratch that, now.
I also used to say "I hate fast games." Along came Space Alert
and all the other frantic games or hectic brainburners, and that argument was a goner, too.
Then I said "I hate games that are based on luck." Now I own King of Tokyo
, Ghost Stories
and D-Day Dice
. No luck in keeping that opinion.
Maybe you could say "I don't like wargames". At least the classical ones, where you have tons of tables and dice throws, and chits, and so on. I don't see the point in that. Well, I own and love Waterloo
So, the only way I could probably answer that question is that I like games that intrigue me. And I buy games that are set apart from others in my collection, and significantly so (at least in my opinion).
Someday, there will also be a blog.
With opinions, games, opinions, RPGs, opinions, books, movies, and more opinions. Mostly opinions. Who would want to read that stuff, anyways? I'd just write it to torture the net...Ratings:
It comes up ever so often that some people are are accued of not rating correctly, or not the way that it is intended on BGG. Well, frankly, I don't care what the general rules of BGG are. If you check out my ratings, chances are you want to know how I
rate a game, and that is what you will get. If you check out ratings in general, my comments should be helpful, if my ratings are not. Otherwise, my only advice is: "Don't give too much on ratings, or on statistics in general, when it comes to matters of taste. Make up your own mind!"
That said, onwards to rating, and how it's done (in my case).
I do not rate a game before I have not played it at least four times. There might be comments earlier, but I won't rank it.
If the # of games played does not match that, please let me know. Chances are I played a few times before I started logging plays.
I rate games from 1-10, based on a mixture of how interesting, intriguing and fascinating I find them, and how overall outstanding and fantastic I think they, their gameplay and mechanics are.
You could say I rate games based on my liking.
And that's all there is to it.
It is very unlikely I will ever rate a game a 1 or a 10. These ratings are so far out there that something drastic has to happen for me to see a game in this light. Everything else, though, is fair game.