I've been gaming happily since the mid-1980s, when I first encountered games like Kingmaker, Diplomacy and Battletech as a teenager.
Since then my tastes have developed. My favourite game, by some distance, is Advanced Squad Leader which consumes a lot of my gaming time. I attend European ASL tournaments and am active in a number of online ASL leagues (European League, Night League and Desert League) and ladders. I usually complete 70-80 ASL scenarios per year, between casual face to face, PBEM and tournament games. In addition, I usually have a couple of campaign games going on in the background - currently I'm playing CGI from Festung Budapest and the Ozerekya Breakout CG. I don't log my ASL games on BGG as I track them, to an obsessive level of detail, elsewhere. ASL is a fascination for me, consistently delivering an incredibly immersive and enjoyable experience. Learning the rules and becoming familiar with their in-game application is a pleasure in and of itself.
Aside from ASL I have fairly broad gaming tastes. I particularly enjoy some of the classic area control (El Grande, Tikal) and newer worker placement (Lords of Waterdeep, Tzolk'in) games and also have a lot of time for:
- Classic Euros, such as Princes of Florence, Puerto Rico, San Juan, and Carcassone;
- CDGs, such as 1960 Making of the President, Twilight Struggle and Paths of Glory;
- Cooperative and semi-cooperative games ranging from the Pathfinder ACG to Archipelago to Forbidden Island;
- Fun and light pick ups such as Hanabi, Love Letter and Resistance;
- Light wargames / conflict-themed Euros such as Warriors of God or God's Playground;
- Arkham Horror and its many children; and,
- Dexterity games like Bausack, Riff Raff and Tier auf Tier.
I play some solitaire, including economic Euros such as Loyang and Le Havre and also solitaire wargames such as Raid on St Nazaire.
I look forward to trying a full-on wargame monster in time, when I have the room. I own Steel Wolves, the Battle for Normandy and A World at War.
Games which I think are sadly underrated here on BGG include Archipelago (a flawed masterpiece) and Dominare (a rich depiction of competing political conspiracies).
I'm happy to play at every opportunity and am particularly interested in meeting and playing Irish ASL players and wargamers, or indeed those interested in learning ASL.
I also own and am keen to play the following, which I have yet to play: PQ17, Guadalajara, The Tide at Sunrise and Labyrinth.