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User Profile for Gamegrunt
Michael Kandrac
United States
Grand Prairie
TX
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Boardgames have been a life-long fascination and it's great to have discovered and become an active participant in this wonderful website.

I am a teacher, and teach I must whether it be geometry or Puerto Rico, hence the Game Explainer Microbadge. My wife of over 40 years and I reside in Grand Prairie, Texas, but my working world is centered in Arlington, Texas.

My work history includes 25 years of public school teaching, 13 years working in the private sector for businesses including Frito-Lay, 2 years on active duty with the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Sam Houston for training while Fort Leonard Wood was my permanent duty station.

Here is the unit badge of the 93d Evacuation Hospital. "Fide et Fiducia" is Latin for faithfulness and confidence. I'm wearing the badge on my epaulets in the following picture:



An obviously photohopped image!

I've also contributed useful variants to popular games such as T&E and New England. I'm always looking for ways to improve the games I cherish.

This is how I appear nowadays. I have a long part time association with the Home Depot, and this image was captured at my store in South Arlington. A customer lent me his macaw.



Here I am playing a game of Medina 2nd Edition at the current meeting place of South Arlington Gamers, a gaming group I started, and has met more or less continuously, since 2007.



I'm seen here teaching three Arlington Sam Houston High School students how to play Mahjong.






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User Details for Gamegrunt
Registration Date: 2004-11-17
Last Profile Update: 2015-04-14
Last Login: 2015-07-28
Country: flag United States
State: TX
Town/City: Grand Prairie
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Collection Summary for Gamegrunt
Board Game
Owned   214
Previously Owned   227
For Trade   47
Want In Trade   17
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   4
Commented   467
Has Parts   11
Want Parts   8
All   672
Board Game Expansion
Owned   12
Previously Owned   6
For Trade   1
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   12
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All   27
Fandom
Board Game 42
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Board Game Expansion 1
Board Game Implementation 4
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Ratings
Board Game Ratings 485
Average Rating 6.68
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5 45   (9.3%)
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3 12   (2.5%)
2 5   (1.0%)
1 2   (0.4%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 13
Average Rating 7.38
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Top 10
#1: Mahjong
#2: Notre Dame
#3: Stone Age
#4: Acquire
#5: Chess
#6: The Pillars of the Earth
#7: Cribbage
#8: Puerto Rico
#9: China
#10: Backgammon
Hot 10
#1: Navegador
#2: Yunnan
#3: Medina (second edition)
#4: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition)
#5: Lewis & Clark
#6: San Juan (second edition)
#7: Oltre Mare
#8: Giants
#9: Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League
#10: Stone Age
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