I've been playing video games since I've first seen a computer screen. I primarily like games with some strategic element as opposed to just button mashing. (ie. Prefer Bioshock over Doom)
On VGG you'll normally see me commenting here: Video Games Beaten by VGGers in 2013
. Although I have been known to visit the arcade or write the odd review.BGG
I've been playing serious boardgames for 30 years starting deep within the Avalon Hill years. A Canadian, residing in Australia. My goal is to be the best person I can, but my sense of humour often leads me to inappropriate comments so do not take anything I say too personally, because I'm probably just trying to rock the boat. Age = Grumpy old man and Budding Grognard.
My bestest gaming buddy! (please play Storm Over Stalingrad
with me!)MWAAAH!!! My Friendless Stats PageRecent PlaysMy Top 10 list
is my favourite games that I really want to play that are not
on my Hot 10 list. My Hot 10 list
contains the top 10 games I'm playing currently or currently playing a lot of. Secret Santa
Dec 4, 2007: Back from India and my Secret Santa gift has arrived! http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/25338/item/545669#item...
Feb 5, 2009: Secret Santa arrived! Yeah! Click for details.
Sep 24, 2009: 340 Games owned!!! (that's 140 new games in about 1 year!!!) Insane! I've got 147 games owned but never played. I think I know what my next goal will be... Get this below 50 by Christmas 2011! As it stands, I'm at 492 games rated, so hitting 500 ratings by Christmas 2010 feels like a given.
Dec 2, 2009: Secret Santa arrived!
Less than 10 months after my last SS arrived I received my 2009 installment very early. Special Thanks to my Secret Santa who truly went above the call of duty!
Unbelievable Secret Santa Present!!! Full details hereBGG QUOTES
Tom Hancock on Friedrich, which for me summerises 'wargames', and to some extent games which use dice to a tee:
"How does direct conflict "mess up" the decision matrix? Because things are unpredictable and open ended? It sounds like it expanded the decision matrix beyond your comfort zone, and you interpreted that as a lack of "strategic depth." For people that enjoy far more complex decision trees with nearly infinite outcomes due to what the other players do, this would be a very strategically deep game.
Sounds to me like you dislike wargame-style decision matrices, NOT that the game isn't strategically deep."
"Dice introduce risk management and tests players ability to predict long term effects from short term results. What frequently throws people off is that each random event isn't weighted the same over the long term. Not every die roll is worth the same. That die roll to have your single unit hold out just one turn longer so your main force can show up next turn is massively more important than the roll to see if that unit out in nowhere rallies this turn."
"Eurogamers are comfortable with blocking, but not tackling.
Wargamers are comfortable with blocking, but only if there's lots of tackling as well."