I am the father of four children and the husband of but one wife. Games are inflicted upon my family regularly, as well as my razor sharp wit and choice of music. They cope.
I teach in a private school in Liverpool. On Friday afternoons a rather ambitious idea to broaden the curriculum means that the school pays me to play board games with about a dozen of the lads for 2 hours. It's a hard life.
I am also a member of Shire Gamers in Stoke, England. I try to get there about twice a month and use it as an occasion to check out what's new, as well as to play golden oldies.
Top 10 are my current favourites:
Hot 10 and these pics are from my wishlist.
Dear Secret Santa (2015),
Massive thanks for joining in this year and being a Santa. It is great that you are my Santa and if you are new to BGG Secret Santa - welcome.
I have been a Santa for quite a few years and so I know that lots of information is best when you are deciding on a present. To that end I have tried to be as helpful as possible on my profile page.
One thing that makes this year different for me is that I really do not feel that there is anything I am absolutely burning to have (except this
which I may have picked up by Christmas). Really, Santa, this is a year not to try and guess what I most want, but to give me a surprise, something that may not even be on the wishlist, but that you think I might really enjoy but have missed or not spotted when it came out. Your decision, I am grateful whatever happens.
However, I have edited my wishlist as I usually do, hopefully leaving in the stuff that most interests me. A 3 means that I am keen on the game but probably want a little more information first; a 2 means I have played it and enjoyed it and would buy it if money were no obeject. '1' usually means I would sell my grandmother to get hold of it if she were alive. (Most 4s have been removed since they are so speculative when they go onto the wishlist - see geeklists below)
Over the years I have created a couple of geeklists to help me remember what was on my wishlist but 'fell off' as I edited it down for the Secret Santa. They are not my main priority of games to collect, but might give you a sort of snapshot of the kind of things I like.Games that fell off the wishlist
In a similar way I put expansions in a separate list to de-clutter the wishlist.Expansions wishlist for games already owned
This list is the story of my Secret Santa so far. I have been blown away by my Secret Santa experience over the last decade (!) and I am so pleased that you have taken part this year and are my Santa. The story so far
The final thing to say is that I am a frequent visitor to Shire Games in Stoke, UK (http://www.shiregames.com/shiregames/
). I am good friends with the owner, Nick, who runs a BGG Secret Santa service. Please use him if you wish - it is really easy for him to hand packages to me personally because I see him a lot. He is also happy to advise on the kinds of games that I like if you want to stray off piste. His recommendations are as good (or possibly better) than my wishlist suggestions. I don't mind if you want to go that route. Surprise me!!
Once again a huge thanks,
P.S. do feel free to taunt or to give clues as to your whereabouts. I like to do a bit of detective work and guessing.
Hi Santa, You are very efficient this year and it is good to hear from you. Mrs Santa is very perceptive, but can I convince her by saying that I have many, many socks, probably more than I have games. I do not need any more, I think. However, whilst it looks as though I have many games there are many on that list that are hangovers from child hood. I have just listed everything. I am always on the lookout for good games. Thank you in advance for your generosity. I look forward to your explaining to Mrs Santa.
Hi Santa, once again,
A massive thank you for my presents this year. I am so pleased that you managed to win the argument with Mrs Santa (I hope you did) and came through with something. I am very pleased with the games and I have already taught my family The Game of Trains. Tournay was an excellent choice - not on my wish list but something I will enjoy. Thank you for making Secret Santa a great experience once again this year.
Merry Christmas, Roger
P.S. this is the link to the geeklist of gifts: Item for Geeklist "2015 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa Sent Me... (10th Anniversary Edition)"