I was born and raised on a ranch in rural north-eastern Colorado (yes that means I'm way out on the flat plains part of the state, at least 2 hours away from the Rocky Mountains we're so famous for).
My family has always been into gaming, and joined in the Euro craze in the late 90s. Settlers of Catan was, as for so many others our collective "gateway game" into the broader world of board gaming (though my brother, my father and I all enjoyed war games and some board games before that).
As a result my family collected quite a large number of Euro games, and playing them around holidays or other family gathers is a fun pastime. We even have my Grandma into them
I'm also an avid video gamer, particularly of PC games. So when I saw that there was a World of Warcraft: The Board Game and a Doom: The Board Game, I had to find out more. Searching for info on them led me here to Board Game Geek, and in the end I bought them. Thus began my love for Ameritrash (excuse me "Thematic") games.
I still play and enjoy video games a great deal, but have a growing board game collection. I generally prefer the more heavily themed games that are often labeled as "Ameritrash" games, but I do love a good Euro now and then. Probably the reason I don't have many Euro games is that my parents live close and they have a large collection of them. Honestly though, I think I'd try just about any game at least once.
Though my tabletop RPG experience is limited, I have found great avenues for playing online and am rapidly accumulating a small collection of them.
I now live and work with my Dad on the ranch where I grew up. I'm also married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who though she wasn't a gamer when I married her, is thankfully very tolerant of my gaming habits and even joins in sometimes.
I've decided to re-do my rating system to try and be a little more accurate. Most of this is still in progress and many of my games may not be up to date. I basically put games into one of 5 categories which I then sub-divide slightly.I love it!
These are phenomenal games that I thoroughly enjoy and would be happy to play at nearly any given moment. They are my "top-notch" games that I can play again, and again.
The main difference between those I rate as 10s and those I put as 9s are that the 9s are those that have significant flaws or drawbacks to them, while the 10s I consider to be nearly flawless. It's not that I think 10s are perfect (I'm not really sure any game can be), it's just that I think they are so incredible I'm not really sure how they could be improved upon. The 9s I still love, it's just that they have some real drawbacks or flaws to them.I like it!
These are games that I really like and enjoy playing. They are games I would own, but they may not see as frequent of playtime, because I only enjoy them with the right crowd, the right situation, or when I'm in the right mood.
The main difference between an 8 and a 7 is just that the 8s are more enjoyable to me and therefore I play them more frequently. It's not that I don't ever play the 7s, it's just that they see even less table time since I only feel the need to play them every once in awhile.Meh, I'm a bit indifferent.
These are games that I'm a bit on the fence about. I can see the appeal and I do enjoy them, but playing one every once in a great while is a great plenty for me. These could also be the sort of short, filler games that you play between others to pass the time.
The biggest difference between a 5 and a 6 is that a 6 I would actually own, whereas a 5 as reached the point that I play it so infrequently (or only at others suggestion) that it isn't worth me owning anymore.I dislike it...
These are games I just flat out do not like. I don't want to own them, and I would only really play one at some one else's suggestion. I can still derive enjoyment from playing them (since board games are primarily a social activity anyway), but it has far more to do with the people that with the game.
The biggest difference between a 3 and a 4 is simply how long it'd take to talk me into playing it
.I hate it!
These are games I think truly stink, and I don't want to play. I understand that all people's tastes are different and there may be some people out there who enjoy it, but I certainly am not one of them and I don't really want anything to do with it.
The main difference between a 1 and a 2 is I would honestly never play a 1, I might play a 2 as a concession or to payback a favor or something
. But seriously, it's pretty hard to say there's a game you absolutely won't play isn't it?
Note, I only started logging plays recently (sometime in the summer of 2011), so there are a large number of un-logged plays for most of my games. Scratch that, I am sporadic at best at recording my plays. I would estimate less than a third of them are recorded here on BGG.My top 10 are my personal favorite games of all-time in order from 1-10. My hot 10 are my favorite games ranked 11-20. Both are still under construction somewhat, but that is the goal. Battle of the Five Armies has risen to #10 after two plays, its position may adjust further up with more plays.