I have been a good boy this year! Honest.
Can you believe that I first registered on BGG in January 2005? Over ten years ago, and I’ve never participated in the Secret Santa? I know, shame on me!
Having come from a gaming family, I was brought up with weekly gaming of Scotland Yard, Mastermind, Scoop and various card games with my parents and grandparents. We had a special cupboard with battered copies of various mainstream games and pouches of 1 penny coins we’d use playing card games. My wife on the other hand had an older, gamer brother who would play D&D with her when she was little.
Both of us “grew up” and moved away from games, although we both played various PC and console games throughout our lives. When we met each other as students in 1998 I recall spending many hours in bed… playing Tomb Raider and Micro Machines on my PlayStation console and Killer Instinct on the SNES! (Why doesn’t somebody redo Micro Machines?!).
As we spent more time together, I bought an apartment in London and we started to pick up cheap mainstream games from ebay: I remember playing Hotels and Cluedo, but I’m sure there were more. We came across and were intrigued by a game marked as Spiel des Jahres. We researched it and bid. It went for more than we were prepared to pay. We researched it more and found a weird website called BGG which gave it great reviews and a local-ish shop that sold it. Off we went to Leisure Games in north London to pick up a copy of Tikal
. Lo and behold it was out of print and hence the expensive ebay price. Being a chatterbox I got talking to the guys in the shop and ended up coming out with about 5 or 6 games!! Elfenland and Tigris & Euphrates were definitely two of them. Probably Carcassonne, Settler of Catan and Peurto Rico too. My memory is hazy and regardless, it snowballed from there!
So, as you might gather, my primary gaming “group” is my wife, although around Christmas time we meet up with her brother and others for gaming. Two player games are therefore important. We do have lots of 3+ player games that we always see and buy with the intention of playing at Christmas and summer family get-togethers.
We live out in semi-rural Essex to the east of London on a little farm at the bottom of a valley and surrounded by fields and woodland. We love it, together with four chickens, three cats, a dog and a horse! We are currently in the process of moving house even more rural and will be adding some more animals to the family!
We play most games, with worker placement and resource management being the favourite, together with co-op games. I think the latter comes about from my wife’s dislike of direct aggression in games.
We really enjoy heavier games, but lately unfortunately struggle to get the time or inclination to play them. When we do play them, we always enjoy them. Mostly, these days we try and find rules-light games we can pick up and play with minimal rules refreshing, but which still have surprising depth – we have so many games it is difficult to remember rules which makes the heavier games less appealing to pick up and relearn each time. A shame really as those are still our favourites.
Personally, I do enjoy the odd war game, but my only opponent is my wife’s brother so my wargaming is very limited.
Neither of us a particularly fond of card games with lots of text – LoTR and Star Wars card games, Magic etc.
Whilst we are very much into Eurogames, lately we have played a lot more thematic and crossover games: Robinson Crusoe, Zombicide.
We are both huge Stefan Feld fans as well as Rosenberg, Trzewiczek and Chvatil.
Finally, since we are in the process of moving house, I have packed up most of our games in boxes into the loft. Interestingly, I have kept a few out “in case of emergency”! These probably give a good indication of our tastes (in no particular order):Caverna: The Cave Farmers
, Flash Point: Fire Rescue
, The Staufer Dynasty
, Bora Bora
, Pandemic: The Cure
, Russian Railroads
, Tajemnicze Domostwo
, Five Tribes
+ Evolution: Flight
, The Castles of Burgundy
, Terra Mystica
(everything!), Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
, 7 Wonders
, Mice and Mystics
, San Juan
, Pick-a-Polar Bear
, Ghost Blitz
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