A little background...
I have been a board and role-playing gamer since around 1976. Collected quite a few games during that time but around 1996 began to lose interest and stored away my game collection. I discovered the Geek late in 2007 as I was reacquiring my interest in board games and was looking for new titles, as well as some older ones that I wanted to get back on my shelf. Have become an avid fan of the site and store my game collection here for posterity. I do not use all features of the site, such as recording my individual game plays and I do take liberties with the game rating system as I rate games by how much I like them rather than how much I play them. Also, I do not rate games I do not like or consider part of my collection of games.Interests
Board games for me are an excellent escape and avenue for my imagination. My love of history and the possibility of playing out "what-ifs" is a wonderful diversion and helps keep my mind sharp.
Beyond board games I love to read. I read as a matter of principle and I read everyday. My personal belief is that I should always be able to answer the question; "What are you reading now?" For the most part I only read history books, but have been known to read some fiction, especially when asked about a book by one of my students.
One of my favorite pastimes here on the geek is to help new users get their avatar or first microbadge. I will let my geek gold received-to-given ratio speak for itself!
As I mentioned above I love to read, but beyond this I love music and especially the music of the Grateful Dead.
My oldest brother first introduced their music to me around 1979 and I saw my first Dead show in 1983 and began to follow them as much as I could all the way through to 1995. I had the pleasure of seeing their last show which was in Soldier Field, Chicago in 1995. If I'm not listening to the Grateful Dead I tend to listen to classical music with Mozart being my favorite composer.
I love everything about board games from historic subjects to beautiful artwork and components. I have always considered myself a wargamer as my first game genre. My first board game was Avalon Hill's Battle of the Bulge. I then branched out to role playing games and still have a love of both to this day. My favorite role playing games are Serenity Role Playing Game
, Anima: Beyond Fantasy
, Supernatural Role Playing Game
, Eclipse Phase
, and Mouse Guard
. My favorite wargames/boardgames would currently be Flat Top
, Devil's Den
, Flash Point: Fire Rescue
, and Death Ride Kursk: Gross Deutschland
Video games have always been apart of my life since I first saw the first coin operated Space Invaders and my brothers and I acquired an Atari 2600 when we were young. Even with my board and role playing groups, video games were always part of our social environment and offered quick and easy fun. We evolved with the consoles as they developed, but as time went by I began to lose interest in the newest game and settled down to be quite fond of my "old school" games (mostly Playstation, PS2, and my 3DO system). Though I enjoy and keep up on new titles and games, I do not play them much and would prefer a good old fashion classic like Final Fantasy VII or Star Conrol II. My top 10 and hot list for video games will reflect my fondness for these older titles.
I also enjoy going to my local gym. I spend 6 days a week at my local Lifetime Fitness and find it a healthy counter balance for my love of reading and games.
As for other interests, I developed a fondness for anime when I was younger starting with a series in the early 1980s called Robotech
. Since then movies like Akira
and Ghost in the Shell
have continued to foster my love of genre and I am even faculty sponsor of one of my high school's anime clubs. I love all of the Studio Ghibli films and very fond of the works of Hayao Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon and Makoto Shinkai. I also enjoy the many anime series that have been around and some of my favorites are Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Samurai Champloo, Darker Than Black, Noein, Mushi-Shi, Texhnolyze, Durarara!, The Twelve Kingdoms, Attack on Titan, Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Beck, Kids on the Slope, Eden of the East, Ergo Proxy, Baccano!, and Claymore to just name a few in my collection.
I find something very satisfying from the appearance of a game setup on my table and the deliberate and thoughtful interactions that occur when playing. The intellectual stimulation and social interaction raises the importance of gaming in my life. I work with technology in all forms in my job and though I do love it, I find myself not wanting it around as much during my free time.
My Folding@Home stats for Team BGG!