I have been an avid fan of boardgames for as long as I can remember. My first memory was being introduced to RISK at the age of 8 and playing all day long with my cousins. My small town never had a FLGS and so I would always ask my parents to stop at the Mall of whatever city we might be visiting on vacations. This is how I found Talisman and Advanced Heroquest which my brothers and I played for countless hours.
Then in the nineties I came across Magic, Netrunner, Settlers of Catan and Roborally. Those games sustained me for years until in 2004 while searching on the web for any news of other cool new boardgames along the lines of Settlers I stumbled upon BGG and found out about all the games I had been missing.
Since that time I have played Roborally and Settlers only once or twice each as my collection of boardgames has grown and my appetite to try out new game mechanics and innovative design has become insatiable.
I truly love games of all types and am usually willing to play and find the fun of any type of game. I have little patience for Ameritrashers who spurn Eurogames and Eurogamers who spurn Ameritrash games. It is usually just a simple change of mindset one needs to make in order for any game to be fun and challenging. I love reading rules and teaching games to new players. I love post-game analysis and am most content during a lively 30 minute discussion after any game in which my friends and I analyze the decisions we made and where the turning points of the game occurred.
My personal top ten are the games that I own that I think are the best of my collection. My personal hot list are the games that I currently want most to play whether I own them or not.