User Profile for San Il Defanso
Nate Owens
United States
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My name is Nate Owens, and I love me some board games. I've written a bunch of essays and reviews on Fortress: Ameritrash and my blog, The Rumpus Room. Life circumstances and grad school have pushed me toward a far more infrequent update schedule on the blog, but I am a regular contributor to the Miniature Market Review Corner. We post new articles every week, and a couple of them each month are mine.

I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and I try to make it out to DFW Nerd Nights on the Dallas end time permitting.

I am blessed with a wonderful wife and two boys. We all like games, and there are few things my sons enjoy as much as playing with daddy's games. The last few months I've been a stay-at-home dad, which is a pretty great gig actually.

I'm a gaming omnivore with my tastes. I love old-style Ameritrash games, quick and goofy. I also really like 1990's German-style designs, and longer thematic experiences too. I'm not as big on modern "efficiency" Eurogames, but sometimes I'm surprised there too. Basically I value interaction and rulesets that get out of the way and let the players actually play. More than that I like games that let me enjoy the company of the people with whom I play.

As I mentioned already, I'm working on grad school right now. That means my hobbies are all kind of taking a back seat. When I get the chance I love musical and dramatic performance, and in general I love to be on stage. I like video games a lot, but I'm almost exclusively a Nintendo gamer. That means I love local multi-player sessions of Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros., almost as much as any board game.

Oh, and I do a music podcast with four of my friends. You should go listen to The Takedown Notice. You'll thank us when you share our opinions.

I use a five-point rating system in my ratings. Here's a rundown:

- One of my very favorite games. Any complaints are mostly irrelevant to my enjoyment.

8 - Very good, and highly recommended. Not what I would call flawless, but my complaints aren't major enough to keep me from playing.

6 - A game that's close to being good, but has a couple of major issues that keep me from really embracing it. Alternately, it might be a game that I admire, but don't really like that much.

4 - Not good, but also not painful. You won't generally persuade me to play these ones, but I might be able to scare up something positive to say if you lean on me.

2 - Generally a waste of my time. I think we all have better things to do, don't you?

A lot of my comments need to be revamped, but that'll be a slow process. I update my Top 10 annually, and my Hot 10 probably less than that. I'll try to do better, I promise. Note that the Hot 10 order is basically arbitrary.
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User Details for San Il Defanso
Registration Date: 2007-09-03
Last Profile Update: 2016-01-12
Last Login: 2016-04-29
Country: flag United States
State: Texas
Town/City: Garland
Website: http://sanildefanso.wordpress.com
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Steam Account: nateowens
Collection Summary for San Il Defanso
Board Game
Owned   177
Previously Owned   88
For Trade   3
Want In Trade   41
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   4
Preordered   0
Wishlist   13
Commented   266
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   1
All   382
Board Game Expansion
Owned   57
Previously Owned   14
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   17
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   2
Preordered   0
Wishlist   7
Commented   57
Has Parts   0
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All   103
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Want To Play   0
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Board Game 3
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Rating 4
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Board Game Ratings 271
Average Rating 6.76
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Top 10
#1: Cosmic Encounter
#2: Tigris & Euphrates
#3: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition)
#4: Ra
#5: Duel of Ages II
#6: Merchants & Marauders
#7: Wiz-War (eighth edition)
#8: Agricola
#9: Nexus Ops
#10: Manila
Hot 10
#1: Cosmic Encounter
#2: Clash of Cultures: Civilizations
#3: Merchants & Marauders: Seas of Glory
#4: Star Wars: Imperial Assault
#5: WWE Superstar Showdown
#6: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition)
#7: Fury of Dracula (third edition)
#8: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
#9: Risk: Star Wars Edition
#10: Magic: The Gathering – Arena of the Planeswalkers
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