The Shadowen are a fictional organization and species from the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. They are beings, originally Elves but later others as well, who have uncovered the lost magic and been subverted by it. Serving as the magic-hunting police force for the Federation, the Shadowen seek out others to join their ranks. The Shadowen resemble the Demons in the Word and Void series in that they are mortals who have intentionally corrupted themselves with evil magic, and in that they can shed their bodies.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadowen10 Random Games from my Collection:10 Recently Played Games:
Growing up here in central Texas, my family had the standard set of family board games (Monopoly, Sorry, Trouble, Parcheesi, etc..) Basically anything that you could get at a mainstream department store like Sears or Montgomery Ward. I remember lots of family vacations in a riverside cabin playing Monopoly for hours, and we had fun too.
My exposure to board games pretty much remained like that for a long time.
One day I found a box in the family game room that said “Avalon Hill – Feudal”. My brother and I got it out and tried to figure out what to do, we had some fun, but I don’t think we fully appreciated what we had. I still have the game in it’s original box.
In high school, I was in drama class (because the teacher was smokin' hot) and there was this new guy in the school who came from California. I got to make friends with him and so did my brother and he told us about this game called "Dungeons and Dragons". Well, just the name itself was enough to make us more than curious. He invited us down to the library (our mom had to drive us there) for a few hours of teaching and learning the game. He said he used to play with this guy in California named Gary who had something to do with inventing it or something.
As time passed, my brother and I were able to acquire the AD&D books, the DM Guide, and the Monster Manual and were running our own sessions. We had a lot of fun. We continued to go to the library (Quarry Branch in NW Austin) to play on the weekends. I especially enjoyed reading the books and creating detailed maps of scenarios and putting them in play.
Then graduation happened and it was time to get even more serious about school and head off to college. While at college, I made some new friends and as luck would have it, they were into AD&D as well. So I was able to spend some of my free time playing with them as well. We even took part in a conference tournament, what a blast that was.
After college, I began my career in the IT industry (or MIS as it was called back then). All my college friends had gone their separate ways. I needed something to fill the gap. I came across Trivial Pursuit. I loved it. Co-workers liked it too. Trivia was something I have always liked. I can’t recall how many times I played. I always learned something new every time I played. I used to have a trivia question of the day posted on the login script of the network and my co-workers would email me their answers. Then I started seeing the expansions and new versions. I had to have them all. Now I have about 10 different iterations. I know TP is in a bit of low regard around here, but I still enjoy it from time to time.
One day I guess sometime in 1990, while browsing a large Toys R Us store, I came across a game called “Hero Quest”. The box looked cool and very interesting to me. I was especially interested in the part about it being a "Game System". I was not able to play it immediately, but the son of a friend of mine took it and assembled all the pieces and played it. He said it was pretty cool, so I gave it try too. I liked the co-operative aspect. This was the most unusual thing in a game for me. After that experience I thought there had to be more out there. A trip back to the same store produced a copy of “Battle Masters”. My collection was starting to grow. For some reason I keep adding different versions of Monopoly to my collection, mostly because I liked the cool little tokens. I have about 6 different Monopoly sets now.
For the longest time my collection grew with nothing but Monopoly, Risk, Scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit. I also took up model railroading as a hobby and that actually monopolized most of my free time.
I got married in 1999 and my game hobby (such as it was) did not progress as much. I still received games for birthdays and Christmas (more Monopoly and Risk), but there was a definite slowing in progress.
In early 2008, a friend from work whose wife is also friends with my wife invited us over for dinner and some games. I thought this would be nice and perhaps this would be a chance to play Risk or Scrabble or something. I have never been so glad to be wrong on that thought. The first game we played that night was “TransEuropa”. Being a train nut, I really enjoyed it, and so did my wife. Next up after that was Carcassonne. I liked it even more. Wow, what an eye and mind opening experience. My friend said, just wait until next time when we play Settlers of Catan.
I asked my friend where he got this stuff. He gave me the names of two or three local stores (FLGS) and I began my search for them to explore what awaited me. It was during this time I also discovered BGG.
Since then, I have my own copies of TransEuropa and Carcassonne, (I also have expansions to these) as well as many titles from Days of Wonder, Rio Grande Games, and Fantasy Flight Games. I didn’t want to leave out the kids, so there are some Ravensburger titles in the mix as well.
Now I have a family (two kids), a supportive wife who likes games that are on the light side. I play softball with co workers, drink beer, and I enjoy my job in the IT department of a large employer.
The only regrets I have are not getting any of the Hero Quest Expansions.The Top 10
My top 10 games are my favorite top 10 games of all time.The Hot 10
The Hot 10 games are the games I am currently playing or have played in the last year, or games that I desperately want from my wish list.
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