I've been employed in the museum field for 30 years, working mostly in science museums as an astronomer but more recently as director of an aviation museum. As a kid in the '60's, my eyes were opened to what was possible in games when my brother and I picked up a copy of Avalon Hill's Blitzkrieg
. We couldn't make heads or tails out of it but it clued us into the fact that there was a wide open game world of high imagination that we weren't experiencing with "Monopoly" and "Green Ghost".
Over the years, I picked up games, here and there. During graduate school, a diet of Ares Magazine and one new game a month kept me sane. Games relieve stress for me. I don't get to play as much as I like, unfortunately. So, when a game does hit the table it is a special occasion. The best experiences have been with my nephews, my wife, my siblings and my brother's wife and daughter as we've enjoyed everything from Shadows over Camelot
I enjoy adventure games like Mage Knight
, Magic Realm
and light fantasy wargames like War of the Ring
. More substantive historical wargames that are a little harder to find family opponents to play against, but that I particularly like, include Columbia's EastFront
, MMP's Fire in the Sky
and, my favorite of late, The Supreme Commander
and The Guns of Gettysburg
My game collection is limited to games I actually like, so my ratings are generally high for this reason. I still very much enjoy the classic Avalon Hill and SPI games and I've spent a fair amount of time poring over them.My Avatar
This is an image of the "Flying Platform", Model 1031-A-1, tested in 1955 for the Office of Naval Research. It was built by the Hiller Aircraft Company.