Eclectic COLLECTOR, board game player, reviewer, rules reader, rules tinkerer, rules translator, and general BS'er on the subject of games.eclectic(ih-klek-tik)
- adjective 1.
selecting or choosing from various sources. 2.
made up of what is selected from different sources. 3.
not following any one system, as of philosophy, board or tabletop gaming, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems. 4.
noting or pertaining to works of architecture, decoration, boardgaming, landscaping, etc., produced by a certain person or publisher or during a certain period, that derive from a wide range of historic styles and game mechanics, the style in each instance often being chosen for its fancied appropriateness to local tradition, local geography, the purpose to be served, favorite game night game, or the cultural background of the client.What I like
Euro's, Weuro's, Wargames, Ameritrash, Card games, CDG's, CCG's, DBG's, CMG's, dice driven games, tabletop games, miniature games, co-op games, dexterity games, sport and racing games, abstract games, worker placement games, train games, economic game, historical games, block games, thematic sci-fi/fantasy/story adventure games, light weight/entry level games, medium weight games, heavy weight/gamer's games, and even a few party and roll-n-move games (very few).What I don't like
Fluxx (well, I might like it if it were printed on a roll of soft quilted 2-ply toilet paper)
For me, board gaming is all about the journey, and not the destination.
A few of my favorite game sayings:
- Game to be happy, and "Be happy in your game".
- It's all about the fun.
- If I were King, there'd be many executions.
- If he who dies with the most toys wins, I'll be a final contestant.
- Your gaming mileage may vary.
- Sure you can take back your move, it's a learning game
- No way you're taking your move back, the last game was a learning game
- "It must be mine!"
- It's true... the older I get, the less I give a shit: my recent addition due to all the angst over who's taking over whom in the gaming world, corporate decisions and pricing models, all kickstarter issues, frustrations over seeing another dumbass 10x10 geeklist, and which online retailer is discounting the most or not. Yes, it's true...
There's no denying that over the years I have become an avid collector of games. The hard part is separating the wheat from the chaff in maintaining a top notch collection. Truth be told, someone's worst effort in creating a game would probably be more worthy than my critique of it. But there's so many games, both the old classics and new ones coming out each year that some are bound to play better and hold better interest than others. I like to think I'm getting the cream of the crop over a wide range of themes and game mechanics. If you want to keep up with the current games I'm adding to my collection, check out these geeklists:An Eclectic Collector's Boardgame Bunker Acquisitions for 2015
A Fool and his Money... My 2014 Boardgame Bunker Acquisitions
Boardgame Bunker Baubles - My 2013 game acquisitions
And so it begins (and ends)... My 2012 Game Gains (or the Money Pit part 2)
My 2011 Game Gains (or The Boardgaming Money Pit)
My consolidated 2010 Game Acquisitions
My comprehensive 2009 Game Purchases
Or for the true decadence that manifested itself from my boardgame addiction, visit the "bunker":The ULTIMATE game storage solution. Or, 20 steps to making a dream come true.
My counter to see who's visiting. Thanks for looking. Happy gaming to you.
A global list of cities in which I've visited boardgame stores:N. AMERICA
- Washington D.C. (and surrounding areas)
- Little Rock, AR
- Phoenix, AZ
- Los Angeles, CA
- Ontario, CA
- San Bernardino, CA
- San Diego, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Denver, CO
- Orlando, FL
- Indianapolis, IN
- Minneapolis, MN
- Albuquerque, NM
- Las Vegas, NV
- New York, NY
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Ashland, OR
- Eugene, OR
- Portland, OR (and surrounding areas)
- San Antonio, TX
- Bellingham, WA
- Seattle, WA (and surrounding areas)
- Vancouver, WA
- Milwaukee, WI
- Salt Lake City, UTASIA/APAC
- Tokyo, Japan
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Auckland, NZ
- Wellington, NZ
- Shanghai, ChinaEUROPE
- Paris, FR
- London, UK
- Ipswich, UK
- East Finchley, UK
- Cambridge, UK
- Pisa, IT
- Marina di Pisa, IT
- Livorno, IT
- Essen, GE
- Munich, GE
- Amsterdam, NL