Greetings plebeians and welcome to the Great Khanate, domain of Darius von Whaleyland, 73rd Great Khan of the Barbarian Horde. I spend much of my time overseeing my vast domain, but when I am away in California, where I keep a summer residence, I prefer to delve into the annals of history or play a game or two with my fellow lords.
Games that reach the table to most these days include Dominion, Guillotine, Carcassonne, Memoir '44, Small World and Ticket to Ride: Europe & Nordic Countries. Longer games are generally avoided, though I usually play a round of Lord of the Rings RISK and Axis & Allies once a year.
Another hobby of mine is compiling and organizing, and I prefer to do that with board games as well. I have helped with Matt Harper's Carcassonne Annotated Rules for many years and contributed the current edition's cover, I wrote the Settlers of Catan and Catan: Cities & Knights Annotated Rules booklets. I also compiled the Dominion Annotated Rules and, more recently, a compilation of all Memoir '44 Scenarios & Campaigns. I like to keep on top of expansions, as well, and will hound game publishers until they tell me what I want to know.
The lesson: never mess with the Great Khan! You are dismissed.