Like everyone else here, I love playing games. I have for as long as I can remember. Of course there are exceptions but I enjoy playing almost any kind of game, as often as I can. I love quick fillers, Eurogames, fiddly theme-filled American style games, wargames, card games. I love games. Probably my favorite games are racing style games like Formula De, Speed Circuit, etc., and games that have a lot of stuff
like Arkham Horror, Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit, etc. Also, I always enjoy games that have something quirky about them, whether in theme or gameplay. In general, I'm not a fan of trading games. I think I like to work with what I have, for better or worse, instead of trying to bargain with others for a better deal since I have little or no skills in that area.
Throughout my life my friends and family have put up with my obsessions and humored me by playing from time to time, but with a few exceptions they haven't really shared my passion for games. My son Alex has been a great gaming partner for me, but at the time of this writing he's 19 and has developed this notion that he's got a life of his own, and most of our gaming time is now taken up with his college studies, his work, and his friends. I should have planned ahead and had more kids.
UPDATE: Just when I thought I was losing my gaming partner, Alex and his friends approached me to see if I'd share my cool games with them and host a weekly Game Night with them. How neat is that? That's what we've done, and it's been a success, and I really look forward to our Game Nights.
Through BGG and local gaming conventions I've found some good and fun friends where I can get some quality face to face game playing in. There's a great bunch of gamers who gather regularly for SoCal GamesDay in Tujunga and a lot of local BGG folk get together then and I always have a great time there. Come on by, there's always room for a couple more....
I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Hey Pa! There's a Goat on the Roof
. I received that for my birthday when I was 5, and it was probably the first game I had that was different from the norm. It had a strange theme, it had a lot of cool bits, and you got to have a goat on a roof. I don't know if this game created my love for non-mainstream games with fiddly bits or if it merely revealed that interest. But it was the first of its kind for me, and I've been hooked ever since.
I was born in the early 1960s in Indiana, but we moved to Southern California right afterwards, so my first 5 years and first memories are of sunny weather and many trips to Disneyland and other places to entertain visiting relatives. After that we moved back to rural central Indiana where I forged lifetime friendships and a love for the Midwest that I didn't really understand until I left it again. After high school I went to college in California, met my beautiful future wife while working at Magic Mountain. We were married in 1985, had Alexander in 1987, and a couple of years later it's the end of 2008 and I'm wondering how two decades can pass so quickly.
I've been a Christian since 5th Grade and that's been a part of my life ever since. However, in later years I've come to realize that my priorities were skewed and now being a Christian is the core of my life -- the hub from which all the spokes of my life branch out. I am a member of Crosswind Community Church in Palmdale, CA. It's a growing, vibrant family. I run the sound system there and so far it appears that they haven't figured out that I have no idea what I'm doing. Come on by, there's always room for a couple more....
I'm a one-person IT department in a smallish government site at the northern edge of Los Angeles County. I've noticed that a lot of BGG folk are in the computer field. That doesn't surprise me in that I've always viewed computer work as a form of problem/puzzle solving, using a lot of the same skills that gamers use.
Finally, I want to add that I really love BoardGameGeek.com. I love the site with its astounding wealth of information that's so interesting to explore. I love the BGG community. We come from many different backgrounds from all across the world, but unlike most Internet sites, venom and ill-will seem to be rarities, and most discussions are interesting or thought-provoking or humorous but respectful throughout. And I love the work of the BGG Admins, especially Aldie of course, who make this site possible and work so hard to make it what it is.