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I'm a freelance web developer who fits in quite a bit of long-term travel between projects. On average I've been travelling 3 months out of each year for the better part of my adult life now.

I set up a boardgame group in 2007, and we've been playing games regularly since (at its maximum the group consists of 8 people, but most days there'll only be 4 or 5 of us).

I tend to prefer medium-weight eurogames for my collection, with quite a few lighter ones slipping in to fill up the gaps during a full day of games. Personally I love many (abstract) direct confrontation brainburner games (could play project GIPF games all day long), but don't get to play these very often with my regular gaming partners. Since I do still very much enjoy those games from my collection which are friendlier and lighter on interaction, I don't grumble about this too much.

I don't see the appeal in war games, nor in train games. I love elegant game systems, with complexity resolving out of simple rules. Once a rulebook needs more than a dozen or so pages, I start to consider the game flawed; ameritrash is thus (mostly) not for me.

I rate games once I suspect I have a feeling for what playing the game well will be like. Usually this comes after one game, but there are notable exceptions. (Go!) If I give a rating based on a single play, I'll note so explicitly, and I'll update the rating once I have played the game a few more times.
Expansions which improve a game are rated as I'd rate the base game if the expansion had been integrated in it from the start; this usually means a fractional increase from the base game rating. Expansions which make the base game "worse" (make me want to play the game less if the expansion is integrated; e.g. Agricola: Farmers of the Moor) are rated much more harshly, depending on just how wasted an effort I judge the expansion.

I've logged all games I've played since I started logging in August 2010, but haven't bothered estimating plays for games before then (lots of Agricola, Carcassonne, Medina, Yinsh; some Bohnanza, Dominion, Dvonn, OotS, Powergrid, Puerto Rico, Shadows over Camelot, TTR: Europe and Tzaar). I only log the base game (noting expansions in a comment), except if an expansion comes with a new board which significantly alters the gameplay (e.g. "Keltis: Neue Wege, Neue Ziele" or "Hansa Teutonica: The East Expansion"), in which case I log the play under the expansion.

I give out thumbs sparingly, as I frequently use them as a lightweight-bookmark system to find back specific interactions. As such, I mostly stick to thumbing direct replies to my posts/comments, contributions I directly derive value from (posts or photos directing my attention to a game I end up putting on my wishlist, cover photos of games I own, ...), and random other stuff I just find superbly awesome and want to be able to find again.

I did not consciously intend to be quite so self-centered as to start every paragraph here with "I", but once the pattern was created, breaking it just felt wrong.
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User Details for a_traveler
Registration Date: 2010-07-12
Last Profile Update: 2015-08-31
Last Login: 2015-10-04
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Collection Summary for a_traveler
Board Game
Owned   149
Previously Owned   14
For Trade   11
Want In Trade   1
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   52
Preordered   1
Wishlist   35
Commented   213
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   263
Board Game Expansion
Owned   45
Previously Owned   5
For Trade   4
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   5
Preordered   1
Wishlist   7
Commented   47
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   62
Board Game 4
For Sale 0
Rating 0
Board Game Plays 722 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 19 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Trade Rating (9) Propose A Trade With This User
Board Game Ratings 213
Average Rating 6.74
10 5   (2.3%)
9 42   (19.7%)
8 67   (31.5%)
7 34   (16.0%)
6 30   (14.1%)
5 16   (7.5%)
4 15   (7.0%)
3 4   (1.9%)
2 0   (0.0%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 47
Average Rating 6.91
10 1   (2.1%)
9 9   (19.1%)
8 16   (34.0%)
7 7   (14.9%)
6 8   (17.0%)
5 3   (6.4%)
4 2   (4.3%)
3 1   (2.1%)
2 0   (0.0%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Top 10
#1: Medina
#3: Terra Mystica
#4: Agricola
#5: Endeavor
#6: Glen More
#7: Fresco
#8: Navegador
#9: Lancaster
#10: Village
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