### Santa - great job! King of New York will certainly be played often around here, and Diamonds was a must have after playing it at BGG Con - came super close to buying it myself, but just kept forgetting to do that, so you hit those 2 right on the money! I'm not familiar with Chicken Cha Cha Cha, but hey, anything to get my youngsters involved is a good thing, we'll be playing that one this weekend I'm sure! Thank you so much, have a wonderful Christmas season, wherever that may find you! ###
+++ Santa - sorry, had a crazy couple weeks since we've talked last - I got several games at BGG Con, and made sure to remove them from my wishlist. The big hit was Sheriff of Nottingham, so already got that one, but would love to get any of the promos (altho it did come with the GenCon promo set). Other than that, I've updated my wishlist, and pretty much will call this final. Sorry again for my tardiness! +++
*** Santa! Wow, you're quick! And thorough! Yeah, the kiddos keep us pretty busy, I can't wait until they can join in the gaming even more! They love CandyLand and Loopin Louie, and also Rush Hour somewhat. I just bought Coconuts to try out with them soon.
And my Cowboys! It's been a long time since I've had any hope, so trying to not get my expectations too high...
The Chicago Express deal - I can explain! I backed it on Kickstarter in order to get the expansions and German Railways as well, so I ended up with a 2nd copy! It's not that I don't want it...
Hmmmm, yes, BGG Con next week will certainly bring temptation - I've already pre-ordered One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak to arrive at the Con, and my best friend promised for my birthday present (my birthday is in July!) that he'd buy me a game of my choice at the Con, so not sure what that will be yet - but I will certainly update my page with any new purchases. I did go a bit overboard on the Virtual Flea Market, so will try to summarize that soon.
Thanks for checking in on me so quickly! ***
I am 37 years old, and have loved board games since my first game, which I think was Candyland many years ago. Since that time there were many games of Mousetrap, Ants in the pants, Cooties, and Chutes and Ladders, among others. When we got a little older (me and my younger brother mostly, but also our younger sister sometimes), our family played Payday, Waterworks, Monopoly, Clue, Risk - all the familiar standards. When we hit our teens, we still played Monopoly and Risk some, but we also played Scrabble and Boggle with our grandmother on the one side, and the other side our grandparents played a lot of Cribbage. We finally learned Texas 42, a domino trick taking game that I remember going over to friends' houses and falling asleep while our parents played all night, and also played a lot of Rook, Hearts, and Spades. I still have a soft spot for trick taking games, and recently acquired Frank's Zoo and Clubs, both of which have been a bit hit.
Anyway, once in college, my brother and I were roommates, and we played a lot of party games with our group of friends. Taboo, Catch Phrase, Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Cranium, etc.
But then about 9 or 10 years ago, my cousin's husband, whom we had played Axis and Allies with on occasion, found a wonderful game called The Settlers of Catan. He introduced us to it during a family vacation, and we loved it. It wasn't the same old board games we had seen on the shelf at Walmart, and that was a great thing! We bought it and several of the expansions, and we still enjoy playing it when we're together, usually during holidays, as the last several years my parents and brother and sister have all been spread around the country. After asking him where he heard about it, and the next time we saw him he introduced us to Puerto Rico (also a huge hit), I went ahead and joined the Geek. I would occasionally log on and look up the main list when I felt the urge to grab a new game (added Ticket to Ride, Bohnanza, Carcassone, Blokus, For Sale, No Thanks!), but didn't really get my geek on.
Then 4 Christmas' ago, I was given several Amazon gift cards, and couldn't think of anything better to get myself than several new games. That, combined with my parents moving back to the area (DFW), created a gaming monster. I also found out that some of my friends will occasionally play with me, so that just threw fuel on the fire. My wife thinks I've lost my mind (she does game with me, but not as much as I'd really like her to), as my once limited collection has now grown to well over 200 games. I am addicted to math trades, and checking for recommendations, and generally spend more time surfing this site than actually playing games. That's part of my "problem" right now - more games than I know what to do with. Because I don't have a regular gaming routine (we have a 6 yr old little girl and 4yr old and 2yr old boys whom I adore, but they can't really join in much more than the simplest games yet), I have more games than time right now. And my family prefers to play the same game several times to get a feel for it before moving on to a new one right away. So we're playing "catch up to the collection" right now.
I have hosted a pretty regular guys game day about once a month at my house for the past couple years, and that's been a ton of fun. We play for 6-10 hours, and God Bless my wife for letting us take over our house with 4-8 guys hanging out and causing a ruckus! Some of our favorites have been King of Tokyo, Coup, Long Shot, Magical Athlete (don't laugh, it's fun with 6 or 7, the interactions get crazy!) Zombicide, and recently Shadows Over Camelot and Dead of Winter.
I love games that require a lot of interaction, mostly because that's what I know best, and also because I think of gaming as a social experience, so I feel that should be a big part of most gaming sessions. But it doesn't always have to be direct conflict, as everyone else doesn't always feel like attacking each other, and besides, a great game of Puerto Rico as mentioned above can be tons of fun as well.
One of my goals is to have at least one of every major "type" of game, so that if the situation arises, I've got a game for that!
Most of my gaming sessions are with 4-6 (or more!) people, so prefer games that can go above 4 if possible.
I think that's all for now, but will try to be better about updating this as my gaming evolves. 11/14