I'm a professor of media & technology studies and my wife is an ER nurse.
When I was younger, I grew up on endless rounds of Risk, Stratego, and Magic the Gathering with friends. My gaming partners have since dispersed (and left board games long behind), my MtG decks sold off, and I was drifting further and further away from the boardgaming habit. However, as time went on I always tried to find a great board game to fill my cravings, drifting in and out random board game stores. I really had no luck at all until discovering the great community here. Now, I've begun to pick up the boardgaming habit once again...
Our game collection is largely constructed according what I think I can enjoy with my wife. Luckily, we have very similar tastes so I'm able to pull off some deeper games drenched in theme (she really just doesn't like direct confrontation and was raised on card games). I initially began my journey here at BGG looking for games filled with layers of high strategy but I've recently become very enamored with classic Ameri-trash designs. My main interest at this point is continuing to collect games that have unique themes that are perfectly paired with interesting mechanics. This is because we're looking to maintain a medium-sized collection that has a wide variation in mechanics and theme.
What an incredible hobby and an even better community! Cheers!
One of the many things that has drawn me to this hobby is the incredible opportunity to customize the games themselves. I'm interested in the organization methods, the painting, the trinkets, the custom guides, etc. One of my particular favorites is my custom ballpark for Strat-o-matic baseball. I've used colored pencils, a collage of antique and modern fan photos, and historically-based outfield ads. It really increases the game experience and makes it more of a family keepsake:Expansion Want List:
Mansions of Madness: Forbidden Alchemy; Call of the Wild; The Laboratory
Wiz-War: Bestial Forces
Talisman: The City, The Nether Realm; The Deep Realms; The Harbinger
Robinson Crusoe: Voyage of the Beagle
Top 10 are current all-time favorite rankings.
Hot 10 are the games I'm currently interested in getting at some point...