User Profile for alkaiser
Alan Kaiser
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About Me
I live in SE Aurora and used to play regularly with the DenverGames group. I was one of the co-founders of the group. Most of my gaming now is with family due to time constraints but occasionally I get together with friends for a game or two. I've played and enjoyed games of all types since I was a little kid. Most of this I'm sure came from my parents having a very well stocked game cabinet full of odd and unusual game. I enjoy most types of games from wargames, euros, RPGs and some CCGs. This mix is reflected in my collection which contains games of all types from simple childrens games to heavy wargames with at least a game or two occupying most steps in between.

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Local Groups
The greater Denver area is a real hot spot for gaming. For a listing of game groups in the greater Denver/Front Range area of Colorado you can find one here:


I regularly demo games at my FLGS, The Wizard's Chest. Check out their calendar for their game day and events:


And here is a link to the DenverGames Yahoo page for info on the largest open play boardgame group in the area:


I'm not a huge tracker of game stats. I record what I play in the Games Played section of BGG but I don't keep track of anything except what I've played. I don't care how many times I've won or who I've beaten or much else. But I have learned the hard way over the years that keeping track of what I play makes it easier to figure out what to get rid of when it comes time to thin the games out a bit. This page is kinda cool if you want to know more about your collection and it's easy to get added to the list:


This site also features the Friendless Metric which are very helpful if you think you have too many games that never get played. The challenge I gave myself was to get my Friendless Metric for games that I don't have up for trade to 1. I gave myself a year to accomplish this goal. I made it to -1 which is close enough! Seriously though, keeping track of what I played and using this metric really cut down on me buying new games, got me playing more of the games that I own and made me trim out the stuff I will never really play. Extremely helpful. It's like Weight Watchers for game addicts!! You do have to track everything you play on BGG but that's hardly much of a chore.

Ahhh ratings, who doesn't love to hate this feature on BGG. They've been a source of endless controversy since they were introduced. But, as I'm sure you've heard over and over on this site, the numbers don't really mean anything and the comments are were you should be looking. The same is true in my list of games. I try to let people know how I feel about a game and why in my comments. I also tend to adjust my ratings fairly often and reevaluate ratings and comments as I play the games more and more.

I've changed over to using a ratings scale suggested by dakarp which handles the high end and the low end much better which was always the problem with the BGG scale:

10: Outstanding game. One of my all-time personal favorites.
9: Excellent game. Always a pleasure to play. Shines under most circumstances.
8: Very good game. Rarely disappoints me. High on my request/recommend list.
7: Good game. Usually willing to play. I might even request or recommend it.
6: OK game. Some fun or challenge at least. Enjoyable in the right circumstances.
5: Average game. I'm indifferent, but may be willing to play.
4: Below average game. I avoid playing and would need to be persuaded.
3: Poor game. Will strongly resist playing.
2: Very poor game. I refuse to play this.
1: Dead game. Seriously negative entertainment value. Black Hole of Fun.

Now I need to adjust my ratings for all the games and until that happens my ratings will not represent the above goal. I started this project on July 12th, 2011.

As of the beginning of October I'm back to active trading status for the time being. I just have too many games to fit on my shelves and not enough time to play. Time for some purging. I have a lot of games up for trade but not a lot on my want list. I'm working on that but it'll take a little while. Feel free to make me an offer until I do get a wants list updated. Note that from now (Oct.) through the end of the year I am very busy. I might not get to an offer for 2 or 3 days, especially Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I encourage reminder emails if you haven't heard from me in a couple days. Shipping might also take a little longer than I usually like but you will get your game.

Since my game shelves are almost full I have to trade something away to make room for new games. I enjoy trading a great deal and have been trading games with fellow Geeks for quite a few years on this site, starting way back before there was a trade manager. But of course trading back then was quite a bit cheaper than it is now days. The cost of postage now days really makes you have to trade multiple games to make it worth it in most instances. Not that that would stop me from trading but that just feels like the general consensus and I agree with it. Most of my trading shifted from one on one to math trades when those initially were popular but I've since come back to one on one trading since math trades have become a victim of their own popularity it seems and are often much more work than they are worth.

If you see something you want on my trade list feel free to make me a reasonable offer and I will reply in some fashion. I'm also willing to sell anything I have listed for trade. Just send me a GeekMail if you'd like to do that. Feel free to make me an offer for games in my collection that are not on my trade list. I won't ignore the offer and the worse that could happen would be I'll say 'no'. But I am trying to slim down the number of games I own so your offer might just tempt me enough to say yes.

When making a trade offer to me I will assume that your game is in Like New condition (according to BGG marketplace definitions) if you have not mentioned otherwise. If your game is not in Like New condition please give me a description of the condition of the game. This doesn't mean that I will only accept games in great condition. All I ask is that if your game is not in that condition then tell me what condition it is in.

I will typically respond to a trade offer within about 48 hours. If you don't get a response feel free to Geekmail me. Maybe I forgot about the offer, maybe I accidentally deleted it, maybe I'm on vacation or whatever. If you still don't get a response then just wait and I'll get back to you. I must be busy or something. When I do return to BGG I'll get in touch.

I try very hard to take care of the games I own and to represent their condition as accurately as I can so there are no surprises when you receive a game from me in trade. As a result, I also pack games I'm sending out very well. Bubble wrap and/or packing peanuts are the norm. I've also been known to custom make boxes on occasion if I think it'll help.

For more of my thoughts on trading see this GeekList I did on the topic: A Traders Journey: 9 Years Of Trading And What I've Learned Along The Way.

Personal Top 10 Games
A top 10 list is an extremely difficult endeavor for me to put together. There are just too many games that I really enjoy to break it all down into just ten games. Also, to make matters worse, many of my games I enjoy in particular situations but not necessarily in others. So this list is FAR from perfect and each entry would have numerous addenda and caveats tagged on but what you see is my best effort so far. These are in no particular order so #1 isn't any better than #10 in my mind. I update this list as my thoughts on games change.

Hot 10 Games
I'm trying to figure out what to do with this section. Too lazy at the moment.

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User Details for alkaiser
Registration Date: 2002-12-06
Last Profile Update: 2013-11-04
Last Login: 2015-10-07
Country: flag United States
State: Colorado
Town/City: Aurora
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Collection Summary for alkaiser
Board Game
Owned   369
Previously Owned   264
For Trade   114
Want In Trade   13
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   15
Commented   468
Has Parts   1
Want Parts   2
All   762
Board Game Expansion
Owned   74
Previously Owned   29
For Trade   13
Want In Trade   1
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   52
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   112
Board Game Accessory
Owned   0
Previously Owned   1
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   1
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   1
For Sale 0
Sold 75
Rating 48
Board Game Plays 2830 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 221 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Accessory Plays 3 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Trade Rating (141) Propose A Trade With This User
Board Game Ratings 461
Average Rating 7.24
10 6   (1.3%)
9 56   (12.1%)
8 178   (38.6%)
7 129   (28.0%)
6 62   (13.4%)
5 25   (5.4%)
4 3   (0.7%)
3 2   (0.4%)
2 0   (0.0%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 48
Average Rating 7.89
10 2   (4.2%)
9 10   (20.8%)
8 29   (60.4%)
7 3   (6.2%)
6 4   (8.3%)
5 0   (0.0%)
4 0   (0.0%)
3 0   (0.0%)
2 0   (0.0%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Board Game Accessory Ratings 1
Average Rating 7.50
10 0   (0.0%)
9 0   (0.0%)
8 1   (100.0%)
7 0   (0.0%)
6 0   (0.0%)
5 0   (0.0%)
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