User Profile for bankrupt
Rick Scholes
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I am retired after 25 years practicing bankruptcy law in Montpelier, the Vermont state capital. I live with my wife and part-time gaming partner on a mountain lake in northern Vermont. Idyllic if having only two restaurants within 15 miles and a 30 minute drive to the nearest supermarket doesn't bother you. Six weeks of below zero nights and 12 feet of snow annually have kept less hardy souls away from our corner of Vermont but climate change is here. Less than 3' of snow in 2015-16!

While in high school I enjoyed Saturday afternoons playing early Avalon Hill war games: Tactics II, Gettysburg, Panzer Blitz. In and after law school I spent many winter evenings with The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, an annual cross-country map puzzle that I heartily recommend. Several versions of this and trivia challenges are still run each year. http://home.earthlink.net/~oldmaltese/Massacre.html

My current board game interest is mostly Euros, particularly worker placement and tile laying games with little or no luck. Spatial visualization and manipulation and mathy games are my forté. Not many games hinge entirely on this. Sometimes I wish I'd had a career using these skills.

Since my wife is an agreeable [asks to play T&E] but not avid gamer I often play solo using my own rules, those from understanding game designers [thanks to Uwe Rosenberg], and those published on BGG by others. [Games for One's Power Grid solo is a favorite.]

I was well started on creation of a solo mash-up of Age of Steam, Steam Standard, and Railways of the World when I bought 18EZ & 1830. I've morphed into creating a viable, tense way to play games in the 18XX genre solo. I'm about half-way done with 18SOLO and will eventually ask for help play testing it on some of the many 18XX games I don't own. Finding ways for an 18XX AI to be conniving at the right moments is a brain burner in itself.

My game ratings may on the average appear a bit high. That is because I try to avoid playing games that I know I won't like and I don't rate games that I haven't played. Games in which luck determines the outcome are of little or no interest to me. I rate them "2" if I was roped into playing them.

My "Top10" is historical and not attended to. I deleted my "Hot10" because it changes more often than I edit this page. The only statistic I really try to keep current is games owned. I can be forgetful so without this I might buy duplicates!

I enjoy writing and editing. I've done this for 13 different newsletters and other publications, some for many years, including co-founding and co-editing a bi-weekly consumer newspaper while I was in law school.

I enjoy proofreading and editing game rules when given the opportunity. I helped with 18OE in the summer of 2013. There are quite a few major titles published each year that have glaring logic or typographical errors or could just benefit from greater clarity. "Will edit rulz for games."
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User Details for bankrupt
Registration Date: 2007-04-14
Last Profile Update: 2016-04-23
Last Login: 2016-04-29
Country: flag United States
State: Vermont
Town/City: Montpelier
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Collection Summary for bankrupt
Board Game
Owned   696
Previously Owned   13
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   4
Want To Play   58
Preordered   15
Wishlist   31
Commented   37
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   1013
Board Game Expansion
Owned   314
Previously Owned   0
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   0
Preordered   8
Wishlist   17
Commented   2
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   352
Board Game Accessory
Owned   1
Previously Owned   0
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   0
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   1
Board Game 3
Board Game Expansion 1
For Sale 0
Rating 3
Board Game Plays 0 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
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Board Game Ratings 472
Average Rating 6.69
10 5   (1.1%)
9 51   (10.8%)
8 150   (31.8%)
7 112   (23.7%)
6 44   (9.3%)
5 30   (6.4%)
4 33   (7.0%)
3 26   (5.5%)
2 21   (4.4%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 86
Average Rating 7.69
10 0   (0.0%)
9 13   (15.1%)
8 41   (47.7%)
7 28   (32.6%)
6 3   (3.5%)
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4 0   (0.0%)
3 0   (0.0%)
2 1   (1.2%)
1 0   (0.0%)
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Average Rating 0.00
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Top 10
#1: Agricola
#2: Keyflower
#3: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
#4: 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight
#5: Power Grid
#6: At the Gates of Loyang
#7: Le Havre
#8: Tigris & Euphrates
#9: Strato Tac-Tics
#10: Go
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