User Profile for bboppr
Brian Foster
United States
Kirkland
Washington
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TRADES: IF YOU WANT TO TRADE WITH ME, PLEASE ONLY OFFER GAMES THAT COME FROM A SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT. MY GAMES ARE IN THAT CATEGORY AND IF PLAYED ARE IN LIKE NEW OR VERY GOOD CONDITION. ANY EXCEPTIONS WILL BE NOTED. Thanks!

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I enjoy lots of different kinds of games and seek out mostly easy to medium difficulty games (mostly Euros) that play in about 30-60 minutes. I don't care what games are in the top 100 and strive not to be beguiled by the cult of the new (good luck with that). Games that combine fun and player interaction plus interesting tactics are especially valued.

Theme is of minimal interest (see comments below). I mostly play games with my wonderful wife, and we play for fun and to keep our brains active and functional.

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My avatar is the character Al Cabohne, from the game of the same name. Thanks to
Cory Duplantis
United States
Cleveland
Mississippi
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for the excellent design.

Thank also to
Chris
United States
Huntington Station
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and
Christine Conboy
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New York
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for gifting me the Geek Gold to buy it! You guys are great!

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I love games! As long as I can remember that has been true. One of my earliest childhood memories is about playing Chinese checkers with my grandfather. Maybe that was when the gaming bug bit me, but he never let me win, not once! Not a pleasant experience, but I always came back for more, which could be considered persistence or stupidity!

In the '70s and '80s I played a lot of chess, and really enjoyed it. However, once I discovered Strategy & Tactics magazine and SPI war games, it was time to move on. This lasted for several years, until my wife said, "It's me or those games." That was an easy choice, since she is a wonderful woman! I reluctantly left board gaming behind, and sold all my games.

About four years ago, my wife and I discovered BGG and you know what happened next! We started with Carcassonne (did not care for it) but kept on trying and buying other games. Bohnanza has been a big hit among numerous misses (check out my previously owned games). Many other games now hit our table. It helps to keep the brain active.

Now we mostly play light to medium difficulty board games and card games. Dice games are fine and we are comfortable with luck to a point. We don't seek out theme-pasted on, taped on, glued on, or what have you. ANY game is merely an imitation of reality: some may do it better than others, but for us, it's all in your head. We play games for FUN. That's it.

If you can use your imagination and get involved in a game, that's some kind of theme. It is your perception that matters. It's no different than watching a movie in which Angelina Jolie gets killed, but we all know after shooting, she'll take a shower and go home to Brad and the kids. If the movie was well done, we will get pulled into it, and if we believe it is close to reality, it's all in our mind. End of rant.

My wife is becoming a gamer and is a strong player, but she'll never love games as I do. But, how lucky I am to have someone in my life who will almost always play a game or two when we have time. She is a challenge to beat, and with her assessment skills, learned after many years as an RN, she catches on quickly.

My attitude toward gaming is best described by my avatar. For me, the main reason for gaming is to have fun, be with people and stretch your mind. If a game isn't fun why bother? If life is too short to drink bad wine, it's also too short to play boring games! As Al Cabohne says: "Play for fun and play your best."

Game ratings: My goal is to focus on the game itself and what it attempts to do. No game is perfect.

Top 10: Games we regularly play and enjoy, not in order of preference.

Hot 10: Games we are still learning, want to play, or are thinking of buying/getting in trade. Not in order of preference.

I like to use my Geek Gold to tip reviews, session reports, game files, geek lists and many other posts on the Geek. Nearly everyone on BGG is positive and helpful and I think it's vital that we all encourage others to contribute to this amazing site!

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User Details for bboppr
Registration Date: 2008-03-12
Last Profile Update: 2012-08-13
Last Login: 2015-08-28
Country: flag United States
State: Washington
Town/City: Kirkland
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Collection Summary for bboppr
Board Game
Owned   91
Previously Owned   56
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   91
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   230
Board Game Expansion
Owned   9
Previously Owned   8
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   10
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   20
Fandom
Board Game 20
Board Game Designer 1
Board Game Artist 1
Board Game Expansion 1
Board Game Implementation 3
Marketplace
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Rating 3
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Ratings
Board Game Ratings 60
Average Rating 6.15
10 9   (15.0%)
9 0   (0.0%)
8 7   (11.7%)
7 16   (26.7%)
6 6   (10.0%)
5 9   (15.0%)
4 2   (3.3%)
3 4   (6.7%)
2 3   (5.0%)
1 4   (6.7%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 4
Average Rating 6.25
10 1   (25.0%)
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Top 10
#1: Traders of Osaka
#2: Bohnanza
#3: The Downfall of Pompeii
#4: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper
#5: Ra: The Dice Game
#6: Razzia!
#7: Priests of Ra
#8: Morels
#9: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
#10: Cornucopia
Hot 10
#1: Seeland
#2: Alea Iacta Est
#3: The Castles of Burgundy
#4: Artus
#5: Peloponnes
#6: Samurai
#7: Fürstenfeld
#8: Stone Age
#9: The Boss
#10: PAX
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