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"Yeah I killed women and children, killed everything that walks or crawls at one time or another and I'm here to kill you Little Bill"
"It's a Sicilian message. It means Luci Brasi sleeps with the fishes."
Top Ten - My favourite games
Hot Ten - Games that I'm considering purchasing

My Avatar is a picture of Bruno Gerussi, an actor who played Nick Adonidas on the Canadian Television show The Beachcombers [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beachcombers]. The Beachcombers was on CBC television from 1972 to 1990 and is considered a Canadian classic, at least by some. It doesn't have much to do with gaming except that it reminds me of my childhood.

A little about me
I live in London, Ontario with my wife and two children. I started playing boardgames as a kid growing up in the 1980s. In those days, Poleconomy, Campaign, Shogun (Ikusa), Risk, Stratego and Axis & Allies were my favorites. I was introduced to Catan in 2002 or 2003. Within a couple of years, I had tried Puerto Rico, Caylus and The Princes of Florence. Then I found the 'geek and I've been hooked ever since.

Recording Plays
I recorded all of my boardgame plays in earnest for one year. I started on November 1, 2011 and ended on October 31, 2012. I include all complete games played face-to-face, and incomplete games played face-to-face that lasted at least 2 hours (if I didn't include incomplete games, I would never get to record a wargame play). I did not include games played solo (which I generally only do to learn a game).

During this time I played 179 games. My top five played boardgames were: 7 Wonders (46); Dominion (40); D-Day Dice (12); Kingsburg (8); and Troyes (8). My top five played wargames (or at least games I consider wargames) were: Space Empires 4X (7); Twiglight Struggle (4); Hannibal (2); Sekigahara (2); and 1989 (2).

It is strange to look back at a year of game playing. I did not play Puerto Rico face to face once (one of my all time favourites). I spent far more money on wargames than I did on light strategy games despite having played light strategy games far more often.

Rating Children's Games
If my children enjoy a game and want to play it, I rate it an 8. If they don't, I rate it lower. I think rating a children's game a "1" because it doesn't appeal to an adult is ridiculous. Of course, my rating system is flawed as well, in that a game's rating changes as my children get older and start enjoying different (better - I hope) games.

Life Changing Game
Puerto Rico was the game that turned me from a normal human who enjoyed board games into a board game geek who just happens to be human. Once I "got" PR there was no turning back.

BGG Contests
I played my 200th BGG contest on January 28, 2014. While I'm batting .000, at least I'm still swinging for the fences!

These days, I primarily play Euros with a weekly gaming group or wargames with a regular wargaming partner.

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User Details for bjhenderson
Registration Date: 2006-10-06
Last Profile Update: 2015-05-03
Last Login: 2016-05-02
Country: flag Canada
State: Ontario
Town/City: London
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Collection Summary for bjhenderson
Board Game
Owned   73
Previously Owned   20
For Trade   21
Want In Trade   2
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   11
Commented   173
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   206
Board Game Expansion
Owned   6
Previously Owned   1
For Trade   1
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   22
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   23
Board Game 1
Board Game Implementation 1
For Sale 0
Rating 0
Board Game Plays 267 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 29 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Trade Rating (0) Propose A Trade With This User
Board Game Ratings 170
Average Rating 7.64
10 23   (13.5%)
9 26   (15.3%)
8 42   (24.7%)
7 46   (27.1%)
6 23   (13.5%)
5 9   (5.3%)
4 0   (0.0%)
3 0   (0.0%)
2 1   (0.6%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 22
Average Rating 7.55
10 2   (9.1%)
9 3   (13.6%)
8 5   (22.7%)
7 8   (36.4%)
6 4   (18.2%)
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Top 10
#1: Twilight Struggle
#2: El Grande
#3: Puerto Rico
#4: Agricola
#5: Terra Mystica
#6: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
#7: War of the Ring (second edition)
#8: Navegador
#9: Steam
#10: Le Havre
Hot 10
#1: El Grande
#2: EastFront II
#3: Star Wars: Rebellion
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