+++MY WBC PHOTOS (scattered about BGG):http://www.boardgamegeek.com/tag/WBC08http://www.boardgamegeek.com/tag/WBC11http://www.boardgamegeek.com/tag/WBC12
Just discovered Friendless' extended stats site:
AMAZING when you enter YOUR collection.
Although I like ANY well-designed game (and am always looking for new mechanics, themes, strategies, etc.) I have certain preferences. These are by no means inclusive or exclusive (often opposites: variety is the spice…)
Mostly play two-player games these days; would love to host a monthly
game club at my house (if able to convince wife.)
LIKES: Abstracts with tacked on themes (Knizia-games) AND well-integrated rich theme games (WOTRing); innovative, elegant, mechanics (Tigris and Urban Sprawl); Tile laying (Carcassonne Castle or Taluva);
Play-balanced scenarios (Memoir or Clash); Good luck/length ratio: i.e. shorter games can have more luck (Alhambra or Lost Cities); Beautiful artwork/components (Age of Empires III or Faded Glory) OR easy to apply DIY creativity to improve (Puerto Rico or DBA/HOTT); Beautiful
mapboard (Pillars of the Earth) or historical terrain map (Alesia); Humor creation (Pompeii or Long Shot), Teaches something (Conquest of Paradise or Twilight Struggle); Cards/dice/chit pulls; Figuring the odds and taking calculated risks (Manila or Thebes); Bluffing/out-guessing (Mr. Jack); Race games (Roborally or Miss. Queen);
Classics (Backgammon or Poker)
DISLIKES: Memory games; Apriori-knowledge greatly disadvantages newcomer; Dexterity games (no longer able to play); blind bidding as major element; small, hard-to-read text, fiddly rules.
Some of these are obvious universalisms, some not.
Aiming for the "best of the best" of a wide variety of mechanics and themes. Gave up on trying to keep my game collection under 100 "real" boardgames. I do graphic design for inventing games (published!) and paint minis (Battlecry, Clash, DBA, RoboRally). Enjoy everything from lightning, lite F2F games to drawn out, brain-burning, web-based games. Started into Vassal software via Panzerblitz, though its confused docs made it hard to install on my MAC. Architectural training makes me strive to “think out of the box”. Started my 2 kids on Awful Green Things long ago.
Like deep, historical, hex games but also used to play several Euros
once a month at the Annapolis game club, now I play a wide variety of games weekly with my brother or local friend. The BoardGameGeek website has added at least one helpful tweak to every game I enjoy.
Like to post and tag photos and draw up player aids.
See my tag "bling" for photos of games that I have "pimped out"
with fancy components.
Gaming opens a whole world of learning! Started in 70's w/Panzerblitz, Risk; now into Carcassonne Castle, Clash/Honor/Hold The Line, PRico, Antietam, T & E, LotRings Conf, Roborally, Battlelore, Thebes, Long Shot, War of the Rings, DBA, and PBEM (Twilight Struggle and Panzergruppe Guderian). Triadcon (now COG=Congress Of Gamers), WBC, Euroquest are great local conventions!
And I just had to have one of these (12/06/2010):