Hello there internet traveller. Since you have come to my page, I will tell you a little bit about myself.
I am a forty something father of two. Long time RPGer come recent board gaming fanatic. I started back in the early 80's with Basic D&D then progressed to my RPG staples of today: Aftermath!
and HârnMaster (2nd Edition)
. In my late teens I discovered Civilization
as well as The Republic of Rome
, but RPG's remained my primary gaming hobby until sometime around 2009 when my long time RPG group disintegrated. I had already become aware of Catan
and that game had enjoyed regular rotation in my house for years. Upon my discovery of Puerto Rico
the Euro-gaming craze took hold.
Lately, RPG's have made something of a resurgence with D&D 5e. I am playing in one campaign and running another. Use of Dwarven forge tiles has made the experience quite immersive as seen here:
I can be found at Great Hall Games in Austin on Saturday afternoons where I like to find new to me games to try before buying. I can also be convinced to join in or teach a older, familiar game from time to time as well.
I also have a Tuesday night game at my house which usually draws 4 or 5 gamers.
I play games with my wife whenever she is willing. We play a lot of Dominion
and The Castles of Burgundy
I have written 12 reviews on BGG thus far. I typically review games that I find I have something new to say about or I find the reviews to be had for the game are over filled with praise and lacking balance. In all my reviews I prefer to discuss the pros and cons of the reviewed game regardless of whether I am a fan of the game, or not. LoW - Another Mixed Review by CasualgodTahiti - Another Mixed Review by CasualgodSentinels of the Multiverse - A Mixed ReviewAcquire - Another Mixed review by CasualgodThe Best Vlaada Game You Have Never Heard Of. Mage Knight – Another Mixed Review by CasualgodAn attempt at a balanced review by a fan of the game.Let Them Eat Yellow Cake - Another Mixed Review by CasualgodHave Heptagon, Will Travel - Another Mixed Review by CasualgodThe Way To Have Power Is To Take It - Another Mixed Review by CasualgodThe Best Wallace Game You Have Never Heard Of - Another Review by CasualgodA Whole That Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts - Another Mixed Review by Casualgod
As far as preferences, I like elegant, low luck games that play in 1-2 hours. I will try most games once and I find my tastes vary widely between Euros, Ameritrash and light Wargames. I do lean heavily towards Euros in my preferences and my favorite mechanics include Auctions, Engine Building, Route Building, and Technology Trees.
I have found my top 10 favorite games to be in a constant state of flux and it doesn't mean a whole lot from day to day. Instead, my Top 10 Games
consists of the 10 most PLAYED games in my collection, since I started faithfully recording plays in late 2011.
My hot 10 is more frequently updated and represents my most played games over the previous 3 months.