During the day I project manage the building of new homes for one of the South West's (England that is
) largest social housing providers. I guess I like anything thing where there is management, strategy and thinking (although not too hard
Of course the other thing that takes quite a lot of my time is my young baby daughter
I can't wait to teach her chess, as my father did with me, but we might try a other games too
As long as I can remember I have enjoyed games, from pestering my family to play Monopoly and The Game of Life
with me, to relishing the opportunity to beat my father at chess (a goal I'm sad to say I never realised).
I remember the book that changed it all: Kharé - City Port of Traps, the second book in Steve Jackson's excellent Sorcery series, part of the Fighting Fantasy (FF) Collection. As I young boy I was entranced by the fantasy and the art, but the most appealing thing to me was the fact that you created the story, by making in choices during the narative. Those that know FF will know that it is more a game than a book and this started me on my life long love affair with roleplaying games.
I worked for Games Workshop (GW) for about 5 years as a manager of several of their stores and got thoroughly engrossed in fantasy table-top wargaming and must say that it was a fantastic time, playing games two or even three nights a week. I eventually lost interst in the war gaming and left GW, but never gave up on board games and roleplaying and recently a group of us have seriously got back into board gaming.
I've owned a number of board games for many years, including Settlers, Merchant of Venus and the GW board games on my list, but I recently added Civilisation (something my partner had played when she was young), Diplomacy and Carcassonne to the list and we're looking foward to many long evenings (or days!) whiled away rolling dice and picking cards or making pacts!
And remember; games are supposed to be fun!