Well then, let´s get this started:
I grew up with classics like Mensch Ärgere Dich Nicht
, Das Verrückte Labyrinth
, Hero Quest
.. to name just a few.
Then, when I was in my early teens, my C64 changed everything. The way I played, the way I concieved 'games',.. I had no idea how much that piece of hardware would shape my future life!
I then became a hardcore PC gamer as per definition with mainly RTS and Shooter games in my focus. After some years of (I dare add "sucessfully" here) playing Counter-Strike 1.6 in various leagues and on LAN parties, I decided to move on in the eSport genre and become the leader of the Austrian National Team of the World Cyber Games
from 2005 - 2009.
In the meantime, I moved forward in the austrian games industry and started as a journalist for the magazine Gamers.at and (a bit later) as the PR Coordinator for a major european videogame publisher. Corporate decisions came with the necessity to move to Toronto, Canada for 6 months in 2010, where I had one of the greatest times of my life.
There, in Toronto in 2010, I somehow came across a "wargame" website. And a few months later found myself with a BGG account, a new hobby (though still playing RTS and Shooter games on PC), a blog about tactics in games (ius in bellum
)and a rather small but nice collection of games that are far beyond in terms of gameplay and many other things, from what I played in my childhood. As of February 2011 I´m working as a Project Manager in the IT business.
I´m currently playing 'No Retreat' via Vassal versus
I very much endorse the BGG community for being what it is. A nice and friendly, helpful and diverse, a technically sophisticated and ..most of all: SANE place on the internet.
You have to, at least from a distance, look as if you know what you're doing, and I can manage that.