My name is Dan and I am a geek.
I knew I had a problem when I had a nightmare in which we were playing Tigris & Euphrates and got stuck in an infinite loop in the final scoring as a mixture of other eurogame scoring rules kept being employed to give different results each time that made no sense. I woke up tense and in a cold sweat.
I've always been this odd I suppose but I didn't get there all at once. I cut my teeth playing Monopoly
, semi-randomly pushing Chess
pieces around, and collecting Nintendo games (
) with my brother. Some friends introduced me to Axis & Allies
and Battle Cry
in my junior high school days. Yet, PC games, mostly real-time strategy games like StarCraft
and first person shooters like HλLF-LIFE: Counter-Strike
, grabbed my attention until college. One day, I made an impulse trip to a hobby store and came home with Memoir '44
. A few Google searches later and I stumbled upon my new addiction:
. Soon I acquired games like Catan
, and Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
. A new world of gaming opened to me. Nowadays, I am drawn to elegant minimalist Euros (
) with well integrated themes that maximize meaningful choices, flavor, and player interaction. I believe I am one of those people that must always be learning and as such I'm drawn to games with historical settings; therefore, I am a fan of wargames (
) too. I'm still exploring the classics but occasionally get side-tracked by some shiny cult-of-the-new distractions.
: Doctor Who
, Star Trek:TNG
, The Walking Dead
, The Big Bang Theory
, Batman: The Animated Series
, Superman: The Animated Series
: Reformed theology, Christianity, peace, liberty, Ron Paul,Tom Woods Radio
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. -1 Timothy 1:15
"For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth." -Job 19:25
: Medium/heavy-weight Eurogames. Card-driven and/or block wargames. Quick well designed Ameritrash games with interesting choices. Social deduction/traitor games. Auction/bidding/bluffing/simultaneous action selection. Knizia designs. GMT Games.
: long playing times (ie games that overstay their welcome), roll-and-move, "where's the meat?" syndrome, cult of the new, "gotta buy 'em all" systems.
"This is what it must mean to be mortal..." -Kyle attempting to type at work with his remaining uninjured hand.
"This game needs more pipe smoking, where is the pipe smoking track?" -Richard playing LOTRA few of my favorite things on the Geek:Designer of the Year Awards: 1955-2014A Brief History of Hobby Boardgaming (WIP)Wargamer's Guide to Wargaming GeeklistsGames Where Some Guy Just Totally Flipped OutThe Untitled Flash-Based Review... Thing: A CompendiumMy stuff:dandechino's "New to Me 2014"Dan's 10x10 in 2015Most recent plays: On my radar to play/acquire: