User Profile for dandechino
Daniel Coats
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I play wargames, eurogames and ameritrash but my main love is wargames. There is nothing quite like stacking up piles of cardboard counters, marching them over hexagonal hill and dale, and chucking dice on a CRT. I love to learn the history behind the conflicts and the personal stories of the people that were involved. I'm still exploring the classics but occasionally get side-tracked by some shiny cult-of-the-new distractions.

My favorite tactical wargame is the Band of Brothers series.

Jim Krohn has created a gem of a system that masterfully recreates realistic WWII tactics without piles of rules. His designer notes are excellent on his rationale behind certain abstractions that were made and the system is a pure joy to play. The core of find, fix, flank, finish of the infantry system is paired up with the exciting dynamic maneuvering and angling of armored combat, as well as the bluffing of concealed hidden units and decoys. It is an impulse game based on operations points ranges rather than fully IGO-UGO minimizing downtime and keeping the pacing exciting and intense.

Other favorite wargames are No Retreat! The Russian Front, Twilight Struggle and Combat Commander: Europe. I also enjoy Columbia Games series of block wargames which combine simplicity with bluffing.

Some of my favorite Eurogames are Acquire, Puerto Rico, Agricola, Carcassonne.

Two of my favorite two-player games are Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small and Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition).

My favorite thematic game is DungeonQuest (third edition).

My favorite social game is The Resistance: Avalon.

I am afraid I am a perpetual novice at Chess.

I do have an irrational fondness for DOAM ("Dudes On A Map") games like Axis & Allies or Risk variations of which Risk 2210 A.D. is the best.

I am a member of a confessional Reformed church. As the Heidelberg Catechism teaches: My only comfort is that I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live unto Him.

As Peter told the crowds in Jerusalem, "there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

"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 LOTR

A few of my favorite things on the Geek:

Designer of the Year Awards: 1955-2014
A Brief History of Hobby Boardgaming (WIP)
Wargamer's Guide to Wargaming Geeklists
Games Where Some Guy Just Totally Flipped Out
The Untitled Flash-Based Review... Thing: A Compendium

My stuff:
dandechino's "New to Me 2014"
Dan's 10x10 in 2015

Most recent plays:

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User Details for dandechino
Registration Date: 2006-04-17
Last Profile Update: 2015-10-05
Last Login: 2015-10-09
Country: flag United States
State: California
Town/City: Santee
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Top 10
#1: Band of Brothers
#2: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
#3: Race for the Galaxy
#4: DungeonQuest (third edition)
#5: Carcassonne
#6: Acquire
#7: Twilight Struggle
#8: Risk 2210 A.D.
#9: Chess
Hot 10
#1: Roll for the Galaxy
#2: Pandemic: On the Brink
#3: San Juan (second edition)
#4: Lee's Invincibles
#5: Imperial
#6: Washington's War
#7: Qwirkle
#8: Tigris & Euphrates
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