User Profile for dougbass68
Doug Bass
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Winston-Salem
North Carolina
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Semi-native of Winston-Salem, NC in the U.S. (lived here since I was 8 years old). Same story as many, grew up in a family who often played games together: Scrabble, Clue, and Monopoly come immediately to mind. Uno with grandma and Chess with dad. Stratego, Battleship, and Risk with friends.

Around age 13 or 14, I found the D&D section hidden away in the very back corner of our local Waldenbooks store (where I later worked and met my wife). I bought the basic set, colored in the polyhedral dice (wow!) with a crayon, and figured out the rules with a friend. God, we loved to play that game!


Around the same time, my parents gave me a TI-99/4A computer for my birthday. I played a few video games on it (notably Parsec) but spent most of my time learning how to program BASIC and then Extended BASIC. I owe a lot to parents for introducing me to computers, which was to later become my chosen profession.

But high school came, and with it girls, and I completely forgot about programming for years and years. However, in my early twenties, I rediscovered programming when I was exposed to SQL for the first time around 1993. After a few different gigs, I am now at Wells Fargo as a web developer doing ASP.NET and C# work, soon to switch to Java.



Around 2006, I returned to a very changed world of board games when a friend directed me to the 'Geek. I could not believe what I found: an astounding array of board games and an entire subculture of cool people who played them. For a while, my friend and I played FFG games exclusively. A little later, I bought my first Eurogame, Tigris & Euphrates. I remember being initially perplexed - is this an internal or external conflict? But it was the game that started my eventual switch over to almost exclusively Euros.


In late 2008, I finally decided I really needed to find some other gamers in my area and so I formed a local Meetup group called Camel City Gamers. The group plays six or seven times a month and has grown to over 200 members, with about 25% of those being active. I'm very proud of this, and I have been making very good friends through this group, in particular:

Will Fleeson
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John Coates
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That's me on the right and John on the left in the photo above.

Nowadays, I almost exclusively like multi-player, fairly heavy strategy games because I find them the most engaging, but every once in a while, I’ll play the lighter games or co-op games or even something like A Touch of Evil once in a blue moon.



In the past couple of years, I have spent a lot of time thinking about designing my own games, and I will soon have my first one published in early 2012, Garden Dice. If it's successful, I'll have another one after that. Come to think of it, even if it's not successful, I'll do another one.



My spouse is not a gamer, though she will play some of the card games I own and is pretty tolerant of my hobby. We have a cat named Phineas. I play the banjo, listen to vinyl records, and two of my favorite bands are Porcupine Tree and Opeth.

Thanks for reading, and see you on the 'Geek.
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User Details for dougbass68
Registration Date: 2005-07-20
Last Profile Update: 2013-01-05
Last Login: 2015-04-26
Country: flag United States
State: North Carolina
Town/City: Winston-Salem
Website: http://www.meetup.com/Camel-City-Gamers/
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