User Profile for eracer68
Erik Racer
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I was re-introduced to "real" boardgames a few years before becoming a BGG member. I picked up a few games to play with my kids (Castle Keep, Labyrinth, and Pandemic) and while I enjoyed them, I wasn't bitten by the boardgame bug until I stumbled across Heroscape. For some reason Heroscape Master Set: Swarm of the Marro lit a fire under me. It was probably all of those amazing looking minis and the modular terrain. While my crush on HS has worn off, I'm still hanging out at the geek.

Now, I say reintroduced because way back in the distant past (before the Internet) I had games like Dune, Dark Tower, and Dungeon!. However, I didn't keep them and now I just view e-bay listings for them from time to time, wishing I'd known then what I know now.

I don't have any friends who are interested in this hobby and while my family indulges me from time to time, if I want a game, I've got to rely on myself. Because of this, I prefer games that offer solo play, or at least have a solo variant available. If not, then I'll try and make one myself. For example, I was attracted to Zombies!!!'s campy, B-movie theme but felt the card images too gory to play with my kids so I created my own solo variant for it, which can be found here: A Solo Play Variant designed for Zombies!!! (second edition)
It isn't bad (IMHO), and if you're a masochist you might try and check it out. laugh

Apparently I have a Zombie thing going ... well, this time Zombi. Here's my attempt at a variant for Chaos Isle: Zombi Deck, complete with custom art* work.

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Mission Deck

*If you could call it art.

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RPGG Profile

I played D&D back in the glory days (or at least they were my glory days). I'm a proud owner of the white box set of D&Dwhite box set of D&D. My original copy is a bit worn and abused (as I decided to color a lot of the pics as show here
But once I went to college I abandoned the hobby. I picked up an odd rule book here and there over the 20+ years that followed, but it really wasn't until the site-wide newbie push January of 2012 that I was really drawn back in. I'm pretty much just PbF or the solo adventures offered by the Tunnels & Trolls system. Not sure if I'm ready for the commitment of a FtF group ... assuming I could find one. If it doesn't work out, there's always Skyrim.

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I was "elected" VGG Arcadia Dictator of the Week. My reign began here: Don't Panic ....

Yes, I played PONG, Atari, NES, Genesis, and Super NES growing up, but eventually abandoned consoles for the cutting-edge world of PC gaming and stayed there for a long time. Then Half Life 2 came out. Its draconian DRM and my dial-up connection frustrated me enough to send me back to console gaming. I bought all of the current gen systems at the time (PS2,XBox, GameCube). When the next cycle started I eventually picked up all of those as well (PS3, 360, Wii). Heck, I stood in line overnight to pick up a Wii.

And I've come full circle, embracing the dark side and returning to Steam and her wicked allure of daily deals, flash sales and achievements. I've decided to sit this console generation out (or at least wait til the tail end to pick 'em up very cheaply).

I'm a game collector. I don't buy and return. In fact, I've only sold back one game I ever purchased new (Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, I'm looking at you). And I have probably only ever returned 10 used titles.

I do have a huge soft spot for JRPGs (Japanese RPGs), which, have a tendency to play an awful lot like a dungeon crawl boardgame. Hmmm. No wonder I'm trending towards ameritrash. Quite possibly the penultimate JRPG, at least in my book, is Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4. Its an odd assortment of dating sim, high school sim, and traditional level grinding.

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User Details for eracer68
Registration Date: 2010-09-20
Last Profile Update: 2015-10-18
Last Login: 2016-02-10
Country: flag United States
State: Iowa
Town/City: Urbandale
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Collection Summary for eracer68
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Owned   204
Previously Owned   27
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
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Preordered   7
Wishlist   21
Commented   50
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Previously Owned   6
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Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
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Preordered   4
Wishlist   3
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Board Game 12
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Top 10
#1: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
#2: Flash Point: Fire Rescue
#3: Zombicide
#4: Love Letter
#5: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set
#6: Friday
#7: Pandemic
#8: Thunderbolt Apache Leader
#9: Elder Sign
#10: Gears of War: The Board Game
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#1: Space Infantry
#2: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
#3: The Undercity: An Iron Kingdoms Adventure Board Game
#4: Eldritch Horror
#5: Zombicide Season 3: Rue Morgue
#6: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
#7: Field Commander: Napoleon
#8: Tiger Leader
#9: Legends of Andor
#10: The Great War
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