Merry Christmas to me! Thanks BGG Secret Santa, Thunder Alley and X-Wing Miniatures arrived today. That is a great combo! I don't have lots of gaming time, but I have nephews who will play both of those with me! AWESEOME GIFTS!!!
Dear Regular Santa,
Thanks for writing. I do play and enjoy solo games, war games usually. I've played LeHavre solo plenty though, so not exclusively war games. My wife likes many Euro games, my daughter is only 3 months old so no games with her just yet. Stacy likes Endeavor, Railroad Tycoon, Roads & Boats and Puerto Rico quite a bit, enjoyed her one shot at Le Havre and Caylus. We also enjoy the GIPF games. Sadly, we play very few games together these days, but when we do we usually have fun.
My gifts arrived today, and I'm psyched. I'm not sure if you're my War Game Secret Santa or my regular one, but you got me two games that I've wanted for a long time, and would probably never have bought on my own. Thanks so much, this was a great Christmas present!
PS - Games were 1805: Sea of Glory
and Memoir '44: Operation Overlord
Hello and thank you for writing to me so quickly. I have a 3 month old daughter so my ability to get to the computer is limited. I will be quick here in this update, and try to answer your questions.
My wishlist is updated, and I am pretty certain nothing on it is a pre-order. I think I've updated that correctly, if not ignore the fact I checked pre-order.
My gaming time as a new father is very limited, so I've kept the list to things I may actually get to play or grail type games that I'd never expect to receive as a gift. More on that later.
My best gaming experience of the year, by far, was my solo campaign and AAR of Blocks in the East
. You can see the first AAR right here.
I blew the chance to pre-order Blocks in Afrika, and with no US distributor it's a little too pricey for me. It's a little too pricey for a Secret Santa gift too, but if you want to get me a gift certificate with VentoNuovo Games
that would be a wonderful gift. That's one game I know for sure I'll play.
My worst gaming experience of the year? I don't know if I've had any really bad ones. I like Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game
, but a recent 8 player partnership game was a letdown due to too much down time. I'm mostly a war gamer, and I'm coming to realize that games with high counter density are too much for me. I loved The Dark Valley
and Next War: Korea
, but just couldn't push ahead with playing them. Something like Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe
is pretty ideal.
I am actually no longer much of a reader, I just don't seem to have much time for it. I have been trying to get back to it, but only by reading pulp fiction stuff. I'm hooked on Lee Child's Jack Reacher books right now. I tend to like non-fiction more than fiction, I really like Mark Kurlansky's stuff a lot.
The main thing about Secret Santa is I really like the idea, and am always very happy with whatever I receive.
That's all for now, let me know what else I can tell you.
I'm a social worker / psychotherapist living in Western Massachusetts. After some time looking, I put together a local game group some time ago. Some folks came and went, but the core group has been gaming together since November 2008.
I've become much more interested in war games in the last several years, and of course my games played have declined as a result. Still, I am enjoying the hobby and the friends I've made as a result for longer than I stay interested in most things.
A note about trades
Once a very active (maybe hyper-active) trader, I am not looking to make many trades these days. Unless they are either no ship, or in some way spectacular, I'll likely decline an offer. "Spectacular" might mean unbalanced, or it might mean a game that I really, really want, or it might mean something else that I can't define.
I'm just at a point where if I'm looking to lessen my collection some, especially of games I rarely play or likely never will.
That being said, I do appreciate receiving all trade offers, and I do read and respond as promptly as possible to them.