I'm a member of the Columbus Area Boardgaming Society (CABS)
, which has an extensive library of board and card games, including most of the top rated ones. Since I have access to the CABS library, I don't actually own many top rated games myself. My collection is mostly games I picked up on the cheap (e.g., at thrift stores or from CABS giveaways) and niche games.
I was a lead playtester of Dominion
, published by Rio Grande Games
. I began playing Dominion with the developers before the release of the original game, and became a "lead" playtester (with my name in the rulebook and stuff) starting with Alchemy.
I used to volunteer for Looney Labs
, until they stopped going to Origins. I still play and promote their games at other times, especially the pyramid games
. For a while, I reported for BoardGameGeek News on the new product releases from Looney Labs. I think I still could, but they don't have tons of releases so the recent news has just been folded into Eric's roundup articles.
My avatar is inspired by The Order of the Stick
, a D&D-themed web comic. Someone on the OotS forums made it for me--I don't have that much artistic ability myself. It is a representation of an actual character I have played. The avatar also bears a passing resemblance to me, personally, which is a story much too long and complicated to get into here. Maybe I'll tell the story someday if the opportunity presents itself.
Notwithstanding my lack of artistic ability, I have created several microbadges. My badges are listed here
My Top 10 and Hot 10 got stale, so I cleared them. I periodically put something out there in one or the other place, especially the Top 10, which has been repopulated for a while. But you're better off looking at my rankings to see my top games.
In mid-July 2010, I began changing my ratings from the BGG standard to a standard that looks something like the scale listed below (adapted from this
). I try to use the scale for rating new-to-me games, and I think the old ratings are about as changed as they're going to get.
10: Outstanding game. One of my all-time personal favorites.
9: Excellent game. Always a pleasure to play. Shines under most circumstances.
8: Very good game. Rarely disappoints me. High on my request/recommend list.
7: Good game. Usually willing to play. I might even request or recommend it.
6: OK game. Some fun or challenge at least. Enjoyable in the right circumstances.
5: Average game. I'm indifferent, but may be willing to play.
4: Below average game. I avoid playing and would need to be persuaded.
3: Poor game. Will strongly resist playing.
2: Very poor game. I refuse to play this.
1: I use this for things that aren't actually games, like the placeholder entry Unpublished Prototype
. The original meaning is "Dead game. Seriously negative entertainment value. Black Hole of Fun."
I would someday like to have comments on all of the games I've rated. Going back in history to add comments can be problematic, because I don't necessarily remember why I rated a game the way I did. To aid in retro-commenting, in April 2011 I reduced by .001 the ratings of all the games that are rated but do not have associated comments. So, for example, "6" became "5.999". That way, I can see at a glance that a game lacks a comment, and if I play it again I can go back and comment on it.
I generally will list a "game system game" (such as a generic card game or a pyramid game) as "owned" if all three of the following are true: (1) I have played it, (2) I have a written copy of the rules in hard copy, and (3) I have all of the pieces that may be required to play the game.