I've always enjoyed boardgames since growing up as a kid. Some of my best memories of my childhood was actually making up games with my twin brother Garry that would involve posterboard maps, civilization building, building cities, etc...and we would frequently combine various games to make a whole new game. Unfortunately, I've lost most of that creativity in making games and don't have anything remaining from such fun times but still love a good boardgame. Heck, I actually remember playing Survive and Scotland Yard as a kid and regret misplacing those games (I've since picked up both).
Settlers was my introduction to the wide world of European boardgames back in 2000 although I was still unaware of just how much was out there until 4 years later when a professor (Don Perini) at Cornerstone University invited me to join him for a couple other games and told me about the Geek. Needless to say, I probably went a bit overboard and rapidly added games to my collection. Scanning through EBAY to look for good deals became a bit of an addiction as well for quite a while but I've been actually working to cut back my collection considerably the last year...
I hosted a Friday gameday at Cornerstone University when I was in Michigan, usually hosting around 10-20 students, faculty, and staff each Friday afternoon into the evening! Around midsummer 2005, I happened to see a post by Dave VanderArk about GRAB and enjoyed being part of this group and playing regularly every other Tuesday, most Saturdays, and some Sunday evenings at the houses of different people in GRAB.
My current job has taken me all the way across the country to Irvine, California where I have become involved in the Orange County scene for boardgames and hope to host game days for students at Concordia where I now work.
When people ask me what my favorite types of boardgames are, I must admit the question flummoxes me. I really enjoy a diversity of experiences and enjoy all types of boardgames. More than likely, games that involve quite a bit of thinking and choices would generally be among my favorites, but then I've got Jungle Speed. Go figure! I just enjoy competing, win or lose! One game I don't really enjoy is chess, but I do enjoy collecting chess sets from around the world that reflect the culture of the country. I think I currently have chess sets reflecting a country's culture from Greece, Brazil, Mexico, Uganda, and Ecuador.
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