You're probably more likely to be reading this because I've written something here on BGG that has upset you or pissed you off, rather than saying something insightful a/o that you agree with. I can be brutally honest, and sometimes even a bit of an ass/jerk, but I'm mostly harmless and would still like to sit and play a game with each and every one of you - even the people I don't like... especially the people I don't like - hopefully, one day we can play our differences out on the game board.
I don't *really* take most
of what I write about here too seriously. You need not look any further than my Dune LOLcat avatar to figure that out. If you angrily debate ANYTHING Dune game related with me then I simply point you to that and if you don't laugh it off then you are officially in the "taking it WAY too seriously" column.About me...
I have been playing boardgames for well over 25 years now. 35 if you count the kids/family games :-)
I prefer mostly beer and pretzels games, Ameritrash, and games off the regular path (games with unique themes, mechanics, pieces etc.).
As far as mechanics
go, I have a soft spot for board games that have cards that help to determine outcome, though in the last 10 years that concept has become almost ubiquitous with board games. With a few notable exceptions, like the * In Flames series, counter/unit wargames mostly bore me. Random/luck games don't bother me - I know what I'm getting into when I start them. LOVE dice - roll dem bones baby!
As far as theme
goes I am a fan of any games that deal with Japan (WWII or feudal), financial, political, civilization building, or world wide theater games. I also seek out games dealing with airlines/air travel, oil (drilling/distribution), and nuclear war.I'm an Ameritrash fan
. I make no excuses or apologies for that, and I am not ashamed of it. As long as there's a game in there *somewhere* I'll take graphics/minis over play most of the time because I like attacking and blowing up stuff, especially on a grand strategic scale. I play games to have fun, not to do math or keep endless stats on stacks of units. You can go and have your 10,000 pieces and pages of ASL and spend days counting and sorting through the mess to have your fun, let me have a game that I can also sit around and talk and joke with my friends while playing.
I honestly feel there is NO such thing as a genuine "10" game (no game has ever been made that I didn't get sick of at some point) or a genuine "1" (the "never want to play" / "not a game" applies to cleaning my toilet, not plastic and/or cardboard). My overall game ratings may seem a little high, but that’s usually because I simply don’t play games I don’t think I'll like. A game would most likely have to literally bite me and take a chunk out of me to get a "1" rating from me. Unless a game is horribly unplayable from the start and I have nothing to go on, I actually even kind of enjoy "fixing" games.
If you want to know what my (former) avatar pic is (was)
"Getting a Clue about Battleball" - taken by me :-)