User Profile for schizoferret
Marcin Mościcki
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***************** Secret Santa 2014 ********************
It arrived! Osm! You can follow my excited holmesing here:


Yay! Can't wait! I'll show you how steel-willed I'm to get into your good book for the next eyar and will do my best not to open it before xmass! I reserve a right to open it earlier in case I get another game to be able to eliminate risk of doubles, though. Or if I'll get too impatient, of course. I also promise to drink a glass of sherry on the eve of 25 thinking warmly of you!


1. AT with real strategy and all multiplayer conflict games are cool as well! I certainly manage to play more them now than when I wrote 'about myself' stuff, I certainly try to make up for last years of mostly euro. I think I may be even ready to play some entry level, smallish euroy-wargames or more 'serious' party games if that's where you expertise lies. Only abstracts so far get no love.

2. Just write to that you're my SS and you should get a discount code when shipped for me (I hope).

Can't wait

I'm really sorry for the extra work I put on your shoulders I would like to stress again, that I use my wishlist as a reference for myself and friends and didn't have an idea how to save it, clear it and restore it after SS. I will be happy with pretty anything that falls into one of my interests and ai hope at least my ratings and comments were of help. I'm really in it mostly for the fun of stalking giving (smug ingretiating warning), so you can really pick pretty much anything from the list your elf manufacture has a surplus of. I generally prefer English versions, unless Polish are considerably cheaper.


Dear Santa, glad to hear I qualified for further process! I do hope I'm on your good list. Please let me know if you have troubles with my list, I'll try to go over it and move some 'thinking about it' up or down. I haven't done it so far to not tease myself into further purchases, as I still have many older games I love and want to play more and would feel bad about pure collecting. Also, I like surprises!

Dear Santa, you have my true and deep sympathy - It will be tough.
I'm one of those spoiled brats who doesn't need an excuse to buy a game he wants. Or a game he thinks he wants. Or a game that goes out of print and someone I know might want. Sometime in the future. Most games I know I want I already have, so games highest on my wishlist are either unavailable (either in Poland or at all), too expensive for what they offer, or most probably will see hardly any play due to lack of interested players. My wishlist is long and with comments, as I use it for myself to keep track of games that came to my attention. Please don't be scared by its length or that a lot of games highest on my list Re unavailable/expensive; they are still there because I think it's not worth spending ridiculous money on them. You may just as well start looking at 'like to have', a lot of games I'm really interested in there, too. I'm really not greedy and welcome surprises, so don't feel forced i to anything.

The good news are I haven't been following closely this year realeases, so there probably are quite a few games I haven't heard about, or just didn't investigate after putting them on my whishlist/radar. I generally like learning new titles, so don't be afraid to surprise me with something low on the list or completely out of it, if you think I would like it (my ratings and comments are generally up to date). I'll certainly enjoy more finding something good I didn't consider myself than a game I would most probably buy myself before the end of the year. Also, I'm not a new game fetishist - if a game is complete and in a good state, it's good enough for me, so if you can find any of the OOP titles I'm interested in at a reasonable cost (including shipping), don't let the official SS rules constraint you. Similarly, if you enjoy PnP-ing, and know one of those on my whishlist as good, it would be most welcome, as I'm too lazy to get down to it myself.

The legend for my wishlist is as follows (I keep notes on most which should help):
1. Must have - out of print, people kill for a copy. I Don't expect to find it without selling a kidney.

2. Love to have: Either unavailable in Europe, a very recent release with little info which I expect with high probability I would love anyway, or the price to predicted hours of play ratio is much too low.

3. Like to have: I think I would like it but haven't played yet, or I played it, liked it, but have other games in my collection which provide a similar and not worse experience.

4. Thinking about it - on my radar. Sounds cool, but either not enough info is available, I don't know how reliable existing opinions are for me as they come from a different background, or I didn't bother to research it further. If you know any of these games to be good, and judge it in my type by my ratings and comments, they would make a great gift.

5. Don't buy it: games I really want to be good, but judging by ratings or reviews most probably aren't. Or I know for sure I won't be able to play them in the forseeable future. If you think something here is exceptionally good contrary to my doubts, it will still make a good gift.

Finally, don't be afraid to pick something not on the list - in fact, depending on how close our preferences are to each other, it might be easier - I most certainly missed some good games this year. If you decide to go with this route, here are a couple of hints:

1. I love Old West, as long as it's not a family game take on it like Carson City - the grittier the best! As a huge fan of both classical and spaghetti westerns, I truly regret the theme is not more popular.
2. Age of Sail and pirates! Of course.
3. Fantasy, preferably original, or ideally mixed with this world (Cthulu, Carnevale, etc). Even generic elves and dragons are preferable to cabbage and potatoes or generic sci-fi.
4. Japan and Asia, not that originally,
5. Gangsters, ESPECIALLY prohibition era - I don't think I have a single good, serious game in this setting
6. Anything unusual! In general, I long for more mature themes (I can't wait to play Dead of Winter!)

Not so much: generic zombie-slaying (without horror), soap opera-style scifi (without any sci-), trading in the mediterranean (it better be good!)

Generally heavier and thinky, both euro (with some theme) and AT, especially hybrids. Multiplayer confrontation games like Game of Thrones, Hegemonic, Chaos in the Old World see a lot of play in my group, but also heavvier euros with visible interaction (Dominant Species, TTA, A Study in Emerald). I am however also always on the lookout for short (under 30 minutes) to finish off an evening while emptying last beers. Something with zero downtime, possibly large randomness (buckets of dice welcome), as long as some skill is involved too, with either above-average interaction or hilarious casualties - I can't find anything similar to Dungeon Quest that would fit in the time limit. In this genre, we play Gauntlet of Fools, Las Vegas (the dice game), Coup. Hmm, maybe I should try King of Tokyo now that I think of it in this context. I will willingly play most any good game however, as long as the theme is not pasted on and it doesn't combine significant randomness with optimisation (we don't like Eclipse as the worst offender od this).

My favourite is action/movement programming and simultaneous action selection. This is because it reduces downtime and combines personal optimisation with deducing other players' goals. In general, I love best puzzles (finding a combination of actions solving my problem) with factoring in player interaction and 'reading' other players plans. I don't like point salads.

Logistical stuff:
If you ship from outside of EU, please declare it as a gift with a sub $40 value, don't include an invoice and ideally send through cheapest post. Courier shipping, or higher valued parcels are almost sure to get taxed on import and introduce about two weeks of delay.
If you'd rather pick something available locally, I can recommend two online stores:, which is the biggest, most established game store with widest assortment and highest prices;, a very friendly smaller store used to catering towards geeks, and also has a large assortment. Also, Adam is used to dealing with foreigners and will get anything for you if it is available from any european distributor. UPDATE: Adam agreed to apply my discount (10%) to anything shipped (or personally handed-in) to me

Other stores I had great experience with are: - solid, but communication takes longer than it used to, - great service, lowest prices among the best established stores, but the assortment is not as exhaustive.

Edit: I wrote a post about shipping to Poland from outside EU:

Merry Xmass!!!


It's me. My main hobby is finding new hobbies. I pick something up, practice it for about two years, and as likely as not leave it for something new. They vary from extreme sports (skydiving, paragliding), to less so (historical archery, historical fencing, diving, off-road), to mundane things like film & film history, photography to name my favorite few. Some of these I manage to get decent in and never completely abandon, some are short adventures ending when I decide it's not for me. One thing however I will always do and never get tired of: travel. I don't intend to die until I see most of this world, as Mars is sadly out of question.

It's hard to say when exactly I started playing board games, but it became a more serious hobby about 2010 and is still eating much of my free time. I expect that one day I will have to limit the time I spend on this hobby, and by necessity, play fewer new games and cut on gaming club meetings I attend. I doubt I will stop playing altogether though, as I managed to introduce many friends to gaming and we do play from time to time even heavier titles.

I play mostly heavier euros, partly because that's what is predominantly played at gaming clubs in Warsaw, partly because of high depth to rule complexity ratio (yes, I know abstracts are even better at it, but abstracts are the ugly girls with wonderful personalities of gaming), allowing me to play at least one new game a week on average. I would love to play some of my favourites ( more often, but my love for them is not always shared and gamers here usually prefer to play many different games to regular plays in selected few titles. At least once a month I try to play a bigger title, like A Game of Thrones, Runewars, Eclipse, Clash of Cultures. I would also play some good ameritrash if I had an occasion. I own and painted War of the Ring, Space Hulk, Hybrid, Earth Reborn to name a few, but no-one wants to play them with me I am not really interested in party games (gaming is deadly serious business!) and wargames (because I need the comfort of knowledge there are levels of nerddom I haven't yet reached).

I expect my games to have tangible themes and nice graphics, even euros - it's not 2002 anymore! That's why Vlaada Chvatil is my god. I love Dungeon Lords & Dungeon Petz, Galaxy Trucker, and value highly Through the Ages although I almost never play it (because I suck). I like games with a high puzzle factor, where I have to find optimal use of resources or sequence of moves and those which require (and allow) predicting actions of other players. That's why action programming is probably my favorite mechanic. It's used not only in light, chaotic games like RoboRally (and perhaps Himalaya), but also heavier like Shogun/Wallenstein (one of my favorites, despite its relative simplicity) and of course heavy Dungeon Lords. I prefer strategic games to tactical, and particularly like those where you have to make detailed plans for a couple of turns ahead, while still allowing for a change based on opponents' actions, like in Myrmes, Tzolk'in. I don't like economic games (those where you buy, sell, invest and try to make the most profit) very much - I don't like to feel like an accountant. In general, I don't like games which generously reward with points for everything and require constant calculation of payouts for every possible combination of actions, like revered OeL, Terra Mystica, Castles of Burgundy - they are good for computers. I prefer to pick a goal and try to achieve it in a most efficient way.

I rate all games I play, often after a single play, unless I really don't know what to think about it. If I played a game more times and get to know it, I also make a comment. I sometimes also do so after single or two plays, when I don't intend to play it again (or will not have an occasion to do it in foreseeable future), but it should be obvious from the comment.

I sometimes do reviews, and would like to do more of them. However, I will write a review only if I know the game well and have something new and important to say about it, or if I'm going to be one of the first. Both these conditions are difficult: I rarely am one of the first to play a game making the latter less probable, and playing many games makes it difficult to feel proficient at any given one. The deeper reviews are titled 'Insight into ...', while briefer overviews 'A look at ...'. If you would like a review of something from my collection (especially if my comment on it is not laconic), geek mail me.

I also make lousy microbadges which only I seem to buy. My favorite are: mbmb. The complete list can be seen here:

My favorite contribution to BGG is probably this geeklist: Moron warriors - ridiculous incompetencies in plastic armies.

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User Details for schizoferret
Registration Date: 2010-03-03
Last Profile Update: 2014-12-02
Last Login: 2015-08-31
Country: flag Poland
Town/City: Warszawa
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