I'm not on BGG much anymore, so if you geekmail me, don't be surprised if I take a week or more to respond.
I started hobby gaming with Magic: The Gathering in 1994. (I'd played Pinochle, Rummy, Backgammon, Chess, Checkers, & Pente with family for years before MtG.) Over the next few years, I tried a number of other CCGs, but never found one that captured my interest like MtG. I also got into Warhammer 40K, painting as much or more than playing. Orks were my favorite, but I also had Blood Angels and Imperial Guard at various times. The painting I still miss, but not the game play. Eventually I tried MageKnight and D&D Miniatures, each failing me. I always felt like I was at the mercy of the die roll. “Euro” games are a pleasant relief, where the luck is frequently minimal and winning is a contest of the mind.
I was a very active LEGO builder, but kids have taken up most of that free time, so all my LEGO is stored in the basement right now. Perhaps in a few more years things will change
. I'm building again and doing a lot with WMLUG
. My daughters like playing with Lego as well and it is fun to share that with them.
I also like making player aids, alternate maps/tiles and other files
I really like game systems
and I feel they are important part of the games database. I've submitted
a lot of Piecepack and Icehouse games as well as other games that I've come across.