Thanks for the presents! You really are awesome. I'm showing them off on the Item for Geeklist "2014 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa Sent Me..." geeklist.
40-something husband and father living in Austin, TX. Yes, I'm one of those tech workers that so many residents complain about, but I've been here for twenty years and I'm not from California. At least I'm not a hipster. I don't play board games anywhere near enough because my kids aren't really into them.
I also play D&D on occasion, and maybe one day I'll get to play Star Frontiers, my first RPG from when I was a kid.
I was on a Kickstarter binge for a while, and I'm getting a bunch of new games from it, but I have to admit that about half of them are duds.
If you live in Austin, TX, check out the gaming groups on Meetup.com.
I've tried to be a very good gamer this year, by hosting games at our local pub and teaching people new games that I've purchased (many through Kickstarter). I also started a monthly gaming group with two other couples, so I could really use some not-too-complicated six-player games.
You'll notice that all of the games on my wishlist are tagged with the same priority. Although it's true that I would like any of these games, the real reason is that I want you to choose a game (or games!) that you
like the most. I want to be able to connect with my Santa through games.
Some games are tagged "5 -- don't buy this". These are games owned by friends or relatives that I play with regularly, so I don't need my own copy, even though I enjoy them. Also, if I played a game, but it's not on my wishlist, then I don't want it.
My taste in games is pretty varied, I like to think. Worker placement, hand management, drafting, bidding, area control ... I like them all, and I appreciate have a variety in my collection. I also really like games that are thematic, because then I feel immersed in the game. I also really appreciate quality components and great artwork. To wit, Francis Drake is one of my favorite games.
However, there are a few genres that I don't like. I'm not fond of party games (e.g. Charades, Dixit, Story War) and hidden role games (e.g. Werewolf). My family played Werewolf for a week straight last Christmas, and I'm sick of it now. I'm also picky about co-op games, although I have a few of them.
I'd also like a subscription to Spielbox Magazine
My list of owned and pre-ordered games is always up-to-date, so if you think there is something I would like and it's not on my list, then you know I don't have it.
I also enjoy "modding" games with home-brew upgrades, although I rarely have time to any of that. I'd love to find time to paint my Last Night On Earth minis, and I'm also working on a custom Dominion storage box. I have access to a laser cutter, so I'd really like to be able to make boxes for some of my games. I've even written some Python programs to assist me in some areas. You can find some of my projects on https://github.com/timur-tabi
If you want to shop at a local game store, I'm proud to say that my FLGS is Dragon's Lair
, which is the second largest game store in the country! I also frequent Emerald Tavern
, although it's much smaller.
Finally, I know that many people are struggling for cash these days, so I would happily accept a game that you have already opened. I am blessed that I can afford to be a generous Santa myself, so I fully expect to give more than I receive this year regardless.