Check out my blogMatt's Board Game Back Room May 2011 August 2012 January 2015
My focus is on getting games to the table, taking a closer look and providing some sort of review or commentary on them in a laid back, conversational style. I also plan on sprinkling in tidbits about creative work, thrifting and perhaps some newsworthy info related to BGG or the gaming industry in general. But mostly it's just about you and me checking out a game and having a friendly chat!
More Back Room pictures after I added new shelving last year and cleaned up in Jan 2015: The wall with the games. The big shelves are melamine and supported all the way around by the metal units so no bowing of the shelves! The smaller games have their own shelves (2 cheap CD shelving units stacked and screwed together, then to the wall) The opposite wall which used to hold the games, now has a variety of gaming related items (and a mix of other interesting bits) - mostly all thrifted stuff!Last 10 games I have played:Current Top 10 Favorite Games to Play (this is from my TOP 10 LIST:Last 10 Games I Acquired (this is from my HOT 10 LIST):10 Random Games In My Collection:
I have always been into board games. As a kid we had lots of board games. And yes, Monopoly
was among them and it was one of my favorites. We would play it on Thanksgiving at my grandparents house. I frequently won, probably because every one else gave up. We also had lots of other interesting games like Doubletrack
, The Game of Life
, Inner Circle
, and many more classics and some lesser known.
At some point I started getting Games magazine when in Jr. High School and drooled over the top 100 games list. Eventually, I somehow acquired Civilization
and The Civil War
. I think I somehow roped in a friend to play Civilization once or twice and The Civil War maybe once (although I don't know if we ever completed a full game).
However, after I moved out to go to college, my parents moved a couple of times and eventually got rid of most of the games.
My friend, Chris (cdefrisco) re-introduced me to the new revolution of games around April 2008 and opened my eyes. I soon became obsessed with BGG and aquiring and playing all these great games. My wishlist quickly grew large and my collection just as large. I even managed to get my wife and parents to try out some different games, and I love gaming with my kids when we have a chance.
My group of friends has also expanded tremendously since then through game groups and conventions. I attended my first convention in Eugene, Oregon (EGG - Eugene Games Gala) in 2009 and then GameStorm in Portland, Oregon (actually, Vancouver, Washington officially) the next month. I also attended a game group the summer of 2009 and, as a result, have met a lot of great local gamers, some of whom I get to game with semi-regularly.
Now, I just need more time to actually ATTEND these local game groups consistently and I have been trying to get together with more and more people to play....and that is what I like most is not only playing games but competing face-to-face, socializing and having fun.