I've had a somewhat strange history with eurogames. I played my first one in 1985, but only played a handful during the next 20 years. You can read the details of this glacial evolution in my geeklist
on the topic.
Since the start of 2007, I have thrown myself into the hobby with full force. I've picked up over 800 new games and logged over 4000 plays.
I live in Portland, and played quite a bit at the SE Lucky Lab game when I first got into the hobby. I now play with a small group on Mondays and and host a gaming event at my home about once a week. For the last eight years, I've run a game camp
for high school students right before spring break. I've attended GameStorm
seven of the last eight years, and am sure to be there next year.
I manage the Portland guild
, hosted the local Secret Santa event from 2007-2009 and host at least one local math trade each year.Trading:
A lot of my trading happens through math trades, although I'm certainly open to trades of any kind. I often host the GameStorm math trade and started the GameStorm Virtual Flea Market in 2013. The 2009 trade
was the largest ever local math trade at the time, with 911 items offered. I've run a few other unorthodox trades, including the Time to Bundle Up
MT which required packages of at least $80 in value, and the Extended Value Loops
trade, a MT where two-for-one and three-for-two trades were possible (a fun experiment in which 25 of the 103 items traded).My username/avatar:
I collect vinyl and always hauled my record collection around in milk crates (until I had a series of cabinets custom built to house them). When I created an eBay account in January of '99, I wanted a user name that reflected my interest in music, but not tied to a specific band or artist. "milk crate" was already taken, so it became "themilkcrate". It's now my username on the geek, hotmail and (of course) eBay. When creating an avatar, I decided to fill a milk crate with board games. How many do you recognize?Top 10:
This is a list of the games I have played the most in the last 60 days. It is an indicator of the preferences of the people that I play with as much as showing my own likes. To see the games I like the most, you can view my collection and sort them by my ratings.Ratings:
I go strictly by the BGG definitions on my ratings. That's why you won't see too many games with ultra-high ratings or too many ultra-low ones either. I've been using the decimal tags to indicate how many times I've played the game (up to 4 plays). Once I've played a game five times, I figure that I know it well enough to rate it accurately. I've also toyed with using a decimal tag to sort games by type (weight, I suppose) so that For Sale isn't lumped together alphabetically with a heavy game with the same rating. Stay tuned to see if this ever gets implemented.Hot 10:
This is a list of games that I am most excited about playing. It's mostly games I've played less than five times - most only zero or one time.