User Profile for tmredden
Todd Redden
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If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything - Mark Twain

I haven't been here much lately, several new things are taking up most of my time. I am still gaming, though, and several games have been played a lot! The games I've been playing mostly with the family are several old things: Five Crowns, Bananagrams, and Sequence. New games I've played most with other gamers are Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Viticulture: Complete Collector's Edition and Red7. Still playing lots of Chess. Planning a big Heroscape event in the near future for local gamers!

I haven't been posting games played for some time, as my time on the pc is minimal, but perhaps as I get things cleared off the plate I hope to get back to it. I kind of liked looking back at what I recently played, and it keeps me coming back here. I kind of miss the chronic game news, etc.

The last 10 games I played:

My father had given me 3M Twixt as a holiday gift in the 1960s, and later left me his early copy of WFF'N PROOF. My mom bought us a carved alabaster chess set, and she used to play with my brother and me as kids, and we always had many standards around while growing up (Monopoly, Scrabble, Mouse Trap, The Game of Life, Pay Day, Masterpiece, Risk, etc.,) so I was destined to become a gamer.

Twixt and WFF 'N PROOF

While growing up, Chess was my favorite game (still is!) and I proceeded to attain a fairly decent level of play while attending various chess clubs in CT during my 20s and 30s (Woodstock Chess Club, Madison Chess Club, New Britain Chess Club.) Another student at The Hartford Conservatory of Music taught me how to play Dominoes in my late teens. Years later, my classical guitar duet partner, an advanced Go player, introduced me to Go, a game previously unknown to me. One of my favorite games released for the Atari ST in the 1980s was called "Shanghai", the Mahjong tile matching game. I then started collecting antique Mah Jongg sets which lead to learning the real game, now one of my favorites.

I now meet Tuesday nights with friends at The Grid in Manchester CT (I now miss most of these due to work conflict). We also meet every 3rd Saturday of the month at The ConnectiCon LLC office in Newington CT, and occasionally at Hall Library in Ellington CT, for an all day gaming event. Also a member of Unity Games, I enjoy game conventions. I've attended ConnCON, Oasis of Fun (can't wait for June!!), National Heroscape Day events, and would love to make it to GenCON one day - and maybe even Essen and the BGG Convention.

My favorites are 2 player abstract strategy games such as:

Chess (leaded glass set designed and handmade by myself in 1990)


and Quarto!

I'm also a big fan of Heroscape

My multi-player long time favorites include:

Acquire and Age of Steam

Modern Art (Board overlays from my "1930" and "DIGITAL" expansions.)

(Sample cards from my "1930" and "DIGITAL" expansions.)

Power Grid, Medici

and Caylus

I also play a lot of:

Hong Kong style Mahjong and Texas Hold 'Em Poker.

Brought up by a mother who collected and sold antiques I was also destined to have an interest in collectibles, and spent many vacations traveling throughout New England where I first discovered ebay (at its infancy, then another source of good finds,) in search of antique classic games - and have acquired a large collection of chess, mah jongg, dominoes, dice, poker dice, checkers, chinese checkers (and marbles), poker chips and so forth. Their greatest appeal for me is the materials they're made with, such as bone and ivory, horn, wood, bamboo, Bakelite/Catalin, Celluloid, metal, shell, glass, jade/gemstones, mother of pearl, stone, brick, plastic (especially old plastics), etc.

Catalin Poker chips and Bone/bamboo Mahjong

Red bakelite and Tin advertisement Dominoes

Bakelite Chess

Chinese Checkers board and marbles

Parker Brothers Royal Checkers and Embossing Company Dur-O-Deck

Celluloid Poker Dice and Bone and brass miniature Dominoes

I am also compelled towards collecting board game sets and have acquired all the 3M games (except Jati), and all of the Alea series, all sizes for example. I have collected all of Formula Dé, Heroscape, BattleLore, Arkham Horror, Descent, Crimson Skies, Wings of War, Duel of Ages, Power Grid, Blue Moon and others. (I have a long way to go with Age of Steam and may never quite get there!)

Bazaar (3M Bookshelf), Sleuth (3M Gamette), Regatta (3M Sports) and Plasm (3M Paper)

Bora Bora (Alea Bookshelf), Louis XIV (Alea medium) and Royal Turf (Alea small)

When in high school, my mother brought me and my brother to a local artist to learn the craft of leaded glass, which I've done off and on my whole life. I've made a chess set, backgammon, nine-men's morris, dice towers, tangram puzzles and other game related items in my leaded glass workshop. I'm currently working on a leaded glass Mana set.

My Top 10 are the games I love the most on the planet. My Hot 10 are the new multi-player games that strike me as the best games out currently.

My avatar is the lp album cover of "In the Court of the Crimson King" by King Crimson, 1969. It is a favorite of mine, always has been as far back as I can remember (I was 11 years old when the album came out), the 21st Century Schizoid Man looks a lot like me losing a game.

My Ubergeekbadge is edited frequently with scanned images of the titles of games I've played and like (created from pictures of games in my collection that resize adequately). I now support Boardgamegeek with annual contributions.

I'm not very good about posting all plays, and none prior to 2008 were posted. I've lately begun posting all plays immediately, but still forget on occasion. I play a lot of computer Chess (on the Internet Chess Club), Go, Mahjongg, Backgammon and Bridge but only post live games with real, 3D pieces/cards against live human players. Some games that show no plays I've played hundreds of games over many years! I use the BGG Collection to record only games I own, else it gets too complicated and less functional for me.

I studied Pharmacy at The University of Connecticut (GO HUSKIES!!), and most of my time is taken up with that profession and with classical guitar. I wish I had the time and the tools to design and publish my own boardgames!

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User Details for tmredden
Registration Date: 2003-01-22
Last Profile Update: 2015-08-19
Last Login: 2016-04-27
Country: flag United States
State: Connecticut
Town/City: Manchester
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Top 10
#1: Backgammon
#2: Bridge
#3: Chess
#4: Go
#5: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie
#6: Mahjong
#7: Poker
#8: Quarto!
#9: Scrabble
#10: Tichu
Hot 10
#1: The Castles of Burgundy
#2: Castles of Mad King Ludwig
#3: Concordia
#4: Grand Austria Hotel
#5: Lords of Waterdeep
#6: Russian Railroads
#7: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
#8: Ticket to Ride: 10th Anniversary
#9: Viticulture: Complete Collector's Edition
#10: War of the Ring Collector's Edition
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