I'm a librarian, but not one of those traditional reference librarians who wears her hair in a bun, wears a cardigan, or has a chain on her glasses. No sir, that's not me. I am a techie and I manage a web development department of 7 people in an academic library in Houston, TX. I love my job as the work is challenging, we have an endless list of projects, and I get to travel a lot to conferences to present on the cool things we build. I may be behind the scenes, but I love that my work greatly influences students and their ability to easily find and use information and services that can help them graduate.
When not on the computer working or at a table playing games, I can be found in the kitchen baking or cooking something, outdoors going for a walk, or indoors at the kitchen table painting miniatures. I've been working on painting all myDescent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
minis for the past two years, and I have the entire base set complete and about half of the expansions (but I keep getting more expansions, so I'll be at this for a while). But honestly, if you take a look at my microbadges, you should learn a lot about me that way, too. Background
I'm originally from Ohio, but I've been in Texas since late 2007. I grew up playing with the classic board and card games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Pictionary, Risk, Trivial Pursuit, Uno, Euchre, Hearts, etc. I also played some Magic: The Gathering
during my undergrad years, but didn't get deep into it. I've also played video games since I was little. I played civ and fantasy dungeon crawl video games, and I got hooked on World of Warcraft
. I love the interaction and social nature of MMORPGs. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to play long and involved video games anymore.
However, my interest in board games was rekindled in 2008 when a couple of friends introduced me to more modern euro-style and strategic games. Now, I have a wonderful collection and play board games almost every weekend and sometimes during the week. A colleague and I even started a board game club at work, and I love sharing this hobby with others.Games Preferences
As for board games, I am most interested in strategic, interactive games that can include area control, worker placement, traitors, auction, negotiation, cooperation, and exploration. My favorite themes are sci-fi, fantasy, and my favorite types of games are cooperative games and dungeon crawls.
Some of my favorite games (along with my husband) are Mage Wars, Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set
, Tales of the Arabian Nights
, BattleLore (Second Edition)
, Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
, the The Red Dragon Inn
series, 7 Wonders
and its expansions, Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery
, Battlestar Galactica
, and Twilight Imperium (Third Edition)
. I've also been playing Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
with my gaming group and I'm really loving this new style of gaming where it's much more immersive and suspenseful. It's awesome how the game responds to how well or poor we are doing. I'm also interested in T.I.M.E Stories
because it emphasizes experience so much, and I can't wait for SeaFall
to come out.
Between my husband and I, I am the gamer. I think he's been on boardgamegeek.com maybe once in his life. I'm the one who does the research, listens to about 6 podcasts, and manages the collection. (Meaning, I'm the gaming addict.)
My TOP 10 list contains my current favorite board games. My HOT 10 list contains games that I'm really interested in and just released or aren't out yet.Gaming with Others
My main gaming group has two couples (my husband and I, and my friend and his wife). My friend's wife doesn't care for long games (more than 1.5 hours), and we can play strategic, more complicated games as long as we prepare ahead of time and can quickly teach the game to her. It never works well when we try to learn the rules together at the table. Also, the theme needs to be really tied to the gameplay and mechanics, and be a theme that we all like (like fantasy, sci-fi, and a few others).
My husband and I also play a lot of games together. We don't have any kids (and probably never will), so we don't necessarily need family friendly games. But we both like strategic games, and we do play light fillers as well as the meatier games. We don't care for the games that claim to be two player but require the use of a dummy character in order to play a two-player game.
I mentioned that I play games at work. The library has a small collection of games (that I curated), but I sometimes bring in games from home. I have to be able to teach and play them within an hour.RPGs
A few years ago, my gaming group and I also started reading more about RPGs, and we purchased a few Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
books. Most of us had played either Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (2nd Edition)
, Dungeons & Dragons (3.5 Edition)
, or Vampire: The Masquerade
while in high school or college, but overall, it had been about 15 years since any of us had played. I wish we could play more consistently. We want to get back into it, but we just haven't been able to because of family or work commitments. Someday...