I'm an assistant professor of computer science at Oregon State University in beautiful Corvallis, Oregon. I grew up in greater Seattle and also lived for a year in Marburg, Germany.
In addition to board games, I'm into other nerdy things like programming languages, game theory, linguistics, and fantasy books. I'm also into less nerdy things like sports, traveling, beer, and trying new foods.My wife Allison and me, and our two game-destroyers, Klaatu and Gort
My avatar is the fighter character from the first Final Fantasy game. My dad, who knows what he likes and sticks to it, has been playing this game for over 20 years now. He always names his fighter after me, so I feel pretty attached to the little guy.
I like all kinds of games from simple dice fests to brain-burning abstracts, Euros, Ameritrash, and everything in-between. Due to real-world constraints, I'm especially drawn to games that pack a lot of strategy into straightforward rules and a shortish playtime. But I love setting aside a whole evening for a long, complex game when I can. I'm also a huge sucker for awesome art and high-quality bits.Ratings and Logging Plays
After much deliberation I have adopted Randy Cox's foolproof rating scheme:10 - really great game
9 - not as good as a 10, better than an 8
8 - not as good as a 9, better than a 7
7 - not as good as an 8, better than a 6
6 - not as good as a 7, better than a 5
5 - not as good as a 6, better than a 4
4 - not as good as a 5, better than a 3
3 - not as good as a 4, better than a 2
2 - not as good as a 3, better than a 1
1 - not as good as a 2
I logged plays from mid-2008 to late-2013. It was fun for a while!