Also - a quick note: If you're sending me a friends request on STEAM, please identify who you are via a PM on VGG or something first, otherwise I do not approve blind requests from people I do not know. SORRY! I'd also love to add people on GoG Galaxy, EA's Origin, and Ubisoft's uPlay, too!
Time for a Profile "refresh!" Also a HUGE thanks to anyone who drops by to read this! I really appreciate it. If you dropped by to read this because I said something that annoyed you, please accept my apologies. My posting style is far too direct for how I would normally come across via face-to-face discussion. I've tried to soften or mute my writing tone with limited success.
I'm a 47 year old father of five awesome children and husband to a wonderful and beautiful wife. I feel very blessed.
I've loved playing any kind or genre of games my entire life including:
(specifically PC gaming but I also own and enjoy my PS3 and PS4, too!)
- Tabletop Gaming
(particularly CCGs, LCGs, Deck-Building Games, Miniature-based games, and more American-Themed games than Euros)
- Role-playing Gaming
(mainly D&D, Star Wars Saga, & the Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game: SAGA edition)
- Comic Books
(mostly Marvel but some DC stuff, too)
(mostly geek stuff - Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
- Watching movies
(again, mostly geeky movies)
(both playing and watching, especially the US Men's National Soccer team and the World Cup). I also manage, coach, and play on a Men's Over-40 soccer team in the MSSL (Minnesota Senior Soccer League) Legends division called the "Northland Wolves FC" - you can check out our Facebook page here and join the Wolfpack (fan group) - https://www.facebook.com/northlandwolvesfc/?ref=hl
! In two years we've gone from 9th place to 4th place.
=======================================================================Some favorites from the list above are
: Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Alien: Isolation, Planescape:Torment, Left 4 Dead, Crackdown, Master of Magic, Civilization series, Battlefied Series (PC ony - shooters suck on consoles), Batman: Arkham Asylum, Dawn of War 2, Company of Heroes, Sid Meier's Pirates!, Homeworld, F.E.A.R., BioShock (best game I've ever played) and many more...Tabletop Games
: X-Wing Miniatures Game, Warhammer: Conquest LCG, the new VS. 2PCG LCG, Warhammer:Invasion LCG, Spellfire (best Multiplayer CCG gameplay ever), Lords of Waterdeep, Dominion, Race for the Galaxy, Ascension, Settlers of Catan & SeaFarers Expansion, Castle Ravenloft/Wrath of Ashardalon/Legend of Drizzt D&D Adventure Board Games, Memoir '44', Cutthroat Caverns & all expansions, and some others I'm surely forgetting...Role-playing Games:
D&D any edition, Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game (Saga Edition using cards instead of dice), Star Wars SAGA edition, to name a few key games (I also loved TSR's Dark Sun & Planescape settings)Comic Books:
Mostly Marvel stuff like Uncanny X-men, Deadpool (liked him WAY before he it was cool to like him), Fantastic Four, Spider-man (I'm a big Spidey fan, always have been), I'm a sucker for great art but I also like strong writing, too. Some favorite writers/artists include Peter David, Chris Claremont, David Byrne, Jim Lee, Larry Stroman, Todd McFarlane (art, not writing), Sam Keith (art, not writing), Andy and Adam Kubert, Joss Whedon (his run on Astonishing X-men was great), and surely others I'm forgetting sadly. Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books:
The Lord of the Rings (of course), Watership Down (one of my all-time favorite books; just a really great story throughout), Battlefield Earth (a superb book but awful movie, sadly), The Dresden Files series (just great!), Codex Alera series (also by Jim Butcher), The Chronicles of Narnia, Chronicles of Amber 1 & 2, The Pendergast Series from Lincoln & Childs (super fun to read, real page-turners), several books from the Shannara series (The Elfstones of Shannara is fantastic), The Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and many others I'm surely forgetting at the moment.Movies:
Too many to really list but here's a snapshot of some top favorites, Shawshank Redemption, Good Will Hunting, The Avengers, Mystery Men, Ghostbusters, Stranger than Fiction, Gross Pointe Blank, Better Off Dead (silly but enjoyable), Groundhog Day, Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan, Transformers 1, Terminators 1-3 and Terminator Salvation, Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Vs. Predator, Predator 1, Predators, The Thing (a HUGE favorite of mine) and the newer prequel, The Thing, the most recent remake of the Amazing Spider-man, Star Wars series (love 'em all, even prequels, for the most part), Stand By Me, Matrix Series, Cloverfield, and many more...Soccer:
I'm a goal-scorer by trade and by passion. I play mainly a shadow striker position or as a standard center forward but I'm better when I can attack into the goal-mouth and/or poach goals rather than holding up the ball and distributing it. My strengths on the field are trapping, shooting, and dribbling but I'm also known for making pretty good precision passes when it comes down to it. I've played since I was 6-7 years old and I grew up mostly playing with and influenced by Spanish, Mexican, and Brazilian players. I've put in thousands upon thousands of practice hours in my life. I played in college and have played semi-professionally in England
. I've also played with the US Navy in the Middle-East. I've coached at the younger levels as well as refereed back in the day. I'm a huge fan of the US Men's National team but don't have any club-level teams, either abroad or here in the USA with the MLS, that I really care about. If Minnesota, my home state, ever acquires a MLS franchise, that would become my main soccer team.
As a sidenote, I'm also a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings and I enjoy playing basketball and sometimes watching it (when Michael Jordan played I was a gigantic Bulls fan).
My only really interesting or noteworthy "claims to fame" other than my stint playing semi-pro soccer in England, was my two year freelancing gig writing for PC Gamer
, my previous review column in Knights of the Dinner Table
, and my very short employment working as a Line Coordinator with Fantasy Flight Games
in 2008. Learned a lot from both jobs (primarily that both had some "pros" but also a surprising amount of "cons", as well). I'd love to work in the gaming industry again for the right pay and right work but time will tell what happens.