Gareth MadeleyUnited Kingdom
What happened to the last two weeks? Well two weeks ago I was in a foul mood and couldn't concentrate on what to blog about. Last week I was afraid my blog would have descended to OMGOSH I WONS OUTPOST!!!1!!!!11!!! or something only slightly more eloquent (maybe).
The fact that I won Outpost and immediately was thinking "My goodness, how on earth did I win, was it this, this or that? Did I just get lucky or did I have an amazing strategy, what was my strategy." I really wanted to play it again, trying to see if I could win again. As such Outpost is my first 10 (a score I had previous thought to myself I would never give). As such my gaming and thoughts on gaming change again.
But how did I get here? (cue wavy lines and a flashback)
I used to be a massive fan of fanasty and science-fiction. I loved watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and then Deep Space Nine. I loved reading the Wizard of Earthsea and the sequel and even Harry Potter (before he was famous). As such, it probably wasn't very surprising for a young Briton to end up playing Warhammer, Warhammer 40K and (when it came out) the Lord of the Rings. And by playing I mean making, and by making I mean buying. Eventually I managed to stop (my goodness the global campaigns were a trainwreck.)
However, I had joined a forum devoted to Warhammer (the Empire faction, if memory serves) which had started a few online games of Diplomacy. I'd never played any of them, not knowing the rules, but I found a copy and started looking for websites that could explain it or could provide me more information I then (somehow) found a video by the incredible Scott Nicholson. I think it was Friedrich.
I then starting watching all of his videos. I bought Ticket to Ride: Europe and starting buying more and more as I found this site (my bank balance curses BGG as it is surely to curse the Student Loan Company after next year). However I didn't really have anywhere to game and my opponents were limited about three or four other people. I then managed to find a game group in Liverpool (seperate from the RPGSoc at the University) where I remember responding to the question "What's your favourite game?" with the answer "War on Terror" .
As I went week by week, I started playing heavier and heavier games, however keeping a soft spot for lighter games (like Cosmic Encounter). Scott Nicholson had piqued my interest of 18xx games and so when they were brought out I started having a look at them. I now play them fairly regularly (along with Outpost) at the Lion on Mondays, however I occassionaly play "Thematic Games" or Ameritrash. Which is annoying when 18xx appears on one table and Battlestar Galactica is on the other.
Recently I've been looking at GMT Games and their P500, so I'm now moving into "light" wargames like Here I Stand, The Napoleonic Wars or Pax Britannica, which, of course, are less likely to be played in an evening of gaming, so I'm yet to have played these against people. Shame.
And then I won Outpost last week, breaking my pseudo-taboo on giving a 10 rating. So, where will my gaming go next?