Geek of the Week #389 - Ravinck
Henk Rolleman
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It’s been nice week in the spotlights. Thanks to everyone who dropped by my GotW thread and offered their congrats.
It's time to past on the baton. Ladies and gents, I give you your Geek of the Week #399:

The Men in the Middle

Emmerich am Rhein
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Please make him welcome!


Hello Gamers!

How much of a surprise that you thought of me for the Geek of the Week! I never seriously considered myself as a candidate. Thank you for thinking of me.

I will tell a bit of my history with this marvelous hobby.

In my youth I was blessed with parents who purchased boardgames. Beside Monopoly we had games such as Risk, Yahtzee, Spingo, Scrabble, Rummikub, Trivial Pursuit, Malefiz and more at our disposal. We played as a family but also I had friends from school and the neighborhood over for a play.

Years ago I read in the regional newspaper, back then on paper, about a board game named Colonists of Catan. This intrigued me so much that this did not leave my mind. I more and less went searching for the game and when I found it in a shop I purchased it.

Not much later a befriended couple visited me. I showed them the game, we went on to play it.
Not much later I procured Carcassonne. After this start I added a few classics; Scotland Yard and Cluedo. With friends we used to play games on new year's eve but somehow that tradition lost it's momentum.
Years later we decided to pick up the yearly gaming evening at new year. I decided it was time to get some new games. I bought Ticket to Ride: Europe. The shopkeeper also showed me Powergrid. At that time I worked in energy so the game intrigued me so much that I consulted the internet. That is how I found this website boardgamegeek.
In my early boardgamegeek days I loved the videos of Scott Nicolson and UvalaBob, I watched them all. This lead to purchasing more games, visiting conventions and getting to know more players and members of this wonderful community.

From one thing came another. One day I was asked to help demonstrate games and I found this a very joyful experience. I now have demoed for three publishers at various conventions including Spiel.

Currently I am in between jobs. I used to work in IT support, so if somebody in my neighborhood knows something, please advise!
I have a wonderful girlfriend in Pamela, my darling from Peru. We enjoy playing games together like Jaipur, Lost Cities, Carcassonne, Vegas and also First Sparks. She is a big fan of Little Devils.
Furthermore, thanks to this and another boardgame website,, I found some other players who I regularly meet. I participate in a weekly and a bi-weekly group. In these groups we recently saw various games of Stefan Feld but we also play games like Indonesia and Loveletter.

From time to time I feel it is time to write a review. In my later reviews I add something about the theme before I start writing about the game. Especially when the theme is historical or from the animal kingdom, I enjoy investigating a bit about the theme.
Nice examples are my reviews of Homesteaders, Myrmes, The Manhattan Project and [thread=923013]Nieuw Amsterdam[/thread wrote:

Two truths and a lie:

I have travelled to the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires, I have travelled to the Paris of Southeast Asia, Phnom Penh, but I never spent a night in Paris, France.
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
50.0% 2
50.0% 2
Voters 4
During a four day trip to the Tyrolean Alps in Austria I somehow wore out two pairs of shoes. Eventually I had to walk down in the snow wearing a friend's pair of sandals.
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
75.0% 3
25.0% 1
Voters 4
My basketball competition carreer wasn't really impressive. I did not score much, for instance I only took three three point attempts. Still I made two of in Nurnberg and Scott Alden and Melissa and the rest of their team in Essen.
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
25.0% 1
75.0% 3
Voters 4
This poll is now closed.   4 answers
Poll created by henk.rolleman
Closes: Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:00 am

Here’s a few questions to get you started:
1. You have been travling over the world and do you take
game with you on you journey?
2. You have uploaded some pictures wich one do you like the most
and why?
3. If you would use an historical event for a boardgame? Wich
event would it be and wich meganics would you
like to use.
4. Who do you game with most often?
5. If you could game with a boardgame designer who would it be?

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