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There's this somewhat popular thread, known as the Geek of the Week.

In in, the GotW has a tradition of telling "Two Truths and a Lie". Then, at some point in their thread, they reveal what the lie was.

A lot of the time, I miss seeing the reveal. I decided to do something about that by collecting them here.

I'm adding items as time allows, there's been a lot of Geek of the Weeks. I'm only doing the BGG geeks. Subscribe if you like seeing them, but the main point of this is for my own education, so don't yell at me if I'm going slowly!

Besides, some of those old GotW thread are interesting, a.k.a., distracting! Go visit and thumb them!
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Was the 26th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

Two Truths and a Lie returned! Sort of…

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A game I know is called two truths and a lie.

You tell us three things about yourself. Two are true one is a lie. We have to guess which is false. (hints: Try to make your truths the most unexpected things about yourself to trick us. The lie can be very close to the truth.)

I said I was a private guy, didn’t I? I’m not sure if I want to play that game. I’ll think about it…

And he was good to his word, and avoided it. But, he did ask the next GotW!

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Was the 27th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

1. I was once a bookie.
2. I don't drink alcohol.
3. I was never on an airplane until I'd graduated from college.


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Well, only one person chimed in on this one (and it seems that this game has not met with a great response on several Geek of the Week threads). But that person (John Weber) nailed it.

I was never a bookie, though I did run Rancox Sports Services back in about 1984, where I used those newfangled computers (8086 IBM PC with 512 K of memory cost me over $3600), and MicroSoft FORTRAN (didn't even know they had it, did you) to tell gamblers which college football teams to bet on. I think I had three customers or something like that.
 
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Was the 28th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:


Okay, I know I said that I'd take your questions in order, but I hadn't noticed at that time that you did the game as your last question. If I don't post the game until the end of the week, then I just immediately have to turn around and reveal the lie. So, to preserve the sanctity of Two Truths and a Lie, I figured I'd better insert it now:

1) I once spent an entire week at Stanley Ranch Camp without ever defecating (due to my fear of the spiders in the outhouse.)

2) The only videogame that I have ever mastered is Goldeneye, for the Nintendo 64.

3) I was banned for life from Classmates.com.


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Okay, I'm taking a break from my near-ceaseless questing in Elder Scrolls IV to reveal the "truth" behind my Two Truths and a Lie entry:

None of my items are entirely true, nor are any of them exactly false. I strove to make each of them, when viewed collectively, work out to exactly two thirds truth, and one third falsehood. Let's see how I did....

1) When I was eight or nine years old I attended a weeklong camp as part of a Woodcraft Rangers outing. (Stanley Ranch Camp appears to still be running, and an internet search reveals that the LA Times sends underprivileged kids there on its readers' dime.) In any case, I was terrified of the spiders in the only outhouse available for the campers, and I lasted more than 5 days, at which point I became delirious with fever, and my parents had to come and take me home a day early. I am not entirely sure if I used the bathroom in the infirmary before we left, but it's a reasonable bet that I did. So, not *entirely* true.

2) I did master Goldeneye. I unlocked every cheat and achieved every secret goal that Rare stuck in the game. Well, as far as I know. And that's the lie part--because honestly, there could be some trick in there that I don't know about. True mastery of anything is an elusive proposition, and all I have to go on is the concurrence of FAQs that I beat every challenge and reaped every reward possible. And then, I went to Ireland, eventually bought a PAL N64, another copy of Goldeneye, and did it all again. Except--more lie here--I couldn't beat the penultimate level's time and get dual automatic rifles on the PAL box. (Oh yes, after having attained whatever level of expertise that I did with this game, I can honestly attest that I never came close to said level on any other videogame--before or after.)

3) I WAS banned from Classmates.com. My userid was revoked, and when I inquired as to my crime, I was told that it was the moderator's opinion that I had sought to maliciously destroy the continuity of the entire forum devoted to Taft High (my alma mater). This was because I had deleted an entire subset of my posts (along with any replies addressed specifically to me) that were part of an unending flamewar with some muppet named Dale, who had nothing better to do than bitch about the manner in which I wished to recall my high school experiences. She, naturally, had not attended Taft, had not paid the twenty-five dollar member fee, and basically had no reason to even be in the Taft forum--but when I deleted every post I'd ever made and every reply that was hooked specifically to my posts, that was too much for the moderator, and I was gone. Thankfully, I sent them a snotty letter demanding my user fee be refunded, and it was.

The lie? Nobody ever said it was a lifetime ban. Though I will never pay to belong there again, I did finally put my name back into my 1976 graduating class list, and if ever anybody from my teen hell should wish to contact me via Classmates.com, they can.


And with that, I withdraw from this thread, and retire as Geek of the Week, with many thanks to Randy Cox for letting me have some fun here, and lots of thanks to John Bohrer, for his fascinating travelogue quizzes, and fond regards to all those (except Dale Yu, who just showed up to obfuscate the flow with his crosstalk) who deigned to drop in and say something to, or ask something of, me.

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29. Board Game: Terrain Vague [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:8215]
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Was the 29th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

OK, here are three:
1. I once made my younger brother and sister eat a ladybug (they had to share).
2. I once made my younger brother and sister eat dog food.
3. I once made my younger brother and sister eat green pancakes with red syrup on Christmas morning.


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It's Saturday night, and my tenure as Geek of the Week is at a close. And so, I answer the question you've all been wondering about. What didn't I make my younger brother and sister eat? It was dog food. My sister wasn't old enough to eat solid food when I forced that upon my younger brother!
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Was the 30th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

I've been expecting the "two truths and a lie" question, so have had some time to think up some tough ones (meaning multi-part, at least something is true in all three, but only two of them are completely true):

1. I've had respectable-length conversations with Immanuel Velikovsky, Fritz Lang, Andre Norton, Johnny Weissmuller, Baba Olatunji and Ursula Le Guin. (But not in that order.)

2. While hitchhiking in Belgium after midnight, hundreds of rabbits streamed across the road right in front of me. I was then picked up by Surrealist painter Paul Delvaux, who took me all the way to Paris and brought me in as a guest to an exhibit of Belgian Surrealist paintings that was just opening that day there. It's actually exactly where I was headed to begin with...

3. I went to clown school because of a vivid dream I had. A volcano visible from my window became active the same night as the dream, and was spewing smoke when I awoke.

I have no excuse for being so tough on you, sorry (you may have to google some names - they shouldn't be hard to find, though). Hit me with some hard questions to restore the balance in the universe.

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1. I've had respectable-length conversations with Immanuel Velikovsky, Fritz Lang, Andre Norton, Johnny Weissmuller, Baba Olatunji and Ursula Le Guin. (But not in that order.)

Truth. Briefly: I was president of a student organization in my undergrad career and tried to get Immanuel Velikovsky to come speak. We had many phone conversations, but alas, we couldn't meet his price so I never met him in person. (But I didn't write "meet" - I wrote had conversations with.) // When I was a freshman in college, Fritz Lang came to our school to talk about his movies. We watched Metropolis and M and I was so entranced with them (I'd never even heard of them before - this was before videos and even before film studies classes) that I stayed after the group presentation and had a good one-on-one talk with him. // SJGames produced a licensed GURPS Witchworld supplement, and when SJ found out Andre Norton was the guest of honor at WorldCon 1989, he invited her to a leisurely 3-hour breakfast. As an SJGames author, I was invited to attend. // My next door neighbors when I was growing up were the grandchildren of a couple named Pinkston, both of whom had been Olympic swimmers in the 1920s. Their teammate and still good friend was Johnny Weissmuller, who came to visit them every couple of years, and occasionally they'd bring him over to the grandkids house. I was invited over more than once when he was there - the first time, about age 5 or 6, I thought I was meeting Tarzan! // I taught at Omega Institute (NY) the summer of 1985. Baba Olatunji was also teaching there. One day he heard me playing my concertina and came over to comment on it - he'd never seen one before. We became pretty close that summer - a fine man! // When I lived in Portland, OR, in the 1970s I worked first at a bookstore and then at the main downtown library. Ursula Le Guin was a regular customer/patron at both institutions, and we talked a fair bit.

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2. While hitchhiking in Belgium after midnight, hundreds of rabbits streamed across the road right in front of me. I was then picked up by Surrealist painter Paul Delvaux, who took me all the way to Paris and brought me in as a guest to an exhibit of Belgian Surrealist paintings that was just opening that day there. It's actually exactly where I was headed to begin with...

This is the lie, but it's almost truth. If you change I was picked up by Surrealist painter Paul Delvaux... to I was picked up by the nephew of Surrealist painter Paul Delvaux... it then becomes a true statement!

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3. I went to clown school because of a vivid dream I had. A volcano visible from my window became active the same night as the dream, and was spewing smoke when I awoke.

Despite the doubting, this one is true. Well, it contains a partial-truth, I suppose. The "clown school" was actually Dell'Arte School of Mime & Comedy (now called Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre). It had three 10-week semesters, with 32 hours of class time per week, plus at least 40 hours of rehearsal time. Of the 30 weeks, 5 weeks were devoted to clowning. So it was a clown school, but it was also more than a clown school. The dream: I was living in Portland, OR, and had been very ill - 105 degree fever (40.6 Celsius), hallucinations, tossing and turning, the whole works. That night I dreamed I had to go back to the school where I attended kindergarten (but no other classes). I also was told in the dream I had to go on stage. It was a very vivid dream. When I awoke, I felt perfectly fine - no fever nor hint of a disease. Puzzling over the dream, I got my mail which had arrived, and in it was a brochure for Dell'Arte, a school I had never heard of. It involved theatre - that is, I would have to go on stage. Since I'd never had a theatre course nor, in fact, had ever been on stage since the third grade, it would be like going back to kindergarten. I then looked out the window and saw a smoke plume arising from Mt. Saint Helens. This hadn't happened since the 19th century, I think, so it was a pretty amazing sight! I added up all the pieces and decided my unconscious mind was trying to tell me something, so the next fall I started at Dell'Arte.
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31. Board Game: Age of Renaissance [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1002]
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Was the 31st Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

Hmmm...
1. My worst financial mistake cost me half a million dollars.
2. I wear women's clothes.
3. I won second prize in a poetry contest.


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Oh, and which was the lie? I'm guessing poetry, unless maybe it was a Vogon poetry contest.

Ah yes... I was hoping everyone had forgotten!

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1. My worst financial mistake cost me half a million dollars.

True, for some version of true. First job, I was a member of my company share scheme - you had to stay in the scheme for 5 years, paying so much each month. I was promoted to team leader, a job that I hated, and on top of that, it looked like the company was becoming more business orientated and less friendly. So I left a few months before I got the shares; had I stayed, I would have received around 3,000 shares valued at aboue £1.70 each - however, over the next year or two, the shares did a 4-for-1 split, and then shot up to about £24 each, so they would have been worth around £300,000 (over $500,000 last time I checked the exchange rate). Several of my colleagues retired or took a few years off as a result.

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2. I wear women's clothes.

True, and I see that no-one doubted this for a minute; yep, most of the bright, garish clothes I find are designed for women

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3. I won second prize in a poetry contest.

False. A little bit; I can't bring myself to lie even over something totally inconsequential. I won third prize for a piece of catterel (like doggerel but more doggy). I'll now embarrass myself by including a link. http://www.scat.demon.co.uk/ThirdPrize.html - the competition was for a book of poetry for a local cat charity, so standards probably weren't very high...
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32. Board Game: Bison [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:6867]
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Was the 32nd Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

Two truths and a lie. I'll try not to make it too easy.

1. I used to have the phone number of Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen in my wallet.

2. I am one of the very few people in the world with pure black eyes.

3. My name is listed in Chapter 78, the Fan Club Credits, of the Special Extended DVD Edition of "Return of the King," and is supposedly the only one of the thousands of listed names that was misspelled.

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…the lie was being listed in the credits of the Return of the King. While it may seem that everyone in the world is listed there somewhere, my name is not there, nor was it ever intended to be since I was not a member of the fan club.

I really did have Mary Steenburgen's phone number. A bookkeeping client did some work for her, and I found her number on an invoice. She was living in Ojai, CA, at the time, just a few minutes drive from where I was working. I called it once, and sure enough, Ms. Steenburgen answered the phone. I got tongue-tied and claimed it was a wrong number.

And yes, I do have pure black eyes. I have a rather rare eye defect called aniridia, which means that I was born without irises. I just have two big ol' black pupils, which is a little freaky to people when they first discover it about me and look closely at them. Imagine having your eyes dilated 24 hours a day, and that is what life is like for me...
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Was the 33rd Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:


1) I've been asked off a plane, only to find myself confronted with TSA representatives demanding to know what I'm reading. (I believe this is related to an unfortunate incident involving a copy of "Pass the Bomb" that occurred pre 9/11).

2) I've been attacked by a robot. Fortunately, the robot was built for zero-G environments and the system that compensates for earth's gravity kept it from hitting me.

3) During a meeting where I was advising on a large takeover attempt, I left early to make sure I got to Just Games (in London) before it closed. Not only did I make it, I wasn't reprimanded.

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The lie is .... #1!

I have, in fact, had an unfortunate incident with Pass the Bomb (which I documented in the Game Cabinet, I believe). However, the ordering off of the plane happened to a coworker. (Reading was work related, though).

The robot in question was called the Self-Mobile Space Manipulator. Despite the name, it just manipulated tools, not space itself. I did some minor testing on the motorized control system and was trying to fine tune it. The professor wandered by and said "Oh, just set it to move as fast as possible, then study the overshoot." So I did. Unfortunately, the place I told it to go was "Where you are now" (about a foot away from my face) and then I just pushed it away from me. So it made a lunge for me, but it's pulley system slipped up and it got stuck.

#3 is true
, but certain parties didn't want my advice and indicated that after I gave it I could make myself scarce. So I did.
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34. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:3562]
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Was the 34th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

This is pretty difficult, since my life story is fairly... hmmm... how to put this right. Oh yeah -- boring. But I'll give it a shot:

Rumor 1: When I was in college, I finally worked up the courage to ask my long-time girlfriend to marry me. She attended another university, so I borrowed a friend's car and drove all night to surprise her and propose. As soon as I arrived, she broke up with me. I then had to drive all the way back in shock. I shacked up with someone almost immediately while on the rebound, and we've been happily married ever since.

Rumor 2
: My parents lived in Hawaii until just recently. On our last trip to visit them, my wife and I didn't realize what a horrible part of Hawaii they lived in until Dog the Bounty Hunter (from the TV show) made a "bust" on a crack dealer living just down the hall from my parents. Imagine our surprise when we tried to head out to dinner, only to see Dog, Leland and a film crew coming up the stairs, asking us to return to the apartment until he was in custody.

Rumor 3
: The week after I received my driver's license, I was pulled over by the police for several traffic violations, including fleeing the scene of an accident. I was informed that the police car originally pursuing me was hit by a truck and another unit was dispatched to pursue me. I was informed that I was lucky no one had been hurt or killed in the accident I caused, and I had to appear in court. A very stressul thing for a 16-year-old to hear.

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Rumor 1: When I was in college, I finally worked up the courage to ask my long-time girlfriend to marry me. She attended another university, so I borrowed a friend's car and drove all night to surprise her and propose. As soon as I arrived, she broke up with me. I then had to drive all the way back in shock. I shacked up with someone almost immediately while on the rebound, and we've been happily married ever since.


This is true. And it drives me crazy to this day. She broke up with me w/o any explanation. My current wife was also on the rebound at the same time. It was a bizarre and immensely rewarding quirk of fate to have everything work out that way.

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Rumor 2: My parents lived in Hawaii until just recently. On our last trip to visit them, my wife and I didn't realize what a horrible part of Hawaii they lived in until Dog the Bounty Hunter (from the TV show) made a "bust" on a crack dealer living just down the hall from my parents. Imagine our surprise when we tried to head out to dinner, only to see Dog, Leland and a film crew coming up the stairs, asking us to return to the apartment until he was in custody.


This is almost all true -- but has enough BS in it to make it the lie
. My parents did live in Hawaii, and just recently moved back to the mainland. The lies are twofold -- first, we never traveled out to visit them. I had no interest in taking a vacation out to Hawaii after hearing so many horror stories. The Dog the Bounty Hunter raid was mostly a fabrication -- they didn't hit my mother's apartment, but actually the apartment next door.

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Rumor 3: The week after I received my driver's license, I was pulled over by the police for several traffic violations, including fleeing the scene of an accident. I was informed that the police car originally pursuing me was hit by a truck and another unit was dispatched to pursue me. I was informed that I was lucky no one had been hurt or killed in the accident I caused, and I had to appear in court. A very stressful thing for a 16-year-old to hear.


This is sadly true, as well. This was one of the worst days in my life. As a 16 year old, to have this happen right after getting my license, I had visions of going to jail for the rest of my life.

The frustrating thing is that the car was full of National Honor Society students. We all swore in an affadavit that the police had the wrong car, that we weren't involved in the accident they were referring to, and we never ran the red light at the intersection they say started the whole thing. Unfortunately, the judge decided to side with the officer rather than four straight-A, squeaky clean kids.

The real topper, though, is that I was pulled over at night. I forgot to turn my headlights off when I was pulled over. After I was issued the citation, my car wouldn't start. I asked the officer for assistance, and he said he couldn't help me -- so he left 4 kids, scared and shaken, by the side of the road in rural Wisconsin. I had to walk a mile or so up the road to find a pay phone and call my parents.
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35. Board Game: Sesame Street 35th Anniversary Game [Average Rating:4.40 Unranked]
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Was the 35th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:


1. I saw the original Star Wars three days in a row when it first came out in the theater.

2. I saw E.T. three days in a row when it first came out in the theater.

3. I saw Wargames three days in a row when it first came out in the theater.


Not very exciting, eh?

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Thanks all. I had fun doing this. The LIE was #1. I only saw Star Wars once in the theater. laugh
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36. Board Game: Federation & Empire [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:4842]
Michael Edwards
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Was the 36th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

He deleted his posts as well. Always surprises me how many deleted users there are… but I was able to find his questions.


1. One of my first jobs as a software engineer was to develop software for an Internet-enabled dildo. Due to an ambiguous whiteboard drawing, I thought I was actually working on a missile control system.

2. I was threatened with expulsion from university for dropping a classic PET computer down six flights of stairs.

3. I've been fired from McDonald's despite my lofty status as Crew Trainer and fledgling Production Caller.

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Alas, no sign of the answer…
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37. Board Game: Dragon Masters [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:12826]
Michael Edwards
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Yehuda Berlinger
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Was the 37th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

1. In 1978, I was attacked by an older kid while I was walking to school. He pulled out a pocketknife, called me a dirty Jew and said he was going to kill me. While he raised the knife, I kicked him in the stomach. He dropped the knife. We heard a shout from across the street. He cursed me again and ran away. I kicked the knife into a sewer drain and ran the rest of the way to school. The police ended up getting involved.

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In 1993, I was driving back to my house at night when I came to a T-junction where I had to turn left to my house (torwards the Jewish area). But there was a car waiting at the junction with its lights on pointing at me. I got confused and went straight, towards the Arab area. I quickly turned around, went back to the intersection and went the correct way. The next night a member of my community was shot and killed at that intersection. The murderer, who was caught, admitted that he was planning to kill someone the previous evening, but the car went straight instead of turning left, so he thought that it might be an Arab, and he decided to wait until the next night.

3. When I was eating at a downtown Hillel cafe in Jerusalem in 2000, a bomb went off on the next street. Through all of the smoke, noise, and confusion, I wasn't able to get any closer to help anyone. In fact, the police basically pushed me and other bystanders away. I ended up walking away feeling miserable, unable to help. I had trouble sleeping for a week. This was not the first, nor last, time that I've personally heard bombings from my location.

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By the way, the first two are true, and the last is a lie. But that doesn't mean that I haven't come close, both physically and socially, to numerous bombs :-(
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38. Board Game: Runes [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:9218]
Michael Edwards
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Was the 38th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

Ok, two truths and a lie:

Mine will be much shorter and simpler than Yehuda's.


Edit: I am going to add more details to them now. Because itts interesting.


1) I once qualified for the Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour. It was in 2000, Urza's Sage block PTQs, and I was played a 'Squirrel Prison' deck, modified with Plow Unders. Back then, there was only $250 for first, I got 2nd place (there were 2 qualifying slots per tournament back then, not 1 like it is now). I didnt go due to a combination of school and money issues. (Nowadays they give a free round trip plane ticket for winning the PTQ).

2) I flew a plane, 8 years before I ever drove a car. My grandfather was a WW2 pilot, and loved to fly. He lived in Anacortes near the airport there and had a personal, 5 or 6 person plane. I first flew it when I was 12.

3) I have a U.S. Secret Clearance. I work at Boeing, and work on various network secrutiy applications for government contracts. I started working there in October 2002, and got my clearance last year.

meeple

The lie was that I have qualified for the Magic pro tour. I never have.

The info I gave was for a time I made top 8 at a PTQ, but didnt qualify.

I've gone to about 10 PTQs in my life, and have made top 8 twice.
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39. Board Game: Darkover [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:15365]
Michael Edwards
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Was the 39th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

I have all my finals today, so I won't be around much for a while. I'll answer questions later. For now, my two truths and a lie:

1) I took a German language placement test at the UW, and that satisfied my foreign language requirement.

2) I played Knizia's Lord of the Rings before I ever read the book. The included plot summary spoiled the ending for me.

3) I considered having one of these statements be "I play the trombone in the Husky Marching Band", but I was worried that the answer might be too obvious.


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Now, about those two truths and a lie:

1) I know German reasonably well, as my mother is from Germany and I was raised bilingually. However, I did not take a German placement test. My formal training in German grammar is almost nonexistent, and my vocabulary is limited. I would have aced any section where you translate German to English, but probably done poorly on whatever else was required.
Instead, I took the Spanish language test (having taken one year of Spanish in middle school, and two in high school). To my surprise, it satisfied my foreign language requirement without me having to take any classes. (I should note that Alex's statement that you need to take multiple 200-level courses doesn't seem to be true, at least anymore.)
Lie.

2) True. I think I had just played some good Knizia games, and had also just seen Fellowship of the Ring, and was looking for some more Knizia games to get. I decided on his Lord of the Rings games, because I knew he was good at mechanics, and thought the provided theme would complement that nicely. I was extremely right. I'm probably one of the few people in the world who decided to read the books because of the game.

3) True. I play the trombone, but don't play in the Marching Band, because marching band music is really boring. I considered this as a possible statement (the lie, of course), but started worrying it might be too obvious. I don't know whether those worries were justified, but in the end I dropped the statement because I like the meta-statement so much better.
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40. Board Game: Borderlands [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:4328]
Michael Edwards
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Was the XLth Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

Two truths and a lie about me:

1. I was on a national championship crew (rowing team) in college.

2. I was born in the same town where I went to college.

3. I got married on New Years Eve, 1999.


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And yes, the rowing championship is the lie. Just as an item to note, the last THREE GotWs have all had their first statement as their lie--a clear indicator that people think of their lie first and write it down? Word to the wise--randomize!
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41. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:673]
Michael Edwards
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Was the 41st Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

1. I once performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto on-stage with a live orchestra.
2. I once worked on the air on a classical radio show.
3. Secretly, I really love Munchkin.


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jens_hoppe wrote:
Now, about the two truths & a lie: Secretly liking Munchkin is of course a blatant lie. No one with your gaming profile would find any enjoyment in Munchkin. I hope.


I will not reveal which of the three list items is a lie However, I will say that the item that is a lie is still trying to reveal a bit of truth.
 
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42. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:72]
Michael Edwards
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Doug Adams
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Was the 42nd Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

I have driven Monica Seles and Lindsay Davenport in my car.
I am related to Colin Firth.
I have been buried up to my waist in boardgames.


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Well, I was guessed early so I'll admit it.

I have driven Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport (and Mary Jo Fernandez) in my car, all at the same time. (I used to volunteer driving courtesy cars at the Australian Open Tennis here in Melbourne, and that was one memorable pickup).

I have been buried up to my waist in boardgames. I pulled a game off a shelf at my FLGS, and 10 meters of gaming shelving detached itself from the wall and fell on me. I required rescuing. Kids, this hobby can be dangerous - taking an Age of Renaissance to the head is no joke.

I am not related to Colin Firth (this is an in joke at my tennis club, where some female members believe Colin "smoulders", based on him gazing at Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice for six hours like a retriever on heat). One of my tennis mates made the comment I was related to him and some believed it at the time
 
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43. Board Game: Airlines [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3845]
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Was the 43rd Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

I hope these are devious enough:

1. I come from such an insignificant family, we didn't even have a family name until 18th century.
2. I can count to six using just the fingers in my left hand.
3. I was almost killed in a tragic tetherball accident when I was about three. I still bear the scar.


meeple

Ah, this lying business. Might as well come clean now.

I think somebody got it right, but it wasn't you.

1. This was the lie. The family name Saari isn't from 18th century, it's from 19th century or perhaps even early 20th century. Don't know for sure, not enough geneology buffs in the family. However, family names weren't mandatory before 1920.

In 19th century, many families had Swedish names (perhaps from a time when a family member had served in the Swedish army), which were translated to Finnish. Other might not have last names at all, because they simply weren't needed. In any case, Saari was very popular between 1880-1905 or so. Odds are that our family got the name back then, and before that, we were simply known by the name of the house or the farm.

2. Some clever guys figured this one out. Yes, I can count to 31 with one hand, even though I have just the regular five fingers in both hands. Binary finger counting is the way to go! In Iain Banks' book The Business (not his best, not nearly) there's an interesting application of the theme: a bank account number or a large sum of money, don't remember which, is sent as a binary code in someone's teeth by removing some of them. The carrier didn't know he was carrying a code, though, and was understandably upset.

3. This is true, too, though I don't know how near I was to dying, in the end. I do know I lost a lot of blood in the process. A cousin of mine whacked me in the head with a wooden, sharp-edged racket. The scar is small, but still visible if you look close.
 
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44. Board Game: David & Goliath [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2132]
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Was the 44th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

Two truths and a lie, eh...

1. I'd much rather play Zombies!!! or War! Age of Imperialism than Tichu or Puerto Rico.

2. I wasn't always a history student, y'know. In fact, my first two published articles were in a science journal.

3. I've never owned a videogame console, but I read PVP, Penny Arcade, and VGCats religiously.


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Truths, lies, etc. For reference purposes.

1. Tichu and Puerto Rico are games I admire, but don't look forward to playing very often. Tichu because I'm the world's worst trick-taking game player; Puerto Rico because I'm too lousy to play with the "pros," and playing PR with newbies is often physically painful. (I love playing games with new players; I just think PR is a poor choice.) Give me San Juan any day.

War! Age of Imperialism provided me with one of my more enjoyable solo game experiences. Of course, I used some house rules of my own...and playing with other people, you can't use Japan, because Japan is just plain ol' doomed. I liked it, though. Zombies!!!, too, is a decent-plus late-night silly game if you use the "short game" rules on the Yahoo! Group site. I haven't bothered with any of the expansions. I think my BGG rankings for these four are slightly misleading; sometimes I rank games based on how much I enjoy them; sometimes based on how much I admire them. I suppose I could go through and regularize them...but that's too much like work.

2. Indeed, I haven't always been a history student. I bumped around several different majors in college (and nearly dropped out)--and, also indeed, my first published articles were in a science journal. Assuming, of course, that one expands the definition of "science journal" slightly so as to encompass the Journal of Irreproducible Results. I should appear in a couple of issues from late '95, early '96, if memory serves. (I can't find my copies, which constituted my payment.) It's not my best work, but it filled inches nicely for the JIR back then.

3. I don't own any kind of game console--although the Nintendo DS is highly attractive; there just aren't enough games I want to justify the cost. Nevertheless, I do read several videogame-oriented comic strips (although PVP isn't really a game strip, I'll grant). I did own a console, though, once--an original Playstation, which I sold to Jeff for his copy of Entdecker and, I think, some cash considerations. No great loss; the PS never pulled me in, and I've played that copy of Entdecker to the point where the box is falling apart. One of my favorites from the earlyish days of the "German Invasion." This one counts as my lie...although if you want to count this, and the previous one, as "half truths" adding up to one lie, that's fine with me, too.
 
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45. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:611]
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Was the 45th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

1. I have a small speaking part in a motion picture that you can now find in most video stores. I grew up on a large horse ranch and farm in Oklahoma and was a farm boy, and they filmed a scene out on the farm.

2. One of my published journal articles was copied and published in two different journals by a full professor of computer science under his name with no acknowledgement or credit for me.

3. In downtown Oklahoma City, I wedged a baritone saxophone in a revolving door of a bank such that the neither the door, the saxophone, nor I could easily move.

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Two Truths and a Lie - The Answer!

As this is my last day, I thought I would reveal myself!

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1. I have a small speaking part in a motion picture that you can now find in most video stores. I grew up on a large horse ranch and farm in Oklahoma and was a farm boy, and they filmed a scene out on the farm.


This is the lie. This never happened - I grew up in a small rural town where nothing happened.

Well, almost nothing - http://www.rense.com/politics5/ok.htm
I'm so proud.

The only time I was in the media before my boardgame work was when I was on CNN talking about how professors are using the Web to detect plagiarism, and you can see that short clip at

http://biblio.syr.edu/cnn/scottcnn.html



..which makes the next truth even so much more ironic.

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2. One of my published journal articles was copied and published in two different journals by a full professor of computer science under his name with no acknowledgement or credit for me.


This is true. I pointed to http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data... a few days ago, which is a somewhat true article, although I never spoke to the paper.

A few months ago when I was building my tenure case, I was doing a thorough search for everything on Bibliomining, when I found an article on the topic written by a full professor of Computer Science and a librarian from India. I scrolled through to if I was cited and noted that I wasn't cited (and since I came up with it, I was surprised). I then looked more closely and realized that the article was my article. In fact, it was the first article where bibliomining ever appeared! These "scholars" attempted to take away the one thing I had ever invented.

I contacted their institution and talked to the provost and worked with him. He got a committee together and began investigating. I began to get letters from the author with excuses like "We meant to put in an attribution to you, but it got lost." Also, an e-mail from "srnichol@lycos.com" appeared to the provost saying (in non-American Engligh) that it was all OK and it was an honor that this occured. Thankfully, the provost followed up with me to check this out.

As the investigation went on, it was discovered that the same author published the same work in two different journals! (this is a big no-no in academia).

The final result is that both authors got several demotions, and with the help of the institution, the offending article was removed from the Web. I haven't seen any in-print retractions, but my real concern was the Web presence.

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3. In downtown Oklahoma City, I wedged a baritone saxophone in a revolving door of a bank such that the neither the door, the saxophone, nor I could easily move

Sadly, this is true. I was in high school, and was the first person from my school to ever make the All-State band - 1st chair on baritone saxophone. So, I was dropped off in Oklahoma City as a junior in high school to try and find my way around. I remember taking pictures of the "big skyscrapers" as I wondered around, lost and carrying my sax. I decided to go into a bank and ask for directions, when I managed to wedge everything up. Oops.
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46. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:475]
Michael Edwards
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Was the 46th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

1. During college, I once (for about 30 seconds) got to pilot a small airplane.

2. I graduated in the top 1% of my high school class.

3. I once threw a rock and hit my cousin squarely in the forehead, knocking him down.


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It's time to come out and reveal myself! The correct answer is the one which (I think) no one guessed...#1! I have never flown a plane, though I did skydive once during college. On #2, I graduated 6th in a class of over 700; Colonie Central High School, Albany, NY, 1973. Yeah, I used to be smart. :-) On #3, I was trying to throw the rock over his head, and missed. Luckily, he was OK. And my father was very upset with me.

Other interesting fact about me: I've had pi memorized to 80 decimal places since high school. Don't ask me why, I just sat down one day and memorized it, and it's been with me ever since.
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47. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:378]
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Was the 47th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

I am a reality TV game show junkie and applied to be on The Amazing Race in all but the first season, making it one time to the second round of cuts.

Once, in a fit of pique, a friend and I called the author Anne Rice and told her that her book The Witching Hour was too long and in need of editing.

I have never eaten cole slaw or potato salad in my life.


meeple

And by the way: I have never applied to be on the Amazing Race, although I think it would be a blast. The other two statements are true:

I am a very neurotic eater, and have only begun to expand my tastes in recent years. I have never yet eaten cole slaw or potato salad. They are too saucy and mushy-looking and creamy and yucky. I also try not to eat things with "sour" in the name, like sour cream or sourdough bread.

One evening, long ago, my friend and I did call Anne Rice. We figured she lived in New Orleans, and we called directory assistance. They gave us a number, we called it, and some guy answered. We asked for Anne Rice the author, and within about one minute, much to our shock, we were on the phone with her. She was very gracious about the whole thing.
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48. Board Game: Krieg und Frieden [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:4095]
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Was the 48th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

1. Last year I ate so much peanut butter and chocolate icing straight out of their respective containers that I puked. To this day I still cannot eat plain peanut butter because of it.

2. I was once pulled over to the side of the road by three police officers. One of the questions asked was "what does this mean that you are a werewolf?"

{r3.}r I was in Beijing when China was awarded the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. While celebrating with the people in the street I was kissed full on the lips by a very excited elderly Chinese man.

meeple

So I'm a terrible liar.

#1 is the lie, but only because the incident lead only to a month-long aversion to peanut butter. I got over it quickly.

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#1 was the lie. That's great. Now I want to hear the full retelling of the stories behind 2 and 3.
Please explain the police/werewolf incident.


The story behind #2

This was back in undergrad when I was still very much a roleplayer and experimenting with things such as LARP. We decided to LARP a session of WhiteWolf where I was a mafia boss/werewolf confronting some vampire gangsters in the woods. The game wasn't anything rememberable but the aftermath was.

A friend of a friend thought it was funny to point his prop gun at houses as we walked back home through the residential streets of suburban Buffalo. We weren't exactly being quiet and it was dark (around 1am) so I imagine someone saw him and the other dozen young hooligans and called the cops. Three cars showed up and they had us standing by the curb answering questions and patting us down. The quote is the result of one of the cops finding my character sheet, the flip side of which had my history that starts "You are a werewolf". Another fun moment was when he asked if I had anything illegal on me. I truthfully told him I did not as he patted me down and he gave a triumphant "AH HAH!" as he felt a plastic tube in my pocket that rattled when he jostled it. The look of confusion when he extracted my polyhedrals was indeed priceless.

All told we got away with not so much as even a warning, though some of my friends lost their pellet guns and any blades they had on them that were above legal length.


As long as I'm telling the stories, #3 was one of the more memorable happening during my 2+ week trip to China. Memorable because the government quite obviously had no faith that they had a chance in being awarded the games. There was no planned celebration! We were just walking around the city at night (it was around 9 or 10pm Beijing time when it was announced) and watched some dancing in the square that was going on prior to the announcement. When the announcement was made all they did was play the national anthem over loudspeakers on a loop! No fireworks, nothing! HAH! The people had their own celebration, streaming into the streets. I had my friend teach me how to say "Congratulations to you...congratulations to Beijing" and I must have repeated the phrase two dozen times to exuberant citizens who were all jumping and screaming for joy. The kiss was a direct result of my usage of that phrase to an elderly Chinese man who was passing by in the opposite direction.


The first half of #1 is, embarassingly, absolutely true. We won't go into any more depth with that one

-MMM
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49. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1386] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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Was the 49th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

1. As the manager of the local video game store, I sold hometown-hero (and first-overall-pick in the 2001 NFL draft) David Carr his copy of Madden 2002. He said he was disappointed at not being on the cover. I told him it had been bad luck for Barry Sanders and Eddie George, and he should be happy they hadn't picked him. Later that year, Daunte Culpepper (the cover athlete) recieved a season-ending knee injury, and rumors of "The Madden Curse" began in earnest.

2. I was nearly fired for playing too much BGG Werewolf at work. After barely saving my job with some Costanza-level subterfuge, I called in sick the next day so that I would not miss a game's lynch deadline.

3. In-N-Out Burger, one of California's most popular fast-food joints, was started in the San Gabriel Valley in the late 40's by my grandfather, Harry Snyder. Grandpa's favorite movie was "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", in which a hidden treasure was found under two crossed palm trees. This is why many In-N-Outs have two crossing palm trees planted in front.

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He also ripped the text for number 3 right off of Wikipedia.

-MMM


Clever girl.

Yes, #3 is the lie. I am not related to the Snyders of In-N-Out fame.
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50. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:308]
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Was the d10-5d10-0th Geek of the Week.

Two Truths and a Lie:

Two truths and a lie:

As a senior in High School, I snuck my way into a club in Park City, Utah and danced several dances with Michelle Pfeiffer’s younger sister. I told her I was a skydiving instructor. I wasn’t, so maybe she wasn’t really Michelle Pfeiffer’s younger sister either.

I received a scholarship offer to play football as a wide receiver for BYU. Instead, due to certain events, I accepted a full ride football scholarship to the College of Eastern Utah.

I have seven brothers. All are, or have been, high school football coaches, and all served LDS missions. I have done neither.

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It is now time to reveal my two truths and a lie...

The lie is: #1

I have never been to a dance club in Park City, nor, to my knowledge, have I ever danced with any celebrities’ sisters.
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