This is my list for organizing my 100 microbadges in 1 day purchases. There are many like it, but this one is mine. I'll be using this list to compile the badges I'd like to buy and, when that number hits 100, I'll buy them all at once.
My first order of business is to offer my sincere, heartfelt thanks to
without whose generous gift of a large sum of GG, this would not have been possible for some time.
I'll try to include a little explanation of why I like each badge alongside of it. The actual items added to this geek list won't necessarily relate to the badges listed, but will represent some of my favorite board and video games. I'll try to include a little blurb with each, so that if you are reading this list, you'll have a chance to get to know a bit more about me.
Trajan was the first game on BGG I ever rated a 10. There have been a few others since, but it's still probably my favorite Euro. I love the way the impossibly brain-burning mancala wheel replicates the feeling of trying to think 5 or 6 steps ahead as you try to grow your influence and garner more imperial favor than your rivals.
- I think this is the most graphically clean of the Trajan fan badges. - My most played and still my favorite wargame. - A wonderful and beautiful game. - My wife beats me relentlessly at this, but I still love it. Got the solo expansion so now a bot can beat me relentlessly also. - My favorite tile laying game. Thematically and mechanically, I really love this.
I am closing in on 6000 hours of Crusader Kings II on steam. I'm a huge fan of the franchise, and I love the open historical sandbox and RPG elements that allow fun and interesting counter-factual worlds to be created. Of course, I already own a fan badge.
- Another of my favorite games from Paradox Interactive. - Legend in it's own right, and for good reason. - Testing + cake = Portal FTW. - Played a lot of CoD2 in college... a lot. - Great DRM free classic games and modern indies.
SPQR and the GBoH system in general were the first true wargames I ever played and still some of my favorites. I no longer have the cardboard, but the great PC implementations still see some play even decades later.
- Own and play 50+ titles on Steam. - For as long as I've had a PC, I've always used it to play strategy games. - Prefer to move with WASD - Burgers and Fries, anyone? - From Nagiri to Sashimi to the humble California Roll, I like it all!
Star Trek CCG was my money-suck of choice in Junior High School. I played a federation deck (as most serious players did in the early days due to pretty strong imbalance). I played up through Q Continuum and then lost interest in the later expansions.
- RIP - I've been a Trekkie for about 20 years now. - TNG and TOS... impossible to choose, so I chose both. - Especially II and VI. - There! Are! Four! Lights!
Got a copy just recently, and it has been a surprise hit with my wife! Neither of us expected her to be a big fan, but she loves it and we have been working our way through the campaign cooperatively at a very good clip! But now the minis are staring at me making me feel guilty that I don't paint.
- Economics was my major and I love heavy economic games... fancy that. - I'm a big football fan and love rolling dice! - Heather and I have some very fond memories of staying up way too late playing this. - First roll... zombie bite. Second roll... zombie bite. Ouch. - Curses! I love hard Co-ops.
I've been an avid reader my entire life. Science Fiction, Military History, and Popular Science genres are the most common to find on my shelves.
- Clarke, Asimov, Dick, so much good Science Fiction out there. - Economist by training, education, and spirit. - Entrepreneur by profession. - Writer by hobby. - I've played guitar for nearly 15 years now.
I love the great football feel that this game creates, and of course I love throwing big fist-fulls of dice.
- I've been addicted to fantasy football for the past two or three seasons, and was 2013-14 season champion in my 10-man league. - Seriously, I'm more likely to notice new geekmail than new email. - CptWilly's Poll Subscription Thread - Proud gamer dad. - Californian by birth, but Virginian by choice.
- My beautiful girl, Charlie, will turn two in May. - I don't know if I've ever won a game of UNO, and I'm only about 30% against her with RftG. We tend to win co-cops, so it's more that she's a winner than that I'm a loser. - Because I'm the luckiest man alive. - 3 for 3. 3 family members, 3 gamers. - So inconvenient, that.
I've worked on political campaigns at all levels, from small local campaigns to presidential bids. My activism has ramped down a bit over the last few years, partially as a result of other commitments in life and partially because I made a pledge to myself to only work for candidates and causes in which I truly believed (that shrunk the pool of possible options quite a bit).
- I derive great joy in challenging and questioning established concepts and accepted premises, but the most important status quo to challenge, is the status quo we build within ourselves to protect our preconceived opinions and beliefs. Heavy. - Real economists have curves. - The most noble ideal I've ever comprehended, and the most influential philosophical contribution to who I am as a person. - Perhaps not full, per se. - Suspicion of the status quo is one of the healthiest of all human impulses.
Outside of campaigns, I've also served as a delegate to state and county conventions, and even worked as temporary event staff working the press pool for a presidential visit to Phoenix (this was many years ago, when I still lived in Arizona).
- The father of us all (economists, that is). - My avatar, so I'd better get the badge. - What it really means to be a "liberal" "republican." - Philosophical inquiry is very important to understanding who I am and why. The Socratic Method has helped me tackle a lot of tough questions (by asking myself even tougher questions!). - This one's just common sense.
I'm very excited for the release of Hearts of Iron IV later this year. I'm a big fan of the series (it's predecessor is pictured, since VGG doesn't allow images for unreleased games), and a huge fan of historical sandbox-style games in general.
- I've always been fascinated by writings on military strategy. - It's amazing how many are familiar with his observations and yet still fail to heed them. As a war gamer, I often times see (and occasionally myself perpetrate) actions that would make Sun Tzu cringe. - The patron saint of ruthless pragmatism. - One of 1.2 billion worldwide. - More or less invented utopian fiction. More or less.
In college, it was pretty common for my roommate and I to have a few friends over and play Axis & Allies. I wouldn't have considered myself a hobby gamer at the time, having moved mostly to PC games by then, but the fun I had then would bubble under the surface for a decade before helping to bring me back into the board gaming hobby.
- My maternal grandfather served in the 10th Mountain throughout the 2nd World War. - Particularly pre-20th-century US history. - Even more so than modern military history. - I have a dual-language version of his invectives. It's great to be able to read the original Latin (which I do not speak) to get a notion of his cadence, rhythm, and inflection. Perhaps the greatest orator ever, now sadly unknown to many people. - Fascinating and also something I feel a personal connection to (albeit a distant one). One of my Great Great Grandfathers served with the 19th Alabama Infantry Regiment, which saw significant fighting at Shiloh and Chickamauga. A Great Great Great Grandfather was at Cold Harbor with a NC infantry regiment. Both survived the war. The former survived into the early 20th century and I actually have photos of him. The latter fled to Texas after the war and was killed over a card game some years later.
I like to travel, in theory, but get to do very little of it in practice. I've been to or passed through 32 US states, as well as Mexico, France, England, Barbados, and St. Vincent & The Grenadines. I hope do do more traveling (especially in Europe) as a family as Charlie gets older.
- I love the opportunity to explore historical sites in person, particularly battlefields. There is something about being there in person that helps reveal aspects of a battle that no written account can capture. - I've been blessed to visit many battlefields, but one of my favorites is Manassas, only a mile or so from my house. Little Big Horn, Gettysburg, and Pointe du Hoc have also had a big impact on me. - I grew up hearing bedtime stories of ancient Rome, and have always loved the history of this period. - Reading has been a constant throughout my life. I can't imagine what life would be like if I didn't always have at least one (often two or three) books in progress. - I can quit whenever I want... really... why do you look skeptical?
One of the first games my wife really fell in love with after I got back into gaming. We have some great memories of setting this up on the floor in front of our fireplace on winter nights and staying up way too late not wanting to stop playing.
- "We're always laughing, you and I." - Movies are okay, but film is wonderful. I once briefly thought I might want to be a cinematographer when I grew up. - I use a link that donates a percentage of my purchase amount to my local Rotary chapter... like I needed more incentive to buy games. - I provide my own soundtrack to PC strategy games. - Some lesser-known video gaming channels (I'm assuming you all know the boardgaming channels already) that I love: quill18, Super Bunnyhop, Errant Signal, REroll.
Heather (my wife) and I played through this game together a couple months ago and really enjoyed it. The narrative was oddly compelling and it really made both of us feel what the protagonist was feeling (in a subtle rather than heavy-handed way). We also loved the 90's nostalgia. Despite being very short, we both keep coming back to thinking about it. Maybe my favorite new-to-me video game so far this year.
- No kidding, I have used Wikipedia half a dozen times since starting this list last night. - It's hard to get to the theater with a little one, so I feel blessed to live in an age where it's so easy to bring the theater to you. - Without Meetup I'd never have met many of the great local gamers in my area and played many of the great games I've played. - I 4m t3h l337 pwnz0RzZz!!!1! - I have a copy of 2001: A Space Odyssey that's been read so many times it is falling apart.
Cake, and grief counseling, will be available at the conclusion of the list.
- I mustn't forget some dystopians. - Which means we mustn't forget Orwell. - The Trial is a personal favorite. - I'm not an objectivist, since I can't really be bothered with all the epistemological business, but I very much loved watching Rand debate interviewers. What video of it survives is quite interesting and enjoyable (even the Phil Donahue stuff). - I've never laughed aloud as hard or as often as a result of written text as to that of Oscar Wilde. He gets to the brain through wit, and I'm happy to let him in.
Vinhos is one of my favorite games that I hardly ever get to play. I wish it were easier to get heavier, more economic Euros to the table, or that they were more suitable to solo play, but sadly it seems neither is the case.
- His stand-up makes me laugh until I can't breath any more. - See Oscar Wilde, above. - I love alternate histories and counterfactuals. They make great subjects for novels and fascinating settings for games. - Intelligent, funny, thought-provoking magic. - Would be irrational to leave this one out.
One of the first games I picked up upon re-discovering the board gaming hobby a few years ago. Heather now refuses to play this with me as a result of one too many "stolen" farms (I prefer the term "shared," but what can you do?).
- I read A Brief History of Time when I was in High School and have been a Physics geek ever since. - Math was my major when I started college, and is still a subject I love. - I've already started teaching Charlie the Pythagorean theorem. Never too young to start! - The only thing better that Twain's quotes, are those quotes commonly misattributed to him. - Things happen at the quantum level that are almost impossible to comprehend, but I sure have fun trying!
I can't guess at how many thousands (tens of thousands, probably) of hours I've spent playing city building games. I just really love the genre for some reason. SimCity 2000 was my first and involved a depth and level of obsession that no city builder has matched since. I still play the classics Caesar III and Caesar IV, as well as more recent titles like Cities XL 2012 and the marvelous indie survival city builder Banished. I'm very excited at the release of Cities: Skylines in a few days.
- If you haven't had a chance to experience the awesomeness of VGG, drop into the Arcade some time and let's chat about some of your favorite video games. - Fun fact, I'm allergic to pet dander. Cats and Dogs are the worst. It's very mild, but I do break out in hives if I stay exposed too long. - Once you understand something it becomes sort of boring, doesn't it? - I still understand very little about philosophy, which makes it very interesting! - Mmmm... pie chart.
Well, there is apparently another large winter storm expected to come in overnight. Heather just informed me that her employer is putting her up in a hotel room for tonight (she's an "air critical" employee, so they can't risk her not being able to make it in tomorrow morning). So, I'll be probably be soloing Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ? tonight after I get Charlie down for bed. Thus is the eternal plight of the "television husband."
- One of my great pleasures is gaming with my wife. It increases my enjoyment of the hobby immeasurably to be able to share it with her. - I love many types of wargames. - And many, many Euros. - My favorite kind of salad is "point." - And let's go out on something absurd.