Reviews by Scott (but not THAT Scott)
- Scott SextonUnited States
This GeekList is a place for me to collect my reviews so that at the very least I can remind myself that some of my reviews are particularly awful and I don't want to repeat those mistakes. A keen eyed observer may point out that I haven't linked 4 reviews I wrote to this list. These 4 reviews aren't worthy of your time and if I could change the past ... well you get the point. We all have regrets. In each entry I'll give you a couple quick thoughts and link you directly to the original review.
I'm going to indulge in a bit of self aggrandizement for just one moment. I wish more reviewers would share their "Gaming CV". My interest stems more from wanting to better understand a given reviewer's taste and perspective to see if they in any way match up with mine. After all, why should you listen to me if you want an opinion about stuff I hate or have no experience with?
I was born in 1978. I am old enough that I remember watching The Empire Strikes Back in the theater. The first time it was in theaters.
My first glimpse into the greater world of tabletop gaming (not including mass market stuff) was a collection of D&D Choose Your Own Adventures (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endless_Quest) hidden away in my cousin's room. I fell in love with the swords & sorcery setting of D&D although, I've never played it. Fast forward five years or so and I found HeroQuest, which in turn led me to Battlemasters, which segued nicely into the Mutant Chronicle's Seige of the Citadel (1st edition). Oh yeah, and there was also a brief detour into Magic, Star Wars CCG, Doomtown, Lord of the Rings CCG and Jedi Knights TCG that lasted the better part of a decade. I had a truly epic complete collection of Heroscape which I had to sell just before my kids were born. I actually had a BGG account back then, but somehow I've managed to loose that avatar to the mists of time. Gaming took a back seat to parenting for a few years, but eventually, my kids gave me plenty of great excuses to get back into gaming.
I consider myself an omnigamer, but my tastes skew in favor of Ameritrash and games that embrace setting and narrative (or at least try to tell a good story). I am a firm believer that good games should try to empower gamers, give them rewarding choices, and offer positive feedback loops whenever possible.
I have 3 gaming groups. My pre-teen twins (son & daughter - they play whatever I force them to play, and they like it dammit). My meet-up group (we play anything). A private group (we meet for heavier, meatier games).
One last thing I want to mention. My reviews exist in part because I was inspired by three authors who write reviews that I particularly enjoy:
Do yourself a favor and check out their excellent work.
I hope you find some games on this list worth checking out!
PS- I've been asked several times about the meaning of my Avatar's badge, "Follow your bliss." You can learn more about the philosophy of Joseph Campbell here:
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