The Well-Rounded Geek - My Geekhood Beyond the Board
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Whenever I discuss my tastes, whether it's music, food, hobbies, etc, my co-workers frequently reply with "Erik, you are such a geek/dork/nerd (circle one)". I've realized that my preferences in most things tend to go beyond the fringe. Here is an exploration of a few of them.
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1. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit: Chocolate Edition [Average Rating:3.32 Unranked]
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Chocolate
The weirder, the better. My fiancee and I try to find every iteration of Hershey Kisses available. Candy Cane and Coconut remain the Puerto Rico and Power Grid of the pack.

Not only have I had the bacon chocolate bar, chocolate covered cheese and spicy chocolate nachos from Vosges, but I loved each one.

The darker the better. An 88% cocoa bar is one of my favorites. I've eaten chunks of baking chocolate from time to time.
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2. Board Game: Jumping Pixies [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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Most mainstream music is boring to me. I consider Radiohead the Scrabble of music--highly intelligent, but accessible enough for everybody.

I can get a good idea of what a band sounds like only knowing which record label they're on. For every Merge, Matador, Kill Rock Stars and Capitol, there's Fantasy Flight, Rio Grand, Cheap Ass and Hasbro.

My favorite song is about the Roswell crash. I die a little every time I have to explain who Tom Waits is with the words "Rod Stewart".
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3. Board Game: The Original Food Lover's Trivia [Average Rating:4.92 Unranked]
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My goal is to eat as many different animals as possible. Some players have 24-hour gaming marathons. I've had meals that consisted of 15 different animals by land, sea and air.

When I go to a restaurant, I try to find the most unusual item on the menu. I have my standards that I go back to from time to time (Carcassonne, gyro platter deluxe), but most of the time I want something truly unique (Crokinole, rosemary ice cream).

I want it as spicy as I can tolerate it plus one. For some people, a drop of Tabasco (2,500 Scoville units) is too hot. My weapon of choice is Dave's Ultimate Insanity (90,000 Scoville units) with crushed red pepper added. Also, I keep track of Scoville units.

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4. Board Game: Beer: The Card Game [Average Rating:4.21 Overall Rank:14539]
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I look down upon Heineken drinkers in the same way BGGers view Monopoly. My favorite beer has 14 syllables in it's name--Dogfish Head 90-Minute Imperial I.P.A. In fact, Dogfish Head is the beer equivalent of Knizia. I wonder if it's coincidence or fate that one of the best beer bars in NYC (Ginger Man) is only 2 blocks from the NYC Boardgamers meetup spot (Neutral Ground).

Here on the 'Geek, we have Eurogamers, Ameritrashmen, Wargamers, Abstractophiles, Card Floppers, etc. In the beer world, I am classified as a Hop Head. I like my beer as hoppy and bitter as possible. A high ABV is necessary as well. In fact, I attribute the Giants' Super Bowl Victory to my superstition of drinking a 22oz bottle of a beer I've never had before with an abv of at least 8% during the kickoff of each playoff game.

You can give me the name of a beer and I can tell you the abv, even if it's not printed on the label.

My favorite beer joke? How is Coors Lite like sex in a canoe? They're both effing near water.
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5. Board Game: Jeopardy! [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:14545]
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My favorite show is Jeopardy. My life's dream is to be a contestant. The fun fact about my life that I share are about the 2 times I've been on Sportscenter highlights.
 
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6. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:576]
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I prefer light- to medium-weight films, classics and contemporary. Criterion is Avalon Hill to me, there's some great stuff in there, but some of it is too much for me.

I once bought a DVD solely because it has the longest movie title in history. I still haven't watched it. ("The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat As Portrayed By the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade")

My favorite movie line is from Spaceballs: "At last you have learned that evil shall always triumph because good is dumb." I think the single funniest visual gag is the blind man trying to solve the Rubik's Cube in UHF.

If a trailer involves a prat fall or fart joke, I don't watch the movie. Fart jokes are the dice of cinema. It can be crafted well (Can't Stop), but they're mostly insulting to the intelligence.

Screenwriters and directors are infinitely more important to my expectations for a film than performers, unless Bruce Campbell, Willem Dafoe or the late Vincent Schiavelli are involved.
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7. Board Game: Roars of Laughter [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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My favorite comedians are Steven Wright and Mitch Hedberg. Zach Galifianakis is Agricola. I know of it, I'd love to check it out, I just haven't had the chance. I hate Dane Cook, though I couldn't tell you why. I've never seen his stand-up nor anything he's appeared in.

I think Mr. Show is the pinnacle of sketch comedy.
 
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8. Board Game: Chez Geek [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:5626]
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My job involves lots of Photoshop and HTML work. I hardcode everything. I use Dreamweaver as a color-coding and glorified Find tool. I'm quite good at my job until it involves talking to people.
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