Vale Jamie Hindley / Sauceybugger 1969 - 2010
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Jamie Hindley AKA Sauceybugger came to Sydney with a game collection the likes of which had not been seen before. He had broad tastes in gaming, he loved euros, ameritrash, wargames, rpgs, video games. The only genre he could not bring himself to play was CCGs - as he knew his collector's obsession would take him over and he would have to "catch them all".

What's more, he periodically opened his house for people to play with him. His house was a treasure-trove of geekdom, for he not only collected games, he collected comics, movies, music and old video game systems. I'm sure many people have the memory of asking Jamie about a movie, tv series, or music they remembered but couldn't find for years, only for Jamie to reach into a drawer and pull out exactly what they were looking for.

He was kind, generous and funny and every game session he joined was transmuted into gold.


He started and was a frequent contributor to the guild Boardgameglebe, named after his first place of residence (he later moved to North Sydney.)

Being a train driver and therefore a shift worker he couldn't make it to every game session, sometimes having to cancel his attendance at a moment's notice due to a change in roster.

And sometimes he would disappear for weeks and months on end.

In March this year he revealed he was suffering from clinical depression, something a few of us suspected. He had embarked on a 12-step program and part of the changes he was making to his life was to get rid of most of his collection. So he opened up his house and gamers from all over Sydney came to participate in the sale, and not a few of them chatted with him to make sure this was exactly what he wanted.

We all had the impression that he was making positive changes to his life, not just from seeing him that Saturday, but from posts to the Guild.

Apart from a game session attended by a few of us the week after - that was the last we saw of Jamie.

He took his own life on Sunday the 11th of April after deleting his account from BGG.

We have only quotes in forums for Jamie/Sauceybugger left on BGG. None of his original posts survive, none of his comments, he's left a giant hole physically, emotionally and virtually in our community.

We have no photos of Jamie as he refused to be in them. We are recovering what we can from the Google Cache and our own computers. The black dog tried to erase Jamie from existence, but we love him too much to let his depression win.

This list is dedicated to his memory, a pathetic attempt to keep something of our memories of Jamie alive and to commemorate the wonderful, warm-hearted, generous and hilarious friend we have lost.

If you have any memories of Jamie, please add them to the list below.

And if any of the above, or the postings below, make you think that you, or someone you know, may suffer similarly from depression - find professional help, find a good therapist. Don't rely on stoicism or self-help books, bring in an outside, professional voice to calm the black dog.

If you live in Australia, we have the National Depression Initiate known as Beyondblue. Contact them if you, or someone you know, suffers from depression.

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Duke Leto has asked me to add the following information:

was wondering if you could also include the phone number for Lifeline in your tribute post on BGG. BeyondBlue do not have counsellors but have general information. Lifeline have voluntary counsellors who will talk to someone with a problem. Their number is 131114

The other assistance options are for a sufferer to talk to their GP/doctor who can then refer them to mental health professional and/or place them on medication where required. An excellent book which shows the reader how to use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to challenge their own negative thoughts is called Beating the Blues. There is also The Black Dog Institute for information on depression and mood disorders.

Symptoms to look for in others (for example to look out to help friends and loved ones) include - changes in appetite, sleep patterns, weight, reduction or elimination of pleasure from their normal interests, withdrawal/isolation.If someone goes as far as making plans for their suicide the situation is critical and requires urgent assistance - this includes if they verbally mention it or write it down. One of the signs of a genuine case or criticality is if they don't tell someone they want to do it (example some people make pacts with friends and family to tell them if something will get very wrong but then don't tell them before making the attempt). If anyone is suffering from depression, one of the best activities to do is to plan to do 1 pleasurable activity per day even when they don't feel like it, eat sensibly and well (some foods impact mind function), reduce alcohol, and excercise almost daily to increase the brain chemistry for more endorphins release.

Hope this helps as it concerns me greatly that our society does more to prevent such tragic deaths and helps people suffering from depression.


Don't let the black dog take you or your friends, like it took our dear friend Jamie.
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1. Board Game: Marvel Heroes [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1814]
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I first met Jamie at this gaming session (we were the two comic nuts mentioned.)

One of the things that people will always remember about Jamie was his prodigious knowledge of popular culture. We were in our element with Marvel Heroes as we swapped stories and did our Red Skull vs Captain America impressions. There was probably a point where we should have just discarded the game and played with the figures.

It was fun to geek out with a fellow comics fan. Jamie was always more into superheroes than I was (but like me he was collecting trades rather than pamphlets.)

I found out he was also into British comedy (having a prodigious collection), movies (having a prodigious collection) and music (having a... you guessed it.)

And whilst I liked Jamie then and enjoyed his company - I was a little discomforted by how much we had in common.
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2. Board Game: Masterpiece [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:10998]
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I've just been reading through all the old geek mail Jamie sent me. It's still all there but the sender is just an ominous blank field now that his account has been deleted.
The first time I got a geek mail from him was on 17/10/2006 but I'm sure we'd exchanged a few messages in the forums prior to that. He was eager that I come to one of his gaming sessions and humorously stated that:

"If you wanted to just meet up with me to make sure I am not a looney or something before you meet the other two. That is fine also, we can meet for a brew and a chat and a quick game of something."

I guess the "other two" at that stage were Terry and Greg, I'm sure they'll be glad to hear that Jamie thought they were all big enough loonies that they had to be coped with individually. Sadly I didn't take him up on the offer for a chat and a brew at that stage.
I think it was a week or two after that before I actually made it to one of his gaming sessions but in the mean time he sent me a bunch of personal geek mails every time the date or time of one of the proposed meet ups changed. We've never seen anyone with that kind of commitment to building a gaming group before and I doubt we'll ever see it again.
The fourth geek mail I got from him (still prior to having ever meet him) started with "Not to try and freak you out here but!" and he went on to dissect my profile which at the time contained a list of various movies/books/musics I am into. At this point we realised we had really similar taste in a lot of things, specially music.
So after that I went over to his place for what would be my first "boardgameglebe" (turns out none of the then three members were as loony as advertised). I guess the rest is history, over the next 6 months the whole thing grew into a fairly large community which still exists today despite numerous changes in venue and a constant stream of new members.

A lot has already been said about what made Jamie so special (and it's all true) but what sticks with me the most is his generosity and his humility. From the very beginning he was always more than willing to let everyone use his home as a gaming venue and provide all the games, all the food and all the drink. In fact if you even tried to chip in for food or drink he would usually stop you. Whenever he owned something that he thought you'd be interested in (and he owned a LOT of things) he would go out of his way to lend it to you or in other cases just flat out give it to you. Occasionally on Christmas (of Bah Humbug as he would express the season) we would hand make 10-15 games and give them out to the group. As for his humility, the more you talked to him the more you realised he could out verse you on pretty much any topic. The man just knew a lot about everything, from general life experiences to obscure bits of geekery, but he never acted like he was better than anyone. I don't recall a time when he didn't treat everyone with the utmost respect. He treated everyone, even those he has just met, as close friends.

Unfortunately after a couple of years of hanging out with him on a regular basis (occasionally outside of boardgaming also) we lost touch and I hadn't seen him in maybe a year. I heard some bits and pieces about what was going on in his life but I just assumed he would be ok. I doubt I would have made much of a difference but I do feel a deep sense of regret that I didn't at least try to get back in touch with him over this period. Its a mistake I wont make again and maybe its a mistake that someone reading this geek list will be able to avoid entirely.

So why "Masterpiece"? At one point I mentioned that I really like the game Modern Art and somehow he got into his mind that I was talking about this game (he hadn't played Modern Art at this stage). The next time I came around he had trawled through his HUGE games collection and pulled this one out. He said something along the lines of "I have no idea why you like this game but we can play it if you want."
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3. Board Game: Blood Royale [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2900]
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The first time I met Jamie was at his place in Glebe for one of the early BoardGameGlebe sessions. I had always gamed with close friends before, so was a bit wary of the type of people I'd meet in a 'club', but was really pleasantly surprised when I found the back room and balcony of the house full of 'normal' guys with whom I shared a common language - a love of games.

I never played as many games with Jamie as I would have liked, but I did go around to his house a few times, where we had long chats about games. I'd usually stare in awe at his packed shelves for a while before discovering one I hadn't seen for years - down it would come and we'd have a look at it, discuss its various merits and problems, and I'd look at all the extra bits he'd made or the supplementary articles for it he'd photocopied ... I could recognise a kindred obsessiveness in Jamie. We both had to have the 'set'.

We were also the same age, so shared many of the same memories of growing up with games.

He was a very generous man. I was getting some of the Pirates of the Spanish Main ships for use with Blackbeard, and he gave me a whole pile of them from his huge collection. When I mentioned that one of the few old GW games I didn't have was Blood Royale, he immediately gave me one of his two copies.

When Jamie revealed he was having problems with depression I immediately told him that I had been there and had got some help. He told me he was really surprised, as he'd always thought of me as being a very happy and together person. He said "it was good to know I am not alone". It's my opinion that there should be absolutely nothing taboo about the subject of depression - not only is it incredibly common in all kinds of degrees, but in Australia we are still trying to shake off a bit of an old cultural stigma attached to talking honestly about these things, especially among males. The old response of 'have another beer, you'll be right' never worked and still doesn't.

Jamie asked me if he could talk to me about some stuff sometimes, and of course I said "let's meet up." That's the last time we communicated. I left the ball in his court, and I was hearing positive things about him, so I suppose I assumed he was on the up and up.

Of course, in hindsight I wish I'd forced him to come out and talk that afternoon, but who knows if it would have made any difference. All of us at BoardGameGlebe are no doubt asking ourselves the same question. All we can do is ensure that we take care of the people we know just that little bit better, talk honestly with each other, and seek help when we need it, because help is out there.

My best to you Jamie, rest in peace mate.
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4. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:394]
 
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For me, one of Jamie's greatest legacies is the warm/casual nature of the Glebe Group. He could have fashioned a club of almost any configuration and been the President or Chairman or whatever with no opposition, instead he was a host and a generous one at that. I remember there being a relaxed and casual atmosphere from the start. Jamie seemed to think of any new guests/players as being a friend he hadn't met yet. There have been many group sessions, often with more chatter than play, and no complaints of it being so. I have a stronger impression of that camaraderie than any particular group session we played.

While the group sessions were my favourites the 2-player sessions are the ones i think of first when looking back over the last few years. These all happened after Jamie moved to North Sydney and I became one of the closer neighbours just a couple of suburbs away, often due to a last minute text message, 'You free tonight for gaming?'.

CoH is a game that Jamie was eager to play and had a couple of aborted sessions (with Steve I think?) prior to my involvement. In fact my first game was also interrupted and it looked like the fates were against the whole idea. Eventually we organised a night and played the first two scenarios through. We both loved the system and had a ball playing it. It inspired my first ever session report, There's a hole in my canteen, dear commissar, dear commissar! that covered the first scenario from the Soviet point of view. Jamie was going to write one from the German side but I don't think he ever did. We decided that we would definitely play again but that unfortunately never eventuated.

I don't own CoH but plan to do so. I know I'll always be reminded of Jamie whenever I play.
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5. Board Game: Thunder Road [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2433]
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This had been a grail game of mine for a long time and was amongst the 120 litres of games I picked up off Jamie at his game clearance.

We chatted about surviving post apocalyptic road rage and that was the last time I saw him.

Thanks Jamie, you'll be missed and I'll cherish this game forever.
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6. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1142]
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As mentioned in a previous post, I first met Jamie in October 2006 in answer to his call for gamers in the inner west of Sydney. Myself, Jamie and Terry (cubillas) met at the Ancient Briton in Glebe and then went to his house to start what later became the Boardgame Glebe group, which now has over 60 members.

As mentioned by others, Jamie's house was a treasure trove of games and 'stuff' There were over 1000 games, 3 or 4 arcade machines, 1000s of books and records, and a strange cat with a metal plate in it's mouth! Despite all this, the house was very neat and tidy and everthing well organised.

The first game we played was his home-made version of Code 777 and from there we went onto to play many other games (mostly Jamie's as Terry and I didn't have many games ourselves) that night and over the months and years to come.

It's hard to pick out any one particular game or moment as there are many but for some reason Conquest of Empire comes to mind, mainly because it gave him the chance to play as red which he loved and because he knew I liked Roman and Ancient themes and therefore suggested we play this game.

Mostly though, I remember him as someone who loved not just gaming but to socialise with others and have a few beers. As a great and generous host who went out of his way to make others feel comfortable and a guy you could play any game with and have a good laugh.
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7. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition): Shattered Empire [Average Rating:8.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.62 Unranked]
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The first time I met Jamie was for an eight player game of TI3 plus expansion at his place. After setting up the game, he cooked a hot breakfast for eight (including a variety of beers) while we wandered around his house marvelling at his collections of geeky stuff. These included not only the expected board games and DVDs, but also obscure gaming consoles, endless books of Varga girls, RPG stuff, removable hard drives full of radio comedy, and so forth. He was astonishingly generous, and you rarely left his company without an armful of stuff (the day I met him he, he burnt me many DVDs full of ancient radio serials by Terry Nation).

The way I'll always remember Jamie is coming straight off a late night shift driving trains to our game day at the RSL, and trying to cobble together a bloody mary from a shot of cheap vodka and whatever red spicy things he could find at the bistro.

Before he came onto the scene we were all a bit timid about meeting people from the internet for public game days, and now the group he founded is getting too large for the venues we try to cram it into.
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8. Board Game Accessory: Wings of War: Miniatures
 
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I first met Jamie at a Glebers meet at the Petersham RSL after hearing much about him from Greg and Terry. We played Antike and Chez Geek. At that time, I was very impressed that he had brought his own tablecloth to cover the tables at the RSL to ensure his games were in a pristine condition (along with sleeving all his Antike cards).

He had also brought along an early set of Wings of War miniatures and we spoke about his love of WW1 planes. Little did I know that several years later I would pick up his entire set of WoW miniatures from him at his garage sale. Unfortunately, that would be the last time I would get to speak to him.

Thanks Jamie. I wish we had more chance to speak and play some games.

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9. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:252]
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First time I met Jamie was at his place in Glebe on the 23rd of December 2006. I think a game had already been setup ready for play so I was forced to play Battlelore with one ozjesting on Jamie's deck on a lovely day. It was a fantastic start to my relationship with him (and oz).

After a fantastic lunch spread we then settled down to a game of the Warrior Knights remake.

I remember many things that day

His awesome collection of games, books, comics, arcade machines, etc
His knowledge about everything except sport. I would always trump him with sport.
His cat that looked like it just came out of the Pet Sematary and knowing Jamie, it probably did.
Him and ozjesting laughing about sellers who say their gear comes from a smoke free home (both being smokers) and me keeping my head down as I was one of those people.
The fact that he said he was 40 when I met him.
His eclectic taste in music. That first day we played games with background music from punk to Eno
How we were not allowed to have drinks on the table and how we would always end up with a load of beer bottles around our feet.
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10. Board Game: UNO: Cars [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:10836]
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He became a fairly regular visitor to my game days in 07 and 08. To the point that he really got on well with my son. He used to always laugh when the little fella would talk to him because he couldn't understand his speedy vocab and we would have to translate when he first met him.

At the same meet as item 1 above we cracked open Freya's Folly. This is the first time Jamie showed his OCD side, with great humour.

In Freya's Folly you must put stickers on each side of some counters. We allowed my son to help put the stickers on. He was doing this right next to Jamie. So you got a 4 year old putting stickers any which way. Jamie freaked out a little He laughed and showed us his sticker placement. It was perfectly placed in the centre of the counter and the sticker on the other side was aligned the same way. A couple of years later he bought the game off me and told the wife and I how he had to remove the stickers my son had placed and realign them. We all had a good laugh.

We got to play the game but the little fella wanted to play his shrinkwrapped Uno: Cars. Jamie offered to play both games at once. I don't know many gamers that would do that. He was generous with his time and items. A year later he would give my son his copy of UNO: Attack and this has become our favourite Uno version.

I think the hardest thing for me is the little fella missing out on growing up with such a sociable, knowledgeable gamer. He has started playing Talisman and Jamie would have been the perfect partner to play with.
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11. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:931]
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I have had this game since the 80s and never played it. I wanted a complex game to play with my gaming group but it just was too much. When he saw I had it he requested a play. I organised a session where I was to have 4-5 players. Everyone bailed for various reasons and Jamie and I played this alone. It was one of my most cherished gaming sessions. The guy remembered the setup, and with a little memory jogger, how the combat worked and the flow of the game. It was great fun.

I honestly don't know if I could enjoy this game as much without him.
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12. Board Game: High-Bid [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:8398]
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He never chucked out anything of his games. At my shrinkwrapp Saturday in 2008 I had placed a bin for rubbish and a bin for recycling the cardboard from the new games. People were chucking out sprues, rules in foreign languages the works. He called me after that session and asked if he could never be seated near those bins again as he was freaked out everytime something got chucked.

But with all the stuff he collected he made more stuff. Christmas 2007 a group of us was invited to ozjesting's place for Christmas. As we arrived in one corner of the room was this box of yellow envelopes. Jamie had made a raft of print and play games for all the attendees. They were packaged in yellow envelopes with Bah Humbug 07 titled over them. He was so funny and so hilarious.

He made a Hey! That's my fish! tile placement board for my wife and he made the first game the glebers played Code 777, amongst a whole raft of things. My family is lucky enough to have that copy as he gave it to us at his sale. It is the first time I have treasured a smokey smell in a game.
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13. Board Game: See you later ... [Average Rating:4.79 Unranked]
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Mate, I'll remember you as a fun, sociable, beer loving, game guru who always played red and who I always would try to stop having a beer and a ciggie mid game because you would come back and smash us after working out the best way to play.

I wish I could tell you now how much you would have been missed.
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14. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1185]
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Jamie seemed to love all manner of games but his favourite, or at least one of his favourites was A&A. Every few months he seemed to be organising another A&A day with varying success. To the best of my knowledge he had every incarnation of A&A, including a sizeable miniature collection. A&A Anniversary Edition was one of the few games he kept after the sale. I was involved with a few A&A games with Jamie, a couple stand out in my mind.

There was a 5-player session of the standard game, I'm not sure which edition but it wasn't the Anniversary one. Jamie was playing Germany, as usual (I think he just liked doing the accent) and spent most of the game kicking the hell out of Russia (Steve?). Dean, as Japan, sank every ship I put to sea (I was the U.S.) and Jesse as the U.K. went on a worldwide factory building spree, some of which did not end up in enemy hands, he assured us he had a plan but wouldn't share it with us. The Allies lost.

Another time I got a last minute invite for some 2-player gaming on a Friday night. A few games were discussed, I was keen to try my new M44 Campaign Book. "We'll pick something when you get here." he says. I arrive to find A&A Anniversary Edition completely set-up, I didn't have the heart to argue. What followed was a marathon gaming event I daren't try to repeat.

We started at about 7pm and called it a day sometime around dawn. When i was a teenager such shenanigans could be taken in my stride, it now takes me a few days to get over that kind of thing. The picture below was taken at about 1.15am and shows just one of many large US fleets that were built and then sent to the bottom. When we called it quits we were both convinced that we had the upper hand and that the game would have been resolved in the next turn or two.



The most interesting aspect of the image above is probably the small portion of Jamie's game collection shown in the reflection. My dodgy camera phone wanted to focus on that but not the game, probably as the collection was more interesting than my strategies. The refection shows about a quarter of the games that were in that room.
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15. Board Game: Federation & Empire [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:4429]
Dean Esam
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I remember mentioning to some of the guys last year that I had given up any hope of ever getting this monster of a game played. Jamie immeadiately said that he would be up for giving it a go sometime.

I didn't think much about it until I got a geekmail about a month later in late October. Jamie had the next week rostered off work, had set up his front room for a long game and wanted to spend the entire week playing this.

To my eternal regret, it was simply not to be, as I had already scheduled a move, and had to spend the entire week in question packing in order to shift into the new place.

Thinking back on it now, I am still in awe at the incredible enthusiasm he displayed.
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16. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Craig Somerton
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I feel kinda out of place, since I only met Jamie through his garage sale. Arkham Horror was one of the games I purchased from him that day.

We had several quite hilarious GM conversations before the sale, about me threatening to turn up at 6:00am, and him readying the garden hose to shoo me away.

I did arrive early, as promised, and here was Jamie out the front, welcoming me inside (no garden hose, thankfully). His room was like Aladdin's cave to my eyes and we got to talking about why he was selling, how much the depression was dragging him down and that selling "his babies" was kind of a cathartic step forward. Throughout the conversation I had the feeling that this was a man I'd really enjoy spending time playing games with and to delve into deeper conversations.

After around an hour of dithering and deciding, I collected my 10 games and Jamie helped me carry them to the car, all the time warmly inviting complete strangers into his house. We had a smoke together and chatted over his plans for the future. He spoke openly about his depression and whilst I could feel an underlying tension, there was also a sense of relief. Having recently come through the other end of depression I offered my solace and contacts for a counsellor who assisted me, but he said he was already in the process of healing. He said he would still be playing games and that I was always welcome to come along, something, regretfully, I never followed up.

Upon hearing the news of his decision to end his life, I was simply horrified. This news has touched me deeper than I would have imagined, especially for a man I spoke to for only an hour or so. But I suppose, in hindsight, that's the kind of man Jamie was.

I still have those games Jamie, and intend to play each and every one in your honour. Rest assured "your babies" will all be well cared for and played in the spirit I hope you would deem suitable. Every time one of your games is played, you will be remembered.

My only regret is that I never had the opportunity to know you better mate.
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17. Board Game: Elk Fest [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2505]
Terry Hogan
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I first encountered Jamie on one of my first few occasions on the Geek back in October 2006. He had posted on the forum that he was looking for boardgamers in the Inner West so I answered the call. After a couple of false starts, Jamie, Greg and I organised to meet on a Sunday arvo in the beer garden at the Ancient Briton. I must admit that I was a little cautious about meeting up with a couple of complete strangers (possibly concerned that they would be a bit 'strange').

Of course I needn't have worried. Jamie had brought a pub-proof game (I can't remember what), but after one beer we all got along so well that we went straight back to Jamie's place (all of 2 minutes away) to play some games. Right from the start, Jamie made us feel so welcome in his home and was just a really great guy.

Over the next few years, thanks to Jamie, I was opened up to a whole new world of games and gamers. My collection on meeting Jamie consisted of Settlers, Carc, Ticket to Ride, Shogun (Jamie wanted to buy it off me, but as a childhood favourite I couldn't part with it - I was pleased to see that he still managed to get hold of a copy) and a few old wargames. Thanks to Jamie, and all the other people I met at his gatherings, I have expanded my collection of games and gaming friends.

What other memories spring to mind?

So many Saturdays at Jamie's (always beautiful sunny days) with vast amounts of food (Jamie would always cook vego stuff for me and the other vegos). Even when he came to my place, he stopped at Sonoma Bakery on the way and arrived with a feast to share, even though I was catering.

And Jamie was great in a big group (I have wonderful memories of the day playing TI3) or just playing a 2-player game (I remember skipping work one arvo to play War of the Ring - a really fun afternoon).

Other people have mentioned how careful he was with his games, however he was no match for my carelessness. I felt terrible when I managed to drop a power plant from Power Grid straight into the glass of cordial I had placed on the floor. But Jamie just laughed it off.

But even without the games, he was just a brilliant guy to be around. Often we'd spend as much time chatting as playing. And he always had his 2 cents to add on every subject.

Why Elk Fest? A present from Jamie for my 30th birthday,which we promptly unwrapped and played at the Nags Head Hotel. He trounced me from my recollection.

Moving to Canberra in '08 meant that I became far less active amongst the Glebers and I haven't really seen much of Jamie in the last couple of years. I couldn't make the day of the sale, but ever the generous type, he invited me around the following day and I picked up a few things. It was great to see him again and I was really looking forward to seeing more of him.

But alas, it wasn't to be. The last I saw of him he was rushing up the street because I had made him late dithering about what games to buy. I guess we never know when it will be the last time that we say good-bye.

Farewell Jamie. My life is better for having met you.
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18. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:96] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
Tommy Dean
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I am too long in adding to this list. I have written it in my head a hundred times but even now as I type I know I won't be able to articulate this moment.

I was one of the early players in the Glebe cabal. As I am a stand-up comic though my time is often away with gigs and as such I am rarely in attendance. As I have oft said about the Glebers, I am always aware but rarely there. Yet as many have said before, to be at Jaimie's was to be IN the group...be it first time visitor or regular player. You were never in doubt that you were welcome.

Oddly, one of the first times there though his wife (whose name escapes me sadly) came through the gaming area on the way to go for a bike ride. There was a weird moment between us as we both were sure we knew each other but couldn't figure out why. I was just some gamer Jaime met online...but soon it dropped. She was a backstage announcer for the Opera House and I had recently done gigs there she worked on! Small world.

Another odd thought. I used to be quite involved with the online Blood Bowl community and know many of the people in real life now due to the tourny scene. But we tend to refer to each other in online nicknames. I am "oz", he is "elan" that guy is "Virral". But the board gamers were all real name types. I still have to think hard to place an avatar here at BGG with a face as I know all these guys for real. I never took to "SaucyBugger" He was always Jamie. Make of that what you will.

I was new to board games as a hobby when I came on board. I had a few and was keen, but it was those early sessions with Jamie that opened the door to my burgeoning collection. While I have fond memories of that ill fated BattleLore game with Neil (so many chances to win!!!) it was a day of Railroad Tycoon that blew me away. The game is great fun...but it was the scale of the thing! All of us standing around this huge board! I had no idea how to play at the time...but still can sense the exhilaration of trying to get my head around it. I also remember Jamie making some crazy play for the south that others kept ribbing him about. But he was resolute in making it happen!

Sadly the more I seek out memories the more I remember him being on the other table. I played very rarely with him...only around him.

I was out of town per usual at the time of the great sale...and was bemused to miss out on a chance to score some cheap games when I found out. Now to know I missed out on a last chat makes it all the worse.

I am saddened deeply by his loss...but heartened by the legacy he left behind. If only we could all see what we mean to those around us.

Rest in Peace Jamie



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