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Yes, we are real! We geekchatters are a small but lively community of app. 20-30 regular chatters from all over the world. We chat together, we idle together, and we play together on BSW and other online gaming-platforms.

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1. Board Game: Geeks: The Convention [Average Rating:4.66 Overall Rank:14160]
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2. Board Game: Domaine [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:653]
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1. How old are you?
32

2. Were are you from?
Tübingen, Germany

3. What is your favorite...
- food: Asian meals out of the wok and Italian food (pasta, pizza...)
- movie: Playtime by Jacques Tati
- tv-show: The Wire
- band: Social Distortion
- sport: Football/Soccer
- videogame: Deus Ex
- boardgame: Domaine

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?

I work as a project manager at an IT company. My greatest passion, besides boardgames, are movies. I watch tons of them, and I read a lot of literature about directors, genres, film history etc. Apart from that I can often be found punting in Tübingen.

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?

I established a small gaming-group with 5-10 of our friends that meets on a regular basis once a week on workdays, and sometimes on weekends. We all live in the same town, so the drive is short for all of us. We have a nice diversity of games, but I am the one that has by far the biggest collection. Yes, I am the Geek of our group.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?

I try to bring in new games on a regular basis, and I try to have games in my collection that fit for any number of players, no matter if we want play with 2 or with 10 people. Thanks to my enthusiasm for boardgames I could convince some of our friends to enjoy gaming more and buy some games for themselves.

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?

I did some light pimping for Agricola and other games. But most often my pimping is reduced to sleeving all the cards and stuff all the pieces in plano boxes. Unfortunately I am not very handy about the house.

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?

I have played around with some ideas (f.e. a CO-OP game with a bank robbery theme), but haven't made any playable prototype yet. I am just too busy learning and playing my new games, although I love the idea of having your own game published one day.

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?

My family is aware of my gaming - they are the reason that I am a gamer in the first place! My parents don't like to play games though, but they gave me and my two younger brothers a lot of boardgames for Christmas when we were young. I play Poker with my family sometimes, but that's about it.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?

To be honest - there aren't many non-gamer friends left! I infected almost all of my friends, and everyone is cool about it and is getting more into it the more I promote the hobby.

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?

I would say this was my first and so far only game of the War of the Ring Collectors Edition. I never played anything like that before, and it was really fascinating to watch how the course of history was changed during the game, just to unfold an even more fascinating chain of events that my opponent and I still talked about for weeks after.

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?

I won every game of Agricola so far, because I am good at adapting my worked out strategies during the game, depending on what the other players do. I guess I have an okay long-term sight on things.

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?

I lost both games of Vikings because I wasn't able to establish a steady supply of gold early on, although I tried very hard, but it just didn't work out twice. On top of that I always had the most pirate ships that have been hurtful for the development of my game.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?

I have been to the Stuttgarter Spielemesse in 2009, and want to visit Essen for the first time in October 2010. Unfortunately there are not many gaming events in my region, so most of my gaming happens in my gaming group.

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?

I guess I have to refer to my "no potato chips near my games" geek badge. Thats definitely something thats related to my name. The other one would be my sleeving-habit - I sleeved almost all the cards of every game I own. My friends make fun of me for that.

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?

Are there still subjects that aren't covered? There even is a game about the Tübinger Stocherkahn (punting boat): http://www.stocherkahnspiel.de. I would like to see some games based around some of my favorite movies like Scarface, The Shining or Blade Runner.

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?

I have high standards when it comes to gaming. Everything has to have its order, everything has to be in its place. I don't tolerate chaos at the table, I don't like to lose control. I play to win, but I also play to see that the other players at the table have a good time and enjoy what they are doing. But if I lose I sometimes question myself and my skills, or try to find out about my mistakes, but I don't go on about it for days and I don't get into a bad mood.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?

My GF and I have always enjoyed playing boardgames together. I even buy games just for the two of us. I am more into gaming then her, but she likes to play once in a while and we both have a good time. It has changed that much that we now like it better to play a game than to watch boring TV. But she also takes care that I don't overdo it with buying new games etc.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?

Since I found out about the site my boardgaming habits have changed drastically: not only have I bought many more games, I have also influenced a lot of my friends with it. I read reviews, watch videos, listen to podcasts and buy magazines. I am much more aware of the diversity and the fascination of boardgaming than before.

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3. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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1. How old are you?
22

2. Were are you from?
I'm from the US, but living in Toronto, Canada

3. What is your favorite...
- food: Japanese!
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- sport: Volleyball (to play) and I don't watch sports
- videogame: the Final Fantasy series
- boardgame: Battlestar Galactica (see question 11)

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?
I spend a lot of time reading, on BGG/geekchat, walking around the city. Pretty boring but what can you do. I just hope my personality makes up for how boring I am.


5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?
We're mostly just friends who happen to play games when we hang out. I have been expanding into an actual game group "style" event planner though. This Saturday will be our second time hosting a big monthly meet, open house style. We invited our friends to invite any one they know interested in learning more about the kind of games we play, which is really fun. Sadly, I can only seat 15 or so in my apartment, but its enough!

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?
We host. We live in a big city, so space is at a premium. We're the only ones out of our immediate group that even have a dining room table. We have all the games, so everyone comes to us To enhance it? Well, I like to put in an air freshener twenty or so minutes before everyone arrives. I like that think thats nice. I also like to think that me as a person enhancing the gaming experience... just because I'm great.

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?
We mostly play them out of the box. If its a card game that is due for a bunch of new expansions or secret information, I try and sleeve them so you can't tell the difference between cards. I'm really careful with my games, so I don't do too much to protect them.

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?
Nah. I strictly just play them

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?
Of course Whenever my parents come to visit, we try and teach them a new game or two, which is really nice. We haven't gotten to all too much, but so far they've loved Ingenious and Sushizock and have even give them to friends as gifts. Next, we're going to play Ticket To Ride. They don't go out of their way to play, but a parent always loves to see their children passionate about something, so they always humor us and play and I think they've enjoyed them all. Playing Citadels with them was a hoot. We play games with the in-laws too, when they visit. FIL is a wargamer, but he enjoyed TTR quite a bit.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?
What is this "non-gamer friend" thing you speak of?


11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?
Oh geez. I would have to say our five hour game of Battlestar Galactica. We had two new players in a six player game, both who were cylons from the beginning. They came on very strong and basically had us begging for mercy. By distance two, we were in the red for three stats and still getting pounded. By distance six, we had 1 fuel left, so we ended up putting our own people in the brig to sit there the rest of the game launching scouts. At one point all the civilian ships were on the board, we were freaking out, and we pulled a cylon swarm card. The raiders were activated, destroyed two of the civlian ships, which should have killed us. We all screamed when they were flipped over the BOTH WERE BLANK. Oh goodness. It was SOO intense. We actually won, too. It was such a long game, but since it was so intense from the beginning, it seemed it it flew by.


12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?
Gipf games! I'm a lot stronger with abstracts than most people I play with, which has lead to most people not playing them against me. I think if I played against another strong player though, I'd get my butt kicked!

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?
Not really. I'm not as strong when it comes to tactics, so I don't do as well, but I can't think of a game that I lose often. I think our win/lose stats are pretty balanced.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?
There is the Toronto Area Boardgame Society that I attended for a while. Not so much anymore. Its so great that the city has it and I would recommend it to anyone, but I just feel like why go and try and find strangers to play with when I can play with my friends. They run great math trades though, so I always show up for that.



15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in our gaming group?
Sometimes I talk too much and people threaten to deface my game to make me shut up Oh, and according to my husband, I'm a "back-seat game teacher". I tell him to teach the game, then criticize how he's teaching it and try to explain things in other ways. Cue someone pretending to bite a Dominion card... then I shut up. I guess its not necessarily a good thing to be known for, but it gets a lot of laughs.


16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?
I want to see more games based on art. Its been covered a lot, but I want more. Also, more high quality licensed games, like BSG. I can't come up with something that hasn't already been covered.


17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?
Seriously social . I like to play for social reasons, but if you aren't playing to play your best and to follow the rules, I don't want to play with you. I just like being around the people I care about, which is most important to me, then secondly most important is enjoying the game. As for what I play, I think I'm more of a eurogamer, as I feel like mechanics are far more important than theme, but there are just some theme-heavy games that I just love because the mechanics are strong too. Not a fan of a lot of plastic though


18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?
He is the one that got me into gaming. I would play some card games with my family and video games, but never really know euro or ameritrash games existed. He only had Puerto Rico and Betrayal at House on the Hill at the time, as he was only just getting into it himself, so we really dived into it together. We signed up together for our BGG accounts and bought Carcassonne together, when we were first dating. We definitely enjoy playing games together and have lots of two player games. We like to play a game to end off a nice date night, too. Since I have more time, I read up about a lot more games and am now in charge of picking out which games to get next. I pick the game, he learns the rules, then we play together! But totally, I'm the brains behind the operation.


19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?
I guess I never really gamed without BGG, so I'm not sure how my experience would have been without it. I'm guessing a little less educated Its such a great resource and I just can't imagine not having it.

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4. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:172]
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1. How old are you?
29

2. Were are you from?
Philly, PA USA

3. What is your favorite...

- food: BBQ
- movie: Sin City
- tv-show: Mythbusters
- band: Flogging Molly
- sport: Hockey
- videogame: Victoria
- boardgame: Paths Of Glory

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?

Mostly writing. I work on my own blog over at http://paperstreetbrigade.com/blog and also contribute to a New York Islanders blog. I've done a little bit of everything over the years, from working in a junkyard, to an office job and even a summer of staining playsets.

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?

Nope, but I do play a lot at http://wargameroom.com. I don't have my own car so getting around is a bit tough for me.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?

Mostly I've written a few guides for beginners on how to get on wargameroom.

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?

Usually the most I do is add a few player guides from BGG to the box. I'm bad at arts and crafts.

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?

I have some ideas kicking around in my head. But usually by the time I start fleshing them out I find out they are already done. I'm quite fine just playing games and not designing them

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?

They probably think my games are a bit nutty but aren't surprised. I think if they knew how big my collection was I'd get in trouble.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?

Most people when I mention board games respond "Oh I love board games, I haven't played (Insert Milton Bradley or Parker Brothers game here) in forever" and I just shake my head.

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?

Probably when playing Here I Stand as the Ottomans. The Hapsburg player intercepted my one lone strength point with a huge stack from Vienna led by Charles and Ferdinand. I rolled one hit on my one dice. The Hapsburg player rolled zero hits on his twelve dice. Since Vienna was in unrest he had no retreat, destroying the army and capturing his leaders.

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?

Not really, I tend to play quite a few people who are more experienced in the games then me. I am pretty good at Manouevre, it's probably the one I win the most.

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?

Paths of Glory, mostly because I love to gamble and take chances. World War 1 is not a good war to be taking big chances with.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?

Nope, transportation troubles keep me from going anywhere.

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?

I do medieval re-enacting. Mostly it's combat based as we fight with padded rattan staves. I have a ton of fun, but it's been a while since I've done it.

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?


I would like to see more alternate history war games. At some point you have to hit the bottom of WW2 scenarios. I'd love to see some of Turtledove's Southern Victory series turned into war games.

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?

Mostly as someone who likes to bluff and gamble during board games. I also like to confuse people if it's possible to during a game. All games can use a little bit of chaos inserted into them.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?

No significant other, but I have played with a few exes. They mostly enjoyed them and somehow I always seem to lose when playing face to face. I also get my roommate to play sometimes, she loves Long Shot and Power Grid.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?


I was originally looking for info on BattleMasters because I was being nostalgic. Then I happened to remember Across 5 Aprils and I have been addicted ever since.

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5. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:638]
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1. How old are you?
23

2. Were are you from?
Quincy, MA U.S.A.

3. What is your favorite...
- food: Chinese food (both American and Chinese)
- movie: Army of Darkness
- tv-show: Star Trek: Voyager
- band: Bad Religion
- sport: Ping Pong
- videogame: Dynasty Warriors
- boardgame: Tigris & Euphrates

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?
I keep picking up hobbies but abandoning them down the road. The one sticking point I have is my love of China. I'm an avid china watcher and sinologist. Ever since I first went to the country over a year ago, it has been a focal point of my life. I love studying China's history, its growth and development, and its culture and language. At the end of August I'm actually traveling to Chongqing to study Mandarin for 2 years. When my schedule is less busy and I don't have to save money for my trip, I would like to continue learning how to play the guzheng and purchase a metal-detector to go treasure hunting with.

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?
The only real gaming group that I have, are the players of my Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition) campaign. We try to get together whenever our schedules are free. Aside from them, all of my regular friends know I love boardgames and its what we mostly do whenever we get a chance to hang out.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?
I try to match my game suggestions with the mood of the people in the room. If there are alot of people hanging out and I can tell attention spans will be short, I would suggest something like Cranium WOW or Balancing Moon. If it's a smaller group that can really focus, I would suggest Tigris & Euphrates or Agricola. If it is just me and another hardcore geek, I would go for Combat Commander: Europe or Xiangqi.

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?
Usually the game is good out of the box unless it has an awful number of baggies. In that case, I'll try to find a reasonable plastic case to use in place of them. Here's one I used for In the Year of the Dragon:
The most work I have ever done for a single game would have to be printing out the second edition rules of Commands & Colors: Ancients on cardstock and putting them in sleeves in a binder (I hate outdated rules!). I also did a repainting job with my girlfriend to make the treasure cubes of Tigris & Euphrates golden:


8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?
No, although I tried making one in college. I found that I far more enjoy playing games than creating them. When I feel the need to create, I will usually work on my Dungeons & Dragons campaign.

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?
My family realizes that I love board games and they support me. They initially thought it was a little strange, but once I got them to play a few of the easier ones, they started to understand me and my obsession better. I'm also very lucky to have a girlfriend who is willing to try most games that I throw at her (even Commands & Colors: Ancients!), and has actually become and avid-roleplayer with me!

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?
I have one friend who despises board games and only likes video games. However, after convincing him to come to Total-Con with me and some friends, he's starting to get out of his shell. He usually only plays board games if heas no choice otherwise. Games like Dungeons & Dragons he swears off as the pinnacle of nerd-dom and refuses to even be near.

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?
Gosh, I have so many! One that comes to mind was when my girlfriend, a few friends and myself were playing a teaching game of Heroscape on a giant setup at Total-Con:
or when I was playing a game of Mahjong with my roomate and some Chinese friends in Beijing:
or just playing games with my girlfriend at home. She usually wins!

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?
I don't think there is a game I always win at. Unless you count being the DM in a game of Dungeons & Dragons. When I play D&D, I play to WIN.

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?
Acquire. I know how to play, I just never have any idea of what I should be doing at any given point. I think it is really a math-heavy game in a subconcious way. My girlfriend is a math whiz and she always clobbers me when we play.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?
I went to my first board game convention this year. It was TotalCon in Massachusetts. My friends and I had an absolute blast and plan on going again in the future. I've also started looking around to try and find more conventions to go to again.

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?
Everyone always assumes I'm going to win the game because I'm usually the one who owns it. So they always gang up on me out of fear and I get screwed in the end.

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?
Hmmm. My favorite subject is anything Chinese, but there are already alot of good Chinese-related games out there. I like dungeon crawls, so maybe if someone could cross a game like HeroQuest with a Chinese theme that would really hit the spot for me.

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?
I'm extremely varied in what I like. I love abstracts, ameri-trash, eurogames and wargames. I try to only have games that I enjoy both for their theme and replayability. I don't want to have a huge collection. I just want games that I'll love forever and always want to replay.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?
My girlfriend knew nothing about board games when we started dating. Since then, We have both really opened up to the hobby. She likes to play every now and then, so I sometimes have to curb my eagerness to game out of consideration for her. But she really likes the social aspects of it and I'm really pleased with the way she's opened up to roleplaying. She's a graphic designer and creativity is her strong point. I think that's why she likes roleplaying - it gives her a chance to show off her creative side.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?
If it weren't for the 'geek, I would never have fallen into this hobby. It started when I wandered into a board game store and picked up a copy of Iliad. It was good but not great. I realized then that there was a bigger world to board games and I wanted to learn more. Browsing the web brought me to BGG and I started using the 'geek to make Board Game choices. My next game was Carcassonne I believe, and after that I was hooked. It was all down-hill from there!

20. Who do you nominate as the next GeekChatter of the Week?
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6. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:492]
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1. How old are you?
42 (almost)

2. Were are you from?
Born Haifa Israel, live in Reut mid way between Tel-Aviv & Jerusalem

3. What is your favorite...
- Food: Sushi, Pasta, Seafood. I'll eat everything
- Movie:
- Band: Renaissance
- Sport: Basketball
- Videogame:
- Boardgame: Euro: Reef encounter, Classic: Civilization, war game: Squad leader

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?
I work as a programmer although my education is as an Eng.
Have too many hobbies and too little time.

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?
I started my gaming group several years ago, from it I estimate that 10+ game group around Israel originated. We play 2 times a month, one time my place and the other at another group member house (was 3 times a month before)

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?
I enjoy teaching new games to the group, try to expose them to many formats of games, showing them the variety that exists out there.

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?
Nope, play out of the box

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?
Got Space junkyard published by mayday games. long story until it got published.
I have several more free PnP games here on the geek and I hope to add one soon.

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?
I play with my wife, brother and sister hasband twice a month on my visit to my parents. I also play with my kids, and I'm happy to say they enjoy it, which means more gaming as they grow.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?
Ranges from: "wow, that is nice, can we come and try" to "???? aren't you too old for that"

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?
One gaming experience I remember is a session of King maker. there were two kings (from both dynasties). When a action card for sole king came out, one guy really wanted to execute the action and he said "Look, there is a sole king, and another sole king, can't I take the action?" really funny.

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?
Nope

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?
nope here too.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?
Went to Essen 2009, had a great time except the moment when my bag was stolen (with my phone, iPodTouch, wallet...)

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in our gaming group?
In many games I complain I'm losing and I'm behind, and yet at the end I win. So when I start complaining people say "OK, time to gang on Gilad, he is going to win"

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?
I still look for a light medium length civilization game. sSince there isn't game that answer my need, I started designing one.

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?
I play to win, but the enjoyment of the game and the people is more important, so I let, take back moves (if no other actions were taken). I don't mind giving other people tips if they ask for one, even showing them my winning strategy.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?
My wife is a great gaming partner, but since I started my gaming group and we play twice a month, and at my parents another twice a month, and with the kids, we hardly get the chance to play only the two of us.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?
I collected games before knowing about BGG, but once I found BGG the speed of buying games increase a lot.

20. Who do you nominate as the next GeekChatter of the Week?
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7. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:283] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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1. How old are you?
35

2. Where are you from?
Born, raised and living in the Netherlands

3. What is your favorite...
- Food: Lasagne, Pizza, Chinese Food, Fast Food
- Movie: Lord of the Rings, Star Trek
- Band: Queensrÿche, Franz Ferdinand
- Sport: (watching) Soccer, Tennis
- Videogame: Sims, Wii Mario Kart
- Boardgame: I guess very much eurominded, I have quite a few games from the top 100. Favourites are (always) Settlers, Yspahan, Carson City, Space Alert, Ticket to Ride

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?
I work at a small accountants firm, keeping myself busy with bookkeeping and turnover taxes. Hobbies are reading, walking, computergames, BGG chat, BGG love thread,

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?
I have a regular small gaming group since the last end of 2005. We play usually once a week, sometimes twice, on friday or saturday. Always at the home of one of the players. Group consisting of 3 hard core and about 6 additional less hard core players. Together we have quite a large collection of games but mine has grown the fastest

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?
I regularly bring new games to the table, also because they have to be played in order to write reviews on www.de-spellenhoek.nl. Which games we play also depends on the players who are present at the time.

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?
No pimping, occasionally some players aids from BGG.

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?
I never developed games by myself. I do playtest a lot of games from a publisher however and do have some influence in the proces. Published games are amongst others: Carson City and Bloom. Also a game that will be published this fall in Essen.

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?
They are. My husband has been drawn into it and is also a gamer now, although less fanatic (I'm the Geek in the house). My 2 player games are usually played with him. Both my daughters do play games, the oldest (8) does play Carcassonne and Pueblo, the youngest (5, almost 6) doesn't like to obey rules so mostly Sorry Sliders and Stef Stuntpiloot for her. Other family (parents / sister) never stop amazing themselves about the amount of games I have.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?
Ranges from: "don't you have enough games already" to "looks fun". Most of them have small children now so gaming doesn't happen much with non-gamer friends.

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?
Quite some time ago, I didn't play real boardgames even then (I didn't know they existed), when I played at a Chess Club, we were finished early so a small group decided to play http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/26468/klaverjassen. When the cards were dealt somewhere in the game I had 8 spades. Spades also got to be trump. I was so astonished I just put my cards on the table.

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?
No, although I have had a nice record for winning with Settlers

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?
No, but the first year I got playing "real" games I did loose everything.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?
First gaming event experience was Essen 2006 as a visitor. After that it went downhill because I started to demo for a publisher. I attended Essen, 2007, 2008, 2009 and will be attending 2010. Also Spellenspektakel, some Ducosim and gaming days at Phoenix in Leiden.

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in our gaming group?
When it is going really really bad for me I get rather quiet. Or when I am rather tired and can't seem to grasp the game I am rather quiet. Otherwise I am usually full with witty or teasing remarks.

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?
Pfff, tough one. There are so many games already existing I don't know (yet) and so many are being developed as we speak I can imagine there is somewhere a game with my favourite subjects. Well, lets's try this: a boardgame about The Sims in Space. But it would have to have an ending. As the pc game goes on and on and on.....

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?
I am a serious player but I always try to have fun while trying to win. I must admit, that is easier when I am not the only loser. When playing against my SO and getting beaten badly, I can be somewhat grumpy for a little while.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?

My husband got dragged into it somewhat and now enjoys it as well when the gaming night is at our place. We do play 2 player games but not as often as I would like. Normal life does interfere sometimes too much for that.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?
I found out that BGG existed after I had gotten into my gaming group. Because of BGG I got to know lots of friendly people to whom I can talk about (new) games and other subjects.

20. Who do you nominate as the next GeekChatter of the Week?
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8. Board Game: Elemental Clash: The Basic Set [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:10663]
Andreas Propst
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Thank you Leonie alias Narl for nominating me! It came pretty unexpected, but what an honor and a nice opportunity for me to present me and my games! So here come the questions and answers:

1. How old are you?

I'm 23.

2. Were are you from?

Enzenkirchen, Upper Austria

3. What is your favorite...

- food: Austrian Hausmannskost, Pizza etc
- movie: LotR, Star Wars, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- tv-show: South Park, Dexter, The X-Files
- band: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Corvus Corax
- sport: none though I like to hike and cycle
- videogame: Diablo, Heroes of Might and Magic, everything old school
- boardgame: Dominion,

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?


I studied social work, was and am still involved in development aid programs in Kenya and South India. Besides I am trying to make a name as an illustrator and board- or rather card game designer. At the moment I am very involved with my hometown Enzenkirchen which is going to publish two books for which I am illustrating and acting as an archaeological counsellor. I love to search the fields of my hometown with my metal detector and have found many a trinket which then gets a good place on our local museum. Ask me and I’ll show you some finds. Besides I read a lot: Sci-Fi, some Fantasy and a lot of Non-Fiction like natural sciences and philosophy.

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?

Alas I do not and I never had one if you do not count D&D gaming groups and regular Magic: the Gathering gatherings. I live in the middle of nowhere. In the Austrian outback where the hillbilly youth rather gets drunk real fast instead of playing board games and having a good time.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?

Nothing as I do not have a group.

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?


I do not own so many boardgames as to even think of pimping some, but I love to deface Magic: the Gathering cards which I got in quantities I could feed the pigs with em (old Austrian phrase!).

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?

I have developed several games over the course of many years. I won’t deal with all just here so please click the game designer über-badge on my avatar. I am dabbling mostly in the fantasy (Dragonslayers) and sci-fi (Imperium Galacticum) genres but have also tried an abstract game with "Push&Move". The game I am putting most effort into for now 4 years is Elemental Clash. You have heard about it if you are in the geekchat regularly. It is also the game which got closest to being published. I am enthusiastic about the future since it made the Hotness and stuff just recently.

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?

They are aware of my gaming habit which consists mostly of designing games, printing them and trying them with friends. My family consists of non-gamers so they are generally proud I do something special like game design but are rather uninterested in the games themselves as well. Only my 21 year old sister Nora has ever tried some of my games and done some playtesting with me.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?

They largely ignore it. Some are casually interested in the games I come up with but none ever offered me any help as in playtesting with me or whatever.

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?


When I won a DCI sanctioned Magic: the Gathering Extended tournament with my self-designed Monoblack Control deck. Plus lots of close wins or losses when playtesting EC for the first few times...

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?

What a question: Ye good old Magic: the Gathering. Cause I got what it takes! And cause I believe in the heart of the cards...not. No seriously, I play it for over 12 years and also accumulated a wealthy and healthy card pool over that time...

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?

Hmm, maybe Schnapsen (66)… ‘Tis an old men’s game and a game of maths and I hate the latter.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?

I probably would if a publisher or wealthy philanthropist would pay for my flight and expenses. I am a poor artist/student type. However as I said before I participated in some Magic: The Gathering tournaments.

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?
Not being in a gaming group I guess. Hey stop the nagging about gaming groups already, will you?? ;-)


16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?


The Antediluvian Sea Kings of Hyperborea, Lemuria, Mu and Atlantis. Do not steal this, I have something in the workings. ^^

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?

Out of lack of gamers and a gaming group I am playing almost exclusively light two player card games - games which you can easily carry around with you and just play a game or two really just anywhere without much preparation. So no War of the Rings Collector’s Edition for me. Do not send me any ok? Well, if you deem it necessary please do. I could use the ebay money...

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?

This might come unexpected for you and will be quite shocking to some but I do not only lack a gaming group, but a girlfriend as well... Unbelievable for such a "rebel-and-artist" type as I am. I have not met a single girl in my area who was interested in boardgames. Them girls only like sixpacks (as in the muscular structure) and tuned cars... Well I could offer tuned cards (Sorry but at least one lame joke per questionnaire is compulsory if I am concerned!).

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?


Boardgamegeek has been since I first came here and is still a fantastic resource for me as a game designer. It is a perfect platform for networking and getting the right connections. But far more important I found many people here which I consider friends even though I never met them in real life. And much of this was possible over geekchat. It is just a nice place to hang out with laid back, friendly and sympathetic people of all ages from all over the world and have a good time or even discuss more serious matters!

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9. Board Game: Theben [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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He writes:

Dear people, currently I'm on vacation on an island with no internet connection (unbelievable but true), so I can't respond to any of you until I'm back. I'm really looking forward to see your comments.

1. How old are you?
I'm 33.

2. Were are you from?
Croatia, Zagreb.

3. What is your favorite...
- food: Italian, Japanese, Mexican... mmm, better say I love eating.
- movie: Labirynth,
- tv-show: Red Dwarf, Big Bang Theory, You Rang, M'Lord?
- band: RHCP, Queen, The Clash
- sport: Football/soccer, ultimate fight, hockey
- videogame: Sim City, PES series and all C-64 games
- boardgame: Theben, Antike, Cosmic encounter, Quelf, (to be honest I enjoy most to play games I designe)

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?

I work as illustrator and I also paint. I play football (read it soccer), do Tai Chi and Lohan Kung, read, ride bike...spend time with my wife and my kid.

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?

I established a gaming club called Labirynth in my city and we play once a week, on Sunday. Well, there is about 10 of us with different taste in games, so sometimes we can hardly agree on what to play.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?

I try to bring in new games.

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?

I do no pimping.

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?

I have developed about 10 games and at the moment I'm working on about 10 new (I know it is too much work to do in same time): two kids' games, two advanture games, two economy games... blah blah blah. Three of my games were published by now, one really old is PnP on BGG. The other two are the card game Ultra fight and the board game named Rusalka. More info can be found on BGG. For now I tried only with Croatian publishers. Soon I'm going to try to sell some games abroad so maybe you will play it one day .



9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?

They are aware. I mostly play with my wife. Others don't have much to say about my gaming habit.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?

Most of them like video games better, and there are less and less non-gamer friends in my life.

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?
naghh

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?

I think the only game where I always win is Blokus. Why? I'm not really sure, I even play it without much thinking and I'm not even that much crazy about playing it. Also Galaxy trucker: I lost once and won about 15 times or more.

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?

No, if we don't count games played less than 3 times. If yes, then many. I often lose Theben to my wife.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?

I've been to some local gaming events in Zagreb but I do hope I will go to Essen soon.

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?

Well, I modificate game rules that I don't like. Some people like it and some hate it (don't touch it, the rules are sacred...). I'm the only one who put on board games that I designed. And I really enjoy kids' games, which other people in my gaming group don't.


16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?


The games that don't exist and I'd like to play - I will design them.
But those I would like someone else to design are Corto Maltese (as an adventure game) and Pat and Mat (as a party game).

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?

I play to win. I don't care much if someone has made wrong counting of spaces on board or something like that (I see most people do), I enjoy playing but I don't take it so seriously as some people do.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?

Well my wife loves to play board games. Her favourites are: St. Petersburg, Theben, Dixit, Galaxy Trucker, Jambo, Mamma Mia, Carcasonne the Castle.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?

Since I found BGG, I started buying better games and the best help for me are video rewievs. On BGG I mostly watch new games, geek lists and new hot images and I use it for rules explanation a lot. The diversity of games kills me every time I try to make up a new game .

20. Who do you nominate as the next GeekChatter of the Week?

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1. How old are you?

52 years & 1 week as of this denotation.

2. Where are you from?

Earth? THIS current 'dimension'? for NOW...

3. What is your favourite...
- food:
FREE, otherwise "buffet" & FREE
- movie: "Kelly's Heroes"
- t-v show: "The Andy Griffith Show"
- band: The WHO
- sport: USA & Canada FOOTBALL!
- video game: "Diablo/Hellfire/II/+Exp."
- boardgame: "Fortress America"

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?


Besides RULE & REIGN in 'error' over the 4th through 11th 'Dimensions'? I should get a "hobby" eh?

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?

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6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?

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7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?

First time, perhaps just "out of the box" and then I discover what if any this lacked. More often, then I can READ over everything and then figure OUT what it required in addition as some improved means to enhance or embellish with such.

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?

Admiral Ackbar "It's a TRAP!"

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?

Yes, they are, and most avoid 'moi' due to this.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?

WHAT "Non-Gamer" friends?

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?

Winning as the "Allies" in this: The Game of France, 1940: German Blitzkrieg in the West WITH their "Historical Set-up" and garnering 1st Place in the "Avalon Hill Classics" Division at the 1979 RhineCON held in Wiesbaden, (West) Germany.

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?

Yes, with Blitzkrieg and either side for that, as I've EARNED from MY 'opponents', the 'sobriquet' with and about being THE "Desert Fox" due to my proclivity on beating them "through the DESERT" caravan region the majority of times.

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?

As the USA Player in Fortress America and due to NOT getting enough of the GOOD "rolls" right when I require SUCH! Otherwise, I'm a HELLUVA Invaders player...

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?

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15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?

Offering unwanted advice, with usually the CORRECT '411'!

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?

"Magdar" within that "Barbie Dream Date"

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?

I am GROGnads hear me "rawhrrr"!

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?

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19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?

BBG been bery, bery GOOOD to 'moi'! especially derk name drop

20. Who do you nominate as the next GeekChatter of the Week?

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1. How old are you?
25

2. Where are you from?
Originally San Jose, California, but recently moved to Pullman, Washington.

3. What ARE your favorite...

- food: Burritos
- movie: Wall-E
- tv-show: Arrested Development
- band: ACDC
- sport: Ice Hockey & Australian Football
- videogame: Super Mario Bros. 3
- boardgame: Hmmm.....

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?


5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?
Yes, but I am new to it. They meet at Jack-in-the-Box. They are smaller than the group I came from before. Good to see eurogames and stuff there though. I'm still getting used to it. In lieu of that, many of my new friends here in Pullman are open to the eurogames that I bring them, which is very good - I just taught Puerto Rico for the second time in a week.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?

Usually when playing new (and not so new) games, I play quickly and keep the game flowing. I'd like to start bringing prototypes (mine and others) for playtesting, but I haven't quite gotten the hang of how the group usually operates. Teaching can be difficult, too, and I've been focusing more on that as I have had five teaching sessions in the last week.

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?
Until a week ago, it was all about out-of-the-box...but then I got Puerto Rico and gave it a bit of a storage solution.

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?
Shintai.


9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?

Yes. My mother encourages me to design, since that's what I've been doing (consciously and sub-consciously) since I was a kid. "Game night" has been synonymous with "learning experience" for the last year or so.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?
I have a hard enough time formulating my own thoughts into cohesive sentences - I'm not even going to try to guess what people think about me.

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?
Winning a game of Dominion on BSW by the score of 41-28...in under two minutes.

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?

No, but if the entire group is learning a new game (including me), I win...might be because I'm the one reading the rules most of the time.

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?


I won the first time, and have since tried employing that strategy - it doesn't work the same when everyone else has played before.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?

Nothing yet. I tend to game in bits and spurts if I can, and don't know if I could ever go for an entire day, much less a weekend.

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?

After a victory, I put a notch on my bedroom wall for every hapless soul I defeat.

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?



17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?

I am moderately obsessive, but hopelessly cursed to create games (and sports, for that matter). Before college I was on the computer programming track, just to design games, but turned away from it when I found out just how much college life I'd be missing. Nowadays, I figure if I ever design a video game, it will be because I have a stunning portfolio of board game designs on my record.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?
She complains about it, it's a contentious point every so often. She now knows how to play (and win) at Catan, and has been learning Puerto Rico since buying it for my birthday. I don't intend to teach her anything more complicated than that - she prefers much, much lighter fare (Uno, Cribbage, and the occasional game of Fluxx - under protest, of course).

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?
BoardGameGeek helped me quit playing Catan when the gum, patch, and going cold turkey couldn't do it. Thanks BGG - you turned mah life ahround!

20. Who do you nominate as the next GeekChatter of the Week?
I know that everyone will get their chance, but...

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12. Board Game: Aliens [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:1795]
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1. How old are you?
35

2. Where are you from?
Algés near Lisbon, but live in the other side of river Tagus in Charneca da Caparica.


3. What ARE your favorite...
- food: Portuguese Stew and Cod Fish
- movie: A lot, mainlly war movies, also Science fiction and terror. But Indiana Jones played an important part in my studies choice.
- tv-show: Star Trek (any of them and the movies too) also, "Band of Brothers" and others from this new portuguese generation comediants like Gato Fedorento
- band: Not easy to chose, but the portuguese rock band "Xutos e Pontapés" deserve a special notice
- sport: Football (socer for the americans) and Rugby
- videogame: Too many to mention, but Laser Squad, Star Fleet Academy, and FallOut 3 deserve notice
- boardgame: There a lot I like but I have to mention Yom Kippur, a war game that caused me to learn french. Also Aliens because it was the game that made me find this site

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?
Play Video Games. I read a lot, and some TV shows are worth my time

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?
Not really. There is another couple that when they get to our house for a drink the 4 of us eventually ended up playing something.
But nothing regurlally

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?
I own the games , and teach the rules.
And lose shake

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?
In more ways then one. There isnt one single game I play "out of the box".
I am used to change or to adapt some of the rules of the games.
I am pretty sure none of my board games is played with 100% correct rules, I always find something to change.


8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?
Never, I gave a small hand in historical and military aspects but never developed one.

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?
Very, but the video game habit was seen with worse eyes then the board games

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?
"Its just one of those things that Abreu is so keen about" or "Another one of Abreus weirdness".
But some do have a good time playing something.

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?
Well, being last in a Magic tournement. And proud of it I didnt had to pay the fee to enter and get out of it with a new deck and 1 booster (last place award)

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?
I play more alone, any of those games are sure victories

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?
Any game I teach someone is a game I will eventually lose.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?
No, I played in a tournement a while back, but never had a regular gaming experience

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?
I have a few habits.
I tend to be very picky in terms of setting things up, not organized, but for me things should be diplayed in a certain way, and I dont like to see them off place.
I also enjoy apreciating the disposition of the game (mainlly the war games) before I start or when I leave my "shop on display" (thats what I tell my wife when I leave the board set to continue the next day).
And like when I am playing video games I get too focused on the game, I dont like interruptions if I am playing solo.

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?
Portuguese Military History, there is one game on one of the most important battles in History, the battle of Aljubarrota but the potencial of our history would give not just one but many others.

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?
I am a picky, desorganized, excelent theacher, rule modifier, thinker and loser.
Thats the complete description of me as a board gamer.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?
We do play togheter, sometimes more then others, but as with all of my things my wife deals with it very well. I already played when she meet me and I havent changed my gaming habits.
She actually prefers that I "set my shop" with my board games because I play in our living room, and even though I am in "my world" we are on the same place of the house. When I am playing PC I am at another room from her, and when I playing the PS3, she isnt in the livving room.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?
I have to say that my internet existence is centered on BGG. As I say "I dont FaceBook, I BoardGameGeek".
Ever since I found this site my games collection increased. I have found out and printed many games. I made good buys from what information I find here.
The foruns are interesting reading, and I eventually added my 5 cents in more then a few post.
But more then that, I found a chat room with peopple from all over the world. I get to talk politics with an american, sports with a german, all kinds of things with all kinds of peopple. And I have learned, and experienced a lot in GeekChat.
And now, as we say "the cherry on the top of the cake" VideoGameGeek.
What more can this site do to make it perfect?

Make me very rich, but this was a retorical question


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13. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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1. How old are you?
30

2. Were are you from?
Westchester,NY

3. What is your favorite...
- food: Sushi
- movie: Army of Darkness
- tv-show: LOST
- band: Iron Maiden
- sport: tonsil hockey
- videogame: Final Fantasy 7
- boardgame: Tigris & Euprhates

4. When you don't play boardgames -

I don't?

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?

My gaming group mostly consists of Magic the Gathering players that are extremely difficult to convince in playing most board games. Dominion and Carcassonne are always a hit though.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?

I usually end up paying for all the snacks and drinks for those scavengers.


7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?


Pimpin' aint easy.. but some games require a spruce-up.

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?

Nerp.

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?

They don't mind, as long as they don't have to pay for them. They encourage the younger members of my family to participate usually (sometimes I let them win.)whistle

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?

Who cares.

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?

I would have to say the time we all took the day off from work to play Descent in my friend's basement. We played for 7 hours straight and everyone was getting out of work by the time we were done.

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?

Well... technically you just lost. Get it?


13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?


See above.
Lost: The Game

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?
Unfortunately not. cry

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?

Notifying others of a possible strategy they can ensue

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?

Insurance claims investigator. Find out which one is the fake! Players must use their acting abilities in order to win this one.

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?

Handsome. Thoroughly-bathed. Quick-thinking (hence my name), and never a kingmaker.


18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?

Ask my ex.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?

Boardgamegeek is 100% responsible for the collection I have now. I stumbled upon this site whilst looking for some Heroquest parts. 30 games or so later.. I still never got em. Shame on me.

20. Who do you nominate as the next GeekChatter of the Week?

I nominate this guy:

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1. How old are you?
42 years old.

2. Were are you from?

I hail from my mommys tummy...Lived in Virginia the first 21 years of my life. Lived in Chicago from 92-98. Currently live on the south shore of Long Island.

3. What is your favorite...

- food: Right now, I'm digging Thai food, sushi, and shrimp quesadillas. I have to eat healthier because of middle agedness.
- movie: Probably a "type" of movie for this: sports movies, coming of age movies, love Bend it Like Beckham, Whip It, Clerks & Clerks II, the Replacements and pretty any half decent coming of age high school movie out there
- tv-show: Daily Show and Matlock
- band: disco blues glam rock and southern rock is my thing
- sport: football and fantasy baseball
- videogame: sports sims ( I can live on Basball Mogul)
- boardgame: Can't Stop is my all time fave, but I enjoy a good collectible card game. I'm also trying my hand at solitaire games.

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?

I work. I blog. I eat. I study so I can eventually teach using games.

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?

LI-BO: A rather eclectic group of guys that have a wide range of tastes.

LI-Gamers: Mostly Euro gamers; I used to make this group every Friday, but I rarely play with them now due to my work schedule.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?

I try to have fun and transfer that to the games.


7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?

I have just started this, and I am VERY new to it; so far, it consists of me buying and finding components and bags to compliment the games. No making stuff yet.

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?

I'm currently working on stuff, but primarily as a teaching tools. If I ever got published, great, but that's not really my goal.


9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?

My mom started my hobby by playing Othello with me as a kid. Lin (my wife) thinks its goofy, but she supports my hobby.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?

Any friends I have are pretty much live and let live, although some think I LARP (HAH!)

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?

I don't really record much or take my "gaming accomplishments" seriously. My greatest experiences are probably the social gaming I get to have at WBC and some of the smaller conventions.

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?

Life. Because I try to have fun.

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?

Money. Because I try to have fun.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?

In order of "FUNportance": WBC, Trashfest, RetCon, Euroquest, Prezcon, I-Con, QuestCon (now defunct)

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?

Slow play, wandering when I HATE a game, wearing my heart on my sleeve in regards to what/who I like/don't like, being FIERCELY loyal to my friends, and being huggy at conventions (I always get ribbed for having a "harem" at conventions...) Another one: I hardly EVER sleep at conventions, which has often gotten me into a world of hurt. Sorry...too many groups know me for me to list just one...


16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?

The development of the American Football League: The AFL fighting for survival and the NFL fighting to financially crush the AFL. I see potential for an epic management game with brutal draft pick fights and sleazy backroom deals. Of course, this will never get off the ground because of legal issues.

Another possibility would be a dexterity game based on women's roller derby. I've seen "Whip It" about a dozen times; I think a roller derby themed dexterity game could be a blast.

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?

I play to entertain myself socially and to learn and develop my cognitive skills and memory. Social and educational gamer.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?

My wife is a spatial Tetris lover, so we play FITS and Blokus 2 player from time to time; I bought Ubongo Duel to teach her somtime. My wife rips me for the hobby a little, but she's the one that introduced me to games magazine and my first Eurogaming club in 2002.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?

BGG is a great database that has answered some rule questions in great detail. My first forum question was about sports simulations, which helped introduce me to LI-BO (Chris Palermo is also a sports simulations fan). BGG is just another source for me, as well as Fortress AT or BSW. It has enriched my gaming to some degree; I do feel I am moving away from Euros into other territory, but I still use the site regularly (and chat every night).

20. Who do you nominate as the next GeekChatter of the Week?

Mr. Wilson.



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1. How old are you?

45 years old, as of my nomination day (a nice birthday gift!).

2. Were are you from?

Born and raised in Chicago, IL. Currently living in the Tri-Valley region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

3. What is your favorite...
- food: Lamb. Roast a leg; braise a shank or two. Stew with tomatoes, garlic, and green olives. Mmmm...
- movie: I'll see a movie once per year, on average. So "favorite" is a very strong word, here. But this one I saw a long time ago and it still sticks with me: The Great Escape
- tv-show: I like watching televised sporting events. They seem more real than "reality" TV shows, and they don't generally require the commitment of TV dramas.
- band: Two, really: Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale. Though recently I've been drawn back to the music of my youth: Blue Oyster Cult, Steppenwolf, etc., etc.
- sport: baseball and volleyball
- videogame: None, really. I haven't been too involved in videogames beyond my old Atari 2600 back when I was in high school.
- boardgame: Different situations demand different games, so there's a list here:
Arkham Horror
Tichu
Pandemic
Merchant of Venus
Sticheln
Pow Wow
Space Alert

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?

I've been learning to play guitar for a year and a half now. It's coming along. I also like to cook, though I'm still pretty tied to recipes.

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?

I generally will play with three different groups:

d10-1 At work, I'll play at lunch with a pretty regular group of co-workers. We're been pretty focused on card games, particularly Tichu, Rage, Mystery Rummy: Murders in the Rue Morgue, Quiddler.

d10-2 Every Wednesday night the Tri-Valley Boardgamers get together for the evening. There are three regulars, a couple semi-regulars, a few more "once in a blue moon" types, and a bunch of group subscribers whom we haven't seen in a long time, if ever. We generally play new games there. The host is also a BGG'er (and apparently lapsed GeekChatter):
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As a group we tend to be friendly, but businesslike, mostly because we only have 2.5 hours to play.

d10-3 Highly irregularly, but always on Fridays, I'll brave getaway traffic to drive to game night with a bunch of friends. The vibe there is very low key: it starts at 6pm, but people typically come in and out all evening. They also generally like to stay together as a group, so games that handle large numbers are popular. Pow Wow gets most of its mileage for me here.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?

It varies. TVB has a good handle on what it wants game night to be, so no enhancement is necessary, really. At work, I generally provide the games, and I'm totally the rules repository of the group. I'll also encourage folks to join us. And I've started using the Friday night groups to reduce my collection some. A couple times now I've used Math Trades here on the 'geek to trade away a game and get a game, in shrink, that I already own and like. I'll take both my copy and the NIS copy with me, and set up a game with my copy, awarding the NIS copy to whomever wins (or comes in second, in the event that I'm playing and I win). I've done it now with Pow Wow and Vegas Showdown. It's been a lot of fun.


7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?

My only game pimpage revolves around storage, not the pieces themselves. I'll build tuckboxes for cards (I still need to do that for my copy of Snow Tails), and for bit-o-licious games I'll add the plastic compartment boxes (like Plano tackle boxes)

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?

I have zero interest in game design. Or playtesting. Give me something that's finished, and if I like it, I'll play it.


9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?

My wife is certainly aware of it. I think she thinks it keeps me out of trouble. Parents/siblings are aware of it, but probably not of its extent.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?

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11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?

I had a lot of fun at My first BGG.con. One particular reason for that was learning to play Space Alert, and then proceeding to teach it four different times through the remainder of the 'Con. I really like teaching a game I enjoy to folks eager to learn.

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?

No, there's no one game that I always win. But I think I do have an affinity for pick-up-and-deliver games, which makes me do a lot better than a uniform distribution over the number of players might suggest I should.

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?

Bluffing and/or negotiation games are my bane. I like to say that I read people about as well as a blind person reads a mirror. (Well, I don't like to say it, but it is how I like to say it.) So I always go into such games with a serious handicap off the bat, and it usually just gets worse from there.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?

I once attended DunDraCon, back when I was in college (1984?). Outside of that, I've attended the last two BGG.Cons.

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?

Fiddling with bits. That includes stacking settlements and cities in Settlers, or arranging the cubes in, well, lots of game that use cubes (think Winsome train games), and heaven help us if the game requires money. We use poker chips, and those are prime candidates for fiddling.


16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?

I'm not sure I have an answer to this. It kind of borders on game design, and, well, see my answer to #8, above.

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?

I've always been a card player, and I don't think that'll ever change. I'm a fan of cooperative games, and partnership/team games. I prefer quick-twitch thinking, i.e., reacting to changes in the environment, over long term planning and significant look-ahead.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?

For my wife, games are a part of a social get-together with good friends. The important parts there are "social get-together" and "good friends". Games aren't that important, though they can be useful. Two player games aren't that relevant in this view, so they don't get played. The exception: we'll sometimes play while traveling, when we have some downtime.

We cope with this with me using weeknights for games. Weekends are typically game-free, unless there is a social get-together with good friends planned.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?

It's certainly not the reason I play games in the first place. We played back in college (mid-80's). But it's been a very important resource, and a great way to connect with like-minded game players.

20. Who do you nominate as the next GeekChatter of the Week?

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16. Board Game: Space Alert: The New Frontier [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked]
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Woo hoo! I'm GCotW so I can add Space Alert to this list.

Except...wait a minute, Dave already used Space Alert. I'll just look like a copycat. So I'll be really innovative and use...the Space Alert expansion! Ha!

I'll be updating with the actual answers to all these exciting questions* this evening. But I wanted to let people know I wasn't snubbing the GCotW

*Yes, I said the questions were exciting. I can make no promises about my answers.

1. How old are you?
Old enough to know better, but still too young to care.
Also approximately the same age as Dungeons and Dragons.

2. Were are you from?
Originally, New Mexico. The desert has a unique beauty to it, but I really prefer places with more rain!


3. What is your favorite... I'm going to suck at this...can I maybe pick one thing which ISN'T my favorite for each?

- food: Growing up in NM with an Italian family on my mother's side, I really like Mexican and Italian food. Yumm. Not good for being skinny. For some specifics...stuffed shell pasta (manicotti, ravioli, etc) with alfredo, taco salads, cheese fondue (ok, neither Italian nor Mexican, but you get the idea), tepinyaki (diverging even more).
I also have a strange and inexplicable love for sundae bars. Those will easily win out over far more interesting desserts.

- movie: Lots I like, but one that really sticks with me as a favorite is Wall-E.

- tv-show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer! One of my first microbadges.

Stray off topic diversion: Lisa and I got into watching Buffy as a result of an RPG. During a game of Werewolf/Vampire, a player with a vampire character decided to scan a corrupted book filled with wyrm spirts, which I decided resulted in letting a bane loose into a computer and started a whole little subplot. Next time we met up with some other gamers in our group and related the incident, they launched into "Oh, you based it on that Buffy episode!" None of us actually in the game had ever seen Buffy. Next time I checked the TV listings, that episode was showing - had to see it out of curiosity!

- band: I like Rush, but I'm going to pick The Killdares. A small celtic rock band. We had a great time recently at a concert of theirs in Vail. Since they're based out of Dallas, I'm hoping we can catch another concert while we're down there for BGG.Con.

- sport: Bloodbowl.

- videogame: Oohhh...tough one. Probably Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia Great series. Close contenders would be Diablo II, Perfect Dark and good ol' Adventure (Atari) for the Atari 2600.

- boardgame: I like SOOOO many board games. But its got to be Space Alert. So much action, excitement and fun packed into a fast, very replayable game.

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?
In those 10 minutes I...play other kinds of games!
Ok, also go bicycle riding (didn't learn until I was an adult, but now I love it!), play disc golf, go hiking, paint minis, watch movies, and occasionally work as a technical writer.


5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?
Utterly deranged and dysfunctional.
Colorado is filled with gaming! We go to Denver Games about twice a month; they meet at various houses and typically run anywhere from 15-30 people. We also make it to Broomfield Gamers once every few months.
Most of my gaming is just Lisa and I, or us + another couple over to game.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?
Backstab and betray them at every opportunity.


7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?
Custom or printed reference sheets, painted minis, tile bags, better tokens...no major upgrades, but we often do a bit of improving. We did replace the caravan token in Amyitis with a little stone carved camel, and made a clear monolith for Nexus Ops.


8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?
Developed, yes. Gotten beyond prototype stage...not yet, but one day I hope.

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?
Family, co-works, random people on the street. Check out my "Game crusader" badge
I play lots of games with family, though usually lighter games.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?
My what?


11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?
Many years ago, I called up a friend to see if she felt like playing some games. She wanted to, but already had plans with another of her friends, but thought it would be fun to get some more people together and have a big game of Space Marine. Her friend, Lisa and I both wanted to play Eldar, so we played on a team, and I spent every spare minute of downtime flirting with her and falling madly in love with her. Many years later, she's still the other one I'm counting pretty much every time I say "we" in this post


12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?
I'm sure this will break my streak, but I've been having a major winning streak at Asteroyds since we tried it. I think it has to do with my utter foolishly reckless willingness to smash right through asteroids.

Ok, I didn't get to this until late. Its not after 1 AM and I really need to get up early tomorrow...so, stay tuned for another update. Same bat time, same bat channel.

Except it won't be at the same time...but who's counting?

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?
No! None! I always win. Except when I don't. Which is...well, pretty often. There are a couple of games that Lisa and I play a lot and I lose a lot at, such as the entire Settlers Historical line. However, the big one is probably Oltre Mare. I like. I think its great fun. I am absolutely terrible at it. Lisa has something like a 16 win lead on me at it, out of maybe 18 plays.


14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?
Denver Games once or twice a month, and BGG.Con (hurray!) every year so far. We also go to a little California invitation Con (WCMF). We really want to go to Essen...maybe next year!


15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?
I have no infamous habits.

I have never, ever, been given grief about getting stuck in elevators at Space Alert and thereby destroying the mission.

Certainly not for months on end and from people who weren't even at the game and didn't even know me at the time.

I certainly have NOT had some people in the same game group make a "Certified Traitor" license card for me.

Nope. None of these things have ever happened.

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?
Is there anything that doesn't have a game already? Hmmm...
Well, ok, this isn't "hasn't been covered", but I'd really like to see a good super-hero game that's NOT built on top of another game system, let's you build your own heroes, and has really diverse powers and abilities. And isn't just a straight up wargame.


17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?
I'm a thematic euro cube pushing mini addict.

I like a really wide variety of games. I'm a very casual gamer, and play just for fun. I like playing a lot of different games, but will often go on "binges" of one favorite.

I really like thematic games...but am often unhappy with the mechanics. I like my mechanics elegant, streamlined and clever, and my games FUN. As such, FFG games tend to be the polar opposite of what I want out of thematic games. Its very frustrating! (As other geekchatters well know )

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?
Being involved with another addicted gamer nut has many upside. Lots of game playing, for example. It also has a few downsides. When most gamers with non-gamer spouses say "Honey, can I please pick up Game A from the store", the NGS says "No! You waste too much money on those as is". The gamer spouse says "Sure! And pick up Game B while you're there! And, ooh, see if Game C is out!"

This is good for the game collection. Bad for the checkbook and for the floor of the house, which is slowly being covered by all the games that don't have room to live on the shelves.

We do play LOTS of games together. And we're wacky - we don't limit ourselves to 2 player games; we'll happy just play two players each. Heck, we'll often do that even in games that would support 2 players!


19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?
I started out with RPGs, minis games, and a very few hobby board games. Settlers of Catan started us out down the board game path. Lisa actually first found a bunch of reviews on (I think) Fun Again while looking for Carabande for me for my birthday long ago. This got us curious about the whole board game world, which led here. Its been a fantastic source of information, and has certainly led to buying many games I'd never have known about otherwise.

Its also been a fantastic community; I've had a lot of people do nice things like sending me game parts, offering advice - all sort of great stuff.


20. Who do you nominate as the next GeekChatter of the Week?
Since nobody bribed me any geekgold, I shall just nominate...
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17. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:57]
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1. How old are you?
36

2. Where are you from?
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

3. What is your favorite...
- food: It doesn’t get much better than a Burger King double cheeseburger.
- movie: Depends on my mood, but I typically prefer old movies to new ones.
- TV-show: I don’t watch TV; rots your brain
- band: Rush
- sport: Baseball
- videogame: I don’t play videogames; rots your brain
- boardgame: The wonderful thing about boardgames is that at any given moment, a different game can be my favorite. Right now, it’s El Grande.

4. When you don’t play boardgames, what else do you do?
I’m an adult educator in a family literacy program. That means I’m a teacher who helps single moms who dropped out of school get their diploma. I also work part time as a librarian. I’m a single dad of a 3 year old son. I like to listen to sports on the radio, watch movies, and read a little from time to time.

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?
I used to meet up with a 3 other friends in town to play boardgames once a week. Last February though, one of the friends died of a sudden heart attack an hour before we were to meet. Since then, we stopped playing and I haven’t had a gaming group since. When we did play, I would’ve described us as a medium-weight Eurogame sort of group. We had varied preferences, but we could usually come to an agreement on games that we all liked.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?
I’m usually the owner of the game whenever I play with someone. I’m also the rules reader and explainer. In my old gaming group, my friends would sometimes buy games, and then send them home with me before we’d play them so I could read over the rules to teach to the group. I try to keep my game collection well rounded so I can accommodate various numbers and interests of players.

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?
I usually play them out of the box, unless it’s a game where the cards are going to be handled a lot. Then, I use clear card sleeves if I can find the right size. There are a few games where I use upgraded or custom pieces, like Agricola and Ra. Like most gamers, I’m picky about the condition of my games and try to keep them in excellent shape.

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?
I have a prototype of a card game that’s a mixture of Rummy and Clue that I originally called Clue Rummy, but due to copyright issues, I’m planning on re-themeing it, which will result in some restructuring as well. I also have a dream game in mind for something based on the Olympic Games that I’d love to flesh out more someday. However, knowing how many components it would take to complete it, I doubt it’ll ever get off the ground.

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?
I think my family knows that I like games, but they have no idea how many I own. I haven’t tried to introduce them to the hobby. My 3 year old son likes to play with games though, and I’ve dedicated a portion of my game shelf to his games. He talks about playing more and more of them when he’s bigger.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming hobby?
Most of my friends are gamers to one degree or another, though few are strictly boardgamers like me. Most of my non-gamer friends think it’s interesting, but not for them. I think they believe that the games I play are too complicated or difficult for them to enjoy.

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?
My most memorable was the first game night with my former game group. My hosts offered us snacks and drinks and we played a game that I had just bought, Goa. On my new friend Dan’s first turn, a blob of sour cream fell from his chip and landed on his player board. They say a vein popped out of my forehead when I saw it. We laughed about it, cleaned it up perfectly and it didn’t leave a trace of a stain. But from then on, if it was my game, Dan insisted no food come near the table. But if it was his games, he said that anything goes. I miss Dan. That first game was a blast and it set the tone for the rest of our time together.

I have a lot of great memories of playing boardgames in the last few years. That's why I think the money I've spent on my collection is well worth it.

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?
I don’t think I’ve ever lost a game of El Grande, but I think it’s a coincidence. If anything I think it’s because I play the timing correctly of moving the king right before scoring. Hmm, maybe that's why I have it listed as my current favorite.

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?
Although it’s a cooperative game, I’ve never won a game of Shadows over Camelot. I think that’s because paranoia over who is the traitor kicks in and the players don’t work together enough. Only once was I certain that we would win. On the final turn we made an accusation, just to discover that none of us were the traitor. We lost.

14. Are you attending any gaming conventions (Essen, conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?
I’ve never been to a gaming convention, but I’d like to so to one someday.

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?
Being picky about the condition of my games is one thing. Another is that when I’m teaching a new game, I always seem to forget to mention one minor rule until after the game has started. In Settlers of Catan, I never use the robber on a player until that player uses the robber on me. Also, I’m almost always the banker.

One of my bad habits is that if someone else teaches me a new game, I'm less likely to enjoy the game than if I read the rules myself.

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn’t already been covered?
I’m more a fan of mechanics than theme, but I would like to see some themes that I don’t normally like combined with mechanics that I do like; perhaps a zombie themed Eurogame. Or a twist on a theme that’s been used, like a baseball game that’s primarily about trading players and managing the team instead of about playing the game of baseball itself.

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?
Often when I’m playing a game with others, I’m the one introducing the game. In those settings, I’m often concerned about if the other players are having fun. So, I like to get everyone involved and make sure they understand what’s going on in the game. I like to win, but sometimes I feel bad if others have to lose. When I’m playing a new game I enjoy exploring the nuances of the game and critiquing the gameplay. I’m much more of a Eurogamer though my roots are in Ameritrash games. I love simple elegant mechanics, so I’m a bit of a Knizia fan as well.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?
When I met my girlfriend, I had just started playing with my former game group. I invited her to come along and was very impressed at how she took to playing games. She’s not a big fan of boardgames, but she’ll indulge me by playing one from time to time. When we discovered the Mystery Rummy series, we found the game that would get the most play from us. We’ve played them many, many times and we still enjoy them greatly. Our gaming has tapered off over the past 6 months, but hopefully we can get back to playing more regularly in the future.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?
I got into gaming long before I knew there was such a thing as Boardgamegeek. But once I discovered it, it’s taking the hobby to the next level for me. It’s been an amazing asset for learning about new games and deciding on which ones to add to my collection. I can’t describe it, but I think everyone here knows that Boardgamegeek and the boardgame hobby are inseparable.

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18. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:54]
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1. How old are you?
26

2. Where are you from?
Kenosha, Wisconsin

3. What is your favorite...
- food: I think I'm going to have to go with Paneer Tikka Masala (Its an Indian dish consisting of cottage cheese cubes marinated in a tomato based gravy
- movie: Everything that I rate movies with seems to tell me that its "The Big Lebowski"
- TV-show: Currently? Dexter for sure.
- band: Barenaked Ladies
- sport: Football I guess? Not really much of a sports guy.
- videogame: Ever!? Oh wow...uhhh...Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
- boardgame: This changes pretty frequently. As of right now I'd have to say Dominant Species

4. When you don’t play boardgames, what else do you do?
I'm a graduate student working on my PhD in Physiology and Biophysics. That means I spend all of my time reasearching, thinking about research, writing about research, or avoiding research. In what spare time I do have I like to board game, video game, read, or spend time with the girlfriend.

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?
I do have a gaming group, although calling them regular might be a stretch. The group consists of about 6-10 of us, around 6 of whom may show or play on any given occasion. We game on Friday nights at our local FLGS, playing anything from a simple game of Dominion to Dominant Species, Powergrid to Witches Brew, or whatever might hit the table. Longer games tend to be avoided MOST of the time, as a few of our players have some serious, SERIOUS analysis paralysis.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?
I'm the rules guy and often times the guy who owns the game. If someone wants to play a game, i'm often the one who will have to learn the rules, describe the game play, and keep everyone on task.

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?
I don't generally "pimp" my games. I do, however, sleeve all of my cards, bag all of my components individually, and obsessively organize things so that everything is ready for play if I decide to pull the game off the shelf.

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?
I have a beginning concept that I've toyed around with but never even taken to the prototype stage. I've been told I should pursue it but don't really have the time at the moment. I do work for AEG on a consultant type basis, working on the Thunderstone Rules (v1.4) and additional projects which have yet to be released. This, for the time being, will have to satisfy my game design urges.

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?
Oh yes they know. As for what they think? I honestly don't know. However, they are willing to indulge me and play a game in order to spend some quality family time together...so thats good.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming hobby?
I honestly don't have any non-gamer friends. All of my friends are willing and able to play and compete...which is a good thing!

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?
I think my most memorable gaming experience, although not a good one, was playing a game with HenryFatAss at the first Gaming Hoopla I attended. My friend, girlfriend and I had decided that it was time for a break in gaming and had taken a stroll across the street to the bar. After 2 or 3 shots of Jager, we made our way back to the convention. Not able to find a game, we then took a trip BACK to the bar for an additional 4 or so shots. Satisfied with our level of drunkenness, we returned to the con and found HenryFatAss who happened to be looking for players for Space Alert. Not having played, and pretty well blitzed, we agreed to join and play. Suffice to say we HATED the game, but due to our level of inebriation, still had a blast. Oh...and for those who say that the game always beats you the first time through...we won...at a severe cognitive disadvantage!

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?
I don't think so honestly. I have more than my fair share of wins at Dominion, but I can't hardly say I win every time. I also win a good amount of cribbage games...but again I'm not 100%.

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?
Hive. I NEVER win Hive. This is, perhaps, I play against my girlfriend who seems to have a natural inclination for the game. Either way, I love that game but loathe playing it some times.

14. Are you attending any gaming conventions (Essen, conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?
Nothing soon. My past attendances have been Fire and Ice Con in Manitowoc, WI, Gaming Hoopla in Lake Geneva, WI, and Origins in Columbus, OH.

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?
I apparently have a bad habit of saying "Blah" a lot. For example in rules explanation: "Then we'll go around in clockwise order choosing actions and playing our pawns on to the appropriate action spot...blah blah blah". Yes, I actually stop reading the rules and blah the rest out...

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn’t already been covered?
I honestly couldn't care less. I very rarely pay attention to theme, and virtually everything I can think of being interested in has been covered.

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?
In a word...Impatient. I'm the type of player who is easily frustrated by those with analysis paralysis. I am always planning my turns, ready to take a turn when it comes to me, and excited for my next turn to get around as quickly as possible. I love to fit multiple games in to my gaming sessions. I am definitely a euro gamer, with a preference for medium-heavy euros, but can enjoy shorter, less euro style games, with a secondary preference for card games.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?
Andrea, although initially a somewhat unwilling participant in gaming, has developed in to a gamer herself. She is the type of gamer who prefers card games and dexterity games. However, she is a ruthless opponent in all styles of games, with a penchant for abstract and medium-heavy euro. We do play MANY two player games, including Triumvirate, Hive, Jaipur, Kahuna, Hera and Zeus, Mr. Jack, Battlelore, and more.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?
I had previously been a MtG player and just kind of stumbled upon board gaming upon a trip back to the only FLGS. The hobby stuck, and I immediately found BGG. I now do all of my game research on BGG before considering a purchase, spend hours a day here, and am a certified addict.

20. Who do you nominate as the next GeekChatter of the Week?

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19. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:124]
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1. How old are you?
26

2. Were are you from?
North Carolina, USA



3. What is your favorite...
Food: Pizza, steak, Japanese
Movie: The Matrix
TV-Show: Big Bang Theory, anime
Band: Eowyn, Fireflight and Skillet
Sport: StarCraft 2 is a sport right?
Videogame: Mario, Zelda
Boardgame: Go

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?

I'm a control room operator for a large plastics manufacturer during the day, web developer by night I also repair computers for people I know and tinker with various other projects as I think of them. Currently researching growing dragon fruit.

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?

Not really. My BFF and I mostly just play video games. My "gaming group" is mostly my family. Parents love card games like Euchre and my wife/kids have been enjoying Pandemic lately.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?

I'm the rules guy / GM for pretty much every game we play. I also make myself the target guy to beat, prolly explains why I don't usually win blush

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?

Mostly I play out of the box. I don't have a large collection yet so really haven't encountered any I wanted to pimp. As for card games I prefer the feel of the cards over sleeves. I did carefully select the components of my Go set, does that count?

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?

Yes to both. I've developed Floating Fortress for a Chessex competition with a co-worker of mine and have also developed Nightfall which will hit stores next year cool

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?

I sure hope they are aware since they are my core gaming group I make sure to only buy games I can play with them, so they're pretty happy when my collection grows.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?

Pardon? My non-gamer "co-workers" think I'm a dork/geek/nerd, but w/e, I'm the one having fun

And for future reference I'm a geek:



11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?

My daughter played a chain of 10 cards against me in Nightfall, was epic.

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?

No. I usually win at Dominion, just cause I tend to perfect my engine before everyone else and really hog the Provinces. Most other games I'm the guy everyone is gunning for, so tend to lose, alot...

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?

Nightfall whistle I'm the target... every... time... I think I've won 3 times, ever.

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?

I'm going to attempt to make it to MACE. Next year after my game releases I'll likely attend others.

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?

Rules guy / score keeper. I'm the one who figures the strategies out first and thus become the prime target. Good times laugh

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?

I don't really know of any that haven't been covered, but I would like to see more time travel games. I'd also like to see a spell casting type game where the players get to cast custom spells on the fly that doesn't require a bunch of paper, numbers, etc to play.

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?

Fairly new to the board game scene. Got started on abstract strategies and Magic: The Gathering, gatewayed into BGG via Dominion and am now trying to expand my horizons.

18. Has your gaming any influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you have that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?

I'm very greatful for board games in my relationship. We have literally almost nothing in common, so games help fill that gap. Wifey prefers lighter cooperative games, which I don't really have... so we usually play things like New Super Mario Brothers Wii

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?

Its helped me see just how broad the hobby is. I would never have discovered just how many awesome games were out there with BGG. In short my knowledge of board games went from Walmart to surprise

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20. Board Game: Amnesia: The Short-Term Memory Game. [Average Rating:5.57 Unranked]
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1. How old are you?
30

2. Where are you from?
Tucson, Arizona, USA

3. What is your favorite...
Food: Seafood (Think more lobster, crab, shrimp... less fish), Mexican
Movie: The Matrix (I have to agree with s3rvant here)
TV Show: [New School] How I Met Your Mother, [Old School] The Wonder Years
Music: Mat Kearney, Emery, One Republic, Skillet
Sport: Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis
Videogame: Age of Empires II
Boardgame: Can't possibly choose. My profile says Puerto Rico, but presently I might have to say Stone Age.

4. When you don't play boardgames - what else do you do?
I'm a husband of 9 years. I have a 2 year old daughter and a son on the way. I love sports, music and all kinds of design.

Currently, I'm employed as a Graphic Designer, but previously I studied and worked as an architect. One day I hope to own my own firm where I'll design everything from logos to buildings.

5. Do you have a regular gaming group? And how would you describe it?
Yea. I'm fortunate enough to have a couple. I host a monthly group of friends and family. We play all kinds of games, but I would say gateways and family games absorb most of the time during the majority of meetings. I started another monthly group called Gamesmiths that is for game designers. We playtest new prototypes and help develop seasoned ones.

6. What do you personally do to enhance the gaming experience of your gaming group?
I'm definitely the game explainer in my circle of friends and family. I love picking out a game for a specific mix of people. It's really rewarding watching them enjoy something I love.

Additionally, I'm usually the one who brings new games to the group. I think people like the freshness, but I suppose some people may not like learning new games every month. I try to find a good balance between those spectrums.

7. Do you pimp your games, or do you play them out of the box?
I tend to leave most games alone. However, every once and a while I do add or tweak something in a game, but only if it adds functionality. I never 'pimp' a game just to make it look good. For instance, I may add draw bags to a game that requires you to blindly choose tiles from a shuffled pile. Or I'll add player aids or player boards to enhance game flow and understanding. As I stated before, I'm the teacher for most of the games I play, so I've started creating my own teaching aids called Short_Guides. I guess you could call that pimping too.

8. Have you ever developed a game by yourself? Did it get published?
I've designed a game called Ground Floor. I'm quite proud of it and I'm pleased that it's currently getting attention from publishers. If you're attending BGG.con you can sign up to play it here.

9. Is your family aware of your gaming habit? And what do they think about it?
They are definitely aware. I grew up playing games, so I owe most of my love for this hobby to my parents. I think they started noticing how far down the rabbit hole I had gone when I started talking about designing my own games.

10. What do your non-gamer friends think about your gaming-hobby?
I'm not sure about most of them. Most don't express any opinion one way or the other. I have enough other hobbies and interests that some of my friends aren't aware of how much I love games.

11. What was your most noteworthy gaming experience?
Hmm... I have no idea. Perhaps playing Puerto Rico for the first time, since it is the game that I attribute to being the one that got me hooked.

12. Is there a game where you always win, no matter what? And can you explain why?
No way! Where's the fun in that? If I won all the time, I would probably cease playing it.

13. Is there a game where you always lose, no matter what? And can you explain why?
Timbuktu seems to be a nemesis of mine. I can't figure it out, but yet I keep trying. Those damn theives!!

14. Are you attending any gaming events (Essen, Conventions, local gatherings, tournaments...)?
The third annual RinCon Games just ended here in Arizona. It went awesome. It keeps getting bigger and better!

I'm also attending my first BGG.con. I can't express how pumped I am for it. If you're going to be there, find me. Let's game!

15. What is your most noteworthy gaming habit? Or in other words - what are you infamous for in your gaming group?
I already stated that I'm the game explainer, but I'm also known to have the worst luck of anyone around me.

16. Based on a favorite subject - what topic would you love to see developed into a game that hasn't already been covered?
I doubt such a subject exists, however, if we're talking about being covered well, I would say sports, specifically basketball or tennis.

17. How do you see yourself as a boardgamer? How would you describe yourself?
You could pretty firmly label me an eurogamer. Though, I'll play just about anything, I gravitate to those games with tight strategies and tough decisions.

18. Has your gaming been an influence on your relationship with your partner? Has it changed since you've had that hobby? Do you play 2 player games, or is your better half not interested in your hobby at all? And if so - how do you cope with that?
My wife supports all my hobbies, including this one. It's just one of the many reasons why I love her and we make a good couple. She'll even play games with me from time to time. Her favorites are Acquire, San Juan and recently Stone Age. I'm hoping to get her hooked on my newly purchased Finca.

19. How has Boardgamegeek affected your experience with the boardgaming hobby? Or is it the reason that you game in the first place?
I'm on BGG everyday, multiple times a day. I leave it up (both the chatroom and my rss feed) and check it periodically while I work. It is by far the best online community. Plus it saves me money by steering me clear of bad games.

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