I've always admired the creative side of the geek and Helge is very creative indeed. He does some great game pimping with polymer clay & hosts one of my favorite places on the Geek, the Monthly Pimp My Boardgame contest which is a great inspiration. So without further ado I give you your next GOTW & some of his creations.
I grow up in Ostriesland (northern part of Germany). I drunk a lot of tea, due to local culture. And enjoyed it. As child I had my first gaming experince. And was not so amused about the luck part in gaming. I was interested in science. It seemed to be more deterministic and logical.
After fininshing school I diceded to study physics in Jena (east part of Germany). Besides I had friendships to people who loved gaming. The boardgames got more and more a big issue. And I became familar with a lot of great games. And luck can be an exciting part of gaming :-) The study of math and statistics helped to have new view to dice or shuffled cards. And with quantum mechanics you have the "luck" in science. I learned a lot. And the world view changed.
Finally I finished my diploma thesis in Astronomie (so I am "Diplom Physiker"). A second universe was part of my life: boardgame and satellites. And my boardgame collection got to big for for my very small apartment. The "SPIEL" in Essen was now part of my annual shedule. And online BGG was in focus.
I found work at my home city in Ostfriesland. I became a health physicist at a hospital in the radio oncology department. I got a bigger apartment and more boardgames. I founded a gaming group. With some of the members I made a team for the "RegVor" (regional qualifaction for German team boardgame champion ship). We called us "Sturmflut im Teetrapack" (storm flood in the Teatrapack). I manly disigned the logo. Which now is my Avatar on BGG. For those who wondering about it.
Another aspect of boardgames became interesting to me. Pimp my boardgame. I started to do some pimping with FIMO. Than I had the idea to start a conetest at BGG for pimping boardgames. I am running it until now monthly.
Today I live in Ulm (south part of Germany). Still having enough boardgames. Know lot of people to have a nice gaming time. And visiting many gaming events throughout the year. But I have a time consuming job at university hospital Ulm at radio oncology department. Which is interesting too.
congratulations on making Geek of the Week, Helge! ￼
A few questions:
what... 1) ... did you have for breakfast, lunch and dinner yesterday? 2) ...'s your favorite non-alcoholic drink? 3) ...'s your favorite alcoholic drink? 4) ...'s your favorite food? 5) ...'s your favorite / most self-cooked recipe?
Be sure to taste your words, before you spit them out.
If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride.
Enjoy your week in the spotlight!
What is your most favorite game mechanic and why? What game are (were) you most looking forward to in 2014? If you could game with a celebrity of your choice, who would you choose and why? If you could add, delete or change something about BGG, what would it be and why?
All reality is a game. Physics at its most fundamental, the very fabric of our universe, results directly from the interaction of certain fairly simple rules, and chance; the same description may be applied to the best, most elegant and both intellec
and aesthetically satisfying games. By being unknowable, by resulting from events which, at the sub-atomic level, cannot be fully predicted, the future remains malleable, and retains the possibility of change, the hope of coming to prevail; victory.
"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends."
"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
Helios: I love most Hans im Glück games. And this one sounds good.
Hospital Rush: I am working in an hospital. We will see if it is a good one. The explanation was interesting.
If you could game with a celebrity of your choice, who would you choose and why?
Bastian Pastewka (German comidian): He is a funny guy. And I hope it will be fun to play with him
If you could add, delete or change something about BGG, what would it be and why?
Some small points:
-math trade: for this it would be great if it could be more included in the BGG trading tool. To allow one way trades. I really have a lot of empty trades, empty or "sorry nothing to read" geekmails and so on.
-selling tool: would be a clever thing, if it could calculate the weight of the package I have sold/bought.
They explained everything in detail and at great length. After they finished I sat, despondent, contemplating a bleak and empty future. "I’m glad you’re depressed" said one. "It means you’ve understood the situation.”
I see you studied in Jena and now live in Ulm - do you have any connection with other areas made famous by Napoleon?