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At first I was having trouble deciding who to choose for the next GOTW but then the choice seemed obvious. Donald is someone whose virtual path has been crossing mine for years both with his publisher hat and his boardgamer hat, but we've never had a real-life conversation, so he still qualifies under the rules!

Donald's bio:

In Highschool I founded a game club and organized games at the school
Olympics.

My Sophomore year of College 1989 I started organizing games rooms at
Oklahoma fandom conventions, with a goal of representing all kinds of
games, board, card, miniatures, and roleplaying games.

In 1990 I formed The Players Guild of Central Oklahoma game club with
people I met through these events, and eventually became the RPGA
regional director. I also approved RPGA sanctioning for Chaosium and became
one of their convention support team.

In 1995 I headed out to Virginia to do my internship at Iron Crown
Enterprises, starting in the production department and then progressing to
Silent Death Brand Manager and eventually became the first in house Web
Master at ice. Then they went out of business.

In 2001 I drove cross country to start work as the Pendragon Line
Developer at Green Knight publishing, having never met anyone that worked in
the office even for an in person interview. 10 months later the Green
Knight offices were closed.

Erik Dewey (Ayrk) and I started Second Rat Games as a reason to go to
conventions and play games we enjoy. At some point we hope to make
enough from our games to afford to pay for our convention attendances. We
named our first game (Arclight) after a friend's Everquest character.

2002 I moved back to Oklahoma and took a pointless job, eventually
motivating myself to head back school where I'm about to graduate from
Syracuse University with a Masters of Science for Library and Information
Science. (Still looking for gainful employment as a librarian.

This summer I will be presenting a seminar at the ALA Techsource
Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium on building a game community at
libraries, so if you have any experience with gaming in libraries let me
know!

http://gaming.techsource.ala.org/index.php/Main_Page

I also have a podcast with Scott Nicholson and Erik Dewey
http://onboardgames.net/

And I was the Pirate on Board Games with Scott
http://www.boardgameswithscott.com/?p=63



And as tradition dictates, here are Donald's two truths and a lie:

1. I got my job/internship at Iron Crown Enterprises without ever actually applying for it. I'd never sent in a resume, application, or sample of work.

2. I don't like the sound of my speaking voice when I hear a recording of
it.

3. When growing up in Oklahoma I was an active FFA (Future Farmers of
America) member and have had three prize winning hogs.


Congratulations, Donald, and enjoy your reign!

For your first question, how have your experiences as a publisher affected your experiences as a gamer? Do you ever miss the "simple" life?
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dietevil wrote:
Congratulations, Donald, and enjoy your reign!


My reign? Huzzah! I'm glad I have my King of the Meeples Crown.

Bwaahaahaa! Everybody bow down before me!

~listens to Anye whisper something~ What do you mean I'm not the new King of Board Game Geek and I should take my tea cozy off my head?!? I thought today was the day we were scheduled to throw out Ald... No? What a gyp, why'd I let you talk me into this?

Apparently bowing is not necessary, you may all rise.

Anyway... looking up at my Bio I evidently should avoid doing things like that when I'm bullet pointing instruction manuals for work. I'm sorry it was so dry and pretty much a shopping list. For something a bit more organized, and concise, out my Gaming Vitae.
http://onboardgames.net/donalddennis.htm

dietevil wrote:
For your first question, how have your experiences as a publisher affected your experiences as a gamer? Do you ever miss the "simple" life?


The main way my experiences as a publisher have impacted me is that everything comes under a critical eye. Not just judging the quality of a game or mechanic, but also trying to determine who would be the best audience for a game or how I could create variants for testing or personal use. It is rare I come away from a play session without ideas on how to change the game.

I still have fun playing games, but it is not the same. I miss the ability to sit down and play relatively brainless games without over thinking things, though perhaps because of the gaming community that has sprung up around board games due to sites like the geek I may have developed a critical mindset anyway.

Thanks for thinking of me for being Geek of the Week Anye!
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Congratulations Donald! I'm going to go with #3 as the lie.

So, say you have a treasure map that you have been following and it leads you to a tiny uncharted island a few nautical miles south of Antigua and Barbuda. You dig where the big red X instructs finding a old wooden chess that is beginning to rot. When you open it up there is one game inside. What game is it??
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ha HA! you said "mechanic", while WHO is your 'fav' mechanic? Is this Otto the "auto" guy or maybe it is Flathead the "motorbikes" fellow?
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Congrats on GotW!

I'm going to go with #2 as the lie.
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Grats, sir.

I know number 2 is true, by listening to your casts...I wonder if listening again would drag out the lie? Oh well, no time.

My hunch is #3 is the lie.

Again, grats, thanks for the casts, and nice cozy crown.
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Walsfeo wrote:

2. I don't like the sound of my speaking voice when I hear a recording of
it.


Oh I would say this one is true. Now just to eliminate one of the others...
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Thanks for the well wishes all!

KSensei wrote:
So, say you have a treasure map that you have been following and it leads you to a tiny uncharted island a few nautical miles south of Antigua and Barbuda. You dig where the big red X instructs finding a old wooden chess that is beginning to rot. When you open it up there is one game inside. What game is it??


Lifeboats? but I've never played that and it probably wouldn't get me off the island. Is there a a game with a magnifying glass or mirror? Those would be great games for a desert island. Or maybe a game with lots of rules and chits. Oh wait, I thought that was the "you are stuck on a desert Island question."

Hmm, I like classic ethnocentric games like Mancala, and Senate, so I'd have to hope that it would be some kind of solid gold Mayan or Aztec game made of solid gold. But if you mean a game that's been published within the past 50 years or so it would be a complete EON set of Cosmic Encounters. It's not the best game in the world, but it is lots of fun, and an EON edition would sure be a trip down memory lane.

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ha HA! you said "mechanic", while WHO is your 'fav' mechanic? Is this Otto the "auto" guy or maybe it is Flathead the "motorbikes" fellow?


I can read the words... but the meaning somehow escapes me. So I'll choose the auto guy because I have a car, but not a motorbike. Yet.
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daveroswell wrote:
Again, grats, thanks for the casts, and nice cozy crown.


You are welcome for the casts, the next On Board Games should be out sometime during my tenure as Geek of the Week. Hopefully by Thursday or Friday, perhaps as late as Sunday.
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Oh, ok, I got another one. This one I think will become my measuring stick questions:

If you could play any game against any designer, but the game couldn't be designed by that designer. What game and designer would you choose?

And do you have a monkey or a parrot? Or something else?
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KSensei wrote:
If you could play any game against any designer, but the game couldn't be designed by that designer. What game and designer would you choose?


Diplomacy would probably be high up the list, or maybe Die Macher.

Designers? Sticking with designers I have not already played any game against:
H.G. Wells http://www.boardgamegeek.com/designer/3804
Friedemann Friese
Richard Garfield
Jerry Taylor
Klaus Teuber
Dirk Henn

KSensei wrote:
And do you have a monkey or a parrot? Or something else?
I used to have a pair of cockatiels, but one of them was evidently part Vampire because it was always going for blood. They were not very social creatures so I gave them away.
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Congrats Donald, I miss the Syracuse gaming scene.

-Bruce
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First off, congratulations on being selected Geek of the Week.

Secondly, with an alliterative name such as yours, you are a prime candidate for Marvel superhero-dom. Now that we know your secret identity:

-What would the name of your superhero persona be?
-What powers would you possess?
-Cape or no cape?
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Walsfeo wrote:
Thanks for the well wishes all!


GROGnads wrote:
ha HA! you said "mechanic", while WHO is your 'fav' mechanic? Is this Otto the "auto" guy or maybe it is Flathead the "motorbikes" fellow?

Walsfeo wrote:
I can read the words... but the meaning somehow escapes me. So I'll choose the auto guy because I have a car, but not a motorbike. Yet.
it's a "Joke" son! doncha 'get it'?
"I'm gonna git ya sucka, ya dirty Mutha~chut yo mout!" surprise
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Congrats Dennis!
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I have had the fortunate experience of playing Don in numerous games.

None gave him more glee than my crashing into the barrier (and my utter destructionsoblue ) in The Great Space Race on my 3rd turn (NOT lap...). To which Don deadpanned "I'll give you five bucks for the game."arrrh

Aslo, the Meeple Crown just stikes a clothing analogy to the commenting style of a (in)famous) fellow BGGer...

GotW will help on that resume!!

Best,

Jim
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Storm King Zero wrote:
Congrats Donald, I miss the Syracuse gaming scene.


We miss you here as well. Since I'm looking for work I may be missing it as well, depending on where I find employment.

GROGnads wrote:
it's a "Joke" son! doncha 'get it'?
I understand that it is a joke. The meaning of the joke somehow escapes me.
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Congrats Dennis!
Thanks Shepherd!
LHIM wrote:
I have had the fortunate experience of playing Don in numerous games.
Jim, you are always fun to play against, gentleman and sportsman both.
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To which Don deadpanned "I'll give you five bucks for the game."
That was just an opening negotiation point. I've enjoyed that game every time we've played it. I'll up my offer to $8 now.
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joebelanger wrote:
First off, congratulations on being selected Geek of the Week.


Thanks!

What would the name of your superhero persona be?
The Jolly Flogger? Meepleteer? Captain Crash Chaos!

What powers would you possess?
Super Sarcastic Banter
Breaking things (Not necessarily on purpose)

What powers would I Like?
Sue Richards has some of the best powers, if you added teleportation to that I'd be happy. The ability to throw an invisible force shield around any spilled drink, or sneak a listen in on someone's Diplomacy negotiation would be a great edge.

Cape or no cape?
No cape, I'd probably strangle myself to death with a cape. Unless it is cold out, here in a Syracuse winter I'd probably need a cape.
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Congrats!

What part of Oklahoma are you from?
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Don,

Congrats on being the Geek of the Week!


I have a question that has sat heavily on my mind for years and years...


What was wrong with "The Happy Coachman"?

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dturnerfish wrote:
Congrats!

What part of Oklahoma are you from?


Thanks!

I'm from far NW Oklahoma City, Dad's family is from Blanchard Oklahoma and my Mother's is from mid town OKC.
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snicholson wrote:
Don,

Congrats on being the Geek of the Week!


Thankee, tis an honor to which I dinna aspire.

snicholson wrote:
I have a question that has sat heavily on my mind for years and years...

What was wrong with "The Happy Coachman"?


The main thing that was wrong is I took myself way to seriously back then. I didn't feel it was really appropriate for the setting, but nowadays I might let it slide through if it were a bit more unified with the rest of the game. (More silliness, not less.)
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Walsfeo wrote:
dturnerfish wrote:
Congrats!

What part of Oklahoma are you from?


Thanks!

I'm from far NW Oklahoma City, Dad's family is from Blanchard Oklahoma and my Mother's is from mid town OKC.


Hmm, I was also a gamer in NW OKC in the throughtout the 80's.
Went to Putnam City West (84-86) and Putnam City (83-84), and then Central State University (87-89). Was a member of the "War Council", "Gamers Guild" and various other groups. Then moved to Dallas.

I wonder if we ever crossed paths.




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dturnerfish wrote:


Hmm, I was also a gamer in NW OKC in the throughtout the 80's.
Went to Putnam City West (84-86) and Putnam City (83-84), and then Central State University (87-89). Was a member of the "War Council", "Gamers Guild" and various other groups. Then moved to Dallas.

I wonder if we ever crossed paths.


I played games with the guys from the Gamers Guild a few times, but I think that may have been after it had collapsed once already. I don't remember for certain, but it is possible we've thrown dice together.
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Hmm, looks like my GotW is falling flat, so instead of waiting on you guys to ask me questions, I'm going to turn it into a game.

I have not yet decided who will be the next GotW, so you all have a chance to help decide. Point out to me people who have made great contributions to BGG, either from humor, uploading useful files, asking insightful questions, diffusing heated arguments, or whatever.

From this point on, you can make suggestions about who you'd like to have as the next GotW, but it has to be accompanied by a link of something they've posted and a short description so I know what I'm looking for.

Post the links or whatever here.

Yes you may nominate yourself.
No I don't have to agree with the person about anything.

The only restrictions are:
The person to end up as the next GotW are the same as for a normal pick.
Nobody who has been GotW before.
Someone I do not know in real life and have never met
Someone from the other side of the world. So in this case it should be someone not from North America. So Europe, Asia, Africa, or Australia, or somewhere like that would be good.

If I don't come up with any suitable candidates by the end of the week I may just auction it off for geek gold.
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