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I very much enjoyed being your Geek of the Week this week. I was unreasonably happy to be selected and have added this accomplishment to both my resume and my Tinder profile. (Not really. I don’t have a resume.) I have enjoyed interacting with all of you and answering some very challenging questions. Many thanks to MeeplePeat for choosing me!

And now I must pass the torch on to another geek. Not only am I handing this honor back across the pond, I am handing it back to another guy named Peter! (I’m so symmetrical.)

I met Peter Hazlewood

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through my blog, and have enjoyed interacting with him on BGG. He works with an event and web site called The Great Indoors, and was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to contribute. But more importantly than that, Peter reached out to me after a particularly emotionally-laden blog post and helped to restore my faith in the kindness of people.

So please welcome your new Geek of the Week: contributor, gamer, and all around decent person, Peter Hazlewood.

Peter wrote:

Hi, my name's Peter and I'm honoured to be your Geek of the Week though I fear that I am entirely undeserving of this accolade. Anyway, here we are by the generosity of the wonderful Charlotte (aka creevedog) whose blog I came across a while back. I can honestly say that I've not come across a writer who entertains me so much even when describing the Fun Group's exploits with a game I've never played!

I only got into modern board gaming in late 2013 thanks to Neil Curtis (username rynosseros), a friend from our local church, and it's been a whirlwind of experiences so far. I formed Bromsgrove Board Gamers in October 2014 and launched The Great Indoors in July 2016, our first event. Just last week we announced GI2018, our third event and first over a whole weekend, and preparations are underway. We have a blog which features some of the BBG clan but also talented writers from elsewhere like creevedog.

My gaming bread and butter is midweight Euros like Le Havre, Crisis and Kraftwagen though I will play most things once. That's right...most things. Don't ask me to play Kingdom Death: Monster though as you'll be wasting your time. As well as my gaming group, I have a very supportive wife who enjoys the occasional sesh with titles like The Castles of Burgundy and Wizard. It's also been a joy to introduce my parents and sister to modern board games; weekends as The Hazlewood family have never been more fun.

So, to summarise: I love board games and I love spending time with cool people having fun. My mission is therefore to bring more love into the world with groups, events and blogs. It's ongoing...

And now, two truths and a lie:


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Which one of these is a lie?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
I have Grade 8 on Piano and Trumpet
24.3% 9
My dad married me
27.0% 10
Animals are awesome; I wish I owned them all
48.6% 18
Voters 37
This poll is now closed.   37 answers
Poll created by creevedog
Closes: Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:00 am

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My magnificent seven questions for you:

d10-1 What is your favorite start player marker ever in a game?
d10-2 What is your preferred player color?
d10-3 If you were a board game, what game would you be?
d10-4 What is your favorite board game of all time?
d10-5 What is your favorite movie?
d10-6 Who is your favorite royal?
d10-7 What is your favorite cookie?

Have a great week!
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Congratulations, Peter! Enjoy your week!

Here are my usual questions, beginning with a gaming question.

d10-1 Have you ever played any of the following games: Memoir '44, Shadows over Camelot, BANG!, High Noon Saloon, Sequence?

Now for some non-gaming questions.

Favorite?
d10-2 Kind of pie?
d10-3 Vegetable?
d10-4 Kind of Cookie?
d10-5 Flavor of Ice Cream?
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Congratulations Peter!
Have a wizard of a week!

My usual question: Have you a favorite wizardly type? If so, who? If not, why? And which game (if any) is he/she from?
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creevedog wrote:
My magnificent seven questions for you:

d10-1 What is your favorite start player marker ever in a game?
d10-2 What is your preferred player color?
d10-3 If you were a board game, what game would you be?
d10-4 What is your favorite board game of all time?
d10-5 What is your favorite movie?
d10-6 Who is your favorite royal?
d10-7 What is your favorite cookie?

Have a great week!


Hi Charlotte,

1. That's a tough one right up front! I think probably the dinosaur in Evolution.

2. Blue! Unfortunately it's a common choice so I sometimes have to use another, such as Green, and the usual result is a whole game spent moving someone else's pieces.

3. Probably Concordia because I like a quiet life when everyone is friends.

4. This is a tricky one, particularly at this moment in time. I'm currently writing my Top 50 in a blog and very much struggling to pick one. As of this moment it's probably Le Havre but given one or two more plays of Shogun I can see it being usurped.

5. The Guard. Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, Mark Strong...earthy characters, hilarious black humour and an awesome ending.

6. Something that might surprise Americans is that a lot of Brits really aren't fussed about the Royal Family. I'm ambivalent towards them; Prince Harry seems like he'd be the most fun on a bender.

7. My wife's Chocolate Crackles. I guess it's a type of cookie but more crunchy which is why I like them!

Thanks 😀
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Red Eyed Jack wrote:
Congratulations, Peter! Enjoy your week!

Here are my usual questions, beginning with a gaming question.

d10-1 Have you ever played any of the following games: Memoir '44, Shadows over Camelot, BANG!, High Noon Saloon, Sequence?

Now for some non-gaming questions.

Favorite?
d10-2 Kind of pie?
d10-3 Vegetable?
d10-4 Kind of Cookie?
d10-5 Flavor of Ice Cream?


Hi Matthew, and thanks!

1. I have played Shadows over Camelot and Bang! the dice game. I really like Shadows which is unlikely because I don't really like co-ops and generally really dislike so-called semi co-ops where you can have a sole winner. Dead of Winter, for example, I detested the whole idea of working together then potentially only one person winning. SoC somehow works for me though.

Bang! is a strange one. I one most social deduction games but this hasn't clicked with me. Maybe it's the player elimination?

Memoir 44 is definitely one I'd like to play. I like the system in Battlelore and find WW2 a very interesting subject.

2. My friends Sian and Pete make a stunning chicken pie topped with filo pastry.

3. Probably samphire. There's nothing better to have with fish.

4. As above. My wife's Chocolate Crackles.

5. My wife's Salted Caramel ice cream. There seems to be a pattern emerging...
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chadnorth wrote:
Congratulations Peter!
Have a wizard of a week!

My usual question: Have you a favorite wizardly type? If so, who? If not, why? And which game (if any) is he/she from?


Hi Doug, and thank you 🙏 I saw you ask this question of Charlotte and have been wondering how to answer!

For me I think they have to be wise and benevolent; glimpses of humanity and flaws are welcome. The absolute epitome for me is therefore Gandalf. I love the Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books but wasn't so wild about the portrayals in the films. This is not related to a game though. I played War of the Ring once a while back but it didn't capture my imagination.
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Congrats Peter and enjoy your week!
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Congratulations, Peter!

So, to the questions:

i) When will you be visiting us in Ross-on-Wye again?

ii) Is it your round or Ben's?

iii) This IS the right Peter, yes?

iv) Which of Stefan Feld's games would you most like to burn with fire?

v) Which of Eric Lang's games would you most like to take to a Motel and get intimate with?

vi) Which of Uwe Rosenberg's games?

vii) Knizia?

viii) Skittles or Wine Gums*

ix) The greatest Bowie track is..?

x) Best flavour of takeaway for a long evening of games?

*think about this VERY carefully!

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tonyboydell wrote:
Congratulations, Peter!

So, to the questions:

i) When will you be visiting us in Ross-on-Wye again?

ii) Is it your round or Ben's?

iii) This IS the right Peter, yes?

iv) Which of Stefan Feld's games would you most like to burn with fire?

v) Which of Eric Lang's games would you most like to take to a Motel and get intimate with?

vi) Which of Uwe Rosenberg's games?

vii) Knizia?

viii) Skittles or Wine Gums*

ix) The greatest Bowie track is..?

x) Best flavour of takeaway for a long evening of games?

*think about this VERY carefully!



Thanks Tony.

1. Before the sun casts its final rays I will return. (And possibly even sooner like the next few weeks...)

2. I believe Ben said it was yours.

3. Yes. I think.

4. I would sooner destroy a stained glass window as an artist like Feld.

5. Chaos in the Old World- but only to show it what I really think. Intimate probably isn't the right word.

6. Le Havre. All that wood.

7. Amun-Re. He sounds hot.

8. Both awesome, but Skittles win.

9. Let's Dance

10. Pizza!
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Congrats Peter! Enjoy a good week of gaming!
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Congratulations Peter!

Nice to see someone as Geek of the Week that I actually know in person ^^.
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Congratulations on making Geek of the Week!

I have a few questions for you......
1 What is your opinion of war gaming?
2 Do you have a favorite war game; if so, what is it?
3 What are your opinions or memories of playing Risk?
4 What are your opinions or memories of playing Axis & Allies?
5 What game would you tell all gamers about that just has no publicity and that nobody knows about?
6 What game reminds you most of the intersection between church and games?

I thank you for your time. thumbsup cool

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Congratulations, Peter, enjoy your week!
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Hey, I know this guy!

Hi Pete, it's Pete (from Expo). How's things?
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Congrats Peter!

What was the biggest screw-you moment you have had, in a game? Giving, receiving, self-inflicted, or some combination therein.

Is there a game that you love, but are terrible at?

If you could say one thing, in this world, that is true, what would it be?

If you had to live in either perpetual darkness, perpetual light, or perpetual gloom; which would you choose?

What is the most money you have frittered away, in the shortest amount of time?

If you had to participate in an eating competition, what would be your food of choice?

What would be your UFC/WWE fighter name?

How do you define “art”?

What was the best shower/bath you have ever had?

If money and access were no object, what would be the object on earth you would buy? Collectable or not.

Is there something you cannot resist buying, if you see it (of course board games, silly, what else?)?

What is a song that you can listen to over and over?

If you could only listen to one genre of music, forever, what genre would you choose?

Who is your favorite villain?

Is it weird to answer so many questions from on stranger on the internet?
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Congratulations Peter!

My usual question: when did you play snowballs last time?
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midnight_reaper wrote:
Congratulations on making Geek of the Week!

I have a few questions for you......
1 What is your opinion of war gaming?
2 Do you have a favorite war game; if so, what is it?
3 What are your opinions or memories of playing Risk?
4 What are your opinions or memories of playing Axis & Allies?
5 What game would you tell all gamers about that just has no publicity and that nobody knows about?
6 What game reminds you most of the intersection between church and games?

I thank you for your time. thumbsup cool

-M_R


Hi! And thanks 😀

1. I love the whole idea of war gaming. When I got into modern board games it was the genre I was most interested in. However, it seems I don't have the mind for rules or strategy.

2. I really don't play any.

3. Risk was one of the precursors to getting into proper games. My sister gave me a copy for Christmas a few years back and we played it quite a bit as a family. I wouldn't play it now as imo it takes too long and the design is average.

4. Never played it I'm afraid.

5. Spyrium. From the designer of Caylus and I think it's superb. Not very well known of AFAIK.

5. Oof, a tricky one to finish off with. I suppose church is about community as well as faith so the game with the strongest community is probably Magic or X-Wing.
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Hey, I know this guy!

Hi Pete, it's Pete (from Expo). How's things?


Beardy! It took me a while to get there...I was trying to think of a Pete I met at UKGE...not a Pete who runs UKGE!

I'm well thanks mate. Hope you're ok. GI2018 date is 28-29th July in Bromsgrove.
 
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Congratulations Peter!

Nice to see someone as Geek of the Week that I actually know in person ^^.


Haha. Thanks Chris
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Thanks Ken 😀

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What was the biggest screw-you moment you have had, in a game? Giving, receiving, self-inflicted, or some combination therein.


Playing High Seas Pirates (as yet unpublished) with my friends at Carmik Game. I made a deal with Justin to help take Mike down only to be immediately double-crossed and lose the game in one fell swoop!

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Is there a game that you love, but are terrible at?


Take it easy! I'm 0-6 although yesterday I got to within a point of the winner. One day...

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If you could say one thing, in this world, that is true, what would it be?


Atheists tell me to prove that God exists. That's impossible. It's also impossible to prove that he doesn't. Right now, certainly in Britain, it's very fashionable to make fun of religion and/or people with faith. I wish everyone could show respect to each other no matter what their beliefs.

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If you had to live in either perpetual darkness, perpetual light, or perpetual gloom; which would you choose?


Perpetual light. You can darken the world by closing your eyes.

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What is the most money you have frittered away, in the shortest amount of time?


Hmm, I don't really fritter money away. I've bought things and then regretted it but nothing major. Probably at my friend Nick's birthday when I was 12-13 at Dave and Buster's, a sort of massive amusement arcade.

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If you had to participate in an eating competition, what would be your food of choice?


Ooh this is one of my fantasies actually, to take part in an eating contest. I think cheese or something rich and creamy.

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What would be your UFC/WWE fighter name?


Fearsome Fish (Fish was my uni nickname)

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How do you define “art”?


Something beautiful that displays talent and creativity.

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What was the best shower/bath you have ever had?


Our family friends Jan and Dave had THE most powerful shower. It basically blew you away but was so invigorating. They got rid of it though

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If money and access were no object, what would be the object on earth you would buy? Collectable or not.


A big house in Devon suitable for use as my own board game shop/cafe.

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Is there something you cannot resist buying, if you see it (of course board games, silly, what else?)?


Scotch tablet.

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What is a song that you can listen to over and over?


Do your thing by Basement Jaxx. So dang catchy.

Quote:
If you could only listen to one genre of music, forever, what genre would you choose?


Classical. The options are virtually endless.

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Who is your favorite villain?


Ok there's got to be a few. Butch Cassidy, Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham, Gru from Despicable Me, Darth Vader, Heath Ledger's Joker...

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Is it weird to answer so many questions from on stranger on the internet?


In any other context it would be great questions mate.
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Congratulations, fellow Pete! Enjoy your week!
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Congrats, Peter! I've enjoyed interacting with you here on BGG as well as playing some Specter Ops via email. (We need to get another game going!)

Have a blessed week!
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Congratulations Peter. Have a great week!

What is your favorite spaceship? And why?
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What is your favorite spaceship? And why?


Thanks Jakob. I think I'd have to say the Millennium Falcon. For starters I love Star Wars. Secondly, it's got so much character. Did it ever really make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs? You'd better believe it, but it still needs a bash with a hammer sometimes. And is their a better spaceship crew in existence?
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