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The next Geek of the Week is Tommy Nomad.

I think Tommy would be an interesting guest at a dinner party, and that he wouldn't be bewildered by more than two forks and glasses at his place setting. Since it is unlikely that he will be joining us at a dinner party in the near future, we will just have to pretend.


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I hesitated for a moment when I got Uba’s geekmail invitation, knowing that (as if this were even possible) it would mean more time spent on BGG. Then I thought of (my darling but vicious gamer wife) Shenomad's face when I told her. There are few things she enjoys more than calling me "geek." This would make her week as much as it would mine. Into the fray, then!

My gaming history goes back to childhood, with trips to den Engelsman's toy store (in St. Maartensdijk, Holland) for Ravensburger titles. The first one I remember owning is Differix, which is still complete at my parents' house. My father (a mathematician with a firm belief in fun as a teaching method) is also a compulsive preventative box-taper. Many of my childhood favourites are still intact, though most of them with gooey black electrical tape around their corners.

My favourite gaming memories from that time are The Game of Authors, which I learned while laid up with an ear infection at age 5 (which has left me with significant hearing loss), Malefiz, my first family board game, Krypto & Mastermind (gifts from dad the logician), Battleship (my first 2P), and Anti-Monopoly (a prodigious start on my anticapitalist road).

Throughout my teens and college, I participated in/organized game parties with close friends and family, especially during the holidays. We mostly enjoyed the safe environment for conflict, of which there was plenty during: The Dictionary Game (played with 19C encyclopaedic dictionary), Scattergories, Personal Preference, and Psychologizer. Last summer, many of those people and I reunited in Northern Ireland and the Netherlands. We played games (Ticket to Ride: Europe, Nexus Ops, Escape from Atlantis, Wits & Wagers) for a week, and concluded the reunion by pledging to look into intentional communities as a possible way of life.

My grail game is het Groot Milieuspel, which offered players an opportunity to travel by car (fast and risky), bicycle (slow and steady) or bus (in between) along the roll-and-move track, and featured photos of 1970s Dutch politicos along the board’s edge.

Apart from gaming, I am passionate about: liberty, citizenship, social justice, education, travel, literature, ultimate, urban & architechtural design, sustainability, ecology, and cyclecommuting.


2 truths and a lie

I have taken a class in Japanese bondage techniques.
This is the second time I’ve been honoured with the offer of GotW.
A good Jewish boy, I routinely eat squid for breakfast.


And now someone finally get to ask you...

1. What is your favourite word?
2. What is your least favourite word?
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? (or, what's your favourite drug?)
4. Whom would you put on a new currency bill?
5. What sound or noise do you love?
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
7. What is your favourite curse word?
8. What profession would you not like to do?
9. If reincarnation exists, in the form of which plant, tree, or animal would you like to return?
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

to which I add:

11. If you did come to my dinner party, what would you bring: wine, flowers or candy? Why?
12. What would we play after dinner?
13. What was the last book you read, and was it any good?
14. Have you ever walked out in the middle of a movie in disgust because it was just too awful? If so, what movie was it?
15. What makes the Red Killer Bunny deck better than all the rest?

I guess #1 is the lie.
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Wow, fantastic choice! Congrats tommynomad!
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Wow, another person who I can't believe hasn't been GOTW yet.

Congrats, Tommy!
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Brilliant choice Ubarose!

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Tommy, I wish we had been able to connect when you were in Canberra last year. I'm MUCH more entertaining than the people you had dinner with!

Questions: what made you study Asian languages?

How do you like being a nomad? What's the best thing about living far from home? And what's the worst thing?

I know you aren't keen on wargaming - but how do you square that with this quote from your profile:
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My favourite aspects of gaming are turn angst, aggression, and game glee.
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The lie must be the squid-eating thing.
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Nice!

Enjoy your week!
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Congratulations Tommy!

I thought you already HAD been GOTW, but there you go...

I know from elsewhere , that you hitched through Denmark 20 years ago..

1) Why hitch through Denmark?
2) how did you like it?
3) What were the most positive, interesting and disappointing experiences you had there?

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Hoorah for Tommy!

Tell us your favourite joke.
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tommynomad wrote:
2 truths and a lie

I have taken a class in Japanese bondage techniques.
This is the second time I’ve been honoured with the offer of GotW.
A good Jewish boy, I routinely eat squid for breakfast.

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Congratulations!

#2 must be the lie. Perhaps it's your third time of being offered?

The other two sound so TommyNomad, I want them to be true.
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Wow, gefeliciteerd man, very deserving. Enjoy your week!

I would venture the third one to be the lie - not sure if it's the squid part or the being Jewish part.


A few questions:

If there was one wrong you could right in the world, which one would it be?

If you could play a game with any one living person, who would it be?

Same question, but with someone already passed away? A fictional person?


Have a great week.
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Congratulations, this is very well-deserved.


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Shenomad must be proud.

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Congratulations. Have a good week. meeple
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Excellent choice! Congratulations!!!

I loved Differix when I was young. I completely forgot about it, but it brings back a lot of memories. And I hated Malefiz.

1) If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Someplace you know really well, or somewhere you've never been before?
2) Quoridor: Start by strategically placing walls, or preserve them as long as you can?
3) What's your favorite movie soundtrack?

Enjoy your week!
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Tommynomad hasn't been GotW?! A great wrong has been righted.

Un question:
Do you prefer The Spasmatics or a spastic colon?
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Congratulations. You bring the perfect attitude to BGG, and it is expressed perfectly in your avatar.

#3 is the lie, though I'm not sure which half.

If you're still not sure what to bring to ubarose's dinner party, the correct answer is a bottle of port.
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Feli!

Nog plannen om binnenkort naar Nederland te komen?
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Wow, congratulations!

*edit

Why is your only 10 rated game (Quoridor) *Not in my possession*?
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Brilliant choice!!

tommynomad wrote:


...concluded the reunion by pledging to look into intentional communities as a possible way of life.



Fascinating! In a society that glorifies individualism and rampant consumerism, this is a very daring concept indeed! I have one brother who has lived in intentional community for a number of years and another brother who is just starting one, and I admire their commitment to living a more simple, sustainable, and supportive lifestyle. But that has very little to do with board games, so I'll shut up now... whistle

Let's hear it for Hey, That's My Fish!! Woot!
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Woo Hoo!! Congratulations Tommy!! I always enjoy your contributions here and especially since you are a fellow-detester of one of BGG's beloved and adored poster children, Carcassonne!! We are few, but we are mighty!!

My questions:

1. How and when did you meet Shenomad?
2. What makes a game "fun" in your opinion?
3. What makes a game boring?


Have fun!!

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Congrats Tommy! One of my favorite geeks finally makes the big time! Have a fun week as GOTW!!!

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Another one I would have bet already has been GoTW!

CONGRATS! Nick Charles forever!

Another question:

Which one of the "Thin Man" movies is your favourite?
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Mr. T. Nomad is a wonderful choice for GOTW. I hope he and Mrs. SheNomad enjoy the glitz and glitter that come with the nomination.

Enjoy your week.
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Congratulations.

Normally I ask something about a game....
Since you did some travelling.

Can you tell me something about your favourite countries, cities, places?


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Congratulations, Tommy!!

One of my favourite films from the last couple of years is Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg - a surreal journey through your hometown of Winnipeg. I am sure you saw it. Did you love it or what?



Do you agree that he really is Canada's own David Lynch, or he is trying too hard??
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