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.
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.
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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?
Netherlands Tilburg It's wurples all the way down.
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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?
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...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...
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!!
1. How and when did you meet Shenomad? 2. What makes a game "fun" in your opinion? 3. What makes a game boring?