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After my days of glory as Geek of the Week, I am honored to introduce my successor, Kwang Il Kim, aka skeil. We never met in person, but we've been in correspondence because of his interest in doing a Korean translation of War of the Ring.
I realized that Kim was not doing one as a one spot activity, but was committed to a range of activities to support the Korean boardgaming community through reviews, translations and blogging, and I was really impressed, and he came to my mind when I was thinking which member of the Geek community deserved to be in the spotlight! So let's Kim get on the soapbox and let's hear about him in his own words...


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I’m so honored to be introduced in Geek of the Week.
Thanks to Roberto di Meglio (cybernex) for nominating me.
He and I have talked since I started translating the rules of War of the Ring into Korean.
Although I’ve never met him yet, I like him and his games.

My name is Kwang Il Kim, known as ‘skeil’ in Korea.
I’m a game translator and reviewer.

Well, let me introduce myself to you.
Hoping you would like it.

1. Korean Traditional Boardgames
Thinking of what my first-played game is, it was Janggi.
Many may not know about it because it is one of Korean classical games.
Just consider it a kind of Chess.
My father taught the game to me when I was six.
With giving himself a handicap, he started without one of each Chariot, Horse, Elephant and Cannon.
As my game improved, he restored his pieces unused one by one.

In Korea, almost every family has Janggi or Baduk (aka ‘Go’ in Japanese).
So Koreans are likely to start with one of them as their first board games.


2. Boardgame Cafe
Around 2002, Korea was hit by two; 2002 World Cup Korea Japan, Boardgame cafe.
After the end of the World Cup, many young people visited Boardgame cafes to learn new various games.
For a long time, they have got familiar with computer games, so boardgames felt so fresh.

The same with me, I first learned German-style games at a boardgame cafe by my college.
I don’t remember what game I played first there, it might be a simple cardgame like Halli Galli.
At that time, my friends and I enjoyed playing Carcassonne, Bang! and Citadels.

These days many boardgame cafes have shut down, it is not easy to find somewhere to play games. (sad)


3. Activity in a Gaming Club and more
As boardgame cafes couldn’t serve with all games I wanted, I joined a gaming club in Seoul.
In 2007, I moved to Suwon (located south of Seoul) and organized my gaming club there.
Many beginners joined so I had to explain the rules to them.
Naturally, I got to write game reviews for novices.
In the fall of 2009, Space Alert made me start translating because it looked so marvelous for me.
For these reasons, I’ve done over 50 reviews and over 100 translations for Koreans until now.

From last year, I’ve spent some time to design my own games.
One is on playtest, the other still on design.

Many Koreans cannot utilize the best of Boardgamegeek because of the language barrier.
But besides me, some are trying to break (or put a ladder against) the wall between Koreans and others.
I hope you guys would encourage them for their courage and effort.

Thank you for reading.



Now it’s time to guess the two truths and a lie!

Poll
Which of these statements is a lie?
(A) The first German-style game I bought is Carcassonne.
(B) I had my picture taken holding Dschunke in front of a real junk ship.
(C) I have neither my driver's licence nor my own car.
      98 answers
Poll created by cybernex


And finally, to get the ball rolling, a few questions for Kim:

1) What is your favorite book?
2) What is your favorite movie?
3) What is your favorite quote from a movie or book?
4) Which game in your collection you want to play MOST at this time and why?
5) Which game in your collection you want to play LESS at this time and why?
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Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your week!
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Hoopy congratulations, enjoy your week.

Regards

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Congratulations!

My usual questions:
- Ever played any RPG's? If yes, which ones, if no, why not?
- Have you ever visited the RPG side of the site? Do you contribute?
- Have you ever visited the VGG side of the site? Do you contribute?
- Will you congratulate you're RPGG and VGG counterpart?

Have fun this week and may you play many games.
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Congratulations from one GotW to another. Enjoy your week.
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Congratulations Kwang Il Kim!

1) Truth or beauty?
2) Speed or precision?
3) Justice or mercy?
4) Steadfast or flexible?
5) Cynicism or naivete?

How much time do you spend each day playing Starcraft?
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I found the article this morning but I couldn't answer at that time.
Sorry to be late.

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1) What is your favorite book?
2) What is your favorite movie?
3) What is your favorite quote from a movie or book?
4) Which game in your collection you want to play MOST at this time and why?
5) Which game in your collection you want to play LESS at this time and why?

1) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It encouraged me when I had a hard time.
2) Dead Poets Society After watching the movie, I asked myself what I really want to do.
3) "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." The Alchemist
4) Dominion I love it but my friends want to play several kinds of games.
5) Ricochet Robots I've spent today to record some videos. I want to give a break to my brain.
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Barad_the_dwarf wrote:
Congratulations!

My usual questions:
- Ever played any RPG's? If yes, which ones, if no, why not?
- Have you ever visited the RPG side of the site? Do you contribute?
- Have you ever visited the VGG side of the site? Do you contribute?
- Will you congratulate you're RPGG and VGG counterpart?

Have fun this week and may you play many games.

1) Ah, maybe... when I was a teenager, I tried to play D&D. But my friends preferred video games.
2) No.
3) Not yet.
4) Yep. I'm so sorry that I've not visited them yet.

Thank you for asking me.
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Ciao, Roberto!
CONGRATULATIONS SKEIL!

Let us get right to the questions:
d10-1 What is the most difficult part of translating a typical game?
d10-2 Are there certain concepts that are more difficult to explain than others?
d10-3 Have you translated any wargames?
d10-4 Have you ever had to translate a Korean game to another language?
d10-5 Have you ever helped produce a Korean version of a published game (like a card game with Korean language text)?
d10-6 What can you tell us about your games?

Have a great week in the spotlight.
Cheers!
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Congratulations Skeil!
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Congratulations skeil!

Where do you get most of your boardgames from, locally or overseas? How do prices compare in Korea compared to overseas? I'm guessing more expensive, but is it significant? Are there any issues in the range of games available to buy in Korea?
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frumpish wrote:
Congratulations Kwang Il Kim!

1) Truth or beauty?
2) Speed or precision?
3) Justice or mercy?
4) Steadfast or flexible?
5) Cynicism or naivete?

How much time do you spend each day playing Starcraft?


Interesting questions!
1) Truth Beauty may be used to hide the Truth.
2) Precision I prefer to complete something though it would take much time.
3) Justice Some friends ask me generosity sometimes.
4) Steadfast It looks almost the same with #3 for me.
5) Ah... the most difficult question. No naivete.

You may be surprised, I don't play StarCraft at all. (It does not mean I don't like it.)
Because other Koreans play it much X10 better than me. (Just kidding.)
I don't like to play Real-Time games. (See #2 above.)
Recently Koreans seem to play other PC games not SC. (It is actually old fashioned.)
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Congrats Kwang Il Kim!

d10-1What is your favourite colour when playing a boardgame?
d10-2Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter?
d10-3Do you play an instrument? If yes, which one and for how long already?
d10-4Having fun?
d10-5What would have been your name if your parents didn't name you Kwang Il Kim?
d10-6What is your favourite snack?
d10-7 What is your favourite day of the week?
d10-8What is your favourite time of day?
d10-9 What character would you be in a Star Trek setting?
d10-1d10-0 What makes you "tick" (inspires you, why do you get up in the morning)?
d10-1d10-1 What is your life-long dream?

Enjoy your week!
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Congrats .

a) Have you ever been to Spain or The Netherlands?
b) What game in my collection would you like to have in yours?
c) What game in my collection you dont like?
d) If you could save just three of your games... what games would you keep and why?
e) Brunetes, blondes or redheads (boys or girls, whatever your taste is)?


Happy week as GW
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Congratulations!

And quick question: what makes Agricola and Puerto Rico your favourite games? And what are they missing to get a '10'?
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SimGuy wrote:
Ciao, Roberto!
CONGRATULATIONS SKEIL!

Let us get right to the questions:
d10-1 What is the most difficult part of translating a typical game?
d10-2 Are there certain concepts that are more difficult to explain than others?
d10-3 Have you translated any wargames?
d10-4 Have you ever had to translate a Korean game to another language?
d10-5 Have you ever helped produce a Korean version of a published game (like a card game with Korean language text)?
d10-6 What can you tell us about your games?

Have a great week in the spotlight.
Cheers!

d10-1 There are some difficulties for me:
1) To tell humor from others I don't know other cultures well, it is not easy to realize whether it is a funny sentence or not.
2) To find quotations Outstanding writers like to quote from famous (literary) works. Fortunately, I can search the Web for the quotations easily.
3) To understand themes I've avoided themed games for translation because such games require understanding their background. For better translation, I have to read a summary for the original work before translating.
The first themed game I tried is Alien Frontiers. There are many SF authors in the games. When I read the rules, I found that the names of districts on the planet sounded just like celebrities' ones. While translating, I noted that.

d10-2 I usually work with only the rules. When I meet a new type of game, I have to imagine as if I played it with my VIRTUAL friends on front of me, so that I can understand it enough. If I can't imagine (understand) it, I can't explain (translate) it to others well.
Themed games have their own terms and names. When converting them into Korean, I have to choose between their pronunciation and meanings.
For instance on Strider in War of the Ring, I chose '스트라이더 (S-t-ra-i-der)' (almost the same pronunciation with it). Otherwise it might be 'a man walking with quick, long steps' in Korean.

d10-3 War of the Ring It took about 3 months because I had to
do not only the rules and the 110 cards.

d10-4 No. Modern Korean games tend to contain English rules as the designer and publisher know BGG and the world market.

d10-5 Yes, once. But I didn't understand the rules well, I got to give it up.

d10-6 The first one is a twisted trick-taking game with Korean folk tale theme. Each player plays a different role with a different strategy. I'm seeking the publisher. haha
The second is about super-fighters utilizing Qi (meaning energy in Chinese?). It is a 2-player fighting game which uses Action Point Allowance System during the Attack. Four characters are done, another four in designing.

Thanks for your cheer and beer!
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Congratulations Skeil!!


Enjoy your week
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smaug007 wrote:
Congratulations skeil!

Where do you get most of your boardgames from, locally or overseas? How do prices compare in Korea compared to overseas? I'm guessing more expensive, but is it significant? Are there any issues in the range of games available to buy in Korea?

There are about 5 online game stores, which have many kinds of games.
For medium-sized ones like Ticket to Ride, it costs about $10 more than US, for small ones about $3 more. (However, we must not forget the shipping fee and duty for overseas purchase!)

Some gamers in Korea can order overseas (they can save money with calculating the size and weight and their packages roughly) but most Korean do locally including deal used ones.
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Congratulations Skeil!

In your introduction, you say that many boardgame cafes have closed down in Korea. Why do you think that is? Were there too many cafes to support the market? Was boardgaming just a passing fad in Korea? I'm interested in what the general pattern of game playing is over there. Do people tend to buy games and invite friends round to their houses to play? Are there many clubs or conventions? I understand the trend in other Asian countries is more in favour of boardgame cafes, as people own fewer games privately. That was certainly the case in China when I visited. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

Have a great week. meeple

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