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My week has ended, and now it is my honor to present the new BGG Geek of the Week. Please welcome Boots01, a boardgamer and historian with many, varied interests!:

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Boots01 wrote:

Thanks Judy for doing me the honour of selecting me to be the next Geek of the Week. It was great to see you deservedly in the spotlight this week, and I'm sure you'll be a tough act to follow!

Here's a bit about me:

I don't recall when I started boardgaming, but I do recall being fascinated by board games as a child. I recall sometime in 5th or 6th grade observing a game of Squatter and being fascinated by all the little sheep. I also recall my Mum buying my brother and me a Flipsider each. At some point I designed my own (poorly-researched) Monopoly clone where you were an author and you needed to find a publisher for a book you'd written. It was called "Copywrite" and I doubt it was particularly playable.

At University I began to dabble in classic euros and wargames. The boardgame club on campus played Settlers (of course) and other games like The Great Dalmuti. The first wargame I played (if you will permit me for the moment to call it a wargame) was Risk, which a few guys at work were playing. From there I quickly picked up the Eurofront games, Victory, and bought (but never really played) World in Flames.

From about 2000 until 2006 I went on a huge boardgaming hiatus, preferring roleplaying games. I fell into the role of GM, running Middle Earth Roleplaying 2nd Ed., Gear Krieg, Heavy Gear and 3rd Ed. D&D. I also wrote and ran a large number of games for conventions in Sydney, preferring freeforms (like LARPs) to tabletops.

When I started my PhD (in Modern History) I got back into boardgames in a big way, beginning with Caylus, during a game of which I met my partner, who was on study abroad from the US. She won the game and that was the beginning of a complicated long-distance romance that ended up with her moving here in 2008. She still beats me at most games.

We began a game collection together with Dominion and Race for the Galaxy. It's since expanded across genre boundaries, and refuses to stop growing...

RftG remains a favourite and my most-played game. Twilight Struggle really tickles my fancy as a historian (and it's in my period!), I think it's probably the historical game that has the best sense of the past it's trying to evoke. ASL has become a hobby of mine, though I don't get to play it as often as I'd like and a significant portion of my regular gaming buddies think I'm quite weird for clipping the counters!


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Two truths and a lie (which is the lie?):
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
I once dated the daughter of someone who appears in my thesis
35.2% 32
I once got my students to live tweet a lecture
26.4% 24
I wrote my honours thesis on historical boardgames
38.5% 35
Voters 91
This poll is now closed.   91 answers
Poll created by Jude
Closes: Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:00 am




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Here are a few questions from me to start your thread, Boots:


Do you still create your own boardgames?

What periods of history do you most like to study?

Are you interested in archaeology, too, or more in written and/or first-hand accounts?

Do you ever the use the The Gathering Storm expansion to play the Race for the Galaxy game solitaire?
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Many hoopy congratulations Books, enjoy your week.

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Congratulations Boots!

Here is a question for the teacher in you, Do you use games to teach your students?

Havd fun!
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Awesome choice, Judy!!

Congratulations, Boots! Enjoy your week!

When you were playing MERP, did you ever find a way to incorporate as much magic as the system suggests without losing the traditional feel and flavor of Middle Earth? I actually love MERP when set against Rolemaster (which I also like, but recognize is needlessly baroque), but I never quite felt right about it being so magic heavy, yet felt I'd be unbalancing the game if I tried to tinker with it.
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Grats! Enjoy Boots!
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Thanks Jude, thanks guys!

Jude wrote:
Here are a few questions from me to start your thread, Boots:

Do you still create your own boardgames?


Not really, though I have a very primitive prototype for a card game version of a Freeform I wrote a few years back called "A Colder War". It is an alternate-history-sci-fi set a few thousand years in the future with Nazis and Soviets and stereotype Brits and Yanks in space.

Frankly I think the game I designed at 8 probably worked better!

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What periods of history do you most like to study?


When I was younger, WWII fascinated me, but right now it's the 1960s (Hence the Mad Men badge) and the "First" Cold War. Of late I've been really fascinated by the "Second" Cold War, Reagan and Gorbachev.

I'm a 20th century historian though, so almost anything from about 1900 onwards has a good chance of catching my attention!

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Are you interested in archaeology, too, or more in written and/or first-hand accounts?


I'm not really conversant in pot shards or classical greek :) Ancient history (especially Rome) as well as Medieval does interest me, but more as a hobby interest than a professional one.

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Do you ever the use the The Gathering Storm expansion to play the Race for the Galaxy game solitaire?


I've toyed with it, but then I found Keldon's AI. The "Robot" AI is another really clever addition to an already fiendishly clever game though. What are your thoughts?

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Congratulations Boots!

Here is a question for the teacher in you, Do you use games to teach your students?

Havd fun!
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I've thought about it pretty seriously. I like to teach 'memory' (as in, popular/collective memory) as a way of understanding the past, and games fit in that category really well. I recently gave an Honours seminar on historical computer games, and very nearly took Twilight Struggle in as well as a Board Game counterpart.

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Awesome choice, Judy!!

Congratulations, Boots! Enjoy your week!

When you were playing MERP, did you ever find a way to incorporate as much magic as the system suggests without losing the traditional feel and flavor of Middle Earth? I actually love MERP when set against Rolemaster (which I also like, but recognize is needlessly baroque), but I never quite felt right about it being so magic heavy, yet felt I'd be unbalancing the game if I tried to tinker with it.


I was very young when I ran it, and I share your feelings on the Rolemaster/MERP divide. I have always had a reluctance to run anything above a low magic settings so whenever I ran it I restricted my players to non-magic using classes. I had one Beorning who could shape-shift, but that was about it. I don't recall it unbalancing the game, but then, I was a pretty inexperienced GM back then. Even the Beorning felt a little bit too D&D and not Tolkien enough.
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Congrats Boots, great pick Judy.

Where did you study history, Boots?

And since you are a 20th century historian, allow me to ask: what were the three most important events, trends, or discoveries of the 20th century and why?

Do you like to travel? Where's your favorite place to visit?
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Congratulations! Hope you have great week!
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Congrats! Enjoy your week!
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Congrats mate absolutely well deserved, games brought us together and I am lucky to have you as a friend, I shall post my 50th game review in your honor this week...
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Congrats! I've enjoyed reading your GOTW profile.
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CONGRATULATIONS

Enjoy your week in the spotlight!

Questions:

d10-1 What is your most favorite game mechanic and why?
d10-2 What game are (were) you most looking forward to in 2012?
d10-3 Are you interested in the upcoming Hobbit movie and why/why not?
d10-4 Gimli vs. Legolis who wins in a fight?

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Congratultions Boots!!!


Enjoy your week
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Congrats Boots!

I see you have an Indiana Jones microbadge.

Which film is the best one? Why is it the best one and if the film could be adapted into a board game which genre/set of mechanics would you like to see it have?
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So, I stumble my ass back from Dallas and BGG.Con, and I see that Boots is finally getting a bit of recognition! Great times!!!

Some random access questions:

1). How the HELL can you call Twilight Struggle 'historical' when the very nature of the nuclear confrontation between the US and the USSR has been reduced to a mere game mechanism to force a bit of choices about the use of some cards?



2). More seriously-
What are your views on the utility of 'theory' in the study of history, and does theory make history more, or less, of a social science?

3). Even more seriously-
Why are wargamers, as a generally broad stereotype, so utterly out of touch with the study of history as it is being done in the academic world? Do the roots of this lie with something unique amongst wargaming culture, or is it more general reflection of the ignorance of history as a discipline in our greater Western culture?

4). Finally-
When the hell are we ever going to do that project of dueling, Lincoln-Douglas style historical debates?



Cheers on your week! Have fun, and continuing digging on that big ol' diploma in the sky!!

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Congratulations!
Enjoy your week!
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Congrats to my BGGeek counterpart Boots

Questions:

caravan You played/gm'd rpg's, so how come we don't see you over on RPGGeek?

goldencamel Ever done LARP? Which systems and do you enjoy it?

There ya go. I'll keep it to a nice easy two questions as answering 12 in one go is a long old business! lol

Enjoy your week I am mine!
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Congratulations Boots!
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Congrats Boots!

I'm venturing over into strange territory here! But I couldn't let such an important occasion pass me by. *Sniff* I remember when you were just a young lad, and now here you are, Board Game Geek of the Week. *sob* I'm so proud...
Seriously, you are a great friend and fantastic gamer and I'm glad that you and I have been friends for what is it now, 14 years? more? how is that possible? and that we still get to game together.

Questions:
d10-1 What board game mechanics are your favourites?
d10-2 What do you think RPG and board game design can teach each other?
d10-3 What part of the geek do you use the most and why?
d10-4 Any game ever been so awful you regret wasting your money on it?
d10-5 Assuming you can ignore time/other player constraints, which board game would you most want to play with me and why?

now get back to work on your thesis
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Congratulations Boots! Enjoy your week!
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Congratulations Boots!

And when things settle down - we really should get some more gaming in.
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I'm going to try and answer a few of these on my commute, so excuse the multiposting and any errors as I'm on a mobile device.

wifwendell wrote:
Congrats Boots, great pick Judy.

Where did you study history, Boots?

And since you are a 20th century historian, allow me to ask: what were the three most important events, trends, or discoveries of the 20th century and why?

Do you like to travel? Where's your favorite place to visit?


I studied history at the University of Sydney, with
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among others.

As for your second question, in a fantastic coincidence, I've just marked 160 exams where I asked my first years almost exactly the same question! I would have to say globalisation is #1. The slow (and at times very rapid) breaking down of social and cultural barriers between people is the most visible historical trend in the 20th century (though it arguably began earlier). I find he way humans have struggled to deal with the ramifications of communications technology from the telegraph to he internet fascinating. Secondly, I'd have to say decolonisation. The flow-on effects of both decolonising imperial powers and liberation struggles from Serbia in 1914 to Gandhi to Ho Chi Minh to 1989 have defined political thought beyond the second and third worlds. Lastly I'm going to say the death of utopian socialism, because it has left the political left searching in van for a replacement vocabulary and ideology, and helped to define the unhindered rise of neoliberalism in the 80s and after.

I like to travel when I can, and I have particular soft spots for Chicago, New York and San Francisco (in that order).

Thanks for the questions and kind words!
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Congratulations! History was my favourite subject in school, and pretty much the only one I studied for fun. "Historians do it over long periods of time."
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Well done, Boots, old man!

Questions, hmmm? How about... Now that I own a store, will we finally be able to get together and play a game or two??

Enjoy the week - the mantle of GotW has never been in safer hands!
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