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As a stay at home dad of 4 kids, everthing eats into my time. The only time I generally have is the weekend and then I'm usually trying to catch up on sleep! Lol. And one the seasons change it will be kids sports all the time on the weekend and practices, etc. 

This is a really interesting question.

I had no idea that any of this was going on this week.

Guess you could say that I was blissfully ignorant.

And in that blissful ignorance I was able to enjoy games and very excitedly research and learn#High Frontier 4 All. Having learned some new information about the games designer... does this change my excitement for the game? Do I want to go out and learn more and get all riled up?

No, I don't think so. I think I'd prefer to go on being blissfully ignorant. But is this the right action to take? Should we enjoy games for what they are and not worry about the people behind them? Should we care about the actions the creators show outside of their games?

In a way it's similar to cheering for sports players. There are some undeniably bad men playing NFL football. Yet all that seems forgotten when they are in the game making amazing plays. Is this ok? I don't know. Do I find myself doing it? Sometimes. Are some things unforgivable? Definitely. 

Well said.

I've always been a gamer at heart loving the competitive nature and thrill from sports, video games and board games. First and foremost though, I enjoy spending time with others, and if that means quality time with my SO or friends over a game then even better. The fun aspect of being a gamer is the most rewarding - getting to see the joy in others that I also get. 

I also enjoy challenging my brain to solve the game at hand as well as solve the funnest puzzle there is, my opponent's mind. All in friendly competition of course (doesn't mean things won't heated sometimes haha). From planning out a strategy, to playing mindgames, to reacting to the luck of a draw/roll. I'll have fun with anything being a gamer has to offer, whether it be solo at times or sharing the experience with others. 

The aesthetic of it all is a plus that I do appreciate too. 

I've always been attracted to games; board games and their production and fun, later on video games (because of the new possibilities and endless opportunities) but also the joyful game element in sports.

As far as I go back, I always dreamed of making my own games as well and it's wonderful that there is actually nothing holding me back doing that. Just like making my music, nothing stops me from getting som basic gear, learning and trying and actually DOING it. I'm not publishing or selling, that's a different story but making? every free moment, my minds is on games.

I even gamify the work around the house etc when cleaning up etc.
I listen to podcasts about game design when doing some dishes.
I bring a notepad along for random ideas
I make sketches etc.
I meddle with custom dice mechanics

and still I am far from a working prototype yet, just because i love the unlimited freedom of theorycrafting :D

I play videogames with my friends and more and more they tend to be digital boardgames over the internet.
Never played so much board games with friends since there is Covid-19! digital of course!

In games i love to build; build an empire, a city, a character and its skills, a machine, a collection, whatever... the constructive/creative part is awesome.

Ever played Factorio (computer game where you set up a big factory of conveyor belt, automated production chains etc) or transport tycoon? making it work, seeing it devolop, tweak a detail or build a mega structure... 
It fills me with satisfaction!

I guess games feed my instant gratification and that gives me the power and patience to work on the complex and long term stuff.

I'm pretty sure board- and video games strongly developed my ability to vision, plot, tweak and interface.

I love to play roles and do voices, i play games, I express myself, i draw, i play music,  ...Everything I DO IS PLAYING! even when I'm not, I try to :D

 

 

Hmm, lots of solo eh?  

WIth that much cash you have a lot of options for sure.  I'm not sure if this falls under "Generic Fantasy" or not but #Gloomhaven would offer you a ton of playtime for your dollar and perhaps the most diverse solo experience over multiple game sessions with the option for multiplayer.  I was initial turned off by this game as I didn't connect with the theme much and figured it was a typical dungeon crawl.  I was wrong.  Best game made to date imo.

Hisotrically speaking I think #Brass: Birmingham or losely #Maracaibo fall into this range with Brass being a bit more historically founded (by a bit I mean QUITE a bit).  I am not sure if Brass has a solo mode however and Maracaibo has a decent solo mode in my opinion.

#Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island has a difficult solo mode for sure and a decent amount of setup and several scenarios with lots of other options avaialble online down the road should you wish to pursue them.  Very challenging game involving dice, cards, a bit of development.

I think #Paladins of the West Kingdom has one of the best solo modes of any game I've played solo and games generally last close to 2 hours for me as I like to think through my choices. #Teotihuacan: City of Gods also sports a good solo feature with a unique mechanic for automa turn and has a little historical aspect.  Another great game with historical connections and a great solo mode is #Clans of Caledonia.  

#Gloomhaven would be my first choice. #Clans of Caledonia and #Paladins of the West Kingdom is think you could afford together and possible even toss in #Teotihuacan: City of Gods for a threesome.  For high complexity maybe consider #Clans of Caledonia and #Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island.

Really enjoy the feeling of getting that good flow in a deck-builder. Our collection is small but we've enjoyed #Fort a lot and the theme makes it that much more enjoyable. 

Others I've had my eye on to try are  #Dale of Merchants  as well as #The Taverns of Tiefenthal

Finally being a big sports dude, one that I've tried that is def on the wishlist is #Baseball Highlights: 2045 .  The deck-building plays perfectly into the theme of assembling a roster and making free-agent signings in between games in preparation for the world series.  

Always enjoyed board games, playing a lot of the classics growing up. Then proceeded to the occasional Catan games with friends. Then a few years ago I believe I came across TableTop on Youtube with Wheaton and the #Tokaido gameplay made me realize there was much more out there. Loved Tokaido and eventually found it on BGArena while discovering some other games in the process like #Takenoko. Finally decided to get some of our own over the past years like #Codenames , #Risk: Game of Thrones and #Sushi Go!

Wasn't until our purchase of #Disney Villainous a couple years ago that we thought we could eventually have a small collection one day. While we did make a few additions over time and loved playing, it wasn't something we looked into much. Fast forward to 2020. Being someone who plays and follows a lot of sports, obviously many things were paused due to the pandemic. While unfortunate, this gave me time to look into other things, like board games!

I went back and continued to learn new games to me on BGArena like #7 Wonders , #Lost Cities , #Puerto Rico among many others. Being someone who loves to plan and research, found myself learning a ton in such a short time as I continued the deep dive into my newest hobby. Learned about content creators, got TableTop Sim to try out stuff, and of course added to the wishlist and the collection. 

These days our collection is taking shape slowly but surely (budget and room). I'm usually the teacher now so I do like to cater it to games I enjoy that I know my GF and friends will also like. Don't see myself having hundreds of games or anything, but plan is to start adding some variety in weight as well with games like #Architects of the West Kingdom , #Viticulture: Essential Edition and #Spirit Island high on the wishlist. Weight doesn't matter though as I will enjoy and have fun with any and all games as long as our group is having fun. I find myself learning more about the industry now to maybe take part in things like rule book writing when I can. The board game hobby and its community has been a joy to discover throughout the year and has def been the bright spot of 2020. 

PS. Still plan on owning Tokaido someday :)