Introductions

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I did a post like this some months ago, but there have been a lot of new users I have been seeing since then. So, I am just dropping this post to give you the chance to introduce yourself in the comments. You can include as much or as little information as you wish.

I'll drop mine in the comments.

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7 months ago

Hi, cuties! My name is Suzanne, and I reluctantly live in the Atlanta, GA, area. (I miss you, New Orleans.)

I've been playing games most of my life, although the indie board game world is fairly new to me. Growing up with 3 siblings meant we were the perfect number for canasta, and my mom occupied the 4 of us with many, many hands of canasta for years. We were also the right number and age range to play toy store board games together like #Clue Game and #Monopoly. With the help of a basic house rule (no hotels), we played and finished hundreds of games of Monopoly without killing each other or setting the game on fire. My brothers are still bitter about how often I won because I paid attention to small details. When we moved on to #Scrabble as teenagers, we found our happy medium. My family is still a "Scrabble is a relaxing choice" family, which I have recently learned is strange. 

My wife is a really competitive athlete from a really competitive family that loves games so she made it clear when we got together that she wanted gaming to be a vital part of our relationship. In return, I was clear that fancy Mardi Gras shit was part and parcel of dating me. (See photograph below for fancy Mardi Gras shit of years past.) I'm not interested in competitive games or even being in competitive spaces so her love of games was a challenge for a while. We've slowly found our way into games that can be played as friendlies, and we are making more friends who also enjoy playing that way. Being a queer couple makes finding groups a lot easier because we know pretty fast when a gaming space isn't the right one for us. (We can tell in under 2 minutes if we'll want to shop in a given game store.) 

I do have a pretty serious competitive streak, but I channel all of that energy into my job. That makes me really good at running restaurants (which I no longer do because hello, no life) and hospitality consulting (which I usually do when there's not a pandemic on). You'd think it would also make me good at pretty intense resource allocation games, and you would be correct. But I do not find that a fun way to spend my free time so I only play friendlies. If we can skip keeping score, we do. At home, we play for the pleasure of the mechanics. When we go to family holidays, I take my knitting and let the rest of her family howl at each other in chaos. 

We're planning a move to San Antonio when it's safe (so probably late August or September), and we're hoping to find a gaming group there to start digging into some cooperative games that aren't virus-themed. (Yes, my wife owns Pandemic. No, I am not interested in more nightmares.) The move will take us away from our other gaming interest (baseball), but I think we'll live. Braves fans are the worst. See photograph below for correct East Coast baseball alignment. 

Mostly, I'm here to keep track of the games I do own in case of catastrophe and to hear about cool things that I want to play but wouldn't otherwise know of. 

Exhibit A: Correct East Coast baseball alignment and good life choices
(Honestly, not a very flattering picture of me.)


Exhibit B: Fancy Mardi Gras shit of years past.


Supporter7 months ago

Welcome to the community. Glad to have you here. 

7 months ago

Hiiiiiii everybody. My name is Benjamin (aka Ben) and while I hail from Canada, I now live in Kentucky. I grew up playing games such as #The Puppy Game and #Escape from the Hidden Castle (formerly titled Midnight Party, which I think is a much better name, but I digress), so it was inevitable that I would find myself addicted to cardboard. That said, I didn't really start the addiction until I was in grad school and my roommate invited me to one of his game nights where we played Carcassonne. The rest, as they say, is history.

Some of my favorite games are X-Wing, #Champions of Midgard, and #Wingspan. (Yes, Wingspan has jumped way up there.) I am a reviewer at Everything Board Games, and I also do rule book editing on the side, which is soooooo much fun for me. 

Outside of board games, I am a former rugby player (high school and club in college) and rugby ref, improv comedian (although it's been a while since I've seen the stage...), and I love playing ultimate Frisbee and Super Smash Bros. I also love to read and write, and working with video is always a good time.

And I think that's more than enough information haha

Owner7 months ago

Ultimate Frisbee! Loved playing it with my friends during high school years. Never got into it deep enough to try out all of the different throws though. Melee is probably my most played video game in terms of number of hours (especially if I count all of my plays across different Smash versions).

7 months ago

I used to play ultimate during college and grad school on intermurals. And we'd play pickup at least 2-3 times a week. And I was a stadium announcer for the AULD team the Salt Lake Lions. That was their one and only season haha Needless to say, I really enjoy the sport.

I think Melee is my most-played game as well, although Smash Ultimate has risen to the top in my rankings. I don't have it, but y inlaws do and we play with them frequently.

Supporter7 months ago

Ultimate Frisbee is a lot of fun. 

7 months ago

It's so good. I never realized how much fun tossing a disc could be haha

Supporter7 months ago

Well met! I’m Brian from Rochester, MN. I’m a pharmacist working in a retail pharmacy. I’ve been playing board games as long as I can remember. Starting with the usual classics as a child and expanding into Axis and Allies in my high school days. My wife and I played other classics like Catan with our families here and there. I didn’t really get into modern board gaming until after college. My first hobby game purchase was XCOM and I’ve been steadily expanding my collection from there. 

Supporter7 months ago

I never knew you had xcom..... Wasn't that that Eric Lang game with an app assisted part? Or am I thinking of something different? 

Supporter7 months ago

Hi! my name is James and I don't post here that often. 

Supporter7 months ago

I know. We've been missing you. 

Supporter7 months ago

Yep. Its been a while! Between adoption proceedings ramping up and it (usually) being the busy season for work, I haven't had much extra time. 

Supporter7 months ago

I trust your adoption proceedings are going well. Best wishes. 

Supporter7 months ago

Thanks! Going well but slowly (no thanks, Rona)

Supporter7 months ago

Hello again James. Good to see you stop by every once in a while. 

Supporter7 months ago

Haha! It's been a while!

Owner7 months ago

Hello! My name is Phil and I'm from San Luis Obispo, CA. My family moved to the U.S. from Korea when I was in elementary school and lived in the Bay Area (near S.F.) until I transferred to SLO (short for San Luis Obispo) for college. Played tennis all throughout high school years, studied structural engineering in college, happily married in SLO soon after graduating, and now have an 18 month old son who keeps me preoccupied to no end (love him to death though).

The only experience I had with board games was playing Monopoly with my older brother and my friends and family, which I did enjoy but I always preferred playing video games with my older brother (smash, mario kart, final fantasy, etc) or playing PC games. It wasn't until I started working with @trentellingsen that I got deep into this hobby. Drawing is one of my biggest passions and he first hired me for freelance work to help out with cardback designs on a board game he was developing, which led to #Ultimate Fighters: Creatures of Titan (not published yet). Soon after, starting last year, I also partnered up with him to work on Board Game Atlas (half time while maintaining my full time job--currently full-time while the quarantine is going on), and the rest is history. I love thinking about strategies and love the social aspects of board games, so it's been nothing but good. Medium to medium-heavy weight euros tend to be hits for both me and my wife and our favorites include #Viticulture: Essential Edition (with #Tuscany: Essential Edition) and #Clans of Caledonia. I've never been one to spend even a dime on personal things, but this hobby has completely thrown that out the window in a good way I think lol. I'm also trying my best to keep up with drawing when time frees up. This is a sketch I did based on a picture of my son, where I'm also trying to study the style of a famous Pixar illustrator. It's always fun getting to know you all and everyone's such a bad influence on my wallet xD


Supporter7 months ago

Nice to meet you Phil! Are you kind of a big deal around here?

Supporter7 months ago


Supporter7 months ago

LOL

Owner7 months ago

I'm just a guy with a finger on the "select giveaway winner" button ;) 

Supporter7 months ago

Hey. I I know how burdensome that is too you. I am happy to do that for you. I promise to not pick myself more than 50% of the time..... LOL

Owner7 months ago

As long as you send me a few prizes every now and then.

Supporter7 months ago

We could work that out.... 

Supporter7 months ago

I've seen him pop up here and there.... So might be something going on. 

Supporter7 months ago

Hmm... I dunno. 

Supporter7 months ago

I saw this picture on Twitter or Instagram or somewhere, I like it.

I didn't know that you actually spent some of your growing up years in Korea. That is cool, I wish everybody would have the chance to live somewhere else at some point in their life. I think it is a incredibly enriching experience.

Owner7 months ago

I agree 100%! My wife and I speak so much Korean to our son that he seems to feel a little intimidated when he's around only english speaking people haha. Now we're trying to throw in some english every now and then for him to get comfortable.

Supporter7 months ago

Good for you. I'm proud of you teaching your son Korean. 

My first language was a specific dialect of German. That was all we talked at home while I was growing up. I swore that my children would learn to speak that. But, I married a wife who doesn't speak it, she has gotten to speak it a little bit.... But not much. I was making good headway with my son when we moved to El Salvador, then we started hitting Spanish pretty hard. I'm starting to get afraid that he will lose it. 

Don't be too worried about your son. Now is the easiest time for him to learn another language. 

8 months ago

Hey everyone , my name is Dennis from Staten Island, NY.  I've been gaming seriously for about a year. My first introduction to more advanced games was a few years back with #Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition. It was a real sink or swim experience. After that I bought #Eldritch Horror and just basically played those two games for a few years. Then I started going to game nights a @BobbyBigPoints "Psychedelic Gulag" and that was the end of my bank account. I am lucky enough to have a few different game groups I play with, but sadly (especially during this quarantine) my wife does not play so I've been dry for about two weeks. I recently invested in TTS so we'll see if that helps scratch my itch. 

Looking fwd to future interactions with the community and the site.  I really enjoy everything they have to offer here.