In recent months, I’ve jumped neck-deep into the world of modern “designer” board games. I’ve read all that I could on a number of blogs, listened to virtually every podcast out there, and spent hours and hours at BoardGameGeek trying to learn and understand everything that I could about this wonderful hobby. Not to mention, of course, that I’ve been playing as many games as possible this whole time. I thought that it was about time for me to “give back” a little and contribute to the wealth of information out there.
While the modern board game world is relatively new to me, I’m not new at all to gaming in general. In fact, probably my “first love” in gaming are RPG’s. I remember watching my older brother run his AD&D campaign from the time I was 6 or 7, and I started playing with my friends by the age of 9 or so. As soon as I could understand them, I would also play things like Battletech, Illuminati, Dark Tower, and Risk. All through middle and high school, my friends and I played almost every RPG du jour: Vampire/Werewolf, Robotech and Rifts (Palladium system), Marvel Super Heroes, DC Super Heroes, Cyberpunk, GURPS (mainly the Autoduel setting), and I’m sure a few others that I just can’t remember right now.
Next came Magic: The Gathering. I started playing when Antiquities was in stores and played until the Urza Block started. From there, I transitioned into the Babylon 5 CCG (which is the best CCG ever, by the way) and jumped back into D&D when 3rd edition came out. For some reason, I let myself get drawn back into Magic for the Onslaught and Mirrodin blocks, but once again the lack of time to play and huge monetary investment drove me away. Replacing one addiction with another, I started collecting and playing D&D Minis, which I figured would at least be useful for RPG purposes even if I auit at some poinr, but I had no local play group and rarely got to tournaments.
So then I was left with a very sporadic RPG campaign and occasional party game night at church. But fortunately, two things happened then that changed my gaming life: I found BoardGameGeek and a great FLGS opened up in town.
At first, I worked hard to start a D&D Minis community, but would practically salivate over all the beautiful board games every time I walked into the shop. When the DDM things fell apart, I switched my focus wholly to Board Games and I haven’t looked back. I started a weekly board game night there back in January, and have recently gotten into a little playtesting as well. I hope that my insights and opinions about games and gaming can be useful to someone else out there, and I plan to make this blog a regular part of my life for a while.
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