June 16, 2012
I think Google was instrumental in my discovery of Camel City Gamers, as I recall.
I'm a boardgamer; I haven't tried RPGs, miniatures, or wargames. I fall more on the euro side of the spectrum since they tend to be easier to learn, shorter to play, and have sounder mechanics. However, the most immersive games are the ones that reconcile good mechanics with good theme.
I've finally gotten to the point where Catan feels a little old. I play Lords of Waterdeep and Dominion with my brother-in-law, but he maths it out so well that he almost invariably wins. I love playing Eclipse and La Havre on iOS and I have a blast playing Dixit and Love Letter with my wife and in-laws. Currently on my want-to-play list are Terra Mystica and Caverna.
It feels cliché and flaky for me to say it but I'm working on a board game design. Nevertheless, it's a compelling and cheap creative outlet with a lot of possibilities, a fun and occasionally inadvertently hilarious way to socialize, and maybe something I will have success with one day.
I'm going to be starting as a registered nurse on the burn unit at Baptist Hospital in July. I got into board gaming when I was a student at UNC through the ever so common but ever so fun gateway game Settlers of Catan.