March 16, 2012
It must be Christmas day as a child, when the family would sit down to play a boardgame. It was probably something like monopoly, although I especially liked Cluedo.
Nowadays there are too many games to just have one favourite to play and my tastes vary depending on my mood and the friends I'm with. In the past, I would have considered myself a hardcore videogamer, but I don't have the time for that now and I prefer to be a more social gamer. Some of my favourite boardgames are El Grande, Ticket to Ride, Hansa and Hanging Garden, which is a boardgame I enjoy playing with my wife.
My first interest in the group was to find some people to play the game designs that I had sitting around my house, that I knew I had to improve if I was ever to get them published. Then I found that I really enjoyed playtesting other people's games. I liked the cameraderie of fellow gamers, who understood the difficulty of putting your ideas in front of others. My own games improved dramatically and the games of other designers would get better and better each time we played them. Now the group is also a good excuse to meet up with good friends, have a laugh and play some games.
I'm a big fan of all sorts of games, from card and board games to video and pervasive games. My shelves are crammed with different games and I like nothing more than meeting up with friends to play a game.
Friendly bunch; passionate about games and game design and I'm not just saying that because I'm the organiser ;)