Berkeley, CAUSA 94704
July 25, 2012
My favorites in the past have been Agricola, Power Grid, Factory Manager, Dominion, Acquire, some of the Risk variants (the original doesn't hold my attention so well), Medici, For Sale, Transamerica, Nexus Ops, and Tikkal. I've played and liked quite a few others, but that sample probably conveys some sense of my taste.
If I had no job, I'd play every day :). Given that time is limited, once or twice per week would be ideal. I was going to a local game night hosted by a friend, but he graduated so I haven't played much in a few months. I'm looking to get back in the habit!
I like analysing and trying to improve my strategies in games, but unless I meet up and play often, that can't happen. So the main thing a group could do is just provide a regular chance to meet up, play, socialise, work on my strategy, and make some friends. I did notice talk of Twilight Imperium, which I've always wanted to learn. And I'm sure people in the groups know a lot of other games that would be fun to learn, as well. I can teach any of the games I own, but I only have a few: Acquire, 7 Wonders, Dominion (Intrigue and Cornucopia although I'm planning to get a couple more expansions). I also have For Sale and Archaeology (both shorter games, nice when people arrive after games start).
I don't think I have any style that applies to all games. I guess my usual strategy could be described as cautious, with a few big gambles thrown in where it seems appropriate or when I need to keep my opponents off-guard. But it varies.
I haven't used those sites. I've mostly learned about games at the weekly game night I used to join.
I'm a data analyst, living and working near UC Berkeley. Aside from board games, I enjoy music and running.