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Mike Vander V.


Portland, OR

Member since:

November 15, 2013

What games are your current favorite?

Most any tabletop game. Star Wars X-Wing (my one collectable miniatures game) got me into local game stores. Just this year I discovered that Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Dominion, and others (all totally fun) built upon the classics and paved the way with creative combination of theme and mechanics. Discovering how games can play into community development, I've been on BGG and in local stores for hours with a goal to have a balanced collection of easy to hard titles. DC Comics Deck Building Game, Flash Duel, Fluxx (3.0, Star, Oz), Hey! That's My Fish, Tsuro, Labyrinth, Zombie Dice, The Walking Dead (Zman), TransAmerica, Limits, Bohnanza, Sunrise City, Dixit, Hive, Forbidden Island, Formula De, Gloom, Resident Evil DBG, Set, DVONN, Wasabi!, Zooloretto and more are in the collection. At Off The Charts Games (Gresham) I have recently played Terra Mystica, Firefly, Dead Panic, Civilization, Tokaido, Sunrise City, and Pathfinder (the card game).

What games do you avoid?

I am a collector at heart, so I trying not to start up collectible card and miniature games. If I had a steady income that would be much harder to do!


I live in East Portland. I have an 80+ game collection at the Rosewood Community Center (SE 162nd and Stark). None owned over a year. Many not yet played. Can a collection of games intentionally managed by a community transform that community?

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