Thursday, March 18, 2010

Springtime is in the air and my inner geek is stirring

I've been in a board-game frenzy lately, mostly inspired by listening to the excellent Game On! Podcast! Much to my surprise, my wife and children have also been very enthusiastic about this recent trend. We've played quite a few different games but our current games of choice are Pandemic, Red Dragon Inn, Dominion and the various editions of Fluxx. We've played both cooperative and competitive games. The competitive games are especially tricky for me, for some unknown reason my wife has convinced friends and family that I am not allowed to win and so most of the time they team up against me. But that which does not kill me, makes me stronger or at least (I hope) a better gamer! Soon I intend to introduce them to some of the more rules heavy games like Descent or Runewars.

I've also made my way to what appears to be the online mecca for board-gamers: I took a perverse joy in cataloging my games for my profile. My collection is not that large by any means, but hey we all know it's not the size of your collection but how you use it! (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). I do have some (what I consider) vintage games like the original Space Hulk and Advanced HeroQuest mixed into my collection. I also have quite a few party and traditional games. I have to say that among the traditional old school boardgames like Monopoly,Clue and Life, my all time favorite is Risk!

As for my other geek hobbies, I'm still working on my series of fantasy novels and trying to put together some D&D 4th Edition gaming groups. I actually have one group almost ready to go, we are just trying to work out the scheduling problems. As usual I have too many geek distractions vying for my attention and the end result is that they all suffer!

I'm still playing World of Warcraft, although it doesn't consume as much time as it used to for me. I absolutely love the new LFG tool. I can just pop in and run a random dungeon and I get my WoW fix for the day!

On top of all this I want to start actually painting and gaming with the uncountable horde of miniatures dwelling in my basement! I've decided to stick with the systems that are smaller in scale so I won't have to paint battalions of minis. I am currently working on Khador & Cryx battlegroups for Warmachine and I plan to start painting some of the minis that came in my Battletech boxed game (I love you Catalyst Labs).

Well I've run out of things to say for now, I'm itching to go play a game or paint something! I also want to mention that you can follow me on twitter as ResGamer and I'm also on formspring as well.