- classic American (the 1970's): Monopoly, Prize Property, King Oil, etc.
- wargames (late 70's/early 80's): Wooden Ships & Iron Men, Squad Leader Third Reich, etc.
- role-playing (early 80's): Dungeons & Dragons, Runequest, Traveller
- Games Workshop board games (mid-late 80's): Talisman, Fury of Dracula, Dungeonquest, etc.
- buying a copy of Phantoms of the Ice from White Wind Games... bringing me into contact with Alan Moon & the rest of the White Wind line. That contact led to an invitation to the Gathering of Friends...
- finding Linie 1 and Modern Art in a game store in Cinncinati, OH... I spent over $100 on the two of them (highway robbery!) but I was hooked...
- wargames: definitely Third Reich - looking back, I'm still amazed we fought our way through the rule book
- roleplaying: D&D - a group of us read the cover article in Games Magazine and hunted down the "blue" starter box - $10. (Wish that was all I had spent on D&D... man, what I laid out for graph paper alone would finance a small 3rd world country...)
- Games Workshop games: Talisman
- Euros: Scotland Yard was good, but Midnight Party is what hooked me on Ravensburger games... and it was Settlers that shifted the whole thing into overdrive.
14. What is your favorite theme?
I like exploration games a whole lot.
15. Who is your favorite designer?
It's a toss-up between Klaus Teuber (Settlers, Gnadelos, Anno 1503, Entdecker, Lowenherz) and Wolfgang Riedesser (Dschungelrennen, Ausgebremst).
16. Best gaming experience?
Gulf Games... I'm hard-pressed to choose individual games, but particular highlights include:
- Shanghai (BAD game, GREAT company) with Ted Cheatham, Greg Schloesser & Craig Berg
- Princes of Florence with Derk, Vonda, Jon Pessano & ?... wining after Derk talked major trash about me being a fluffy gamer
- Waldschattenspiel with Frank Branham in a darkened kitchen
And so many others... sigh.
17. Worst gaming experience?
Perpetual Notion with my Bible study group - we renamed it "The Fight Game".
18. Favorite game for 2 players?
Memoir '44... even when I lose, I enjoy the ride.
19. Favorite game for 3 players?
Schappchen Jagd... I can't spell the game, but I love to play it.
20. Favorite game for 5 players?
21. Favorite game for 6 players?
Entenrallye. Just as long as one of them isn't Dave Vander Ark. (Hi, Dave!)
22. Favorite party game?
Time's Up, followed closely by Smarty Party.
23. Do you value Theme or Mechanics more?
Like I said earlier, I value the meshing of the two... I want a theme that works and/or draws me in that lines up with the mechanics of the game.
24. What color do you want to use to play with?
I like being yellow, but I don't always get to do that. I'd rather not be "doody brown" (which is an option in some of my games.)
25. What is your favorite movie?
"The Princess Bride"... followed closely by "Raising Arizona" and "The Truman Show".
26. What is your favorite book?
- Fiction: The Silver Chair (C.S. Lewis)
- Non-Fiction: Seizing Your Divine Moment (Erwin McManus) & Blue Like Jazz (Donald Miller)
27. Last three books read?
- Faith of My Fathers (Chris Seay & family)
- Walk On: the Spiritual Journey of U2 (Steve Stockman)
- The Present Future (Reggie McNeal)
28. Last three movies watched?
- Jump Tomorrow (highly recommended indie romance with a bit of magical realism and an almost total lack of cynicism)
- King Kong 2005 (gorgeous & epic, but it's about a big ape, for crying out loud)
- Narnia: LW& W (the kids are incredible and there are great moments, but Aslan doesn't have the power he has in the books)
29. Favorite beverage?
It used to be diet Coke... more recently it's either Snapple Apple or Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider.
30. What are the three most important people in your life?
My wife, Shari, and my two boys, Braeden & Collin. (No surprise here, right?!)