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I've worked in IT since 2006 after a brief stint in Journalism. At various points, I've been paid to work with MySQL, MS Office/VB type stuff, XML, HTML and Java. I'm currently a developer working mainly in Java, and am working on some Android and iOS apps in my spare time.


Apr
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
24
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
4
awarded  Yearling
Jun
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
29
comment What is a good resource to discover new games?
I've personally found that the user comments (the numerical ranking/terse impressions) can sometimes be more helpful than the full written reviews. Particularly those of people rating in the 4-6 range on a 10 scale; often people who love the game will just say "great game!" and people who hate it will just say "terrible game!", but the people who were lukewarm on it will often write the things they liked and disliked about it - both valuable pieces of information, and the full reviews tend to skew positive since it's all ameteur. I agree the UI is pretty terrible, though.
Jan
4
awarded  Yearling
Nov
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
29
comment How can I play Somnium in real life?
I don't know that it doesn't exist, but there isn't anything on BoardGameGeek under that name, so I doubt it exists under that name (given both the expansiveness of BGG and that Civ is one of the most popular video games in that community, I'd expect it to be added if it did).
Jul
12
comment Alternatives to the Sympathiser in Battlestar Galactica
Pegasus also adds a Cylon Leader character type, who has a personal, hidden win condition (e.g., you win if the humans survive but have 2 resources in the red). If memory serves, that also does away with the sympathizer. Since you're a big fan of the game, I highly recommend Pegasus. It's my favorite board game expansion.
Jun
7
comment What's a good source of generic pieces/components?
If you're looking at components for the price, your best bet is to keep an eye out for clearance sales. If you don't have a local board game store to check, a lot of the online game stores have them a few times a year, as does Barnes & Noble (I've gotten several games at 75% off MSRP from the latter).
May
23
comment What is a Gateway Game?
Monopoly is not generally considered a gateway game because it's not a "gateway" to anything; most people have at least heard of it, if not played it, and introducing people to it won't result in their becoming interested in hobby gaming. From your list, for example, Race for the Galaxy is also not considered a gateway game because the iconography is notoriously tough for people who don't have a frame of reference to grasp (e.g., the difference between military and non-military worlds being an easy to overlook red border), so it's not a good "introduction" to hobby games for most people.
Apr
23
revised What game mechanic can be used for evenly selecting other players but not yourself?
Previous answer would not have worked; changing rather than deleting and adding a new one.
Apr
23
answered What game mechanic can be used for evenly selecting other players but not yourself?
Apr
18
comment Can you build a road on the other side of another player's settlement?
Hmm, that's interesting. Wonder why; seems like an odd design choice to allow settlements to interrupt a road while disallowing "building through", which will end up with the same result on the board eventually.
Apr
4
comment Where can I find more Brood War scenarios?
@RSid No problem; mostly just commented to make sure it doesn't get migrated :) You should give the game a shot! It's getting a little hard to find, and was pricey to start with, but it's one of the best games I've played. Definitely not just a license cash-in. I'd also be interested in more scenarios; I don't believe there are many out there, though. My impression is that most people play the free-for-all "main" mode (which, admittedly, is really fun), and therefore there hasn't been much development by fans. I could be wrong, though...
Apr
4
comment Where can I find more Brood War scenarios?
@RSid This is the Starcraft board game; they named the board game expansion Brood War, too.
Mar
26
awarded  Quorum
Mar
24
revised How do game designers come up with suggested (or minimum) age requirements for games?
Added attribution and clarified
Mar
24
comment How do game designers come up with suggested (or minimum) age requirements for games?
@PatLudwig Sorry; thought of a query, found the site, fixed. I still think perhaps the attribution thing is worth discussing, but maybe not here; I'll open something on meta.
Mar
24
comment How do game designers come up with suggested (or minimum) age requirements for games?
@PatLudwig I can't find the article, and have no idea how to search for it; if you have query suggestions that won't return every product with a suggested age, I'll be happy to try it. Meanwhile, ASTM F963 has to be purchased, so I can't verify the contents of that, either. I guess the downvote will have to stand unless I can find that site again. I understand your position, though if I was more concerned about reputation than helping the OP, I wouldn't post things when I don't have the source handy, and I don't know that that's a helpful policy on a board game site (i.e., not a hard science).