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This post is spawned from an extremely long email I sent to the SWARM mailing list today.

I'm a gamer, I play games. I actually will play most types of games, if presented right. So, here I present a list of the sorts of games I've played since joining university:

Board Games: My staple and favourite type. Splits down into
- Dexterity games, although I'm not the best fan of these, having rubbish dexterity. Games that rely on reaction times are not on this list because while I have played one or two I never play again, as my reaction speed is worse than rubbish, and I find it no fun to be playing a game with my dump stat.
- Chance games. In here I include games that the winner is picked mainly by chance. If Fluxx were a board game it would be in this category. Can't think of another example.
- Skill games. Chess is the best example in this category, and I can play too. I'm rubbish, but beat Ian once.
- Resource games. Settlers, Agricola...

Wargames: I'm an ex Warhammer player, as well as having dabbled in 40K and 10mm at points. I'd still like to play the Battle of Five Armies one day. Maybe when it's painted...

Role Play Games: Not my favourite game type actually (as LARP has it's own section below), but I've played. Splits into:
Rules Light: Cat, Puppetland. Whilst I'll play and enjoy these with a good GM (Games Master) (Both Dom and Ben are very capable of being good GMs) on a good day, they never attract me to play again.
Rules Heavy: D&D (Dungeons and Dragons), WFRP (Warhammer Fantasy Role Play). I can get my teeth into these. Requires a good group. Merlin is still my favourite player as a WFRP GM, mainly because he can remember the plot, gives a good summary that comes to the right conclusions, yet gets there via the wrong path. I think this reflects well on both his play style and my GM style. The fact that he always reached the right conclusion was AWESOME.

CCGs: (Collectable Card Games). These get a whole caregory as it's not just Magic. OK, so I'm a certified Magic judge, but I have also played and enjoyed Legend of the Five Rings CCG. (At Southampton for those who wonder). I want to get back in to playing Magic. I need an evening/weekend group to do this though.

Card Games (non CCG): Poker, Patience (many types), Blackjack, Rummy, Whist... Yep, you can play many good and varied games with nothing but a normal deck of playing cards or four.

LARP: Live Action Role Play is currently my favourite gaming type. Pity it's so knackering really. Maelstrom, Frontiers, Brighton Below and Arena have all been tried, and variously kept.

Computer Games: OK, so my main computer games are computer RPGs, and that's almost cheating. But I do play quite a few games on computer, and get on with them well.

Console Games: Believe it or not, I actually bought my first proper console for my 24th birthday. It was a gamecube and cost £10. A bit more's been spent since, but I managed to achieve my primary aim: Getting it to a stage where I don't feel the need to spend more money for more playability. With a dozen games on shelf, none completed, It's fairly easy to sit down with something mindless if I feel like it. I still want to play it 4 player at some point, just because I can. (£7.99 controllers were too tempting, and now rather harder to get hold of than they were 18 months ago).

So, I think that classes me as a gamer? Yes? (Anyone who still disagrees should read a certain older entry of mine)


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