Games I Like

Gaming History

Escape From The Death Star
Escape From The Death Star

When I was growing up, we had a games closet. Some of my favourites were "Escape From the Death Star", "Disaster", and "Concentration", but there were many others. My parents didn't play chess so I borrowed a book from the library and taught myself. I taught my brother to play too, but since I won a game of stalemate, I think we may have been a little sketchy on the rules.

When I was 12 or 13 I was introduced to role-playing games. It wasn't long before I started collecting games and components. When I got to College in 2005, I noticed that there were no gaming groups. I started one in Cornwall and another one in Kingston. These days I try to get together with friends at least once each week to play different games. I am currently hosting a game of Edge of the Empire - a Star Wars RPG set in the Episode IV timeframe.

Colecovision
Colecovision with Atari Adapter
Lone Wolf Book 1
Lone Wolf #1

As kids, my siblings and I had a Colecovision. We had a number of games for it and for the Atari adapter. All three of us loved playing those games. My first computer was a Colecovision Adam and it had two games: Buck Rogers and Dragon's Lair. When I got a real computer, I was introduced to a whole new type of game. I have a love for computers and a love for games, but surprisingly, I'm not a huge video game player. I prefer the hands-on stuff with real people in the room. That isn't to say I don't play games on computer or console, I just don't seem to play as much as some of my other friends. I currently own an Xbox 360 Star Wars Limited Edition with Kinect.

Lone Wolf. I can't talk about games without mentioning Lone Wolf. This is a series of books introduced in the 80's. You have a character that you create in book 1 which you build up in the subsequent books. The original series is 28 books long and I have 23 of them in hardcover collector's editions. Apparently they have begun to continue the story, as I noticed an advertisement for book 29 on a fansite. The series was originally re-released by Mongoose Publishing, but for some reason, they were forced to give up to a German company called Mantikore-Verlag. I purchased the collector editions as they were released, but sadly, Mantikore-Verlag has discontinued publishing them. The original writer, Joe Dever, recently passed on. His family has vowed to finish his unfinished work, but at this time, I have no idea where I can get the ones I'm missing.

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Tabletop RPGs

RPG Boxes
TSR Boxes
AD&D Core Books
AD&D Core Books

My first exposure to RPGs was Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. When I was 12 or 13, a friend of mine was forced to get rid of all of his RPGs and sold them to me for $40. The collection included a number of books for AD&D, a beautiful set of copper dice, the Gamma World box set, the Marvel Super Heroes box set, and the Star Frontiers box set. Although I played AD&D more often, Star Frontiers was always my favourite. I had a friend with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Toon, as well as another friend with Paranoia. We even tried to write our own games (though we never finished one).

The many flavours of D&D all appeal to me for different reasons, though I liked the d20 concept the best. I had only a little exposure to AD&D 2e, and almost none to D&D 4e. I know I'll never be able to keep up with the D&D 5e books as they are released, but I will keep an eye out for the titles that I think would best suit me. I recently discovered that someone has published a "Middle-Earth" setting for D&D 5e. I really hope I can track down a hardcover version.

Below is a list of some of the RPG games that I have on hand. I've managed to build a modest collection of indie games through DriveThru RPG - they often offer PDFs for free. I won't list them here, but me and a group of my friends had a field-day with Badass.

Alternity
Alternity
Alternity: Gamma World
Alternity: Gamma World
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Ed
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Ed
Star Frontiers
Star Frontiers
Star Wars - Edge of the Empire
Star Wars - Edge of the Empire
Toon
Toon
Traveller 4th Ed
Traveller 4th Ed
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Munchkin

Munchkin by Steve Jackson Games was the most popular game that we played at my gaming club gatherings. It is a card game that comes in many different flavours which can be used stand-alone or blended together. My collection has grown over the years and I have a lot invested in it. Here is a list of the flavours of Munchkin that I currently own. In many cases I also own all of the expansions and special promo cards. I also have plenty of other stuff including boards, dice, bookmarks, temporary tatoos, Christmas cards, and other items that help during play. If you are ever in need of gift idea for me: size XXXL Munchkin t-shirt! I am very proud of my Munchkin collection, in fact if you fall dead in front of me, there is a really good chance that I will loot your body!

Original Munchkin
Original Munchkin
Munchkin Apocalypse
Munchkin Apocalypse
Munchkin Axe Cop
Munchkin Axe Cop
Munchkin Blender
Munchkin Blender
Munchkin Cthulhu
Munchkin Cthulhu
Munchkin Legends
Munchkin Legends
Munchkin Marvel
Munchkin Marvel
Munchkin Steampunk
Munchkin Steampunk
Munchkin Zombies
Munchkin Zombies
Munchkinomicon
Munchkinomicon
Star Munchkin
Star Munchkin
Super Munchkin
Super Munchkin
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Board/Card/Dice Games

I have a good collection of other games. I enjoy these most of all because they are hands-on. You have to pick up the piece, roll the dice, pick a card... Some of these games take an outrageous amount of time to play. I still have games sitting on the shelf that haven't even been opened. Some games are amazing, some are not-so-much. The one thing that the good games have in common is a simplistic rule system. That doesn't mean that the complicated games aren't fun. The games I like the best almost always have a number of expansions - which I try to purchase when I can. Below is a small gallery of the games I have that are most popular with my gaming friends or that I have been building over the course of many years.

Dungeon!
Dungeon!
Chez Cthulhu & Chez Geek
Chez Cthulhu & Chez Geek
Dragon Dice
Dragon Dice (thousands)
D&D Miniatures
D&D Miniatures (hundreds)
Hot Rod Creeps
Hot Rod Creeps
Lone Wolf Books
Lone Wolf Books
Lords of Waterdeep
Lords of Waterdeep
Settlers of Catan
Settlers of Catan
Smallworld
Smallworld
Talisman 4e
Talisman 4e
Young Jedi CCG
Young Jedi CCG
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Video Games

I own an XBox 360 Star Wars Limited Edition Kinect which I found at The Source by pure chance a couple of Christmases ago. It is painted to look like R2-D2 and does his beeps on power cycling and inserting/removing discs. The controller is gold with painted wires to look like C-3PO. I don't play console games nearly as much as my friends, but I do play either my XBox or Steam games on most days. I play Sid Meier's Civilization VI just about every morning before starting my day. Here is a small gallery of my current gaming habits and a couple of games that I am likely to play again:

Beyond Earth: Rising Tide
Beyond Earth: Rising Tide
Civilization VI
Civilization VI (25th Anniversary Edition)
Diablo III
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
Don't Starve
Don't Starve (RoG & SW too!)
Lego Star Wars 3
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
Lone Wolf HD
Lone Wolf HD
Realm of the Mad God
Realm of the Mad God
South Park: The Stick of Truth
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Torchlight II
Torchlight II
Unepic
Unepic