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We are really happy to have you here. Unfortunately, being online we can't bond with you over a game so you'd know right away how happy we are to meet you. For now, you'll just have to take our word for it.

This site has always thrived on lively discussion and spirited but civil debate. We hope that newcomers here will find a welcoming atmosphere where game enthusiasts of all levels of experience and commitment will have something to add to the conversation. You never need to prove your “gamer cred” here. Whether you have been playing board games for a few months or a few decades; whether you have a huge collection or a small one; whether you have been a member here for years or just joined today – your opinion is valued here.

We know that it can be intimidating to jump into a new community and want to assure you that this is NOT the kind of forum where people will tell you that you posted something in the wrong place, or that you should have found an existing thread on the topic, or that you shouldn’t have resurrected an old thread.

So if you find a thread or an article discussion that interests you, whether it is old or new, feel free to jump in. Want to discuss a specific game or board gaming related topic just start a new topic. If you don’t know which forum to put it in, just make your best guess (we really don’t care all that much. It’s easy enough for a moderator to move it or merge it, if necessary).

A good place to get started is by introducing yourself in the “New Members Introduce Yourself” thread (below) or by telling us what you have been playing in the “What BOARD GAME(s) have you been playing?" thread ( ).

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The Regulars

03 Feb 2009 13:18 #19675 by jeb
Replied by jeb on topic Re:The Regulars
I'm Jeb. Unlike some folks I don't cook up an alternate personality for online communities. What-I-Type-Is-What-You-Get. I've been on the Intertrons since Prodigy dialup with a fatty boombalatty 2400 baud connection.

I am or have been:
  • drowning in children (three, the oldest is five now).
  • working at a FUCKING HUGE BIOPHARMA company.
  • an Orthodox Jew.
  • tangentially involved in a scientific scandal .
  • the co-creator of 5-Color Draft, an insanely awesome Magic:the Gathering format.
  • the guy that broke Illusionary Mask + Phyrexian Dreadnought. Really. Paul Barclay and I sorted this out during a rules revision when they defined "Morph."
  • able to hang with Barnes during cinematic discussions. (Even though he likes some shit films.)
  • waaaaaaay better than you at Boggle. Seriously. Don't even try.

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03 Feb 2009 13:21 - 03 Feb 2009 20:58 #19679 by Octavian
Replied by Octavian on topic Re:The Regulars
Name is Matthew (Octavian over on BGG). I probably know more about football than you. I probably know more about Shakespeare than you. I'm definitely luckier with dice than you.

I'm an admin over at BGG, and depending on who you ask I wield my power there with varying degrees of fairness. I enjoy abstracts, euros, wargames, and AT. I'm not afraid to mix it up a bit in the forums, though I tend to restrain myself a bit due to the fact that I teach University students and you never know if one is going to Google-stalk you.

Oh...and I'm just here for the lulz.

I'll let Frank fill in any blanks I've left :)

Last edit: 03 Feb 2009 20:58 by Octavian.

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03 Feb 2009 13:54 - 03 Feb 2009 13:55 #19685 by Schweig!
Replied by Schweig! on topic Re:The Regulars
Hi, my name is Simon, but everybody calls me Schweig! except for Mr. Skeletor, who calls me Shvieg. I pretty much only participate on this site, since it is the most entertaining of the whole wide web!

I'm 23 years old and the only active German here, but don't worry - I hate the vaterland. War games are my favorite, but since only cranky loners play these, I enjoy some AT with my friends for consolation. Euros are boring, dry and uninspiring.

I also draw the weekly cartoon. I want to be just as Iggy Pop, only younger.

Most things I write are not to be taken serious.

I'm pissed that I didn't make the first page.
Last edit: 03 Feb 2009 13:55 by Schweig!.

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03 Feb 2009 14:16 #19692 by jur
Replied by jur on topic Re:The Regulars
I have played with toy soldiers since I don't know when. I changed from plastics to lead when I was about 12 years old. Later I helped found a wargames club (Murphy's Heroes), which after 20 years still exists.

I did some role playing and still do a lot of board gaming: wargames, ameritrash and euro (but I can't stand abstracts)

My great love is megagames: put 40 to 200 people together in teams and let them refight World War II, the Wars of the Roses, or a fantasy siege in a day (or two)! To design and run one is both exciting and terrifying. You should try it some time !

I love F:AT because here the message is more important than the way it is delivered. I am happy to throw in my 2 cents, even though I tend to be ignored most of the time.

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03 Feb 2009 14:40 #19705 by Space Ghost
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I am a 30 year old statistics professor, and like Jeb, I don't really have a different personality here versus "real life".

I have been playing Ameritrash since I was a kid -- starting with Wizard's Quest (instead of Risk) and going on from there. I am quite a big fan of MoTU, and I am an unrepentant fan of Magic the Gathering (along with some worse CCG). Currently, I have become Fantasy Flight's bitch. I will play any game, knowing that group of people is what sets the tone of the game because, for me, this all should just be fun.

For me, Fortress: Ameritrash is a breath of fresh air....I can't stand arrogance in general, and it especially rubs me the wrong way in this hobby because we are just talking about toys (er, I mean games) and none of this should be taken as seriously as many people think. This site provides a place to freely state opinions without worrying about blowback, and almost as importantly as the games discussed here, I think that the threads on books are invaluable.

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03 Feb 2009 14:51 #19712 by Thaadd
Replied by Thaadd on topic Re:The Regulars
I guess I finally cracked 100....
(posting on my lunch break, in case bossman is reading)

I'm 31, Minnesota 'gamer chick' (or old lady with cats). I started out 15 years ago with RPGs, moved on to boardgames when all my friends started getting old and kidletted and we could not keep a line up 2 weeks running. I accidentally got a 'temporary' job doing work for a project at a boardgame company, which lead me to get a job there. GenCon this summer marks my third year here. I'm in a bit of a weird position, in that I honestly should not comment on alot of the threads here, due to conflicts, and cross interests. I do read them, though!

I'm also a horrible MMO addict. I gave up a while ago pretending I was not. An evening for me these days involves playing internet spaceships, making faces at friends on a group webcam site and text chat, voice-over-IP chat, and a ridiculously silly involvement in a made up corporation, in a made up universe. I still try to get out a couple times a week, though. I count as friends people I have never met in person. I am luring as many of them as possible to tabletop games, and have sent F:AT to more than a couple of them.

Naturally I am not very competitive, but I really enjoy 'pissing in people's cheerios', and will often play games to monkeywrench with people who get bent out shape by losing. I am a trash talker, a troll, and will play dumb if it suits me. I have to bite my tongue alot, due to professional image. I could make Skeletor seem like an angel some days :D - Ironically I spend most of my day, being nice to people, apologizing at the drop of a hat, and my natural resting face is a smile. Kids and animals love me. I strongly dislike auction games, mathy crap, and multi-player solitaire. Long downtimes between turns brings out the ADD toddler in me.

Also, I call dibs on green in any game.

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03 Feb 2009 19:23 - 03 Feb 2009 19:43 #19782 by Gary Sax
Replied by Gary Sax on topic Re:The Regulars
My name is Steve. I'm 27 and I'm a PHD student about to get a PHD in comparative politics.

I love wargames, but never really found a place to talk about wargames where people had an attitude about them that I could relate to. And where they weren't fucking pricks. Then I found the old blog, and finally came here. I suppose I've started to think of this site as my boardgame home once they expanded the site with a forum. I've started getting more and more into AT; there must be some sort of osmosis factor with this site. It would be awfully nice to have non-uptight non-prick ftf players around my area. I haven't found them, so I end up playing my insanely complex wargames with other lunatics online. Maybe one day I'll head to one of the cons and have some fun with other F:ATties. I don't have too much attitude but I do enjoy a rant and I definitely enjoy swearing and boob jokes.
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03 Feb 2009 19:35 #19786 by metalface13
Replied by metalface13 on topic Re:The Regulars
28. Visual journalist interested in making a career change to get off this sinking ship none as newspapers. Live in Utah with wife and dog.

Love AT games and some Euros. Mainly into adventure games right now as it's easier to find 1-2 more players than filling out a 5-player conquest game.

Also interested in video games, comics, books, movies and general geekery. I don't really say anything outrageous or offensive, just one of the Ameritrash foot soldiers quietly doing my thing.

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03 Feb 2009 20:12 #19792 by Citadel
Replied by Citadel on topic Re:The Regulars
Developmental biologist
Manchester, UK
I tend to like best the types of games I am getting to play least at any given time. At the moment, I am wanting to play CCGs.
Otherwise, I like science fiction, loud guitars and films with incomprehensible plots
Tend to make bloated generalizations
I am fairly similar online to how I am in real life except that I have a sweet, innocent face and a soothing voice so people take offence less in real life

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04 Feb 2009 04:24 - 04 Feb 2009 04:28 #19851 by Dogmatix
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Dogmatix/Justin: 37 yr-old, twice- (and currently still-)married, spawn-less former PhD candidate (American political history/specialized in the rise of the political right during the Cold War; Georgetown U.) who passed his comprehensive exams but just couldn't take the unbelievable bullshit that makes up 80% of an academic's life and never finished the dissertation. Got suckered into taking a job with a big gov't services/Defense contractor (that, sadly, REALLY wishes it was an enormous fucking aerospace company) that, without noticing, turned into a decade-long career.

My parents are DeadHeads going back to the earliest of early days and were teens when they got themselves "into trouble" as they used to say, which I believe makes me a real live "hippy love child." During my undergrad and early grad school days, I used to be a freelance concert critic for the Milwaukee Sentinel (back when a medium-sized city could actually support a morning and evening newspaper). Those were *grand* times.

All of the above means that a certain amount of irritating pedantry is omnipresent in my posts, for which I should probably apologize in advance. A few regulars here have met me--Ken, KingPut, IguanaDitty--and can attest that I'm pretty much the same guy here as you'd meet on the street. Except I'm taller and in better cardiovascular shape here than in real life. Yea...definitely taller...

Started as an RPGer in the mid-80s, progressed to wargames and then took a "hiatus" from 1995-2006 (my last new game purchase prior to '06 had been a fresh off the presses copy of TAHGC's Hannibal: RvC). Urging from my then GF, now wife, who was never a gamer but was always intrigued by my "back in the day" stories as well as the weird old boxes with Stern White Men on their covers that dot my bookshelves, pushed me into buying a few games for us to try--Arkham Horror, Carcasonne: H&G, Gloom--and I've returned to the hobby with a bit of a scattershot "buy 'em/try 'em all and then figure out what I like" approach...

Horrified by the price of games upon my return [particularly, my first true love, wargames], I subsequently turned to picking up games at thrift stores, auctions, and the like (places I tended to frequent anyway) and trading/flipping them on ebay or at BGG [much like the classic Fight Club scene, I sell "gamers' fat asses back to them" ;)] to pay for my return to the hobby [bought and sold about 350 games '08 in this fashion; as well as finding more than 100 keepers that I'm still trying to wade through like AH's Kremlin; Heroquest; Dark Tower; Samurai Swords/Shogun; an *enormous* ASL collection, and others].

Euros can be fun, but so many feel like logic puzzles to me that I could solve. That sucks the life out 'em. The chaos of cards and dice, makes every game new. That's why I'm here--and I'm not yet crotchety enough to be confined solely to

I believe I currently hold the record for longest review ever written for F:AT (Espana 1936).

This blurb may turn out to hold the record in this thread--dunno that I'm particularly eloquent, but I do know I'm fucking wordy.
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04 Feb 2009 11:01 #19888 by ChristopherMD
Replied by ChristopherMD on topic Re:The Regulars
I joined F:AT a year ago this week. I was a regular poster on TOS for a few years under a different name, but for various reasons I started lurking and eventually left. I read the old blog a few times but never posted anything there. When this site opened I decided I'd try and help get the forum active so began posting here regularly and later started the Weekly Trash threads. After posting in an unmoderated forum for years before this I have a very low tolerance for forum moderation now (it'll happen to you too, just wait), which is why this place appealed to me initially.
I've had bad experiences with people taking comments online too personally so I make it a point to hide my identity now. That being said, in real life I'm actually a nice guy and use a lot less profanity. I'm in my early 30's, single, and work in the financial industry. I'm not fat, bearded, or socially retarded. I also don't live with my parents and I shower daily. I will play pretty much anything placed on the table in front of me, but I dislike efficiency games and find myself more and more disenchanted with the 20-minutes-or-less games everyone else seems to love. I'm pretty sure nobody who knows me offline reads F:AT so if you think you know me you're probably mistaken.

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04 Feb 2009 15:17 - 25 Apr 2011 21:41 #19927 by DeletedUser
Replied by DeletedUser on topic Re:The Regulars
Death and Taxis

Hi, my name is Michael, [crowd]Hello Michael![/crowd] I’m 38 and married with two young children. I’m also a Kiwi, but unlike Southernman I haven’t been exiled yet (I’m not grumpy or old either). I work in I.T. but I am completely bored by the industry and gaming is my escape. I also have a fair amount of interest in Genealogy and Philosophy.

As a nipper I played a lot of standard board and card games with my immediate family before a close friend of mine introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons in ’84. RPG’s of various flavours became an obsession and money pit for the next 10 years. I amassed a large collection of Grenadier miniatures to supplement the D&D and painting these became a hobby in and of itself. We also played a lot of Battletech, Talisman and Diplomacy during that time and dabbled in wargaming.

In 1994, I left my small hometown to go to College and left all forms of gaming behind as well. I became a “sleeper” until 2004 when a family member bought me a couple of really boring mainstream games for Christmas. I decided to have a look in the local department store to see whether there was anything better and I spied Heroscape: Rise of the Valkyrie. Having previously been a miniatures enthusiast, I bought it purely for the miniatures alone.

WOW, what an awakening. I quickly became obsessed with the game and started buying expansions. Heroscape is extremely hard to find in NZ and the search led me to the internet which led me to Heroscapers which - through a Heroscapers podcast – led me to the Fort.

If it wasn’t for the internet, I would have been completely oblivious to the abundance of great boardgames that are out there. I have a lot of catching up to do but I am enjoying every minute of it and have the advantage of being able to draw on the experience of those who have gone before on what games are worth spending my hard-earned money on.

I really enjoy the relaxed environment of the Fort. I try not to take much of anything too seriously and I hope others don’t take any of my wisecracks too seriously either. Ultimately, what keeps me here is the fantastic writing from the likes of Michael Barnes and Matt Thrower and the insightful comments from many of the other regular posters.
Last edit: 25 Apr 2011 21:41 by DeletedUser. Reason: Age updated. I've been here way too long.

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04 Feb 2009 15:53 - 27 Apr 2011 03:29 #19937 by vandemonium
Replied by vandemonium on topic Re:The Regulars
I'm Van. I think the Euro/Ameri thing is more about personality than anything. As such I've declared myself Euro-trash. Pretty much have played games my whole life. My mom says she had my sister and I playing games as soon as we could hold cards in our hands. So I went from Candyland - which I'd rate a solid 7 - to Spades and Scrabble. The next big leap was a big red box with a dragon on the cover... Next came Axis and Allies, and Shogun. After being away from gaming for a bit during grad school I got back into it with new to me CCGs. That lead to discovering various and sundry web sites which led me to discovering various and sundry new games. I enjoy Euros, 18xx (and other train games), abstracts, and my beloved HeroClix.

That's about it.
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04 Feb 2009 18:14 #19990 by Bullwinkle
Replied by Bullwinkle on topic Re:The Regulars

I'm a Canadian, in my mid-late 30s, currently living in Toronto. I studied physics and mathematics in school and am currently teaching, although I've held many different jobs since completing my degrees. I hold much the same philosophy and lifestyle as House from House, M.D., and am aware enough to be a little alarmed by this.

I grew up with games of all kinds. I was part of the first generation that had access to video games at home (I loved my Commodore 64). My father was heavily into Avalon Hill-style board- and wargaming, and we had dozens of titles around the house to play, a few of which I've managed to hang onto. And I had a great group of friends who also played RPGs and titles like Talisman and, later, Magic.

When I moved away from home to go to university, I left my gaming friends (and gaming days) behind, except for video games, which, to this day, remain my favourite form of entertainment. I basically abandoned boardgames, and only returned to the hobby over the past year or so. But now I only play solo, because, and I'll just steal Barnes' assessment: "most board gamers are fat, lazy, bearded, middled-aged, hygenically/fashion incompetent fanny-pack and white reebok wearing aspergers/asthma sufferers with little or no chance of developing relationships outside of the hobby".

I do like board games. But I don't really care about them that much. Honestly, I'm only here for the jokes.

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04 Feb 2009 20:19 - 04 Feb 2009 20:24 #20026 by mikoyan
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I live in Michigan and I'm currently in my late 30's. I studied Engineering Physics in college and currently work as a quality engineer for a company that makes emissions testing equipment (and support equipment) for the auto industry.

My gaming journey probably started in the same way that many people have with Monopoly. Countless summers spent playing Monopoly, Risk and later poker (penny ante stuff, nothing serious). Eventually I discovered D&D and played that for a number of years but my favorite RPG is the d6 Star Wars game. Then we started to play games like Talisman, Supremacy, Siege of the Citadel, Cosmic Encounter and a few others. Played Magic for a few years along with some of the better Eurogames.

Probably my favorite type of game is wargames but unfortunately can't get together with someone long enough to play them out. To get my war urge, I'll play on my PC. Recently got a PS3 and enjoy it.

I'm also working on my photography.
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