I'm Brant, the wargame-design half of BayonetGames and contractor with Harnessed Electrons. Currently in Raleigh, NC, but with regular jaunts to Columbus, OH, and Monterey, CA. I love modern-era gaming, prefer face-to-face over the tabletop to any kind of digital gaming.
Your favorite game(s):
Warfighter series; SPI's Modern Battles quads; Lock'n'Load; World at War; Next Wars; 7 Wonders and Dominion with my 8-year-old son
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
7 Wonders; Dominion; Manouevre; Loving me some Tank on Tank from LnL lately
What game(s) have you played recently?
7 Wonders! (fantastic little game); Jamaica
Wargames: Warfighter series (Asian Thunder & World of Conflict), Next Wars I: Orange Crush, World at War series from LnL.
Non-Wargames: Carcassonne: the Castle; London; Ticket to Ride...
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
How big is your game collection?
Wargames: 65 or so (after the last thinning for space); Eurogames: 20-25; RPG products: 200+ or so; and a whole lot of minis and random CCGs
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Raleigh, NC (Triangle area); frequent trips to Columbus (CABS)... no local club around Raleigh, yet - hoping to start one soon
14 years in the military (split active/nat'l guard); 21 years as Army brat; work for a defense contractor doing wargame/software design and some training management; I run GrogNews.com and write for Battles! and a few others; love games with buckets of dice, and tho I can't stand the game, I have a fondness for the collectible D&D minis; I love finding neat games from small unknown publishers (Dark City, Fiery Dragon, etc)
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Favorite Movies: Ronin; Ocean's 11 (2001); Farewell to the King; Hi-Fidelity; Singles
Favorite TV Shows: Big Bang Theory; How I Met Your Mother; That 70s Show (been catching up on DVDs); seriously wishing there was a way to revive Studio 60
Favorite Sports: Soccer (USMNT, Newcastle United, Columbus Crew); College Football (NC State, South Carolina, LSU); Baseball (Astros); NHL (Hurricanes)
I dig hiking and biking outside with my son, and flat-water kayaking when the weather's nice. I like traveling and checking out historical locations (Stirling, Scotland is a great under-rated historical destination). My wife is a fantastic photographer, so we usually get postcard-quality pictures out of our trips, too.
I was unable to meet this Saturday, but let me know when you are available in the future. I have some old Avalon Hill games like Battle of the Bulge that I would be willing to play, but if you have a large game collection I would be interested…"
"Looking to get a long winter's game going. Next week the clock moves back so it will be dark at 5. Anyone interested in a a Friday or Saturday game starting at 5 and going to 10-11? I love La Bat, and have really started to enjoy GTS. Really…"
"Anyone interested in some GTS action might consider attending the Savannah Skirmish convention this coming weekend in Savannah Georgia. Joe Chacon, the designer of Operation Mercury, will be there Friday night through Sunday. Joe, Bill Speer, and I…"
"Hey Jamey! I share your concern -- I picked up Saipan when it came out, figuring it would be a nice diversion while awaiting OpMerc. One look at the CRT told me it was different enough to require some mental gymnastics compared to GTS. Interesting,…"
"Don, I would take you up on that, but I am currently learning Adam Starkweather's new Company Scale System (CSS) game system that he developed after he left MMP and went to Compass Games. It is a streamlined version of the GTS…"
"Anybody up for a game of MMP's Operation Mercury? The initial landings near the Maleme airbase make for a nice one-map scenario and would fill a good part of an evening. Good intro to the GTS system, too."