I started gaming in 1961, when my Dad gave me some of the 3M games. It was a decision my parents would live to regret. When we moved from New York (Go Giants!) to Dallas, Texas (Go Texas Rangers), my collection was just over 100 games. When I finished high school in 1972 the collection topped 500. Currently my collection is over 7000. My wife and I did build a two story library, but it's completely filled and there is 30+ boxes of games in the garage. Some of my prize games are Tarfalgar, Early Pacific Battles and Titan (Playtest and first edition copies). I do own most of the SPI playtest series games, as well as every game in the GDW collection.
Growing up in Commack, New York, I was blessed with three friends who enjoyed the 3M, APPBA Baseball and Football games and those early Avalon Hill classics. Coming to Dallas, it was dry spell for a few years then Jr. ROTC introduced me to my two best friends who I have been gaming with since 1969. Along with these two there were four other guys who were in ROTC who could not spend enough time gaming. ROTC at the University allowed me to work on the Army's part of SPI's Firefight and met guys and girls(!!!) who gamed. These were the early days of Dalcon and I met some truly great folks and worked to bring Origins to Dallas. R. Gordon Griffith, Butch Sager and myself were crazy in the hot noon day sun to get Origins 84 here. What a experience! I have been to most of the Origins' over the years. I like Columbus, but wish, Origins would go back to traveling around the country. And yes I understand the reasons for leaving it in one site, but I like exploring the country, and seeing gamers only when the show is in their part of the country.
Currently I game with a group of ten folks on a regular basis, with a half a dozen other folks who float in and out. Gaming is great! Who says gaming is dying? I have more people who want to game than I can fit into my schedule, or into my library. On top of that, look at the companies John digs up for us to explore. Catholic Clergy do not make much money, with all of these new games coming out, I need to inherit a ton of cash from someone, I do not know.
Your favorite game(s):
Squad Leader, Panzer Blitz, T.S.S., SFB, Bloody April, Risk, Squad Leader, Blue & Grey Quads I & II, Modern Battles Quad, 30 Years Wars Quad, Dip, Triplanetary, Chaco, Stalingrad Pocket II, This Accursed Civil War, Panzer Grenadier, Vegas Showdown, Twixt, Acquire, Memoir '44 and how I feel this morning
What game(s) are you currently playing (solitaire, FTF, PBEM, etc.) or wish to play next?
FTF Docs new Folio games, just about anything by Compass and GMT.
What game(s) have you played recently?
Bataan, Doc's new Folio's series, Ogre (there is just something about really BIG tanks!), Star Fleet Commander, what ever catches my eye as I go thru the library.
In general, how much time do you spend gaming?
30 + Hours a week
How big is your game collection?
7000+ games and growing!
Your local game club(s) and/or where you reside (let's network!)
Game Chest in Vally View Mall
I am married to the love of my life and the joy of my existence since 1982. She is a Board Certified Certified Family Law Attorney here in Dallas. We are die hard Texas Longhorn fans. Mary Ann raises Doberman Pincers. We have one son, Rob who is entering the US Army this February. We could not be prouder! Many of you may have met him at Origins over the last 15 years.
I am a Roman Catholic deacon, assigned to St. Monica Parish in Dallas. I am coming up on 19 years of being ordained. Best job in the entire world. I am an avid reader of theology, history and science fiction. It does feel that for many years I was the only NY Giant fan in Dallas. Thank God I have raised one and there are many now in Dallas. Makes life so much more fun! I also raise Irish Wolfhounds, these wonderful lap dogs. The current beastie is called Manassas.
Personal Interests (favorite activities, movies, shows, books, music, etc.)
Favorite Movie: A Man for All Seasons
Favorite Music: Jethro Tull and Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Favorite Food: Anything Italian, this is odd, since I am first generation American from County Clare, Ireland.
Favorite TV: NCIS
Favorite time of the year: Saturdays in the fall, during dove and/or deer season listening to Longhorn football, having made limit, the Longhorns up by 49 points and doing all of this with my son and my best friends.
Favorite Place: Banff, Alberta, eating at Melissa's Missteak.
Favorite drink: ICE COLD WHOLE MILK
Favorite meal: Half pound of slaughtered bovine carcass, lightly roasted, topped with fermented bovine secretions, on
a whole wheat poppy seed bun with mayo and gherkin pickles.
Favorite dessert: warmed cherry pie topped with Blue Blue Chocolate ice cream and fresh whipped cream with a Queen Anne cherry on top.
Favorite Authors: Karl Ranher, S.J. and Thomas Aquinas