Gaming has always been in my blood. I grew up playing both board games and video games, asking every family member to join in. My Christmas list from when I was 7 included no fewer than five games that I was just dying to play. As a teen, my friends and I would play games of Clue, Risk, and Scattergories until well into the early hours of morning. Adulthood turned me more towards computer and console gaming. I logged more hours on City of Heroes than I care to admit, and the Grand Theft Auto games are still a hoot to play. I would still get together with friends for a game nights, but they weren’t that frequent.
Then, in 2006, I was given a Christmas gift: Carcassonne. My friends said that they had heard good things about it, but I had never heard of this game before. Where were the dice? What are these silly little man-shaped pieces? So we took it home, cracked it open, and sat down to play. I was immediately captivated. The gameplay was like nothing I had experienced before, with rules and mechanics that seemed to be more part of the game experience than any I had previously encountered. So, like any good geek, I took to the internet to find out more. Come to find out, not only were there expansions for Carcassonne…there was a whole world of board games was just waiting to be discovered. So I jumped in with both feet and haven’t looked back since!