MyJourney is a series about the people in the board gaming world. In this series, I invite people passionate about tabletop gaming, from gamers, reviewers, publishers, to distributors, and artists to share their experiences with board gaming.
In this week’s MyJourney entry, I reached out to avid gamer, and board game reviewer Patrick, from Nonzero Sum Games.
1. Tell me a little bit about yourself
I am a father of 4 children whose ages range from 2 to 13. I'm an incessant reader and prefer fantasy, sci-fi, Stephen King, behavioral economics, and even biographies (Tolkien, Seuss, historical figures, etc). I like good comics, good beer, and good bourbon.
2. How did you get interested in board games?
In some capacity, I've been interested in board games my whole life. My earliest memories involve playing Skip-Bo with my brothers and parents. We were a large family, not unlike my own now, and games were always relatively inexpensive entertainment. My oldest brother is 8 years older and he introduced me to D&D and role-playing games quickly became my favorite. When I was in the Army (2001-2005) I met someone who was also a board gamer so I got introduced to an even wider variety of games through him. My wife has childhood memories of always seeking out board games at yard sales in the late 80s and early 90s. Familiar games like Sorry and Clue but also others like 13 Dead End Drive, Dream Phone, and Nightmare. Games we play to this day.
3. What led you to start your website and Instagram pages?
I started NonZero Sum Games for multiple reasons. I wanted to share our passion for gaming with the board gaming community but I also want to assist families like mine that may be looking for something a bit more than what the old standbys like Candy Land, Monopoly, and Battleship offer. I find nothing wrong with those kinds of games per se. They each serve their own purpose. I just wanted to show that there are alternatives that aren't overly complex or intimidating that potentially have a lot more replay value.
4. Any interesting projects that you are currently working on/interested in working on?
The friend I mentioned previously and I have put together a preliminary draft of a steampunk-themed turn-based strategy game that involves resource management and outwitting your opponent.
5. What is your favorite board game and why?
I always find it nearly impossible to answer this question. It often depends on the setting and the company. If it's just myself and my daughter, for example, then I'd go with Gen42's Hive. We have both the regular and the Carbon editions with the 3 extra bugs. Our last game lasted nearly an hour. It was intense and she had me on the defensive a few times. Ultimately, I won. But just barely. She immediately challenged me to a rematch. For my oldest son, we enjoy Magic: The Gathering. My second son and I have recently taken to Jaipur. The 2-year old just like crawling into the table and stealing our pieces so perhaps a good dexterity game like Ghost Blitz is in his future. With my whole family, we like games that are easily played with 5 players or more. One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Sheriff of Nottingham, Campy Creatures, Dixit, and D&D are common at our table. We're particularly fond of games with a role-playing element to them and the kids readily adopt personas when playing Sheriff and are great little liars!!
Thank you Patrick! It is splendid that our passion for board gaming is getting passed on to the next generation. I hope you continue with your passion, and good luck on the new game. I hope to hear more about it soon.
You can find interesting posts, reviews, and observations from Patrick at : www.nonzerosumgames.com