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Games are an intrinsic part of my life, providing me with both wisdom and entertainment. I strive to be an excellent gamer, and by that I mean I strive to fully experience the game itself, not obsess over my success or failure at it. I am extremely lucky because my husband owns Gamescape North, so we are surrounded by plenty of games and gamers.

In 1992, I logged into a MUD variant called MUCK, and I have been involved with them ever since. MUCKs are more virtual reality than games, in my opinion, so my musings on them and on Second Life get their own page.

Despite some desultory forays into turn-based games on BBSes, I didn’t really play games online until Game Neverending. Soon after that I played Star Wars Galaxies, EverQuest II, World of Warcraft, The Lord of the Rings Online, and the glorious world of Glitch (RIP). Currently I am enamoured with Puzzle Pirates because, well, pirates.

I still consider Myst to be the best video game of all time.

So far as board games, my favorite is still Scrabble, as it is a puzzle game based on words that can be as simple or as complex as you make it. It is both an addiction and a sentimental habit. I made a friend once by posting to alabama.birmingham.general, looking for Scrabble players. Her name is Rebecca, and together we created the Birmingham Boardgamers, which I hear is still going strong. Lest you think I am some sort of Scrabble genius, I am not rated, nor have I competed in any tournaments. But I do remember my best bingo to date, which was BANJOES.

Second only to Scrabble is Qwirkle, which has key similarities but is quite different and challenging on other levels I enjoy deeply.

Chess is another favorite. It is infinitely complex, fascinating, and fun. While I lived in Birmingham, I enjoyed playing with my friend Freeman, who is an excellent chess teacher. I probably should use my Chess.com account someday.

My all-time favorite party games are Dixit, the card game of visual metaphor, Fluxx, the card game of ever-changing rules, and Zobmondo, the game of hypothetical questions that appall, amaze, and generally disturb.

My newest game obsession is geocaching, an activity that blends puzzle-solving, mapping and hiking into both simple and complex adventures, depending on the experience you would like.

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Alone, I like puzzles of all sorts, especially sudoku and crossword puzzles.

Last but never least, I love role-playing games. Fiasco is my new favourite, but I will play any system with the right GM. I also enjoy “guest-starring” in my friends’ games as NPCs. The pinnacle of my RPG career was a one-shot that Erick Wujcik ran at Gamescape North shortly before he died. He was, in short, astounding.

Photo credit: FunkyPlaid. (I’m playing Qwirkle at Gamescape North.)