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About Board Game Quest

Board Game Quest started in the summer of 2012 as a simple board game blog. The goal was to play games, post reviews and session reports, and maybe encourage others to discover something new.

Since then, Board Game Quest has expanded in both content and popularity. What started as a simple blog has become a full board game news, review, and information site. Now Board Game Quest works hard to provide you with weekly board game reviews, news, interviews with game designers, and information on upcoming Kickstarters. We are constantly expanding the content we provide and increasing the frequency in which articles are posted. We hope you find a lot of information here and check back often. If you have something you’d like to see covered on the site, feel free to drop us a line via the contact page.

Our Staff:

Tony – Publisher, Writer
BGQ-TonyTony has been an avid gamer since playing Hero Quest early on in his childhood. He eventually expanded out into games like Battle Masters, Risk, and Dungeons and Dragons. After college, he found out about the larger board game world that he never knew existed. Discovering the new genre of games, the Eurogame, opened a whole new world to him. The Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne and Formula De were some of his early “gateway games”. Today, Tony’s board game collection is ever-growing and takes up an entire room in his house. He thanks his generous wife for her support in this crazy endeavor.

You can follow him on twitter @boardgamequest

Stephanie – Editor, Writer
BGQ StephStephanie always loved the classic family board games, but didn’t discover the other world of gaming until a high school friend introduced her to RPGs, namely Vampire: The Masquerade.  Many years later, her friends quickly took to her then-boyfriend (now husband), kidnapping him into their weekly D&D game. Jealous over all the time he was spending with “her” friends (now “our” friends), she learned the D&D system. As soon as she got the hang of it, they switched to Pathfinder. After attending Gen Con for the first time in 2008, Steph lost the title of casual board gamer;  die-hard or fanatic is now more appropriate. She and her husband bought a new house because they were running out of game storage space. They now have an entire room dedicated to their board games, Pathfinder library, and mini-painting experiments.

Brian W – Editor, Writer
Brian’s gaming addiction started when he was twelve when a close friend introduced him to Dungeons and Dragons. Years later, his DM wanted a break from RPGs and introduced the group to one of the first Milton Bradley Gamemaster series: Axis and Allies. Well, after playing just one game; let’s just say Brian now had two loves to balance. The board gaming flood gates really opened for him when his group added other games to their rotation like Risk, Conquest of the Empire, Fortress America, Shogun, and of course Dark Tower (those damn Brigands). Before high school and after college, Brian continued to collect and play varies types of board games. He has never been able to shake his need for a board game “fix” or his connection to like-minded gamers (hence how he ended up at Board Game Quest). Brian would thank his wife for putting up with his two hobbies for all these years but long before they married he came out of the “gamer closet” to her and she has accepted his other loves ever since (or at least puts up a good front).

Tyler – Writer
BGQ Tyler
Tyler’s gaming life started at a young age due to his family’s feeling that learning cribbage and euchre was a right of passage. His gaming roots lay dormant until college where he was introduced to The Settlers of Catan and it wasn’t long after college that he met Tony. That is where he started down a dark path.  Starting with a weekend of Dungeons & Dragons over five years ago, Tyler’s habit has grown to playing once a week and slowly building his board gaming collection. Tyler can’t wait to start playing games with his kids and thanks his wife for all her love and support.

You can follow him on twitter @bgqtyler

Alex – Writer
Alex grew up in a house that enjoyed board games, with mainstays such as Monopoly, Life and Clue, but also some hobby games like Torpedo Run, Rivers, Roads & Rails and Race to the Roof. He also learned many traditional card games like Gin and Canasta from his grandparents. As he got older, his interest branched out into role-playing games, but only discovered the wide world of board games after college.  Attending Gen Con in 2008 was a revelation for him and his wife Stephanie, coming home that year with Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Battlestar Galactica and a slew of other board games. Alex loves playing games of all shapes and sizes, is a sucker for a really immersive theme and neat game mechanic, and is always on the lookout for a game that plays well with two players.

You can follow him on twitter @arosey

Walt – Writer
BGQ WaltWalt hails from the Chicago suburbs, and has only considered himself a true “gamer” for about 2 years. But in these past 2 years, he’s had no problem getting up to speed. He grew up in a board-game-playing family (Monopoly, Clue, Risk, you know the rest…) and is old enough to remember playing his first video games (Zork, Wizardry, Ultima, you know the rest…) on an Apple II computer. As the years passed, computers got better, video games got more sophisticated, consoles arrived, video games got even more sophisticated, and somewhere through all of that, traditional board games got lost along the way. It wasn’t until Walt stumbled across Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, and Ticket to Ride on the Xbox that he thought “Hmm, these are pretty fun games…I wonder how the actual board game versions would be?” And the rest is history. And a Level 8 Customer Rewards level at CoolStuffInc.com. And 3 shelving units overflowing with board games. And nieces and nephews that now call him “Uncle Games”. He considers worker placement games to be his favorite “type”, but he’s not opposed to card drafting, bluffing/secret identity, or even a nice racing game (Formula D, anyone?). He used to work with Tony, and that’s how he became associated with Board Game Quest. He looks forward to much more gaming goodness in the future.

Brian B. – Writer
Brian has always liked board games. Even after humanity left the Dark Ages and engineered the “Atari 2600,” “Nintendo Entertainment System,” and “Game Boy,” he still found himself playing Masterpiece, Fireball Island and Survive!. But, as he grew older, the immediate gratification and glamour of video games lured him away from board games…well, that and girls in college preferred Mario Kart to Fortress America. After graduating from college, he discovered you could play games online with people all over the world. Unreal Tournament. Quake. EVERQUEST. The PC gaming world was his new playground! One day, while scouring the Internet for help on how to min/max his Halfling Druid, he came across Board Game Geek. A smoldering fire was rekindled. He began purchasing modern board games. Puerto Rico. Settlers of Catan. Carcassone. He found playing board games to be a more fun, social, and satisfying hobby than video gaming (that, and he was sick of being headshot by 11-year-olds in Call of Duty). Brian is now married to his beautiful gaming wife (favorite game: whatever he tells her Stone Age) and has three beautiful children (favorite game: whatever he tells them Lords of Waterdeep). He does not have a favorite type of game, but he does prefer randomness to perfect information.

You can follow him on twitter @brian_b74

Andrew – Writer
My gaming life initially centered around playing semi-competetive Magic: The Gathering tournaments.  Since growing older, raising two children, and working full time, I’ve lost the ability to keep up with Magic, Without being able to play multiple times a week its hard to be very good.  And no one likes losing all the time.  However, I shifted a lot of that time and energy into hobby board games.  My local gaming group consists mostly of a close group of friends and constantly gaming with my daughter.  My daughter really loves Gloom and will beg everyone she meets to play it.  I enjoy a broad range of games and my favorites often changes, but will likely always include The Manhattan Project, Mysterium, and Dead of Winter.

You can follow him on twitter @arsmith7

Jeff – Writer
BGQ JeffI started gaming with my brother when we were 10 and 9, respectively. We played Stratomatic Baseball whenever we could, made up leagues, and drafted special teams. Since playing actual sports came to precedence to playing Stratomatic, gaming took a hiatus until I entered my freshman year of college. I was introduced to war board games, such as Panzer Leader and Squad Leader and I was hooked. I played these types of games as much as I could, solo and Mano-e-Mano. This mania continued until fatherhood and raising a family superseded playing war board games. Of course I played family games with the wife and kids, but I didn’t discover hobby board games until 4 years ago. I slowly built up my collection of games which now hovers around 350 excluding expansions. I like euro games the most, but will play most hobby games. Today, you will find me tweeting to other avid boardgames on Twitter.

You can follow him on twitter @osohombre

Tahsin – Writer
BGQ TahsinIf you go back far enough, you’ll often find a seminal event responsible for a lifetime of gaming. Playing Dungeon! at an elementary school birthday party was that event for Tahsin. Raised on fantasy adventure from Dungeons & Dragons to Advanced HeroQuest, Tahsin was also spoon-fed big box area control classics like Axis & Aliies and Supremacy. He also managed to have a few side orders of Car Wars and BattleTech for good measure. After a brief phase collecting Magic: The Gathering in college, he went through another phase of D&D fascination with the release of 3rd Edition. His foree into modern board gaming started with Doom: The Board Game and Descent: Journeys in the Dark. Finding that board games offered more episodic and varied play than roleplaying games, he switched over entirely to board games in 2011. His favorite games have ties to his roots in area control and heavy theme but it took roping his wife in to gaming to discover a love for Euro design. Hybrid Euro designs with heavy theme and spots of area control fill his shelves and his gaming passions always extend to gaming with his wife and gamer-in-training son.