Only just seen this thread. Guess I should do this:
I’m from the UK, currently aged 33. A proud Northerner who grew up in Yorkshire, came further north to Durham to go to Uni, and fell in love with the place - together with a girl who did the same and got a job in Durham, we’re now married with 2 kids (one aged 3, the other just 4 weeks old as I write) and still live in Durham, with no plans to move away.
My gaming background: I played chess in quite a big way as a teenager, but was never really that good. Quite enjoyed a lot of traditional card games as well - so when I discovered bridge at about age 17, that became a passion. (I haven’t played in a long time, but I still love bridge, whereas I can’t see myself ever playing chess again.) I dabbled in a few other games before, in 2011, my wife and I together discovered modern board games, as represented by the boardgamegeek site. We’ve been hooked ever since
Both of us, and my wife in particular, are more into “Euro”-style games. (Terra Mystica is my favourite game by a long way.) But lateish in 2011 while browsing BGG I heard about Puzzle Strike, and from there soon heard about Yomi. My personal gaming tastes veer a lot towards card games and asymmetric games, as well as Euros, although my wife not so much - so I soon decided I wanted Yomi. My wife, despite them not being her type of game, kindly got me Yomi, PS and Flash Duel for Christmas in 2011 - but sadly while I really like the idea of both Yomi and PS (Flash Duel seems to have less that makes it special), my wife really wasn’t a fan (especially of Yomi ) so all 3 have joined the many games on our shelves that don’t get played.
Despite this, I still was interested in Codex when I first read about it on BGG, and after the kickstarter launch I decided that I had to have it, as even if no-one else would play it with me I could hopefully play it with our son in 10 years or so. Initially I was just going to get the Core+Starter, but was so hooked after reading all the articles on individual specs at sirlin.net that I ended up getting the Deluxe set - despite the lack of any opponents.
So, I love all sorts of board and card games, and play plenty of them on a regular basis. But I don’t get to play any Sirlin games, even though I am now the proud owner of Deluxe Codex and would love nothing more than to have someone to play it with regularly.