The Rules Lawyer
Loves the mechanics of the games, loves to experience a game in the way the designer intended, keeps track of the board state for all other players, the true selfless member of the group keeping us all honest while having fun.
The Discriminating Gamer
Loves a heavy Eurogame or an 18xx… but also Twilight Imperium and Catan, which barely makes sense. If a game is fun and has interesting decisions, he’ll forgive design flaws. You can often find Ben talking excessively about gaming minutia and pushing back against various group metas. Also, he loves Barefoot Contessa, but that’s neither here nor there.
Plays games purely to socialize because social party games encroach on his socializing. He prefers complex, challenging games, and so paradoxically has played more of them than ninety percent of serious players.
Loves all kinds of games as well as the design and production of them. His favorite games to play are pretty heavy weight Euro style games with great mechanics and lots of resources to manage. An actual university professor he teaches game design to kids and adults.
The Casual Gamer
Just a dude who wants to chuck some dice and chill with his friends after a long day, but is open to pretty much any game as long as someone is willing to teach it.
A long time gamer who loves the positive and the social aspects of board games. Heavy games are her thing, from 18xx to her own design work on Advanced Civilization.
The Analytical gamer
Interested in deconstructing games by their various winning strategies. Will often explore the road less traveled, in hopes of discovering hidden synergies the can lead to a surprise victory.
The Game Enthusiast
Loves to learn games, loves to explore games, loves to collect games, loves every facet of the hobby. A sheer testiment to this is his ever growing board game collection.
The Game Breaker
Loves to find/exploit a games weaknesses, loves to shape the meta, loves the social/psychological aspects of board games
The Game Master
A gaming evangelist dedicated to bringing new people into the hobby, loves to teach, learn, and play games of all kinds. Good at strategy, better at soft-skills. Often dons horrible accents that are only somewhat game appropriate. Also heavily into indie RPGs, writes popular LARPs, and a VR game or two.
Comes at every game from a design perspective, always looking for the perfect interplay of mechanics and theme, and as a result can be hypercritical of games that don’t meet this aesthetic standard. Loves a good engine and is deeply suspicious of the use of dice and minis.