[In this issue, we are pleased to welcome Angus McCallum to our pages. Angus writes:

Born in 1976, I am a gamer from the Midwest.  My first board games were Hero Quest, Axis and Allies, Risk, Shogun, and several other Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers games.  I am an 18 year Navy Supply Corps Officer.  I have an MBA from Saint Leo University.   I appreciate board games for their unique style, the art, game play, strategic plots and interactive communication between players.  The best part of laying out a board game is bringing a family, community or acquaintances together, while having fun laughing and finding those deep lasting friendships.  My favorite saying is, “If my 13 year old son and 12 year old daughter can win, I am sure you will pick it up in no time.”  I prefer to play games that have meat and substance and make you think.  I do enjoy the punching of cardboard, the excitement of the new, but respect the solid, unique and well established games of the past.  I believe minis should enhance a game and not be the game.  I also believe that no matter how gorgeous a game is, no matter how much it costs, if you do not have a game mechanism(s) that work and make the game flow as intended, your game will be on my to trade list very quickly.  I am very picky about the games I own but not about the games I play.  Usually you can get me to try just about anything or play a game because everyone else loves it, but when it comes to my personal collection, it is streamlined and only full of the games my family and I truly find special.

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