My name is Arvid. I can be reached at my name at this domain. I go by 414448 on BoardGameGeek. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, review requests or feedback.

If you are a game publisher or a curious reader, here’s some information about my reviewing practices and here’s something about my preferences and tendencies when it comes to games.

I post all of my reviews and articles on BGG. If you’re interested, subscribe to this Geeklist.

Gamer Biography

I’ve been a gamer since I discovered Magic: The Gathering and pen-and-paper role-playing in 1995. Except for an attempt at Warhammer and the occasional computer game, I was content with Magic and RPGs for almost twenty years.

Then it became harder to keep regular role-playing sessions. Our group spread out geographically. We used to play involved, long, almost free-form campaigns of Vampire: The Masquerade and Kult. That takes a lot of time and dedication. It petered out. We grew up.

Then a friend introduced me to modern European style games. I was soon hooked. Nowadays my gaming is not as eurocentric, however. As an old Magic player I need a regular fix of conflict and player interaction, and the role-player in me wants some story and atmosphere. I generally like a game to be long, thematic, somewhat complex and preferably about death, conflict, dread and the fantastic. But I’m really something of an omni-gamer. Except I strongly dislike “hilarious” party games. I also tend to avoid family and filler type games. Narrowmindedly geeky, perhaps. Maybe not an omni-gamer after all… 

I play board games with friends once or twice a week but that’s not enough. Solo gaming is not much of a substitute for socializing, but it’s a great way to game, and a great alternative to reading or watching television. This website is an attempt at systematically exploring the world of solo games while slowly creating a resource for that part of the board and card gaming hobby.

Juni and Mysan

Juni and Mysan are tabby cats. Juni is the mom, Mysan is her daughter. Juni is the grey one, Mysan is the red one. They live with me. They are wonderful. If you want to get in touch with them you’d better write to me – they’re awful with computers and they never answer the phone.