Help always comes from the unlikeliest places. And I wish that, many years ago, I had asked for it. Although, my French was not to the level as it is today. If it was, Guilou would have been in many of my videos. And Arnauld would have too…
Arnould is another hairy face French chap, from France believe it or not. And he has offered to help review games for the website. He already helped me playtest a majority of Kickstarter prototypes over the years and he is keen to write about his gaming experiences. If fact, he has published a number of articles in the French magazine “Ravage.” And he has kindly offered his unpaid services to us. SO, here to give you a little gaming background on themselves is the new member to the team:
I met Barry a few years ago. How many, I could not say? We were at the same gaming store in Reims, which organized a monthly game night. He had arrived quietly with his wife, settled at a table and opened up the game Pastiche, that I did not know Adam or Eve about. Who was this character, with a strong English accent that conquered the French kingdom of games!
I considered myself an old wolf. Beginning with role playing at school, I walked the dungeons in search of dragons for 9 years. My brother then bought me my TRUE board game: Talisman. The Gallimard edition, in a plastic box. It still stands proudly on my shelves.
The years at college met the arrival of Magic the Gathering and a few years of duels. Then the integration of a new group of players and the return of role playing, more contemporary, darker, like the 90’s. We decided to launch into game with miniatures. A small French publisher has just started a skirmish game, it's the beginning of Confrontation. Nine years for me, I join the heading Confrontation of the SDEN until the death of the publisher in 2007.
So I immerse myself deeply into board games, that I practiced only rare occasions. Twelve years later, my shelves are full, Essen is the meeting place. Rather adept of the famous Germans, my revelation in Puerto Rico. A fluid game, pure, without luck. But I do not spit on the good games with figurines and buckets of dice. Scripted games, with the idea that more and more games tend to get closer and try to reproduce the spirit of RPG’s.
And Barry in all this? He was there on the way. We talked to each other on a shared our passion. And from time to time we play. He shows me games, I look at others. I play to win, he plays for fun. By chance, I get to write my first article for Ravage, then others. But it's not a rule to keep a blog or to write for a channel. I told him that if he needed a little article from time to time, just say it. And here I am!
Another trusted friend joins us to create a more dynamic team. Hopefully sometime soon, all three of us will get in the same room at the same time and produce more content for you. Maybe a video...