Tom Rosen discovered modern board games, like so many others, through Klaus Teuber’s Settlers of Catan in 1996. Unlike most people, however, he didn’t discover the wider world of German board games for another five or so years, with Settlers being the only game played during that time.
Years later, he happened upon Klaus-Jürgen Wrede’s Carcassonne, which proved to be his true rabbit hole into the boardgaming hobby. Shortly thereafter, Tom founded the Columbia Strategic Simulation Society at Columbia Law School in order to find (and create) fellow board gamers at law school. The club exceeded all expectations by surviving his graduation and continuing to thrive up in Morningside Heights.
Tom also began writing a variety of articles about this newfound hobby at his NYC Gamer website (which is now the DC Gamer, or NYC Gamer | Washington Bureau, following a recent relocation). He also quickly became active in the BoardGameGeek community, where he has served as an Administrator for the past several years.
Tom currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, where he games with a variety of local groups, including the DC Gamers and the Arlington Board Gamers. Tom’s favorite games run the gamut from El Grande and Nexus Ops to Crokinole and Bonaparte at Marengo, and he plans to share an equally wide variety of thoughts and reflections on the hobby of board gaming through his contributions to The Opinionated Gamers.