Craig Vollmar

Craig V (shigadeyo)


I’m an outdoor adventurer, kettlebell/strength enthusiast, foodie/beer guy, and a touch of geek all rolled together. Some of my many interests include: beer, homebrewing, fitness (kettlebell and barbell), travel, food and cooking, loose leaf tea, hiking, backpacking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), letterboxing and board and card games, of course!

I grew up playing classic family games and traditional card games.  I’ve always had an interest in games and played a bit during college, but it wasn’t until late 2010/early 2011 that I started playing games regularly as a hobby.  It began as a social hobby with a couple of my co-workers and quickly became an addiction as my collection grew rapidly.  Luckily, that didn’t last too long and I’ve since managed to reduce my collection quite a bit.  I now have the privilege of being part of a fantastic gaming group and get to play many new games as a result.  For me, this hobby is all about meeting new people and having FUN while playing some great games.


  • Preferences
    • Genres: Euro-style Strategy, Cooperative
    • Mechanisms:  Rondels, Trick-Taking, Worker Placement
    • Characteristics:  Unique Themes, Immersive Experiences, Great Artwork
  • Dislikes
    • Genres: Miniatures, War Games, Amerithrash
    • Mechanisms: Negotiation, Auctions, Commodity Speculation, Stock Holding
    • Characteristics:  Zombie and Cthulhu Themes, Long Playing Times (i.e. greater than about 2 hours)
  • Favorite Games
    1. Innovation
    2. The Castles of Burgundy
    3. Troyes
  • Play Testing Contributions
    • Castles of Mad King Ludwig
    • Dragon Farkle
    • Epic Resort
    • Legacy: Forbidden Machines
    • Legacy: Gears of Time
    • New York 1901
    • Subdivision
  • Opinionated Gamers Contributions

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