About

 

If you follow my YouTube channel,  you’ll know that I usually do not reveal too much about myself. The reason is that I want the focus on the games. That’s what my channel is about.  With this webpage, it’s a little different: I wanna share my daily gaming experience with you and in this way also a part of my private life. So I also want to let you know a little more about myself.

 

My name is Johannes and I was born on the 21st of December 1973 in Augsburg in the south of Germany.  At the age of twenty,  I moved to Berlin to study history of arts, philosophy and archeology. In this way I gained a lot of completely useless knowledge and ended up as a guard in the Jewish Museum Berlin.  The job is okay,  without too much responsibility and trouble, but the salary is low. That’s the reason why I share my apartment in Kreuzberg with two other flatmates.

I loved playing board games since I was a little child. Because I was the only child,  I played a lot solo. At that time, solitaire games were pretty rare, so I played different players all by myself.  Games like Monopoly, Risk, Scotland Yard. . I played them all solo. I even changed places, if it was the next player’s turn.

In the early eighties,  role playing games and adventure board games eventually entered the german market.  I discovered Talisman and Dungeonquest and was absolutely blown away.  I played these games for countless hours.

When I got older, board gaming wasn’t “cool” anymore. ..Some people did still role playing games,  but nobody of my friends was in board gaming, so that seemed like the end of the story.

The only game I kept playing all through the years was chess,  and I dare to say, I’m a pretty good player.

So the years passed by, and with a few exceptions of casual gaming (Settlers of Catan,  Carcassonne), I didn’t roll a die anymore.  But then, in my mid thirties,  my eyes where caught by three games. These games were the beginning of my second gaming career: Space Hulk, Zombies!!! and Arkham Horror. I immediately fell in love with the hobby again and realised that I rediscovered something that I was looking for many years without knowing how badly I was missing it.

My collection was growing rapidly as I discovered Boardgamegeek as an unbelievable valuable source for absolutely everything concerning boardgaming.

Inspired by calandales‘ fabulous playthrough videos, after a few years,  I decided to start my own YouTube channel,  focusing completely on solo gaming.

What I loved most about my YouTube experience was the feedback of all you people out there, and I realised what a great community there is.

As written above, this page was now created to share my everyday gaming experience with you and I hope that it will give us the opportunity to an even more regular contact.

 

If you wanna send me a private message,  you may contact me on BGG or YouTube.

Comments

  • finbar says:

    Hey Johannes!

    Finbar here!

    So you may not know it but you played against me and Tom Vasel in a Eurogame! in my last video playthrough series of a game called Madeira, instead of just having red vs yellow vs blue, I made cutouts of you and Tom and me as the players. I thought it would make it a little more fun and also help me keep the different players strategies to memory while playing. I hope its okay with you. I often talk about how awesome your channel is in my videos and have shown clips of you saying “hello friends – you’re with the lonesome gamer” too! Hahah – at any rate, I just wanted to let you know about the vid and that I give you a link too in the comments –

    Thanks for all of your inspiration! Having my own boardgame channel has been so great, and you motivated me to do it!

  • Chris Wood says:

    Hello Johannes!

    I’ve been watching your videos for a few years now, and they’ve been very helpful in suggesting great games to me (Talisman), and also helping me play some problematic games (Assyrian Wars) that I might have otherwise totally given up on. Thank you!

    I’m not sure if you take any requests for future videos. But if so, I have one. I’d love a little “behind the scenes” video, where maybe you could show a bit more of the room where you play your games, how/where you store them, what those neat little boxes are that you use to store counters in, etc. I’m also curious how much time you spend gaming on average, and how much money you spend on games.

    Greetings from Texas,
    — Chris

  • finbar says:

    Hey Johannes!

    Finbar here from the US.

    I finally started my own youtube channel called Finbargamer. I took a lot of inspiration from you (my favorite gameographer!) and decided to take the plunge. I don’t have much time lately to make a ton of vids, so they’ll have to go up slowly but surely. All of the vids in my first series “middle earth quest” have a shoutout to you and a link to your youtube channel in the notes under the video.

    Thanks again so much for your awesome vids and thoughtful perspectives on games – !

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