Brian’s Musings: Intro of a New Geek!


Originally posted 2017-03-06 17:00:42.

Hello, my name is Brian Horne. I am 53 years old, and yes, I am a geek. I don’t know exactly when it began, but at this point, there is no turning back. I am also a professional chef who loves sharing his passion for food with his friends and fellow geeks in the forms of gaming nights, sharing recipes and good times.
My particular form of geekiness tends to show itself in the symptoms of movies, tabletop games, and video games.  As with most genetic dispositions, I have passed this on to my two sons aged 11 and 14. After marrying my wife of 18 years, the process of osmosis began, and the very contagious tabletop game symptoms began to manifest in her, causing her to start to request love letter and exploding kittens on a regular basis. Perhaps tracing my journey will help others to understand this better.
I owe my film symptoms to my dad who was an official horror and science fiction movie fanatic! From the earliest age, my father began to introduce me to the classics of horror and science fiction film and TV. I was walking around the house saying “Live long and prosper” while playing with my stuffed animals Spock, Kirk, and Sulu. While this aspect seems to be the recessive gene in my offspring, the remaining traits have come to the forefront.
Tabletop games began when I approached the dark side. People told me about the forbidden tome known as Wired magazine, but as with most who suffer from this type of geekiness, I did not heed these warnings. I opened the forbidden tome in March of 2009, and it fell open to a passage titled “Monopoly Killer: Perfect German Board Game Redefines Genre.” Within a week I had obtained a copy of the board game of which it spoke CATAN!! For those who wish to gaze upon these powerful words the article can be found here
http://archive.wired.com/gaming/gamingreviews/magazine/17-04/mf_settlers?currentPage=all

My video game symptoms began with a single simple word “Zork.” The game seemed so innocent. Words to read on a video screen. Choices made from these words. How could this lead to my present geekiness?! Enter the Atari 2600. The words became graphics that I could control, the choices were input from a joystick, and the action was constant. Soon after this neighborhood video game temples that were called “Arcades” began to appear. I went to these temples and continually gave offerings of quarters to the likes of Dig Dug, Pac-Man, and Galaga. That was when my true geek self-was finally formed with all three pillars of my geekiness.
Anyone who is a geek knows that it comes with a price. To gain coins to help me with my geekiness I began to prepare feasts for people and soon had a title of chef. My feasts grew, often encompassing thousands of people. I soon realized that something was lacking in the geek world. We needed a voice to remind us to eat during our geek sessions. Not only to eat but what to make and how to properly prepare it. To this end, I humbly offer my services. I will strive to create gaming sessions with food that is thematic and with all of the instructions so my fellow geeks can do it as well. I will also offer a perspective from my family on what they liked and didn’t like about the particular game. Hopefully, this can provide a road map for all geeks to enjoy future gaming nights. Until we speak, again I say to everyone “live long and prosper.”

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