Dragon Quest slime controller for PS2  

Games I Play

I have always liked playing board games, and was rather serious about chess in high school. Though I became involved with computers in the early 1970's, I avoided video games because they take so much time to play and because programming that era of computers was game enough in itself for me. After I retired and had the free time, I began playing console games and am kind of glad I waited, as it gives me something new to do by myself in my old age.

Most of the games I play are story-oriented role-playing games of Japanese origin (J-RPGs) with good stories, significant character development and ideally with strong female characters.

  Selphie Tilmitt, FF VIII, Copic marker

My fan art of Selphie Tilmitt from Final Fantasy VIII

I am in my seventies, with poor eyesight and hands damaged from too much non-ergonomic use of keyboards and lately arthritis, so I may play games differently. But I still have a lot of fun!

Favorite video games

These are games I have finished or am actively playing; I own many more that are waiting to be played, and not a few that I've given up on or decided are not for me. The games I have replayed are in bold. Updated: September 2023.

  • PSP *
    • Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure
    • Harvest Moon: Back to Nature for Girl
    • Jeanne D'Arc
    • Star Ocean: First Departure (also PS4)
    • Star Ocean: Second Evolution
    • Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
  • Vita TV
    • Tales of Hearts R
    • Ys: Memories of Celceta
  • PS2 slim w/multitap
    • Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance I & II **
    • Champions of Norrath & Call to Arms **
    • Dragon Quest VIII
    • Mana Khemia
    • Rogue Galaxy (also PS4)
    • Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
    • Tales of the Abyss
    • Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
    • Xenosaga I, II, II
  • PS3 slim
    • Eternal Sonata
    • Final Fantasy X, X-2, XIII
    • Ni no Kuni
    • Star Ocean: The Last Hope (also PS4)
    • Tales of Graces f
    • Tales of Xillia, II
    • Tales of Zestiria
  • PS4
    • Atelier: Dusk DX (3 games)
    • Cosmic Star Heroine
    • Final Fantasy XII Zodiac Age
    • Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness
    • Tales of Berseria
    • Trails of Cold Steel I, II, III, IV
    • World of Final Fantasy
    • Ys: Lacrimosa of Data
  • Playstation games ***
    • Chrono Trigger
    • Final Fantasy I, II, IV, VII, VIII, IX
    • Parasite Eve, 2
    • Star Ocean: Second Story
    • Valkyrie Profile
  • Windows PC via Steam
    • Chrono Trigger
    • Fury of Dracula
    • Ticket to Ride
    • Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC, SC, 3rd
  • Xbox via Steam
    • Tell Me Why
fan art of Rena Lanford from Star Ocean SE

My fan art of Rena Lanford from
Star Ocean: Second Evolution.

fan art of Peppita Rossetti from Star Ocean TEOT

My fan art of Peppita Rossetti from
Star Ocean: TEOT.

* Many PSP games are available from PSN for play on the PS3, or the Vita TV, allowing use of an alternate controller. So it's rare that I actually play a game on the PSP any longer.

** These are games I have played repeatedly with my two grown children. (That's why I own the multitap.) They are PC gamers, and well familiar with Baldur's Gate. We are rather less fond of the EverQuest universe, and hate Firiona Vie with burning passion.

*** These are original Playstation games played on one of the other Playstation systems, with using physical media on a PS2, or a PSN download on PS3, PS4 or Vita TV.

Non-digital boardgames

This is by no means a life list, but games I currently play with family.

  • Heavy rotation
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Chicago Express
    • Chinatown
    • Cut†hroat Caverns, plus expansions
    • Forbidden Island
    • Garibaldi
    • German Railways
    • Kansas Pacific
    • Letters from Whitechapel
    • Locomotive Werks
    • Merchants and Marauders
    • Metro
    • Mister X: Chase through Europe
    • Mystery of the Abbey
    • Scrabble
    • Scooby-Do!
    • Scotland Yard: Hunting Mister X
    • Shadows over Camelot
    • Silber Zwerg
    • Ticket to Ride: U.S., Europe, Märklin;
      maps for France, Italy, Japan, Old West, Pennsylvania, U.K.; mini-Manhattan
    • Wrath of Dragons
    • Yggdrasil
    • Xia: Legends of a Drift System, plus
        Embers of a Forsaken Star
  • Occasionally played, or played-out
    • Arkham Horror, 2nd edition, with expansions
    • Arkham Horror, 3rd edition
    • 221B Baker Street
    • 221B Baker Street: Time Machine
    • Chess, 3 Man Chess
    • Dread Pirate
    • Firefly, with expansions
    • Fury of Dracula (use Steam now)
    • Go
    • Mahjong
    • Monopoly, TMNT collector's edition
    • Munchkin (9 of them)
    • Munchkin Quest
    • Puerto Rico
    • Quirky Circuits
    • Risk
    • Risk: Godstorm
    • Risky Business
    • Settlers of Catan + Cities & Knights expansion
    • Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective; Carlton House & Queen's Park; The Baker Street Irregulars
    • A Study in Emerald
    • TMNT Pizza Power Game
    • Watson and Holmes
    • Yinzi (not yet played)
    • misc card games: Hanabi, Poker

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