January 2018

I have never blogged before, but over the last few years have found myself wondering if a blog would be a good way to record my various gaming activities and interests. I am fortunate to be part of some great gaming groups and they have encouraged me to give it a go. So where to start? A name I suppose…

My blog focusses on my two main interests: tabletop games and engineering (which is also my profession). I enjoy creating entertaining games and scenarios for my gaming friends and I always seem to end up as the DM when playing D&D. So after a quick internet search, I found the following Oxford dictionary definitions:

  • Game = “An activity that one engages in for amusement or fun”.
  • Engineering = “The action of working artfully to bring something about”.

“Working artfully to bring about an activity for amusement or fun” perfectly sums up my gaming philosophy, so I decided to call this blog “Gamineering”. Whilst primarily a gaming blog, I might occasionally comment on developments in the various fields of engineering, particularly if there is a gaming link.

I first started playing various roleplaying games in high school. Initially D&D, Runequest and Call of Cthulhu. Later, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1st and 2nd edition), with a Tilean campaign that is still running. Warhammer and 40K were my first forays into tabletop wargames before moving to historical wargames about ten years ago with Flames of War.

Nowadays, I mostly play Hail Caesar or Black Powder, I am currently the DM for a 5th edition D&D campaign (Quite different to 1st edition…) and a well used copy of Scrabble is sitting on our coffee table. However, with so many new and interesting games on the market it is impossible to limit myself to these few games…