David Gordon is a writer living in Massachusetts. An avid gamer for his entire life, several of his earliest childhood memories include learning how to play Chess and Risk from family members. He has worked for Wizards of the Coast, and spends his days balancing the pursuit of professional authorship with the needs of keeping a roof over his head and food on his table. In what time he can spare, he enjoys horror movies, video games, and Warmachine.
The Five Questions
What was your gateway game?
That is a tough question, honestly. My father worked for IBM in the 1980’s, and brought home a PC when I was four with a game on it to teach me basic reading, math, and geometry. Gatherings with extended family often involved games like chess, cribbage, and Risk. Gaming moved from a hobby to a passion when Magic: the Gathering exploded in popularity in my junior high, during Revised edition. From there, I was drawn into Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition, and the rest is history.
What was the last game you really enjoyed playing?
[Updated: May 2015] Aside from the blast I had playing Siege: the Heart of Darkness at GenCon, the last game I really had fun with was Dead of Winter. A game I am anticipating enjoying? Ten Candles by Stephen Dewey. For video games, Dragon Age: Inquisition. Also, I am totally addicted to Star Realms on my phone.
How big is your game collection?
Including miniatures, RPG books, board games and card games? Extensive. I have been gaming for nearly two decades, and I have accumulated a great deal of stuff over the many, many years. I have an entire bookshelf given over to RPG supplements, with more room on other shelves made for my collection of board games. I have actually been paring down my collection these last few years, and giving my card game collections to others who still play them regularly.
What is your favorite type of game to play?
I enjoy any sort of game which engages my mind and allows me to think tactically. If I had to choose a particular type, I would say the 4X Science Fiction board game genre has always been a strong contender for my interest. Twilight Imperium 2nd Edition was one of my favorite games of all time, and any game that combines disparate elements to provide multiple paths to victory I enjoy.
How do you feel about Monopoly?
Straight rules, or do not pass Go. No cash pot for Free Parking. No dollar deals. No crying.