Meet the team

Herefordshire Board Gamers (HB) is a team of volunteers who love giving back and sharing the hobby. We have many extra and excellent helpers as part of this wonderful event but let us introduce you to the core team. Any extra support very much appreciated

Organisers

Adam Best: HB Founder & Chair

Overall leadership and guest experience

 

Bio:

Lifelong gamer and empathetic introvert who loves giving back, helping people and sharing knowledge . Married to the wonderful Elaine Best who is vital in reminding Adam to eat and drink!
Outside of gaming, nature, photography, mental health and community advocate.

Favourite game genres:

Narrative  and thematic heavy games often with traitor elements like Nemesis, this war of Mine, Destinies and the classic Battlestar Galactica. Also loves accessible party games like Just One, Telestrations and So Clover, they may sharing the hobby so easy.

Always dabbled in RPGs but fallen hard since the pandemic and loves deadly grim systems like Warhammer Fantasy Role Play and Aliens.

Notes:

DBS Checked and Mental Health First Aider.
Dyslexic (Sorry for the typos on the websites and social media) Dyspraxic (thanks for helping me shuffle, deal cards and pack games up!)

Elaine Best: HB Founder & Vice Chair

Prize Administration and Welcome Desk

 

Bio:

I always enjoyed playing games growing up but got into ‘modern’ board gaming in 2011 since meeting Adam. I have made so many great friends from getting into this hobby.

I also enjoy quad roller skating (someone needs to make a game with this theme), reading and RPGs, in particular Warhammer Fantasy and D&D.

Favourite Genres

I’m happy to try any games but mostly enjoy conflict/area control games, thematic euros and social games.

Favourite Games

Some of my favourite games are Bloodrage, Twilight Imperium IV, Obsession, Unfair, Dinosaur Island, Monikers and Telestrations.

Notes:

Mental Health First Aider.

Section Leaders

Michael McCulloch: HB Treasurer

Volunteer Management

 

Bio:

I am Mike. I hate bio’s as I never know what to say. All I can really tell you is that I am a nerd with various interests. As well as board games I also attend cons and cosplay. I am a collector of things including, comics, Pokemon cards and toys, mostly; Star Wars Black series figures. My big 5 fandoms are Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Power Rangers and anime.

Favourite genres

Dudes on a map, Dice chuckers, Tableu

Favourite games

Bloodrage, Scythe, King of Tokyo, Inis, Roll for the Galaxy, Koi-Koi

Emma Bardo

Play To Win Area

 

Bio:

I have enjoyed nerdy pursuits for over half my life – when in Sixth Form I was introduced me to D&D and Magic the Gathering and I have never looked back. Later when I moved to London I joined a Magic club, and then sideways stepped into a boardgames club (Isleworth Boardgamers).

Favourite genres

SO many Definitely escape room games are my favourite. I also like dice rollers, engine builders, set collection, drafting, story-based, word games… etc! Anything as long as its fun, and especially if its cute.

Favourite games

Unlock, Quacks of Quedlingbirg, Meeple circus, 7 wonders, Unfair, Codenames, Anomia, Robo rally, Tyrants of the Underdark, Terraforming Mars, Dice settlers, bananagrams, werewords. There are more but I’ve probably already put too many

Notes:

Mental Health First Aider.

James Brandt: HB Secretary

Library and Bring & Buy

 

Bio:

Everybody’s Cousin within our board gamers community and being a part of this community has made me love life so much more

Favourite genres:

Dudes on a map

Favourite games:

Blood Rage Scythe Unstable Unicorns Nemesis Downforce

Notes:

Mental Health First Aider.

Andrew Fraser

Painting Zone

 

Bio:

The painter one, very long time member and the one that plays for fun (usually as I’ve forgotten the rules mid-game and don’t want to let on). 

Favourite genres:

Tabletop Wargaming (Warhammer, Bloodbowl, etc) 

Favourite games:

Warhammer 40k, Age of Sigmar, Bloodbowl, Pandemic Legacy, Battlestar Galactica, Telestrations

Andrew Darke

Technical

 

Bio:

Long time lurker and computer enthusiast. My first real introduction to physical games (outside of monopoly and dark world) was the Pokemon trading card game, it wasn’t until much later coerced into trying modern board games by Adam Best in 2009 that I was properly introduced into this world, and I’ve been along for the ride ever since.

Favourite genres:

Deck Building / Engine Building. If you can somehow make it sci-fi, I’m in!

Favourite games:

Tyrants of the Underdark, Twilight Imperium IV, King of Tokyo. (Board Games) Worms Armageddon, Micro Machines V3, Octodad. (Digital Games)

James Williams

Logistics & Events

 

Bio:
Wargamer, Video gamer and crafter of the giant games. 

 

Favourite genres:
Thematic games, Games which tell a story

Favourite games:
Tyrants of the Underdark, Company of heroes

Dan Best

Family Zone

 

Bio:

Growing up before computers, so traditional card games, chess and board games like Heroe Quest and Scotland Yard. Teaching my younger brother Adam to play chess when he was 6.

Favourite genres

I enjoy thinky / crunchy games worker placement games, especially were the mechanics and theme fit.

Favourite games

Some of my favourite games: Obsession. Barrage. Legacies, Blood Rage. Tzolkin. Tekhenu. Company of Heroes. Nanty Narking. Tyrants of the Underdark.

Note:

First Aider, Mental First Aider, Enhanced DBS. L3 Playworker, L4 Early Years (and other training qualifications)
I dislike social and word based games, due to being dyslexic.

Peter King

Role Play Games

 

Bio:

Still fairly new to RPGs and more recent member of HB, I joined in 2019, and played my first TTRPG in February 2020. 20-30something systems later I’ve been volunteered to help with the RPGs this year and bring our experiences online the past 2 years back to the real world. I just like dice but end up with responsibility. But in all honesty HB is a place I look forward to going to each time.

Favourite genres:

That game/system I haven’t played yet.

Favourite games:
Unsettled, Twilight Imperium, Dicetopia, It’s a Wonderful World
RPG wise; Parselings, WFRP, Aliens

Joanna Willett

Painting Zone

 

Bio:

I am very sociable as long as there isn’t too much noise and unstructure at group meets. I have ADHD and ASD so struggle with long or complicated games, but try and join in for as long and much as possible. If I’m sat alone, I’m not unhappy, just taking time out. If I am unhappy etc, believe me, I’d say

Favourite genres:

Worker placement, Gathering resources, Nothing too long.

Favourite games:
Clans of Caledonia, Splendor, Ticket to Ride, Inis, Tsuro