Geoffrey Greer author On My Trending Stories

Hello! Thanks for visiting the page. Here's a little bit about who I am and what I'm doing.

Publicly, I'm the font-man, behind-the-scenes man, and side-show clown for Past Go Gaming & Geeking: my platform for geek topics and game design, theory, and play. Personally: I am a father, family man, and teacher, and infused into all these things is my love for all things gaming and geeking.  I love comics, movies, and most of all: a wide range of tabletop games.  I have literally been designing games since I was in the third grade.  I didn’t actually remember this until my mom found an old poster-board in a closet one day, on which I had used a plastic stencil from grade school to draw uniform shapes at regular intervals on spaces marked off around the edge of the board, a la Monopoly.  Apparently, I called this game Building Business! I have little idea what I had in mind for the rules of this game, but this little artifact pre-dated what I had previously thought were my oldest designs from high school. You can learn more about this—and all the game designs of my youth—in this article.

So what does “Past Go” mean?  Lots of things.  First of all, Monopoly was, in fact, a family favorite while I was growing up, and it is certainly one of the earliest activities that would make me into a “gamer,” so I wanted to give a “shout out” to my roots.  At the same time, the kinds of games I enjoy playing and designing these days are far beyond what Monopoly has to offer, so I feel that in many ways, I’m “past” that stage in my gaming career.  I honestly don’t even enjoy Monopoly much anymore these days, but it will always have a nostalgic place in my heart.  In this way, the phrase “past go” also plays with the idea of “going to the past,” which is how I see myself in modern culture: I’m always a little bit behind the tide.  I like board games and card games, from chess and poker to Catan and Pokemon. I don’t like video games that are younger than Super Nintendo (Famicom); my social media and technology skills are a bit backwards, and my iPhone is always 1-2 versions old.  In fact, it’s surprising to some that I even have a smart-phone at all.  In the days when everyone else had flip-phones, I was still rockin’ the pager.

If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to discuss or review, or if you have any other questions about Past Go products, please feel free to contact me.

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