About a year ago, I took an interest in the ancient strategy game Go. Since that time, I've purchased many books on Go and read most of them, purchased and gathered together bits and pieces for a nice little Go set, and also learned a number of chess variants including Shogi and XiangQi. Of these, Go and the Shogi family are currently my favorites.
I've found that strategy gaming helps fill in any dead time I have between other brainy activities. I spend most of the day leading new development and maintenance of a large (400kloc+ and growing) J2EE application, on which project I'm also support lead and in charge of build and release engineering (though the team constitutes about 20 people). When I get home I spend most of my time on JRuby. But there are always little 5-minute gaps in both worlds. I've found that the best cure for depression is to always be thinking and challenging myself, and so strategy board games help fill up the inbetweens.
I would love to play more with people I know (or people I'd like to know, like you dear Reader). Head over to BrainKing
or Richard's PBeM
and toss me a challenge. I'm named 'headius' there as usual.
BrainKing: chess, shogi, xiangqi, chess variants (and really anything else on BrainKing, since the UI is so nice)
Richard's PBeM: go, shogi, chu shogi, tenjiku shogi (all graphical...I don't play by email if I can help it)
For anyone who has not played Shogi, XiangQi, or the Shogi variants, I'd recommend looking them up on Wikipedia
. There are some very nice articles there with moves and occasionally strategy for all such games.
I'd also be willing to schedule live games after-hours on the Kiseido Go Server. I'm probably around 15k-10k, but I don't play nearly as much as I'd like.