Rhiannon is a consistent gamer, theorycrafter, and – as she would put it – “huge nerd.” Her gaming qualifications include a level one judge certification for Magic the Gathering as well as design of her own pet game, Path to Glory. She has an avid history as a gamer, playing things all over the board from RPGs to board games to card games and more.
She began working at Bel Air Games in July of 2014 as a general Magic the Gathering consultant before taking a leave of absence to finish her schooling at the University of Maryland. She returned in June of 2015 as a full employee and has done work to expand organized play within the store among many other odd jobs. She’s always happy to help teach a new gamer or to make sure everything is in order.
What was your first game?
Magic: the Gathering! My father taught me how to play when I was seven – He played blue/black, I played red/green. He stomped me pretty hard… at least until I taught my little brother how to play. Then I was the big cheese until I moved into more competitive play. I’ll never forget those games my dad played with me though. That’s where I first fell in love with those strategy games.
What is your current favorite game?
That’s a hard question! Magic has really been my longest-lasting gaming love, since it’s the one I grew up with. My best friend, Devin, recently got me into my first miniatures game, Malifaux, and I’ve been loving that. Summoner Wars is a more recent one that I’ve gotten into, and I really love the depth of it. I think what it really boils down to is that I can’t pick a favorite game because I play so many and love them all!
Why do you game?
I like to think. Gaming is a great way to exercise parts of your brain that might not get to see the light of day all that often. It’s a fun way to kill a few hours with friends, and I love how gaming provides a social framework where people who are more shy or introverted can really shine and interact and have fun. Gaming is friendship and competition and thought exercises all rolled into one. There’s nothing like it!
What do you bring to Bel Air Games?
I bring a perspective of someone who is actively interested in gaming in all of its forms. I’m not just interested in a specific type of game, but I’m interested in just about everything on our shelves. In addition, I’m very used to helping run tournaments as a Magic Judge and I enjoy serving as a public face for many of our games. Anyone can play a game, but it takes real skill to get someone else invested.
What is a quote that you would say describes you?
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”