San Il Defanso is the name on the blog, but my name is Nate Owens. I live in Garland, TX. I am a stay-at-home dad, and I’m currently pursuing a graduate degree in Conflict Resolution at Southern Methodist University.
Though I write about a lot of different stuff, The Rumpus Room is mainly a blog about hobby board games. I’ve been writing about board games since 2007, when I published my first review on Board Game Geek. That eventually became a blog in 2010, and that gradually took shape as The Rumpus Room.
My favorite games tend to have lots of luck or lots of interaction. I like strong theme, but I’m not so hung up on it that I require it to enjoy the game. My favorite games are old school thematic games like Cosmic Encounter, Talisman, and Wiz-War, and classic German games like Tigris & Euphrates, Ra, and Manila. But really I’m something of an omnivorous gamer, and I like a wide variety of stuff. Mostly I just want to play games with other cool people.