Board Gamers of Singapore #7: Han Weiding (The Lord of Smiles)
They say a smile a day keeps the doctor away. If that is true then Weiding and those around him would probably be immortals as there are more than a few smiles when he is in the room.
Han Weiding is a Research Engineer in one of the more famous Universities in Singapore and in his youth had dabbled in true classics like the game of Chess. His first introduction to the modern world of board gaming was with the ever popular game of Munchkin.
Now though he did enjoy his plays of Munchkin with his friends, he did find that it lacked in strategy which made him seek out more board games that suited his strategic play style better.
It was then he was introduced by a friend to Meetup.com and attended his first meetup at Toa Payoh in August 2010. He was hesitant at first as he had not attended many social gatherings with strangers before but his curiosity for board games drove him to give it a go. Since then he has attended more than his fair share of meetups and has met many people to indulge in the tabletop hobby.
The outstanding nature of Weiding is how he is a man of his word. In a world, where lateness and similar behaviours are almost seen like a "personality quirk” by some, he is a breath of fresh air. This is because he always tries his best to be on time and will sincerely apologise if he is late. Also, he is accommodating and open to trying any game with an open mind. He is also one of the rare players that like both thematic and strategic games with almost equal vigour but admittingly does lean towards the strategic side more.
All in all, Weiding is a person I hope stays in the hobby for a very long time, bringing smiles to many more.Related: Board Gamers of Singapore #6: Manyata Lal (The Tabletop Assassin)
His recommended game of the day is Food Chain Magnate by Splotter Games. In Food Chain Magnate, you play a major fast food brand trying to be the most successful of all by gaining the most money at the end of the game.
In a player’s turn, you first restructure your company by rearranging your available employees into limited slots. These workers are the ones who will be available to be activated and need to be paid for that turn.
Then you use your employees to make the food or drinks, employ more staff, etc. The last thing you will do is sell your food based on several factors in the game such as distance, price, so on.
The reason why Weiding likes Food Chain Magnate so much is it mimics one of his favourite kind of video games, city builders. And even though the game is considered rules-heavy, it is relatively accessible with a simple turn structure. The fast food theme being the icing on this already lovely game.
The cons of the game for him though are first, the game is a very unforgiving and during a player's turn, there is a lot of choices and this can be overwhelming, especially for newer players. Also, this is a game where experienced players will have a big advantage as there is so much information to take in. Thus an experienced player may be able to steal the sales of a less experienced player.
Weiding has played hundreds of games and the fact he has chosen Food Chain Magnate as his recommended game along with its multiple awards is testament enough of its excellence. So pick up Food Chain Magnate, as it is an order Weiding makes more often than not.