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Who am I?

My name is Vasilij. I’m in my mid-30’s and I live in a small Europan country, named Slovenia.

I’ve been playing board games (and other games) since I was a kid. I still remember playing pachisi with my family at a very young age, in elementary school, I got into chess and all sorts of card games.

Later on, other games followed. Games like Monopoly, Catan, Scrabble, Risk, before I delved deeper into the world of board gaming with Victory Conditions.

vasilij-zitek.portraitI was in college at the time the poker boom hit us in the mid-2000s and I immediately became hooked. I started playing for penny stakes with friends but quickly moved online. I deposited 50$ and, as they say, the rest is history – couple of years later I was earning a steady profit playing no-limit 100 and 200.

Eventually I stopped playing for various personal and professional reasons (games dried up and I was onto other things in life) and board games were again just a hobby for me instead of work.

I am a very competitive person. When I play a game, not only do I like to have fun, but I also want to win. Whenever me and my friends discover a new game, I am the first to go online to look for strategy guides and studies. Or develop my own.

I’m also a very analytical person. It was online poker, when I really got to the next level with studying the game. I was studying books and articles about strategy, psychology, game theory, probability theory and mathematics. All for one goal – to maximize my every decision and yield maximum profit in the long run.

It was with this knowledge that I realized that this decision-making process applies to all games – even in a simple game like pachisi you have choices. And wherever you have a choice, there will always be better choices and worse choices.

It is true that in a simple game dominated by chance, these choices don’t matter that much, but in a more complex game, it really comes down to who makes better choices – therefore is a better player. More choices (or strategy) there is available in a game, the more the good player can shine.

This is the mentality I approach board games with. It’s all about decisions. How much does it matter what do I do here or is it going to be all ruined by a random card draw? I love games where decisions matter and allow me to win on skill, rather than luck.

Looking at my personal side, I am a family guy (father of two) with a lot of hobbies. Besides

  • board games,
  • I am a huge sports fan (football, which I actively play, formula 1, ski jumping are my favorites, but I follow many more),
  • a gamer (all sorts of PC games, special focus is on sim racing) and
  • a long time moderator at hattrick.org – I have been playing this text base online football manager for well over a decade (yes, you have read that correctly) now.

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Why Victory Conditions?

Mid-2019 was a turning point in my life. The younger of my two children has been born with a slight disability and it was time to re-evaluate which things really matter in life.

I’ve decided to quit my well-paid, but very stressful and demanding job. I was working as warehouse and transport equipment mechanic, working on projects all over Europe and spending a lot of time away from my family.

Quitting the job, I decided to take some time off, concentrating on my family, while I look for a less stressful job locally. Having a lot of extra time, I started to explore work-from-home options and eventually decided I’ll build my own website.

I went back to my old love, board gaming when deciding for a theme. Victoryconditions.com is a site that follows my journey through the board gaming world. I write about games I play, discover new games, help you find games you will like, discuss strategy and so on.

Making money from a website isn’t easy, of course. I have spent way more on hosting and board games than I made from the site so far. It’s a long journey, I guess.

Meanwhile, I have found the job I’ve been looking for, so I’ve got all the time in the world. Where will the path take us?

Where to start?

If you’re new to the site, here are some links that are a good starting point for navigating around Victory Conditions.

  • I’ve got several articles on Settlers of Catan, the board game that opened the gates to (euro) board gaming for me.
  • Another large category is Scythe, a true gem of a game. It’s an engine-building game set in a post-war diesel-punk Europe.
  • Mage Knight is probably the game, I dissected the most, right down to action cards an enemy tokens. It’s arguably the best heavy-solo board game available, so make sure to check it out.
  • One last thing I want to mention and that I really enjoy doing is exploring the world of board gaming and discovering new games. I compile my findings into Top Games lists. These are great if you’re searching for best games on a certain theme.

All the best,

Vasilij,

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4 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. So much of succeeding at playing games comes down to understanding human psychology: humans are intensely emotional creatures and rarely make completely rational decisions. I read an article recently about this: that this is how the big chess websites can tell whether people are cheating by putting the moves into chess-playing software: computers don’t attach emotional value to their past moves while humans become invested in their own strategy and struggle to correct their mistakes and change tactics mid-game.  

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    • Yes, this is also something one can exploit in poker for direct financial benefit (someting i was also quite good at), but also in other board games. In Risk, for, example, I always knew how to convince a player to attack someone else and my armies could grow unobstructed. 🙂

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  2. This is what we call pure passion for online business. Turning your passion into an online business is quite easier than people thought and you are a good example of that.

    I can see that you are very good at games. It is in you already from start. I can also see the burning desire to help others who want to play very good like you.

    I am going to keep an eye on your website often now to see what new article about gaming you may be writing next. 

    I am a big fan of gaming myself even though I can even move a pawn on a chase board not to mention blackjack.

    Thanks for sharing such a powerful skill.

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