Hi all! My name is David Taylor and I'm a co-director of online board game retailer SeriouslyBoard.co.nz.
My wife and I also run a series of board game events around different towns and cities under the name Board Games By The Bay (http://boardgamesbythebay.org.nz/). These weekend events are designed to encourage the existing gaming community to gel together better, to grow the hobby through new attendees, and also to offer designers a means by which to get additional playtesting.
In 2013, Martin Wallace will be at most of our events to playtest his upcoming designs.
Although I'm not a game designer myself - I have a few concepts but lack the time to work out how to get them onto cardboard - we do a lot of playtesting and have a genuine interest in the design process.
On a side note, I enjoy the odd bit of writing as a hobby, and have pondered if there is a way of combining a love of writing and a love of board games into some form of income. Not so much a blog or news reel, necessarily, but writing within games, whether that be rule booklets or flavour text. Does anyone have any tips on where I might go to chase such a pot of gold?
Anyhoo, that pretty much sums me up from a board gaming perspective.
Outside of board gaming, I'm a happily married man with a 2 and a half year old daughter - the light of my life - who keeps me constantly on my toes. We also have a dog and a cat and live near sunny Tauranga on the east coast of the North Island.