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I looove Playing With Myself!

I’m a small-business owner with a love for games.  Video games, board games, card games…and most importantly Minis games!  I’m here at my warehouse in middle Tennessee right now not working and instead writing this gaming blog.  Being your own boss is good.

I will never say I’m a great minis player, as the amount of practice I’ve had is pretty low due to a lack of players in my area.  However, I will say I’m good enough that I beat any desire to play minis against me out of my small group of gaming friends.  Hence, Playing With Myself is my only option.

There aren’t many pre-painted minis accomplishments to be had, but I won the World Of Warcraft miniatures state title in 2009 here in TN (My warband is here:  http://www.tcgplayer.com/games/303/party.asp?Party_ID=280)  It’s frustrating, as my one real gaming accomplishment is plastered all over the Internet as me having taken 2nd place, but I can assure you I won this event, and I have the $2500 travel voucher and trophy from Blizzard to prove it.=) (It does correctly show my placing here at http://www.wowminisdb.com/PartyLists.php, search Toby Truman) It was actually a pretty crazy romp I had through that tournament, as I had only played about 15-20 total WoW minis games in my life, and I straight up stole the warband I was going to use from a team in the qualifier the night before.  I actually felt a little bad, as I beat 3 members of that team in the State Tourney the next day.

I ended up going 3/3 at the WoW Minis National Tourney at GenCon that year.  Not great, however with the way WoW minis was built, I lost 2 of the 3 matches on the outcome of a single dice roll at the time limit, and the third one due to my poor play.  Still, I had a great time trying some different games at GenCon, including demoing Malifaux and shooting some LRM’s in the Battletech room.

I placed at a couple of local DDM realease tourneys back when they had them (War of the Dragon Queen and Blood War) at a store about 60 miles away.elf warmage card

Back in the 90’s, I even had a run as the man who placed in more Top 8’s at Magic the Gathering Pro-Tour qualifiers without ever actually qualifying for the Pro-Tour.  It was brutal, I Top 8’ed about 9 separate PTQ’s (including a run of 4-5 in a row).  I briefly got back into Magic a few years back, and I even managed another top 4 finish at a large (120 or so) Indianapolis PTQ in 2012.  Sadly, the Pro-Tour seems it will always be just out of reach for me.

Still, DDM is the love of my gaming life, and I can’t even really quantify why.

I’m a pretty open person, so if you have questions, whether it is about gaming, entrepreneurship, running an e-commerce business or anything else, drop me a line at tobias.truman@gmail.com.


6 thoughts on “About Me

  • December 7, 2015 at 10:50 pm


    Great site! I’ll be reading along from time to time here in NW Pennsylvania. Played DDM 1.0 from the Harbinger/Dragoneye days through its death when WoTC cocked it up like they do everything. I’ve played in promo tourneys when Night Below and Deathknell came out. Aberrations is my least fave set. I have a fraction of my collection which has withered over time due to kids, lack of players and moving an selling. Recently my old DDM foe moved close by (he and his wife play frequently) so I’m shoring up my collection with an interest in fielding 200, 500 and 1,000 point CG bands. Stumbled across 1.0 updated epic cards of old sets and am looking forward to fielding an epic Vandria band. That’s enough for now.



  • December 8, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Hi there sir, thank you for stopping by!

    I’ve been thinking recently about writing an article about Wizards and how truly awful some (most) of their decision making has been over the last decade. I love minis, but I go back to thinking about Magic the Gathering now and again, and how very little they’ve done with the franchise. No MMO, no RPG, ‘new’ version of MTGO that is incomprehensible and worse than the old one…not to mention they should have just scrapped the version they have and make a beautiful interface like Hearthstone. I could go on…it really makes me sad to think of all the games we DON’T have because of WoTC. I go back and look at the old Microprose MTG game from 1998 or so, and it still has a pretty loyal following…why they didn’t come out with more games in that vein is beyond me.

    Good luck with your move back into minis! if you need to trade for anything in particular let me know, I have a pretty large collection now, with hope I’ll be looking to finish off the first 14 sets shortly.!

    Again, thanks for stopping by!

  • September 28, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Just found your site today (9/27/2016) after joining DDM Guild page. I have a decent sized collection. Myself and a couple of co-workers used to play on break all the time. We started playing with Bloodwar set up to the Desert of Desolation set. When that group broke up, they gave me all of their mini’s. I just found a store today that has mini players, so I may have to check it out. I had an undefeated 200pt, 4 creature army they spent three months trying to beat. It was fun because I would actually help them with their builds trying soooo many different combos. We would literally spen all of our 1st break building an army or two & then on 2nd break my army would destroy what we came up with. Well, gotta run. almost time to go home.

    • October 3, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Hey Matt,
      What would be that fierce 4 creature Warband?

  • January 18, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Hi, are you active on DDM Guild (DDMGuild.org) ?
    there has been a resurgence of interest here California, and we could also play online via roll20.net.

    Feel free to contact me anytime with anything minis related (I also share this obsession and have several thousand minis)

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