My Hobbies

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My hobbies consist of playing computer games, reading, and collecting a variety of cards for my card collection.



I began collecting cards when I was 12 years old. After my grandfather introduced me to his baseball and football card collections I knew this would be an activity we could enjoy together.

Over the years we've expanded the collection to include cards from a variety of television programs (Star Trek), comic books (specifically D.C.), and movies (Batman).


My love for reading started around fifth grade when I was introduced The Redwall books. The series followed the exploits of a group of anthropomorphic animals and was set in the medieval period.

Red Wall

When I began High School my interests turned more towards non-fiction after I thoroughly enjoyed the works of Greek Historians, such as Herodotus and Thucydides. From there I shifted my attention towards American History, as it was closer to home, and gave me a better understanding of our political climate.

In recent years I've narrowed my focus to American History after 1900. More specifically, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War.

Video Games

Where to begin? I've enjoyed video games from a young age. My adventure started at my Grandparents house, when they introduced me to an old NES game system and 'Duck Hunt'. I was fascinated by the light gun and how each 'shot' was registered on the TV. After just an hour I knew I was hooked. However, it wasn't until mid 2000 and the Xbox console that I really 'got into' gaming.

Xbox Gaming Console

Computer Games

After years of following Microsoft's Xbox console through it's iterations (Xbox and Xbox 360) my brother introduced me to the expansive world of computer games. I was initially overwhelmed by the variety of processors, graphics cards, monitors, towers, etc. and how each component affected performance. After extensive research and a few failures (purchasing a very outdated processor and GPU) my brother and I collectively began building our own gaming computer.

Today we both play via Steam on the PC exclusively. Some of our favorite titles include:

  1. Fallout Franchise
  2. Rocket League
  3. Elder Scrolls/Skyrim
  4. Anything from Creative Assembly

Author: Thomas Layer