I'm a computer geek in the Chicago area, who got into Go by going to an anime convention( http://www.acen.org) where a local Go club (Evanstan, IL) had a few tables set up and was showing people about Go. I instantly fell in love with the game. I'm now a member of another local Go club in my area which is closer to my house. (SchaumburgGoClub). I've only been playing Go for a very short time ( since May 2004) so I'm really green, but it's such a fabulous game.
I've only got a cheap set of boards and stones at the moment, they cost me 20$. But my dream is to get a nice set of marble/granite stones and a sandalwood board in a couple years. Mainly because I love the smell of sandalwood, but I know that's going to be incredibly expensive :)
Hi all, I'm known as MachinShin too (my handle in KGS and IGS). I live in Spain, and have been playing since feb 2004 thanks to HnG and Madrid's local Go Club (Nam-Ban). When I have the time, I love playing tournaments. See you around.