About Matt Winckler

I’m a Christian, board gamer, video gamer (Insouciant #1549 for a game of Hearthstone!), software developer, amateur sailor, and family man.

Theology

My Christian faith aligns with confessional Reformed theology. I hold to the Three Forms of Unity, but I’m equally comfortable with the Westminster Confession of Faith, with minor exceptions. The confessions describe my beliefs, but not my circle of fellowship.

Gaming

Board games are one of my primary hobbies—not Monopoly and Risk, but rather the modern strategy games such as Agricola, Eclipse, Power Grid, and the like. My ideal evening includes good friends, a board game, and a good bottle of wine.

When I’m not board gaming, I am a casual video gamer. Current titles on the hot list are Hearthstone, Rocket League (mostly locally with my boys), and a touch of Skyrim every once in a while.

Profession

I’m a software craftsman specializing in web applications and Windows desktop applications. In the hip parlance, I’m a “full stack” developer, meaning I’m capable of building, configuring, and maintaining applications from the ground up, including the hardware and software they run on. Contact me if you’d like to talk about work or have something you’d like me to do.

Sailing

Though a rank amateur, I enjoy flogging the water of the Columbia aboard my Catalina 22. I find that it is easy to sail but difficult to sail well. The technical challenge and active nature of the hobby makes it worth the effort of rigging and de-rigging the boat each time (being a cheapskate, I remain a trailer-sailor rather than keeping the boat in a slip). Also, ever since getting into the hobby, I have suddenly started noticing what a startling profusion of idioms in our English language derive from sailing. I have likewise been startled to learn that a “sheet” is not, in fact, anything like the sheet that goes on your bed, nor is it a sail. The technical terms in books like the Horatio Hornblower or Master and Commander series take on entirely new meanings when you’ve experienced them firsthand!