My friend and I decided to drive out again to Strategicon in LA during Memorial Weekend. For me, it’s always a good trip to play long games, new games, meet up with LA gaming friends, and squeeze in a visit with my family.
My friends and I decided to host a second-annual Friendship Con last week, and I had so much fun. It was nice seeing friends who moved away from Phoenix and those friends I haven’t seen since last year’s event.
We played a lot of games, though sadly we didn’t get through all the games on our uber ambitious list. There were a couple sleepless nights for me (I am so not a morning person, and, not gonna lie, it was rough getting somewhere by 8:30 a.m.), but in the end, I got some good gaming in with fun folks!
It was great to get in some substantial gaming this past Friday and Saturday, as my weekly board gaming has been hit or miss because of cancellations and busy schedules. I didn’t actually play any games on Sunday, as I took the time to do some errands and watch Netflix’s Stranger Things. I seriously binge-watched all 8 episodes in one day. IT’S THAT GOOD!
Man, where did the time go? It’s already mid-July, and it’s still hotter than hell. I’m so ready for the Phoenix summer to be over! I’ve been staying inside a lot, playing board games naturally. Even amid all the Pokemon Go excitement (yes, I totally downloaded the game), I’m still not venturing outside too much, unless I really have to. And with that, there are two new games I’ve played in the past two weeks, and a couple oldies but goodies …
My friend’s brother had a work party at his house last weekend, and he wanted to play board games. So my friend invited me and another guy as reinforcements to teach some games to about 20 people who don’t board game at all.
I loaded up my Big Frakkin Bag (it literally says that; it’s a Battlestar Galactica promo bag from the mid-2000s) with all sorts of party games and shorter games. My board-game friends did the same. We had no idea what people wanted and figured that it didn’t hurt having a lot of game options.
Over the span of the 3 days I was there, I played 12 games, one that lasted 11 hours. (We left early Monday but the con continued until late that afternoon). It was a great mix of personal favorites and learning a whole bunch of new ones. Brace yourself, folks, there’s a lot of photos ahead …
First off, I wanted to give a big thank you to friends and the folks of the Internet for voting for me in the Passport Game Studios International Table Top Photo Contest. I won a runner-up prize! Pretty sweet!! You guys are totally the best!
This past week has been a blur with work and, of course, lots of board gaming. Last Saturday was International Tabletop Day, which my friends and I took full advantage of. Our hosts at one of my gaming groups also had a raffle of board-game prizes and a cornhole tournament in which you could win $25 to Game Depot, our friendly local game store in Tempe.
I recently had two back-to-back weekend events with my core group of friends. During the first weekend, I introduced them to Sushi Go! and Survive: Escape from Atlantis! (I just now noticed that these two game titles both have exclamation points in their names). Both games were a big hit with my friends, so much so that two different people purchased Sushi Go! later in the week, and one of them also purchased Survive and its expansions.
In the spirit of Cthulhu, I felt like I had been devoured last week. I had the most insane week, and I’m thankful for being surrounded by people who care about me and who, at the drop of a hat, help me out … like say when you have plumbing issues, need a new kitchen faucet, and your laundry room and kitchen flood with water. Let’s just say I’m so very happy that it’s a new week!
I can’t believe it’s been a week since Strategicon! I’m seriously having convention withdrawal. My Phoenix friend and I decided to go to OrcCon for two very different reasons. I wanted to play Virgin Queen, which was slated for 11 hours of game play, and he wanted to play Mega Civilization, which was slated for 14 hours of play. And guess what? Both of us succeeded in doing so! Huzzah!