I brought a suitcase with me that was much larger than I really needed, but that was so I could tote along some games! Last night Dave and I went over to Brian’s and played games with him, Topher, and Ben. We started out with For Sale, which lived up to its reputation as “gamer crack”. Then a little bit of “No Thanks!” (Z-Man Games edition available at the Dragon’s Pile for $10). After that I introduced them to the wonders of Power Grid and they all liked it, which was good because I wasn’t really in the mood to eat that game at that time. We then finished out with Mission: Red Planet, which was another hit. It was nice to see my gaming buddies again, and we had a good time. I didn’t get to teach Brian Tigris and Euphrates, though. I’ll have to do that next time.
Then today Dave and I played Sword and Skull, a game that’s pretty vilified on BoardGameGeek, but actually isn’t too bad. Although it’s decried as “Pirate Monopoly” it actually reminded me of the classic game Talisman more than anything else. We then played Battle Cry, the first game in Richard Borg’s “Command and Colors” system (along with Memoir ’44, Command and Colors: Ancients, and the soon-to-be-released BattleLore). I’m not a fan of wargames or the Civil War or anything, but I really did like it. My dislike of miniatures and wargames is based on my inability to look at a whole grand picture and develop a giant strategy, but Battle Cry sliced up the board into easier (for me) to handle bits.
But it hasn’t been all games, no sir. I’ve also been having a cold, grousing about politics with Dave and Vicky, watching the Hellboy animated movie, and this evening I went and saw John play at open mic night at the Potbelly. He did five songs and sounded really good on all of them, though his daughter Emma really wanted him to play the Pajama Song.
Tomorrow I go back to work and then Tuesday I head on back to Massachusetts. This is the kind of business trip I could definitely get used to.