Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Past, present and future

Wow, that old thread is like the "Big Bang" of the SABGers. I think that thread makes Ted, Brian, and Rob the "grandpas" of the group, and the relative newcomers like me the little kids sitting around the living room saying "Grandpa, tell us the story again about when there was no board gaming in San Antonio!"

Well, in the birthday spirit, here's to another good year of gaming and prosperity, healthy family additions, Race for the Galaxy and Arkham Horror expansions, less crime, more SABGers attending BGG.con (just go register, you know you're going), and the occasional suspension of rule #1.

Now for the present. We need to celebrate...by doing the same thing we always do. Play games. There has been some interest in playing Descent again, so this thread is probably a good place to express interest if you want in. Rob is also going to stop by, so the non-Descenters should have a good time of it (bring Kingsburg, Rob!), and it might not hurt to have a few non-Descent preference lists.

I can host, although I have to kick people out at 4pm. DL is a less desirable alternative (I don't think we'd haul Descent+infinite expansions there, plus I hate that the gaming tables are filled with the sale-that-won't-end stuff, pushing us to the dingy siderooms) but people can stay there as late as they want.

Anyway, discuss within.

(By the way, in response to Rob's request, Derk posted that there will be a "mega Rock Band" setup at BGG.con. Looks like we'll feel right at home.)

32 Comments:

At 9:16 PM, March 26, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

Descent for breakfast sounds delicious! I too have Kingsburg, so I can bring my copy if Rob doesn't want to pack his from Houston.

 
At 9:26 PM, March 26, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

Chris just suggested WoW instead of RtL. I think this is an excellent idea, and will give FFG a chance to FAQ the heck out of RtL for another couple of weeks.

For the Horde!

 
At 9:40 PM, March 26, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

The advantages of WoW over RtL as I see them are:

1) I think more people are interested in WoW than RtL.
2) More people can ACTUALLY PLAY WoW at the same time than RtL.
3) We've played it before, so less learning curve
4) WoW requires no commitment beyond Saturday.
5) Ben and I are both gone the weekend of April 5, which means a new campaign start would have to be put on hold and then picked back up after that break. This way, we can just start it when we get back.
5) The teams are (hopefully) pretty well balanced throughout the game (I'm not sure I can say the same about RtL, esp at the beginning), which would make it more fun.


Plus Rob knows the game pretty well (and likes it), but I really am hesitant to speak for him because I don't know what he wants to play.

So it's out there for thought.

 
At 9:41 PM, March 26, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

Me want Orc Warrior again!

 
At 10:09 PM, March 26, 2008, Blogger scott said...

I am a doubtful for Saturday I am afraid; if something pops up for Sunday otherwise perhaps the following weekend.

 
At 11:49 PM, March 26, 2008, Blogger Jonathan W. said...

I will not be able to this weekend sadly it sucks that I have to miss it even though Rob is in town.

 
At 12:37 AM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Rob said...

Jonathan: Well FAB: Bulge some day...

I'd love to do WoW avec all expansions. It's a marathon, but worth it, IMO.

The only other thing I'd like to try (but probably there won't be enough time with WoW) is Lost Valley. I can at least learn how it plays.

But WoW is one of those that I'll probably play once a year due to logistics issues... this would actually be my second time in the past year. So count me in...Carpe Diem! Besides, everyone should know how to play by now. It should move quickly.

And yes, Rock Band is coming to BGG con. Sweeeeet...

Ben: Do bring Kingsburg.

I vote for Chris'.

I'm tired.... just finished a long gaming session here at my place (La Citta, followed by 3 games of Glory to Rome, and 2 Race for the Galaxy).

 
At 12:41 AM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Rob said...

BTW, I demand to be placed up there amongst the old fogies of SABG... I might be retired from SABG, stuck in a nursing home (Houston) for the foreseeable future, but I'm a 'grandfather' too nonetheless.

:)

 
At 7:43 AM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

I'm a 'grandfather' too nonetheless.

I think anyone who was around back then and anyone who reads the thread now would agree 100%! I actually meant to include you and just overlooked it when I typed. Original post amended to more accurately reflect the annals of history.

Ok, so we'll do WoW. NOW...can we get anyone who can show up at 8am? I think we'd like to get an early start so we can enjoy some other games as well.

 
At 8:15 AM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Jeff said...

Rob's visiting? Nuts! I've got a "How not to kill the baby" class on Saturday.

Amy and I claim the title of "First SABG Recruits". We showed up shortly after the core group had formed. They were still using email to organize meetings. Truly it was the Dark Ages!

 
At 9:07 AM, March 27, 2008, Blogger seanp said...

I'm in for Saturday. 8am you say? How many does WoW play? If you're full, I could volunteer to play other games (and show up at 9). I'm one of those "doesn't know the rules" types... will have to review what I can before Saturday if I'm needed at the table.

 
At 10:01 AM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

Turn one starting at 0800 hours sounds good. I just deshrinked Kingsburg.

 
At 5:31 PM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Travis said...

I can be there at 8:00 for WoW or if you think you are full, just email me and I will show up at 9:00. Can't wait,

Travis

 
At 6:17 PM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

WoW plays 6. Yeah, 8am is awful early. I expect it'll be more of an 8:30 start though, as I'm not opening the doors before 8am.

We can definitely teach the game, and I can prepare a Cliff Notes version. The best thing is most of it you can pick up as you go.

 
At 6:19 PM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

I could show up in the 12:30 to 1 range, possibly, for some non WOW gaming. But it is still a bit uncertain.

 
At 6:27 PM, March 27, 2008, Blogger scott said...

i can probably show up after all but probably not until 10 or possibly later

 
At 8:28 PM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Carlos said...

Someone help me out. Is Rule#1 a spouse thing? Assuming that the answer to that is "Yes", what are kid things? Rule#2? And even if Rule#2 has no power over you (due to a lack of scruples), Rule#1 would still kick in and blast you for ignoring Rule#2. If this is true, then Rule#2 would be useless and I am bound only by Rule#1, even though the real reason is Rule#2.

I really would have enjoyed a game of 1960 US President.

 
At 8:38 PM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

I'm a definite maybe, although I'd probably be more of a 'non-WOW' type. I'm certainly not committing to showing up at 8:00 am....

 
At 9:30 PM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

So, we need an even number. So far, it's Ben, Rob, me, Travis, and Sean, right? Need one more. If anyone changes their mind and wants to show up later and play other games, feel free to say so- no hard feelings, we just need to know.

Let's aim for an 8:30 start and see where that gets us. We will probably start around then with whomever is around and wants to play (I'm assuming anyone around at that point will be the same ones who want to play). *IF* you're running late and you want us to wait for you, give me a call Saturday morning before 8:30. (I'll be up by 7:30.) It's not a problem, we just need to know. Otherwise, I'll assume that whoever hasn't shown up at that point is coming at a more reasonable hour to play non-Descent games.

It's gonnnna be fun, though.

 
At 9:42 PM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Travis said...

Chris,
Can you email the gate code to mwhite16@satx.rr.com

Thanks,
Travis

 
At 9:49 PM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Chad said...

I'm in for WoW. I'll swing by around 8:30 then.

 
At 11:43 PM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Raab said...

I'd love to come to one of these saturday things but events keep conspiring against me. I will be working this weekend. Right now im pushing to just stay late friday and get stuff done instead of ruining my saturday with work.

btw, Kingsburg is a great game.

 
At 11:43 PM, March 27, 2008, Blogger Rob said...

And then there were 6, and we saw it was good.

Jeff! Amy!! I hope that if a baby comes my way this year (hey, it might...I'm sorta tired of dragging my feet... plus I'll be 31 in April), my gaming won't be affected too much.

My game last night of La Citta reminded me of the true true euro game purists of the group, Jeff and Amy (I first played La Citta with them). Fond memories.

 
At 7:19 AM, March 28, 2008, Blogger Amy said...

La Citta! I don't think I've played that since we've played with you, Rob.

I do wish I could play more games while I still have the chance, but sleeping seems more important now...

 
At 11:55 AM, March 28, 2008, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

I'm out -- completely buried this weekend.

 
At 2:32 PM, March 28, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

Sleeping is overrated. really it is. And i have no issues with saying that I always prefer Euro games. I am not sure that I have played an American game that I really enjoyed. Unless we are talking Chutes and Ladders and Candy Land as a child.....

 
At 4:54 PM, March 28, 2008, Blogger seanp said...

Having recently played both of those childhood games, I must say that nostalgia is better than fact. I quickly went to BGG and researched to find Gulo Gulo, Cha Cha Chicken, and Hey! That's My Fish! to play with our kids...

 
At 9:45 PM, March 28, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

As for tomorrow. given the seemingly large lack of Euro games going on tomrorow, and the fact that my boss kinda sprung a major deadline on my yesterday, i will be spending the day at work.

But if there is gaming that is not WoW or Descent next weekend I will be 100% there. And in the morning as well.

One last thing.
Sean: Nostalgia is better in fact. Though some friends have joked with me about turning chutes and ladders into a drinking game. but that is neither here nor there. I will agree that some things are better left in the past

 
At 10:48 PM, March 28, 2008, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Can't make it, though I am anxious to get El Grande to the table soon.

Carlos: I have never seen it explicitly stated, but I infer that rule #1 does in fact refer to spouses. I think this rule might have been written by a childless person. For those of us with families, rule #1 implicitly covers family obligations (IMO).

Over the next week I invoke the "cruise rule." I'll think of y'all while we are cruising in the Gulf.

 
At 10:51 PM, March 28, 2008, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

"I think this rule might have been written by a childless person."

Or a person without a cell phone.

 
At 12:43 AM, March 29, 2008, Blogger Jonathan W. said...

Michael came up with Rule #1 of gaming and it reads:

Do not get married.

 
At 4:11 AM, March 29, 2008, Blogger Chad said...

It is 4:10 AM and I have yet to sleep. I don't think I'll be gaming this morning.

 

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