With brief respites for obtaining food, I basically gamed from noon yesterday until 7 am this morning. Summary: I won, I lost, brain no worky. Of course, all of this was after a wedding.
I was about to leave ML in normal clothing when I ran into
It was a brief Quaker ceremony, something I’ve never been to. Amy’ and John had a really nice set of vows that they wrote themselves, and there was a moment of silence. Then, in true Quaker spirit, there was a time for people to stand up and say things to or about the couple. Heard some funny stories from friends and relatives alike. At the end, everyone present was asked to sign and witness the marriage certificate.
I think my favorite part of the whole event, aside from the vows, was when Amy’ came in the back of the meeting house in a very nice wedding dress, and practically everyone in the place gasped. Amy’ doesn’t usually wear dresses, and in fact, I’m not sure I’d ever seen her in one, so I guess that’s where the shock came from. Also,
After a too-long, too-expensive trip to the cheese court, Jawaad,
We played another game, this time with two boards, which included such additional features as portals, ledges and ramps, flame throwers, repulsers, trap door pits, and the like. The other Chris also joined us for the game. It was pretty fun; I became a big fan of the Fire-Control Laser option, but Jawaad still zipped way ahead of the rest of us and won.
There were other assorted games, including a short round of Chez Dork, in which
The best part is, Mark Dumic (one of the network admins) had told me that the netreg system was going to be turned off for Alumni Weekend, for this exact reason. He better have had a technical reason for not doing it, because otherwise… grawr.
It’s always nice to have normal geeky conversations over a meal – we talked about Proto-World linguistic theory, web standards, wineries, computer interfaces, and more. Good times.
I started off with a game of 4-player Demon Settlers (Seafarers + Cities & Knights), played with
I made it downstairs just in time to start building a creature for Clay-O-Rama, a game introduced by
I named my creature Foobar, made it completely symmetrical, and took the Divide Self power. I ended up with two creatures (Foo and Bar, of course) each half the size, but did fairly well. I used my other power, Borrow Power, to remove one of Amy’s creature’s limbs after she removed one of mine.
I just missed the beginning of a game of Puerto Rico, so I briefly joined a game of categories, but that dissolved so people could watch a collection of Buffy music video remixes. Since I’m not (yet, in
It lasted FOREVER. We made the mistake of putting the first checkpoint in a really hard to access place, in a corner behind a pit, two laser beams, and two conveyor belts that move the wrong way. In other words, we couldn’t get to it very easily without dying a lot. After I finally got out of Hell’s Kitchen, I was able to tag the last two checkpoints in only a matter of turns. It took me only two turns to get from the second to the third checkpoint, thanks to a thoroughly excellent hand.
Hung out for a while down in the WRC basement, talking with people about neat ways to make Robo Rally Deluxe (with actual moving board elements), as well as Live Robo Rally. I have to track down a copy of this game, although I understand that they are very hard to find, since it was only a small printing.
We had a great conversation, ranging from technology policy through the SCCS and Christianity to polyamory (hope I didn’t offend you, Noda – it seemed like you were comfortable with the direction of the conversation) and the SWIL debate list. If it hadn’t been for much Mountain Dew intake earlier in the evening, I would not have been coherent.
I walked all the back to ML, in time to see the PECO crew finishing up work on the transformer that had been on fire earlier in the evening. We could see the burnination from the top floor of the WRC. Then, I slept.
Obvioiusly, much more to follow, including such fascinating topics as Food and Robots and Exercise and Gradumutation. I’m so behind… at least I’ll have some actual content for SWAPA this month!
“Get Down Moses” from Streetcore by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros