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2006-06-12 - 9:30 a.m.

Well, I got home very late last night after a VERY good time.

After I got off work, I loaded up with typical gaming snacks - Fritos, salsa, and such - and went to the home where the gamers would be meeting. That's where I made my first - and only - non-game mistake. I was operating on the old gamers-live-on-snack-foods-and-Coke model. The home was in a very upscape part of south Orange County...the kind of neighborhood where the home addesses have numbers less than twenty. It was a very beautiful place in an an area just a few miles from Cota de Caza's multi-million dollar homes.

I was welcomed by Steve and Susan, the host and hostess. The original description of the event was that there would be "some chips and soda". Well, there was about eight kinds of chips, three kinds of dip, a LOT of soda, fruit, veggies, and so on. Gamers eating healthy? I've been out of the loop too long.

When I got there, most of the group had been there awhile, and was just starting a new game called Caylus. Steve invited me into the kitchen, where we and two other players started a game of Alhambra. About 90 minutes later, the Caylus game was still going on, so we played RoboRally while the Caylus game finished up.

And so on.

Over the seven hours, I learned to play FIVE games: Alhambra, RoboRally, Acquire, Guillotine, and Bang!. I also met about a dozen REALLY nice people, including one gentleman named Walt who shared my prediliction for bad puns and movie lines. At the end of the night, I relayed my experience with the other game store. They all shook their heads in amazement, and invited me to their once-a-month Sunday games. They have other meets during the month, but due to my schedule I'd have trouble attending those.

I had brought all the Gipf Project games, and never got a chance to play them.

But that's okay. I had a blast. I was welcomed with open arms, and got to relax and PLAY.

It's a good feeling.


Be seeing you.


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