I could rehash about no snakes in Ireland [did I ever hash?], how boring my day has been, and whatnot, but I can blog about gaming.
For, you see, I was in Virginia for a while. And, North Carolina. And, Maryland.
I got into VA on a weekend, did a family brunch on Sunday, but two brothers were out of town and other siblings had stuff to do so there wasn’t much group activity after brunch. Monday, I drove to Raleigh … and back. That was another clear instance of low life wisdom.
Why Raleigh? To pick up True Dungeon tokens from someone I had never met. Because … I have a game blog for a reason.
I showed him Traveller, briefly.
Tuesday was more normal for me and the scene and I had a lunch in Glen Echo with my mother’s cousins. Cuz, there’s no shortage of people I know in the DC area. I displayed to people who aren’t gamers our two-player starter set box and some of the cards.
Wednesday, I caught up on sleep until the point that three of my brothers came over to learn Traveller. Now, a four-player game is not the best way to teach something as intricate as a customizable card game, especially not to people who aren’t card floppers. But, we tried, and one brother got out to a lead, another felt like he was learning the game when we called it, and the third was the one who was interested in learning.
Thursday, was Steve’s demo of Traveller at Huzzah Hobbies in Ashburn. I did not really expect to do a lot of driving on the trip outside of the casual run from Fairfax to Raleigh and back. But, that’s because I wasn’t thinking through what I was committed to. Steve’s demo went fine, with one person being completely new, the others having been shown before, and two people being interested in another demo who didn’t demo the game.
I got rid of our sample playmats. We expect our cut when those things go on eBay for $1000+. I figured that mound of playmats would just get replaced with tokens and one suitcase would work well. Foresh-, um, foretelling – no, it did not work well to carry 40 pounds of tokens back with one suitcase, a gamebag, decks of cards, books, and a laptop + accessories.
Friday, I got together with people I knew due to V:TES. I showed Traveller – three straight nights of demoing. We played other games.
We played Shadow Hunters. It was amusing how Pete kept getting attacked by his fellow hunter. It was down to two of us and the other hunter fully healed while I didn’t. Then, we played again, and the same two players won, this time as shadows as the neutral sprayed machine gun fire all around killing most of us, though I thought maybe he could win playing the steal equipment dude as there was enough equipment in play to steal, but he couldn’t steal all of it in one shot.
Then, down to four people, we played Star Trek: Five-Year Mission. Not to be confused with other Star Trek dice game? The owner discovered they had been playing stuff wrong and the game was not too easy. We failed.
Saturday, I slept in. Finally getting moving, I drove some more. To Occoquan. Because, who doesn’t casually drive to Occoquan when the need to buy birthday presents is afoot. It was reasonably pleasant, with my not realizing George Mason’s main campus was just South of the house. This has to do with gaming, how?
I drove to Occoquan to buy jigsaw puzzles, as we are all wont to do. Now, I don’t recall how many decades ago I worked on a jigsaw puzzle. But, it was something my sister mentioned for presents and, since the birthday celebrating early thing was not well known to everyone ahead of time, this seemed fortuitous.
Sunday, dim sum followed by birthday and unbirthday stuff. Then, played a movie game that one or more of the siblings came up with. It was enjoyable, but, since I don’t watch hardly any movies, it was hardly a surprise when I came well in last.
My youngest brother got in Saturday and did not have to go to work Monday, so we did what I do all of the time – we went and saw a movie. I didn’t realize Red Sparrow had such mediocre reviews until after I saw it and read some, er, reviews. Doesn’t really matter to me, since it’s not even the sort of movie I make some effort to see (Star Wars, …, …). It would have done well in the movie game if the right categories came up.
Speaking of reviewing things that don’t have to do with gaming, I did not find Flash:Flashtime remotely comicbooklike nor remotely good. To me, it was very TVepisodelike. I got to trying to think of what TV episodes feel like comic book stories and I couldn’t think of anything off the top of my head besides the crossovers even though the Arrowverse does have normal episodes that likely qualify.
No V:TES. No L5R (talked about it some with game store guy demoing Traveller). No Shadowfist (didn’t make any effort). No mahjong (Traveller instead, possibly to the regret of some). Only a bit of solitaire at the airports.
Well, that was … Why the title of this post? Well, if you played Traveller, you might know how Stellar Anomaly Log is goodsome for Type S Scout Survey decks. Survey. Like as in travel around and explore. Because I had never been to North Carolina and Optimist Park (yup, I went there … the place I was meant to be), Ashburn, Glen Echo, Occoquan. See, my titles are superduperclever. So clever. And, not remotely obscure with injokes that only like one person in the history of the human race gets.