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On March 2, 2013, twenty-one gamers plummeted into the Official CBBS Gaming Basement, impacting the gaming groundscape at high velocity and crushing their ludopathic organs into jelly. Included in this fiasco were Aaron, New Eric, Kelli, Eric OG, Tim, Jerry, Scott, Counterclockwise Scott, first timer Jeff, Alan, Ori, Nathaniel, Geoff, Andy, Nyck, Leif, long-time returnee Lyra, Shawn, Tom, Shadoe, and first-timer Levi.

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1. Board Game: Krypto [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:9311]
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Start time: 6:30pm
End time: 6:45pm


Let it not be said that we at the CBBS are stuck in a rut. After a mere fourteen month period during which we straggled in exclusively to Ricochet Robots, it was time to return to Krypto for that very purpose. Hooray for arithmetic!


Perhaps while revising this entry to this Session Report your humble scribe will track down an interesting and amusing Krypto puzzle from this session for the public to solve at home. If you are reading this, however, he obviously didn't do that, and you'll have to make up your own puzzle. Or use this one, that he came up with just now off the top of his head:

4 19 23 25 8 => 13

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Wow, only five solutions. Not bad for pulling six numbers out of an unnamed orifice.

(23+19+4)-(25+8) = 13
((25*4)+23-19)/8 = 13
(8+4)/(23-25)+19 = 13
((23 - 19)*25 +4)/8 = 13
(19-8)-4/(23-25) = 13


Anyway, Aaron, Eric, Tim, Jerry, Scott, Counterclockwise Scott, and Jeff all solved at least one puzzle during these event-filled fifteen minutes. Madre de Dios!
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2. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1231]
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Start time: 6:45pm
End time:7:00pm


Because we are wacky, we also included a passel of SETs during this straggle in period, because pattern matching and arithmetic are two sides of the same, um, thing. Or something. (I'm sorry, I lost interest in that sentence halfway through.)


Anyhoo, Tim, Scott, Kelli, Alan, Jerry, and Ori all managed to gather a SET or two or twelve or a billion. Or whatever.
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3. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:703]
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Start time: 6:45pm
End time: 7:00pm


As the final stump in our clearcut straggle-in forest, Loopin' Louie was set up on Table Two. Zoinks!


At this point, sharp-eyed readers will have noticed that there seems to be some disconnect between the photos for these straggle-inners and the game descriptions. That's because we actually have no photos of any of the three games we've listed so far. But we do have a picture of Bamboleo - a game for which no scoresheet was filed. The only reasonable explanation for this conundrum is that that is not actually a photo of Bamboleo at all, but is actually a combined photo of Krypto, SET, and Loopin' Louie.

As the saying goes, you just can't argue with logic like that. QED.

Anyway, Andy and Geoff each won one game of Loopin' Louie, while Barnstormin' Ace Nyck scored three victories. Nathaniel, Ori, and Eric felt it important to note that they also played.
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4. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1464]
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Start time: 7:00pm
End time: 7:40pm


We needed a six player game on Table One, because, despite having nineteen gamers in hand, Tables Two and Three each selected games that played just four. Tim thought briefly about bringing out Atlantic Star, but instead selected Metro as an easier way to slide into Game Night proper. Jeff, Scott, Aaron, Eric, and Kelli were the other Parisian track layers.


This game has a deceptive learning curve, because the rules are so easy. But it is hard to tell what is a good score for your non-hosed lines, and thus its hard to tell how much effort you should put into getting a couple big scores vs. saving your weaker starting lines (i.e. the ones near the corners). Furthermore, the really big scores don't come until late in the game, so you can forgive new players for thinking they've accomplished something with that early ten pointer that puts them a couple points in the lead.

In the end, Counterclockwise Scott and Tim both had really big scores (of 24 and 31 points, respectively), but Counterclockwise Scott did better with his secondary lines. A key concept in this game is to try and wind your tracks around through already existing tiles; if you build lines one tile at a time, you won't have time to accumulate the scores you need to win. An extra loop in Counterclockwise Scott's final, center-connected line gave him eight extra points, which gave him a 56 to 49 points victory over Tim.

Aaron also scored at least one big, loopy central line on his way to 44 points, while Eric and Kelli never got to the center and tied with 35 points apiece. New player Jeff took a while catching on, by which point most of his lines were done; he finished with 16 points.
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5. Board Game: Risk Legacy [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:236]
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Start time: 7:00pm. Maybe.
End time: 8:45pm. Possibly


This game might have been played by Scott, Andy, Geoff, Eric Classic, and Nathaniel.


If you believe him, Eric Classic has posted a report on his CBBS Risk: Legacy geeklist - but without an official, notarized CBBS scoresheet, we not only can't verify, but must treat with outright suspicion, any claims he makes therein.
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6. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:697] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Start time: 7:00pm
End time: 9:30pm (two games)


Meanwhile, on Table Three, Leif, Nyck, Lyra, and Jerry were playing two extremely well-photographed games of Quarriors!.


Dice were rolled! Quiddity was spent! Nyck won game one!


Then, more dice were rolled! Jerry won game two.
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7. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:426]
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Start time: 7:20pm
End time: 8:35pm


The final game of the first configuration was a mere four player game of Eminent Domain. Tom, Alan, Ori, and Shawn were the expropriators.


Shawn was dubbed "Mr. Research" and won with 18 points. Tom and Alan each scored 15, while Ori earned but nine.
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8. Board Game: Pack & Stack [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1628]
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Start time: 7:45pm
End time: 8:00pm


Table One thought they needed a six player filler, so out came Zack & Pack, because nothing beats a good Zacking. Tim, Jeff, Counterclockwise Scott, Aaron, Eric, and Kelli were the Packers.


Despite not fully understanding the rules at the start and having to grab a random tile, Jeff still managed the first turn 10 point bonus and coasted to an easy 71 point victory. Counterclockwise Scott managed the difficult feat of losing zero point in one round, and finished with 60 points. Tim kept rolling stupid stuff like "two big blues, two white cubes, and nothing else", which, I'm sorry, are almost impossible to lose fewer than ten coins with. He and Aaron tied for third with 31 points, while Kelli fell to fifth with 24. But it was Eric who did the civic duty of sucking so hard that he dropped to -4 points and ended the game.
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9. Board Game: Funny Friends [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1673]
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Start time: 8:00pm
End time: 9:35pm


Because all the other tables were doing their own thang, Table One was forced to find yet another six player game. Talk turned towards the "controversial" Funny Friends, which we usually don't play until late at night when those with delicate sensibilities are gone. But Aaron, who works nights, could not wait that long, and nobody (with or without sensibilities) ever leaves at a reasonable hour anymore anyway, so Funny Friends it was. Tim, Jeff, Counterclockwise Scott, Aaron, Eric, and Kelli directed their characters through their sad, twisted lives.


The original mechanics in Funny Friends involve bidding for Life cards using "time tokens"; the sooner you drop out of one round the more tokens you get, so (presumably) the more "currency" you'll have to bid with next round. But, in my experience, this mechanic doesn't really work. Everybody's goals are so different that only sometimes is there any conflict over any particular Life card, so some players end up getting bid up and running out of time tokens for no strategic reason, while others can keep playing late into the round. Most games were won by somebody who got to play several Life cards in a row after everybody else has dropped out of the round. So the auction makes the round last three times as long for very little strategic gain. After all, the fun part of the game is in moving your characteristics around and gaining those Sex tokens and stuff, not in playing out some weird, abstracted auction.

So the past couple times we played this, we dumped the auction and just drafted cards. Put out N cards for N players from each Life deck, then draft "Settlers-style": reverse the order after everybody takes their first card, so the first player gets the first and last draft. That keeps the game moving and gives everybody the same number of experiences. Of course, you can still get hosed by the turn order, but at least you won't be playing three fewer Life cards than everybody this round because some bozo bid you up last time.

We set out eighteen Puberty cards and let everybody draw three, but that's too many - most of us fulfilled at least one Goal during Puberty, which is just wrong - I Started a Cult, for crying out loud. And, forcing the start player to take the final Life card in a round, whether he wants it or not, is not a good thing. I think a better way to do it in the future is to deal out 2N+2 cards in each round (including Puberty) and have everybody draft two.

We also didn't have a mechanism for swapping out Goal cards, which you can pay time tokens to do in the original game. Getting bad Goals can really hurt, so perhaps we should let people pass on drafting a Life card during their turn and swap Goals, instead.

Anyway, its always kind of funny splaining this game, with all the talk of Puberty and Sex tokens and stuff - the other tables usually get kind of quiet and then start giggling. In the actual Game, Kelli forced Counterclockwise Scott to father her child in Puberty, and then relentlessly pursued him until they got married and had another child so she could fulfill her "Family" Goal. Tim then broke up that relationship and forced Counterclockwise Scott to get Happily Married - then Counterclockwise Scott broke that up to get back together with Kelli and fulfill his goal of having a Shotgun Wedding. Good times!

Meanwhile, Eric was married twice but still never managed to have Sex. Perhaps he shouldn't have cut so many health science classes in junior high.

In the end, Kelli drafted a key Life card that would have let Tim fulfill his final two goals; he still had a Telephone token for Kelli, which would have allowed him to tag along - but he and Kelli had never become friends, so he had to let that sweet Life experience pass him by. Counterclockwise Scott then fulfilled his final goal for the victory on his next turn.

Counterclockwise Scott's life path had him become a Philosopher in Puberty, then switch careers to become a Casting Director, which gave him the money to get Liposuction, which made him so attractive he found himself in a Shotgun Wedding, which gave him enough material to write his extremely successful Memoirs. Hooray!
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10. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
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Start time: 9:00pm, 9:20pm
End time: 9:20pm, 9:40pm


It would be one of those evenings where we completely failed to get back on-config, so everybody ended up playing most games with the same group. We might as well have had four different Game Nights. Anyway, that's how Ori, Tom, Alan, Shadoe, and Levi came to play a couple games of King of Tokyo on Table Two.


Levi won both games, first by killing everybody else, then by points, with only Ori and Shadoe biting the proverbial dust. Gymkata!

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11. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1084]
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Start time: 9:30pm
End time: Roller coaster. Of Love. Roller Coaster. Oo oo oo.


It might have been Table Three where Nathaniel, Nyck, Lyra, Scott, and Jerry played Pickomino. For an unspecified and unknowable amount of time. Possibly years.


Nyck scarfed down 13 worms, while Lyra gobbled six, Jerry wolfed three, Scott gorged himself on two, while Nathaniel daintily nibbled on but a single worm.
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12. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:52]
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Start time: 9:40pm
End time: I like cheese


Tim wanted to play Lords of Waterdeep, but Leif, Geoff, Andy, Shawn, and Eric Classic said "Nay!" and denied him thus. In retaliation, Tim will not provide any details as to how this game went.


...except to say Geoff earned 106 zorknids, Eric Classic crushed 96 human skulls, Shawn ate 94 tuna sandwiches, Leif scored 90 grams of pure neutronium, and Andy climbed 90 miles above the Earth.
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13. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This At All [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:12272] [Average Rating:5.57 Unranked]
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Start time: 9:45pm
End time: 9:55pm (two games)


I guess we did have a mini-reconfig, where Tim, Counterclockwise Scott, Jeff, Ori, Shadoe, Aaron, New Eric, and Kelli played a not-quite-quick-enough game of We Didn't Playtest This At All - and then played another, just for kicks.


In Game One Tim wiped out half the players on the very first turn by eliminating anyone who threw "paper". But then he fell to the dreaded Double Lightning, and it was Counterclockwise Scott who reigned supreme in some manner or another.

In Game Two, Counterclockwise Scott played the dreaded "You" card, which quickly wiped out Eric and Aaron and then Counterclockwise Scott himself. Eventually it came down to a Vote card played by Jeff - and when it failed to pass, everybody lost. Hooray!
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14. Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1321]
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Start time: 10:00pm
End time: 11:10pm


But enough of that "mixing things up" stuff. It was time for everybody to go back to their original table and play another game. In the case of Tim, Counterclockwise Scott, Jeff, Aaron, Eric, and Kelli on Table One, that meant playing Long Shot. Why? Because it plays six, and is easy to splain. The end.


Tim made the brilliant decision to buy Three's Company on his first turn, in anticipation of everybody rolling a bunch of 3s and the #3 horse winning the race easily. He also made the unprecedented move of actually buying a horse in the No Bids area - which, as far as we can tell, is legal - when Last Chance (#7) made a late rush into contention. But even though Last Chance faded at the end and failed to place or show, Tim was then able to play his Large Stable card to net $10, so nyeah. Anyway, Tim's $200 won the game. Hooray!

Kelli's Six Gun placed to power her to $140 for second place, while Eric's Eight's Enough showed to lead him to $130. Aaron didn't have a horse that paid out, but he played tons of money cards to finish tied with Eric at $130. Counterclockwise Scott would have been in contention if one of his horses had paid; as it was, he finished with $120. Jeff earned $40, and thus turned a profit. Yay!
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15. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:425]
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Start time: 10:00pm
End time: Alouette, gentille alouette, alouette, je te plumerai


Back on Table Three, Scott, Nathaniel, Nyck, Lyra, Alan, and Jerry played Betrayal at House on the Hill. Game Night fears for life!


Nyck was branded the TRAITOR, and lost. It gives me chills just thinking about it.
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16. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This Either [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4482]
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Start time: 10:30pm
End time: Sing the praises of pants!


For some reason, Ori grabbed one half of the We Didn't Playtest This At All cards (I've got them mixed up with We Didn't Playtest This Either, as only a churl would play one without the other) and forced Tom, Shadoe, and Levi to play for an undetermined amount of time.


No score was recorded. Hooray!
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17. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:571]
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Start time: 11:20:17pm
End time: Bleep beep bloop blorp


We then engaged in an eight player game of Liar's Dice, primarily just so we could use Jerry's fantastic home-made extra large Liar's Dice board. This is truly a thing of beauty:


Anyway, the key phase of this game was when Leif made ridiculous initial bids, was called, and they turned out to be exact - three times in a row!! He first started with 14 sixes at 11:31:50, and then bid 12 sixes at 11:34:02. Counterclockwise Scott lost his last die on that latter bid, so it was up to Geoff to call Leif's exact bid of 10 threes. At this point, Leif had many more dice than anybody else, so it was only a matter of time. Tim lost a couple dice by challenging Geoff's bid of five stars, then Jeff lost his last die at 11:37 by calling Tim's bid of fours sixes. Kelli lost her last dice at 11:38:58 when she challenged Eric on three stars, while Eric lost when his bid of three 2s did not hold up at 11:39. Tim's two star bluff was entirely reasonable, but nobody had any stars at all and he lost both his dice at 11:40. At 11:43 Geoff called Leif's two 6 bid, but two of Leif's four dice were, in face, sixes and Geoff was eliminated.

That left Andy with one die versus Leif with four. Fortunately, Andy made short work of himself by incorrectly calling Leif's bid of two fours, thus ending the game at 11:44pm.
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18. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:580]
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Start time: 11:45pm
End time: 12:52am


It had been a while since we had the traditional CBBS fourteen player game of 6 nimmt! That's not why we did it, it's just an interesting and fun fact. Well, it's fun, at least. Okay, maybe it's just factual. Whatever.


After three rounds, we had an official game, thanks to the efforts of Geoff (75 points) and Jeff and Nathaniel (71 each). Hooray!

Lyra scored fairly evenly on her way to 58, while Kelli chose to front and back load her 57 points (earning just five in round two). Eric scored a mighty 30 points in the second round to drop him into the second division with a total of fifty, while Scott faded with 22 in the final round to finish with 46.

Nyck overcame a mediocre 19 point start to end up in the top half with 41, while Tim's heroic bagel of the final round only got him into sixth after he took 39 points in like three cards over the first two rounds. Andy scored just two in the final round to stay ahead of Tim with 37 points, while Ori and Jerry tied for third with 34. Leif salvaged second place with a fine six point final round, but it was Alan who somehow managed to score just ten points all game who came away with the victory.
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19. Board Game: Jungle Speed [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1081]
Tim Shippert
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Richland
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Start time: 12:55am
End time: 1:25am


Obviously, we then had no choice but to play an eight player game of Jungle Speed. Tim, Nathaniel, Kelli, New Eric, Scott, Andy, Nyck, and Jerry were the token grabbers.


Andy, somehow, won twice.


But Jerry won once, so, whew.
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20. Board Game: Saboteur 2 (expansion-only editions) [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
Tim Shippert
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Start time: 1:30am
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We had failed to kill off any more gamers, so we were forced to play an eight player game of Saboteur 2 (expansion-only editions). Tim, Kelii, Eric, Lyra, Scott, Andy, Nyck, and Jerry were the golddiggers.


Round one saw an easy saboteur win, as the dwarves seemed confused about this whole mining thing. Eric and Lyra scored three apiece, as did Gemologist Jerry. Tim, as the Loafer, earned a single gold nugget.


In round two, the Blue team successfully found the gold, earning Tim, Jerry, and Nyck three more nuggets.

In round three, Saboteurs Eric, Scott, and Andy got their three gold apiece, which allowed Eric to tie Jerry with six gold for the win. Gemologist Nyck finished with five, while Tim scored four, Andy, Scott, and Lyra finished with three, and Kelli, somehow, managed to avoid taking even one gold nugget. Zoinks!
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21. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:727]
Tim Shippert
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Richland
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Start time: 2:42am
End time: Can't get enough Super Sugar Crisp


The final game of the evening was an eight-player Shadow Hunters extravaganza. We lost Scott but re-acquired Nathaniel, to go along with Tim, Kelli, Eric, Andy, Nyck, Jerry, and Lyra.


Kelli's Valkyrie was the first to be killed when Nyck revealed as Franklin and then rolled a 5-1 during his attack, doing nine points of damage in one turn. The Shadows had sussed out that Andy was a Hunter, and Tim's Unknown eventually took him out, despite Andy's desperate reveal as Gregor and subsequent half-round of invulnerability. Eric had revealed as a Werewolf to start counterattacking, but that ability was cancelled when Jerry revealed as Ellen.

But this interesting evolution of the Hunter and Shadow conflict was suddenly rendered moot when Nathaniel killed the weakest player left (Ellen/Jerry), and then revealed as Charles to claim victory (having killed the third dead character). Lyra also fulfilled her victory conditions as Allie by virtue of still being alive. So it was a Neutral sweep, making all those monsters and monster fighters look kind of silly.
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22. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:3669] [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:68]
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The CBBS snack table was the scene of radical change this week. Instead of M&Ms, we had Reeses Pieces (plus some M&Ms). Instead of Fruit Slices, we had Jelly Beans. Instead of Mint Newman Os, we had Chocolate Newman Os. Instead of nuts, we had chocolate and yogurt raisins. Instead of Milk Duds, we had Strawberry Whoppers. Instead of Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos, we had Salsa Verde Doritos. Instead of Pepper Jack Cheez-Its, we had Colby Cheez-Its. Instead of Terra Chips we had Sea Salt and Vinegar and Cheddar and Roasted Tomato baked kettle chips. Instead of regular beef jerky, we had brown sugar and maple beef jerky. Instead of Little Debbie Ding Dong ripoffs, we had Little Debbie Twinkee ripoffs. Instead of Chocolate Chip or Pumpkin cookies, we had these awesome lemon things from Fred Meyer. And instead of some actual snack, we had pork rinds. It's like we were at some completely different Game Night.


By contrast, none of the drinks were new. Or interesting. But they all were in liquid form, so we had that going for us.
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