Grill 'n Games 2006
Stephen Waits
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San Diego
California
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Cathy and I hosted a game party this weekend. We ended up with about 16 attendees, and played a handful of games.

As people arrived, we threw them into party games. After a bit of that, we started them on Sackson's "No Game" - which turned out to be very well liked. Next up, grilling, eating. And finally, we finished off with some lighter games.

Cathy and I provided all food and games. Rob provided the beer.

People
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Invited
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Ben Foxworthy
Bill and Stacy Kydd
Casey Lowe
Conrado Gatdula
Craig Morrison
Dundee Reyno
Eddy and Mary-Tess Cramm
Francois Bertrand and Stephanie Plante
Jed Melnik
Jonathan and Lonna Leghart
Josh Hart
Kanwee Kiatnikorn
Matt Shores
Mike and Shaelagh Skinner
PJ, Stacy, and Trey Snavely
Randy Yumul
Rob Whyte and Jen Gratz
Steve and Eileen Gher
Tim Flier
TJ Madigan and Angel

Attended
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Ben Foxworthy
Craig Morrison
Dundee Reyno
Francois Bertrand and Stephanie Plante
Josh Hart
Kanwee Kiatnikorn
Lonna and Jonathan Leghart
PJ, Stacy, and Trey Snavely
Randy Yumul
Rob Whyte
TJ Madigan and Angel

Flaked (RSVP yes, but no-showed)
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Jed Melnik - gave about 12 hours notice, said was crunching; but really had a hot girl visiting him
Matt Shores - no-showed


Summary
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It was a fun day. Cathy and I are proud of how we prepared everything. Everyone in attendance appeared to be enjoying themselves, other than the brief "Carcassone is like D&D" episode.

We learned a few lessons too. Next time, it might be a good idea to plan a menu, and take slightly specific food orders as part of the RSVP process. This will be a bit time consuming, but it would allow us to buy food more accurately. It also makes it a little harder for people to flake.

Beforehand we were really worried about people not being interested in using the standard hanging hand towel in the bathrooms. So, we placed some paper guest towels in each bathroom. At the end of the night it didn't appear that our worries were justified.

Also, we may look into purchasing folding chairs. Rental is convenient, but they really stick it to you on delivery, and you never know what you're going to get.
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This is an instant hit to whoever you show it to. A few particular people seem to make it especially fun.
 
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Apples to Apples went over well too. Beer helped.
 
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This went over better than I'd expected. Beer helped here too.
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This game didn't go over so well. It got a bit prejudged as I pulled it out. Several people said it's "too much like D&D" (which is funny), or "more games with pig noises". It was ended after about 8 tiles had been laid. Oh well.

Players: Rob, Angel, TJ, Josh, Francois
Winner: None
 
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This was fun once people got the hang of it. Francois won.

Players: Angel, TJ, Josh, Francois, Stephanie, Cathy, Lonna
Winner: Francois
 
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This game was quieter, but the participants all seemed to be quite involved.

Players: Dundee, Jonathan, Ben, Randy, Kanwee
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Lonna owned Josh and me.

Players: Steve, Josh, Lonna
Winner: Lonna
 
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I think Francois won this too.

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We played "The No Game" throughout the party. We used wristbands rather than Sackson's described ribbons. The prize was a shrink-wrapped copy of LotR: Confrontation.

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Winner: Francois
 
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