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Scotty Dickey
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The primary purpose of this post is to publicly thank my wife for planning and throwing a fantastic birthday party for me this weekend. Everyone arrived Friday evening around 7:00. We had two boards of 'Memoir 44' set up. At each board there were two people playing and others who were watching and cheering. Most of the participants had never played M-44. Some had not played a board game since Monopoly in high school. Anyway, Friday night was intended to teach the rules to those who had never played and refresh the memories of those who had. Everyone had a blast. It was great to float between games when I wasn't playing. The only thing I enjoy more than playing games is teaching others to play. I was amazed at how everyone seemed to pick up the rules and get into the competitive spirit so quickly.

Having learned the rules, the plan was for the group to return at 9:30 the following morning to have breakfast and play an Overlord campaign. Because we had played until nearly midnight the evening before, I wondered how many would make it out of bed for the follow-up session. Everyone that we invited returned! The breakfast casserole was fantastic, but I think they came for the game. The Overlord version looked gorgeous on the table and was even more fun for everyone involved than the previous night's games had been. It didn't hurt that my team won the battle. It was my birthday, after all.

I'd like to make two observations:

First, my wife really enhanced the gaming experience by creating a thematic atmosphere. She had WWII-era, 'Big Band' music playing. The tablecloth, plates, balloons, etc. were green, khaki, or camouflage. My son's plastic army men were spread around the room. A special squadron had been deployed on the island in the kitchen to guard the snacks! (Fortunately, she didn't serve army-style grub). Finally, everyone was provided with 'dog tags'. My wife wouldn't allow anyone to play without the proper identification. People got into it and came up with great aliases. My favorite was, 'Berlin Sally'.

Second, I have a newfound respect for M-44 as a gateway game. I know that some hardcore war gamers have been reluctant to accept it as a true war game. I'm not sure how its card-driven system is essentially different from, say, the LAM system of Carthage. But, that is for another thread. What I am saying is that M-44 is a great game with real flexibility that can be satisfying for experienced, competitive war gamers and new gamers alike. All of the first-time gamers noted that they were looking forward to playing M-44 again and that they would also be interested in playing other new games. A fun weekend of gaming is great. Recruiting new friends into our gaming community is even better.

One final note:

The climax of the weekend was on Saturday afternoon. As the Overlord campaign was winding down, the doorbell rang. The delivery man had left a package from my parents. It contained, 'Railroad Tycoon', 'Descent: Journeys in the Dark', 'Reef Encounter', and 'Pirate's Cove'. Wow! Everyone was drooling and making plans for our next weekend of board gaming hedonism. I'm not sure when we'll get everyone together again. But if my wife has anything to do with it, I wouldn't be surprised to see Pirate's hats and eye patches.

Thanks Honey. I can't remember a better birthday.
 
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Troy Davidson
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That sounded awesome! What a great party. I love it when parties have themes and everyone gets into it. Having a few games up and running at a party is always fun.

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sauron "Happy belated Birthday" wishes to YOU and any others this past weekend!
P.S.-I did "tip" YOU for this as well.
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Giles Pritchard
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What a great sounding Birthday - congratulations! It sounds like you had a fantastic time! I'll have to get my wife to read this thread! ninja
Happy Birthday!
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Daniel Stroud
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TedTorgerson wrote:
My birthday party last night I played Apples to Apples Jr. with nephew and my two nieces who can't read and randomly put cards down.


Sounds like playing with my Fiancé's family.
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