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We had to shift the day of one of our recent gaming nights as the pub we normally play in was being taken over by Morris Dancers (English folk dancers complete with bells and handkerchiefs)! I was wondering what other unusual circumstances had got in the way of your gaming?
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I had to cancel game night when I realized I hadn't met enough people nor got to know them well enough to invite them to a game night.


Of course, now that I think about it, that's probably not strange at all. In fact, that is likely the number one reason for having no game night.
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Weekly all day gaming meet-up cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy landfall happening the same day. Got into a fight with one of the meet-up members who said that government officials shutting down the transportation system and warning people to evacuate/ stay in-doors were being 'officious' (and I guess the staff at the site we went to just had to suck it up and the store should have remained open). I'm an emergency manager/planner/ responder, one of the few kinds of people who were expected to be out in those conditions, and I was stuck sleeping at work for about 48 hours. Sure enough, the area the gaming normally occurs was significantly flooded. I always suspected that guy still thought everyone was being overly dramatic.
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I think probably that our venue was being used for a wedding rehearsal. Our game night is at a church.
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Tzer wrote:
"I had to learn Spanish."

This reason begs for more detail.
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sweetgotham wrote:

Weekly all day gaming meet-up cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy landfall happening the same day. Got into a fight with one of the meet-up members who said that government officials shutting down the transportation system and warning people to evacuate/ stay in-doors were being 'officious' (and I guess the staff at the site we went to just had to suck it up and the store should have remained open). I'm an emergency manager/planner/ responder, one of the few kinds of people who were expected to be out in those conditions, and I was stuck sleeping at work for about 48 hours. Sure enough, the area the gaming normally occurs was significantly flooded. I always suspected that guy still thought everyone was being overly dramatic.

Classic.
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Army mutiny (about 6 weeks ago). Although we did consider meeting up to play on another day when we were told to stay away from the office.
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Cancel game night?

Pete (had a power failure once and we played with candlelight)
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we had to cancel game night the night a terrorist plowed into the crowd outside the main subway station here in Stockholm
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Many years ago, I was involved in a games night with some people in the town I had just moved to. Not close friends.

I had a bout of a rather severe disease called pericarditis, which causes the heart to inflame and left me in the cardio ward for 4 days.

Game day was a few days after my discharge and I messaged the guy to say I couldn't make it because doing anything was uncomfortable. I had missed the previous game for being in hospital and hadn't informed him (Kinda low on my priority list staring death in the face and all).

He totally lost the plot, called me a liar and made it about me disrespecting him because I had made a commitment and had broken it, and threatened to blackball me in the local games community. It was truly the most insane thing I had ever encountered.

I saved all those emails as well and whenever mutual friends says "oh he's alright" I show them to them.
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plezercruz wrote:
Cancel game night?

Pete (had a power failure once and we played with candlelight)


We had a panic moment the other day playing Gloomhaven and into the last round when the power went - and so out came the lamps.
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I had a buddy coming over for wings and then gaming a couple of years back. I had the wings in the oven, all the gaming snacks laid out and the game ready to go. I hear a knock at the door about the time he was supposed to arrive. Excitedly I open the door and it's my friend with a really morose look on his face. He was there to tell me his wife and kids were in the car and that "he wasn't allowed to game tonight."
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Not the strangest reason but I was sick starting about two days before game night that I was hosting. I cancelled later that day giving everyone about a 40 hour notice, I just didn't want to chance making anyone else sick.

That day of the game night I was flat on the couch full blown flu....yuck.gulp
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Tzer wrote:
"I had to learn Spanish."


I have immense respect for the french lady that plays occasionally with our group, particularly her willingness to tackle some text heavy euros, although the French-English dictionary has had to come out once or twice!
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plezercruz wrote:
Cancel game night?

Pete (had a power failure once and we played with candlelight)


I am sure this would be a positive advantage for some games, thinking of Mysterium and Arkham Horror: The Card Game!
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On occasions our regular 'geek nights' have to be moved or, god save us, cancelled because some regulars have family or social commitments. I know, unbelievable, right?
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There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
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"Canceled"?
"Moved"?

I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with those words.
My Friday night gaming night back in my old town had been going for years if not decades, without missing a night. The host would arrange his family vacations to leave after Friday and return before Friday.

It was great because come Friday night, you always knew where to find some good gaming.
We'd get people just pop-in after not showing up for months, knowing there'd be gaming that night. You never know who'd show up that you hadn't seen in a while. Once about midnight we were in the middle of a game of Ca$h 'n Gun$, and a cop in full uniform and holstered gun waltzed into the game room (without knocking) as we were pointing nerf guns at each other. I'd never seen him before, but it turns out he was a gamer who just hadn't shown up in a year or so, and he was also a cop who was on his overnight "lunch break" and thought he'd stop in for a quick game.
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sweetgotham wrote:

Weekly all day gaming meet-up cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy landfall happening the same day. Got into a fight with one of the meet-up members who said that government officials shutting down the transportation system and warning people to evacuate/ stay in-doors were being 'officious' (and I guess the staff at the site we went to just had to suck it up and the store should have remained open). I'm an emergency manager/planner/ responder, one of the few kinds of people who were expected to be out in those conditions, and I was stuck sleeping at work for about 48 hours. Sure enough, the area the gaming normally occurs was significantly flooded. I always suspected that guy still thought everyone was being overly dramatic.

We had a dinner party that night. (Because we were stupid.) When the lights went out we used candles. When the guests left we walked out to the building's front door and saw there was one dry path leading away from our building, everything else was water. We saw cars floating down 20th street. Seven days without power and a few weeks without gas. I remember no games being played during that week.
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We had to shift the day of one of our recent gaming nights as the pub we normally play in was being taken over by Morris Dancers (English folk dancers complete with bells and handkerchiefs)! I was wondering what other unusual circumstances had got in the way of your gaming?


P.S., I love Morris Dancers! I always see them at Ren Faires. I think it'd be fun to game with them in the background, as long as the game wasn't too brain-burny.
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sweetgotham wrote:

Weekly all day gaming meet-up cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy landfall happening the same day. Got into a fight with one of the meet-up members who said that government officials shutting down the transportation system and warning people to evacuate/ stay in-doors were being 'officious' (and I guess the staff at the site we went to just had to suck it up and the store should have remained open). I'm an emergency manager/planner/ responder, one of the few kinds of people who were expected to be out in those conditions, and I was stuck sleeping at work for about 48 hours. Sure enough, the area the gaming normally occurs was significantly flooded. I always suspected that guy still thought everyone was being overly dramatic.

We had a dinner party that night. (Because we were stupid.) When the lights went out we used candles. When the guests left we walked out to the building's front door and saw there was one dry path leading away from our building, everything else was water. We saw cars floating down 20th street. Seven days without power and a few weeks without gas. I remember no games being played during that week.


It was my first day back from maternity leave so when I walked into the operations center I got some double takes lol One of the many benefits with having a combat veteran at home during a disaster is that I had zero concerns about leaving my newborn home for what ended up being several days. We were fortunate enough to have no power issues and not be in a flood zone (one of the reason why I love living where I do- no flood zone AND multiple subways lines if there is a disruption). But, yes, there was no gaming for several weeks just because I was pretty much working most of the time.
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JohnnyDollar wrote:
avian_brain wrote:
We had to shift the day of one of our recent gaming nights as the pub we normally play in was being taken over by Morris Dancers (English folk dancers complete with bells and handkerchiefs)! I was wondering what other unusual circumstances had got in the way of your gaming?


P.S., I love Morris Dancers! I always see them at Ren Faires. I think it'd be fun to game with them in the background, as long as the game wasn't too brain-burny.


Morris dancers also tend to be devotees of local ale, so beer and pretzel games are suitable. And around Bristol, many use quarterstaves for their dances.
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