I'm not trying to make anyone jealous or anything, but imagine going away on vacation with the wife and kids (armed with a big box of board games of course) and finding that the family in the cottage next door are fellow boardgamegeeks! That's exactly what happened to BGG users Mr. Ender and Mr. HomoLudens. Happy, happy, joy, joy! Here's the story...
Mr. HomoLudens: Well, I just spent a week at a cottage north of Toronto and played some games. Oddly enough, BGG user Ender Wiggins (EndersGame) and his family were at the cottage next door, so we decided to let him and wife play too. Sometimes we even let one or two of his kids play. Yes, the man has kids, although they don't often appear in his many, many photos. We did not let him take any pictures of our games, because the man's made enough GG already.
Mr. Ender: There's nothing like being on vacation and discovering that the random person in the cottage next door is a fellow gamer. Lifeboats was Game #1 in the many game sessions that resulted from this amazing discovery.
Mr. HomoLudens: Lifeboats was the first game we played. It might have been the last, were it not for the good humour everyone showed in not begrudging me the win. We had never played this one before, but Ender and his wife gave it to me and my wife as a gift. I guess they were just so happy to see another BGG user. People are so generous on this site.
They also thought it was appropriate because soon we'll be moving away from Ontario to the boom town that is Edmonton. I guess they knew they would miss us, even before having played any games with us (at the cottage)! Ender, I think, loves negotiation games too, but he has a hard time staying under the radar. His wife doesn't trust him. Btw, if this week taught me anything it is that the number one rule of gaming is: always sit to the right of your wife.
Mr. Ender: If this week taught me anything, it is that the number two rule of gaming is: expect to find a boardgamegeek in the most unlikely location. So there we are, relaxing at the cottage, far from the lands of the internet and the coms of the boardgamegeek. And lo and behold, who do we find as our next door neighbours in the neighbouring cottage? A fellow board game geek! Yes, he even has his own account on BGG, and knows what GeekMod and Geek Gold are! Introducing the delightful Mr. HomoLudens, his wife Mrs. HomoLudens, and three junior HomoLudens (with a fourth on the way, in anticipation of playing six player games). If that wasn’t enough of a coincidence, we discovered that they even happened to live in the same city as the Ender family! Surely such joyful randomness hasn’t been experienced by a gamer since Mr. HomoLudens’ last session of Settlers of Catan. But I digress.
So we politely do all our introductions, and fortunately we had brought along a lot of board games, and even one game in shrink wrap: Lifeboats. So making the difficult sacrifice of forgoing an opportunity to open shrink wrap ourselves, we offer the game of Lifeboats to Mr. & Mrs. HomoLudens as a peace offering gift (in the unfortunate absence of the colored beads usually preferred by natives). Really, this gift was just a Trojan Horse to help us worm our way into their cottage and convince them to play games with us. Apparently they are moving to another province shortly, so we could ostensibly call it a “going away” gift, whereas really it was a “coming in” gift for us. Which goes to prove the number three rule of gaming: always have at least one game in shrink wrap, because you never know when you’ll need it.
Want to know more about the hilarity and games that followed? Read the complete session report on Lifeboats here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/327734
The rest of "The Random Gamer at the Cottage Next Door" series of session reports:
#1. Lifeboats - The Vacation Life Saver
#2. Hera & Zeus - Hera Springs a Surprise
#3. Vikings - The Favorite-Activity-Of-The-Week-Award
#4. Pandemic - Being Sick Has Never Been This Healthy
#5. Magic the Gathering - On the Merits and Minuses of Theme Decks
#6. Age of Empires III - Lopsided Wins, Painted Miniatures, and Vanilla Wine
#7. Dragon's Gold - Negotiating for Black Diamonds
#8. Attribute - An Exercise in Marriage Counselling
#9. Around the World in 80 Days - The Happy Sea-Sick Kid
#10. Froggy Boggie - Getting Random Kids to Boogie at Church
#11. War of the Ring - The Eight Hour Frozen War
#12. Circus Flohcati - Playing With Trained Fleas at Church
#13. Razzia! - Auction Action
#14. Memoir 44 - D Day on Holidays
#15. The Very Clever Pipe Game - The Great Restaurant Disaster
Note: there's a GG prize for the best comment/suggestion on the restaurant disaster recounted in The Very Clever Pipe session report.
Sorry if our adventures made anyone envious! So what's the best board gaming surprise you've ever had while on vacation?
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Mostly offline, but trying.
I guess the thing that enquiring minds really need to know is, how did you two meet?
I mean, how did you identify one another as gamers?
Did your eyes meet across a busy road, locking onto one another's Settlers t-shirts?
Perhaps someone went next door to
check out the neighbours borrow some sugar and interrupted a game of Age of Steam?
Or had you secretly lined this up on BGG without confessing to your wives?
You never know. I bought three copies of Checkers and a copy of 'Party Farkel' (all for game parts) at the farm store the other day, and within 30 seconds the gal running the cash register was telling me how she and her D&D-playing hubbie attended Gen Con this year!
A vacation miracle? Finding a random gamer next door! (GG prize)
That reminds me of a time I was in a fast food restaurant with a friend. We'd been playing Magic the Gathering, and I had some D20s in my pocket. So for a joke (despite the protests of my friend) I said to the girl at the counter when placing our order: "Would you take D20s instead of cash?" As she paused for a few seconds, I smirked at my friend, figuring she thought I was speaking another language. But in fact she was just trying decide whether or not to hide her inner geek. In the end, she caved in, and said: "No, but I'd take some D100s!" It turned out that she was a regular Dungeons & Dragons player, and we all had a laugh over it.
The moral of the story: be prepared to find a game geek where you least expect it!