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06:40 pm: Viva gaming
Some friends had arranged to come for an overnight visit this weekend, and I needed to clean the house in preparation...so of course I was spending Friday evening sitting around watching TV. It turned out to be fortunate that I wasn't busy, because my neighbor stopped by to ask if she could have more of my kale. (I planted a ton of it all over my yard, but I never bring myself to actually eat it.) While I was picking a nice bunch of kale, I was invited to go over and hang out next door. I grabbed a handful of quick card games and went over for some gaming and pizza.

I started out teaching them Mai-Star, one of the games I had picked up at GenCon. They enjoyed that quite a bit. While we were waiting for the pizza to arrive, I brought out Love Letter, which they enjoyed so much, they continued dealing out more rounds without me even having to ask if they wanted to play again. After eating, we played a few more rounds of Mai-Star and (since they had liked Love Letter) tried out Lost Legacy. I ended up not getting back home until quite late, without having accomplished any cleaning.

Saturday morning was devoted to whipping the house into shape for my visitors, and I was just finishing up cleaning the second bathroom when they arrived. Whew! They suggested that we pay a visit to the local game store. I thought it would be helpful if we tried out a game first, just so they would have something to be on the lookout for while shopping (if they liked it). Out of the stack I pulled off the shelf, they selected Eminent Domain. It took them a while to get the hang of the way the two different phases worked, but by the end of the game they had determined that they enjoyed it.

They drove me out to the game store, where we engaged in conversation with a couple of the staff, who were enthusiastically recommending various items. I ended up purchasing VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game and Forbidden Island, while my friends also picked up a stack of games, including Sushi Go! and Eminent Domain: Escalation (the shop was out of the base game). The staff tried to talk my friends into buying Pandemic: The Cure, but since they had no experience with the original Pandemic, they decided to pass until they knew more about it.

When we got back to my house, we tried out Sushi Go!, which was an adorable and quick drafting game. (I had bought a copy for one of my brothers for Christmas, but I had never played it myself.) After a break for supper, I pulled out my copy of Pandemic, and we played through a game. They liked it so much, they asked to play again. We finished up the evening with a couple rounds of Haggis, which had caught their attention at the game shop because of the name. At that point, we all decided to retire for the night.

This morning, after breakfast, we picked up again with VivaJava. I had read the rulebook, but there was an unfortunate typo on the set of abilities recommended for the intro game, leaving us all confused about how one of the abilities functioned. (When I looked it up on BGG later, I discovered that we had made a totally incorrect interpretation of the icon. Oh, well. We did our best with what we had at the time.) We followed that with Trains and Paperback (the cooperative variant). We just had time for one last game of Dragon's Hoard before they had to leave.

It was quite the fun-packed weekend. Of course, since I didn't get any yard work done, it means I'm going to have to scramble to finish all the pruning next weekend before the weather gets so warm that it wakes up all the fruit trees and flowers.

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From:mangaroo
Date:January 26th, 2015 04:32 am (UTC)
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Yay! More Pandemic fans! I'm glad the staff at your local game shop are so engaged and such good salespeople.

I will never not love Love Letter. I will also never not randomly reveal my neighbor's hand on a train once I'm out of the game.

Have you tried making kale chips? I offer this as a popular use for kale, not as a substitute in any way for your beloved potato chips. (The other popular use for kale is the trendy green smoothie.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 26th, 2015 12:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad the staff at your local game shop are so engaged and such good salespeople.

They're usually good at recommending things, but this was the most talkative I had ever seen them. They're apparently just now recovering from the Christmas rush; they were still sold out of a number of popular games.

Have you tried making kale chips?

I haven't made anything with it. My neighbors keep suggesting things, though. In fact, one of my neighbors' friends hand-delivered a kale salad to my door yesterday to help give me ideas.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:January 26th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
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In fact, one of my neighbors' friends hand-delivered a kale salad to my door yesterday to help give me ideas.

That sounds like the best way to get you to NOT eat kale.
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From:megory
Date:January 27th, 2015 09:42 pm (UTC)
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If it's any help, we just chop kale and throw it into anything we are eating, like mac and cheese, any pasta dish, any potato dish, any soup or stew or casserole. Joe uses it raw as his greens on his sandwiches. Of course it's great in blended smoothies, but I've never seen you eat that. Your juice idea sounded wonderful. I've chopped it and added it to beans. It just needs time to soften a bit--a little more time than spinach. And the kale chips really taste good. I've never made it myself, but I tasted them at the vegetarian fair you took us to.

I'm so glad you're getting chances to play games with people enjoying them a lot. It's great that you don't have to travel long distances for the opportunity to enjoy the games.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 27th, 2015 11:43 pm (UTC)
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If it's any help, we just chop kale and throw it into anything we are eating, like mac and cheese, any pasta dish, any potato dish, any soup or stew or casserole.

I'm definitely going to have to harvest more soon, before it completely takes over my yard. My thought is to chop it up, blanch it, then freeze it in small portions so I can pull it out and add it to things anytime.

It's great that you don't have to travel long distances for the opportunity to enjoy the games.

Yes, it's great when I can indulge close to home.
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