Grilling & Gaming

The grill worked fine yesterday, when I tested it, but today I couldn’t get the gas flames above a flicker, so I ended up finishing the burgers and dogs in a pan on the range inside.  It didn’t seem to matter to the gamers, as they were reluctant to break away from a game of Arcana to eat anything.

tabletop232But eat they did, and after another game ended, many of the company disbanded, leaving myself and the representative from Team Green (everyone picked a color upon arrival and wore a sticker) to play 1775.  The Rebels began to make some serious gains, capturing and holding Boston and local environs while also consolidating the Carolinas and Maryland.  Unfortunately for all, a decisive victory could not be achieved by either side, and all of North America became French.

1775

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Winter Conditions

Finally played a game of Muskets & Tomahawks in the new analog gaming room!  Taught the game to three gaming friends, so I may be able to get some traction for a regular campaign.  Which motivates me to paint more figures and work on more terrain.  The tabletop conditions reflected current weather outside–we didn’t get as much snow as some other parts of the country, but it certainly has been cool out with a bit of white stuff covering the ground.

M&T Friday

M&T is a refreshingly simple miniature gaming system, and the three guys playing it for the first time have played other games, but caught on very quickly.  And they all admitted to having fun with the game, despite doubts that playing a musket-era skirmish wargame without any cavalry could possibly be interesting.

Now it’s time to paint some canoes and add a river to the terrain options.

Camp Nerdly Cook

Back from a weekend in the Prince William Forest National Park where Camp Nerdly occurred.  I spent most of the weekend in the Imagekitchen, cooking for 75 gamers, but I got some opportunities to play some games on Saturday evening and Sunday after breakfast.  It had been some time since I had played any RPGs, and this was quite the event–I felt like I was a mainstream gamer with my interest in games like MouseGuard and Lady Blackbird while everyone else was playing games I hadn’t even heard of yet.  It was a great event, and family friendly, with plenty of board and card games played in addition to the RPGs.

kitchen

I had spent a long week at work, including the past weekend, and I arrived exhausted, the back of my truck packed with food and ice to keep it all cool.  When I pulled up behind this place and saw the mop and bucket, I realized I was exactly where I belonged.  After unloading everything and arranging cold storage, I got dinner started with some assistance, but it was easy enough–frozen lasagna in the ovens.  We discovered, half an hour before dinner service, that one oven was more efficient than the other; turns out we had one which was too warm, one was not warm enough, but the third was just right.  By 9 pm I was hot and exhausted (no AC in the kitchen, and those ovens heated up the place fast), so I took a shower and headed up to the parking lot where I had my truck.  I fashioned a simple bed with a piece of foam and some sheets–it was a relatively warm night, and humid, too warm for a sleeping bag.  I woke at dawn feeling refreshed with green tree boughs overhead and birds chirping in the forest.  And then it started to rain… and it didn’t hardly stop until camp ended on Sunday afternoon.

cabins

Behind the main hall are the cabins.  But I spent a good deal of my time in the main hall, specifically in the kitchen.

long hall

It was a family event with Superhero Bakery in the kitchen on Saturday afternoon which was amusing to witness 3 little kids dressed up and baking brownies while I worked with other staff to mash up chickpeas to create falafel for Saturday night dinner and slice up chicken breast to go into a marinade.  Dinner Saturday was a lot of work, but it was satisfying when some 70 hungry gamers came through and ate almost everything.  I was able to walk away from the kitchen by 8 to allow other volunteers to take care of all the clean up, so I had some down time on Saturday evening when I played some games–stayed up until 2:30 in the morning playing Dungeon World, in the end, and then up again at 5:30 to start breakfast.  But Sunday breakfast was easy in comparison, and I got to play another game which lasted the rest of Sunday morning.  An hour of final cleanup in the afternoon and I was away by 3 pm, although it was still a 90-minute drive home to fall onto the couch in complete exhaustion.  Then back to work Monday morning at 6 am!