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So tonight was my monthly game night. I scheduled Universalis for the evening, because I knew there were people interested in playing it. I sent out the email two weeks ago and invited 15 people, knowing of course that not everyone would be able to make it.

Four people replied right away to say they wouldn't be able to make it. Another three people bowed out this week.

That left eight people. Two of those I saw in person on Sunday, and they said they expected to be here. Another two were off on vacation this week and returned Thursday night, so I knew the odds were that they'd want to stay home for the weekend and I expected that. A fifth one I saw earlier today and learned that she had a conflict and at best would only be able to stay for an hour or two, but likely wouldn't make it.

How many people actually showed up? I'm sure you know the answer: none. And how many of those eight people did I expect would actually reply to let me know if they were coming? One.

Bah, I say. Bah!

Policy for the future, that I'll be sure to let people know in my advance annoucement: if I haven't received any positive replies in email by Friday, the game's off. If no one's shown up or at least called by 7:30, the game's off.

And now, as it is my scheduled game night... I do believe I'm going to play Civilization III.

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(Anonymous)
Jun. 26th, 2005 07:38 am (UTC)
wah
I'm so sorry that the game night didn't happen. Really. I was looking forward to it, but as you know, I was lured by the siren call of Lyle Lovett. It won't happen again in 2005! (Lyle won't return to Seattle for another year, after all.) Ulric said that he definitely wanted to attend the next gaming night, so either Bede or I will be able to come as well.

This doesn't make things better, I know. It was your party. You cry if you want to. I would cry too if it happened to me. (That didn't rhyme, but in fact it HAS happened to me before.)

I hope people come to my 33 1/3 birthday party this week. This turn of events is setting a bad precedent.

A the G
http://saintsandspinners.blogspot.com
philaros
Jun. 26th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
Re: wah
No apologies! People who actually respond to my invitation, and excuse themselves, do not need to apologize!
parkbenchzine
Jun. 26th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
CIV 3
thats awesome... I played CIV 3 for most of the afternoon and evening yesterday... and what a difference a change in difficulty can make. I usually play Regent as I always think I'm in traing for a multiplayer game set at Regent... and I get crushed. no matter how I play... I set the difficulty back on step last night for one game, and I was rocking! not one country came demanding 100 gold or they'd crush me. the AI actually offered technology in exchange for technology, and not give me pottery or I'll crush you. then it was late, and I never save a game to pick up later.

if not for the time difference, we could tried to play over IP. : )

and as for the other post... Lyle is ALWAYS a good excuse in my book. I saw he and the large band play in Boston, and it was one of the greatest shows I've ever seen. "Penguins are so sensitive, to my needs."
philaros
Jun. 26th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: CIV 3
Yes, Lyle is a perfectly fine excuse. Heck, as long as I get *some* response, any excuse is fine.

As for Civ3, I started on Warlord (the level before Regent) and played that a lot. Eventually it was easy enough to win that it got boring, so the last few games I started, I chose Regent level. It does make a difference, I haven't finished a game on Regent yet. The game I started last night though seems to be going okay. The Greeks got pissy and declared war when I told them to get their units (including a Settler) out of my territory. However they didn't follow the lesson that the computer taught me in some much earlier game, which is to build cheap units, swarm the enemy territory and pillage. I destroyed one city and conquered two others, including their capital, before signing a peace treaty - but I will crush them utterly, eventually.
parkbenchzine
Jun. 27th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
Re: CIV 3
oh and its straight civ too, not conquests.. so you have limited bastard opponents... argh! I wish the expansions were out for everyone. each time I've attempted to march on another country, they are way more powerful than I, and they can convince at least one of ther country to attack me...
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