The Gathering of Friends is a strange kind of event at times. You often find yourself playing games you never expected to with people you never expected to. That was kind of the theme yesterday, as I opened the day by playing a children’s dexterity game with Friedemann Freese.
I was then pulled into playing a secret prototype by HUCH! & friends. I’m not confident I’ve ever played a game from this publisher, but this one was interesting. It had a neat central mechanism and enough going on to keep four hardcore gamers well-engaged.
Sometime after that, I played a new CGE word-game prototype.
I’m not permitted to say much about it, but it was fun and hard and I played it a second time yesterday. Could be something I buy when it eventually comes out.
From there, I was introduced to Matt Leacock, designer of Pandemic, and we played two of his current prototypes: one dice game and one coop. Sadly, I can’t share pictures or much detail at this stage, but both were very fun. I laughed quite a bit.
That somehow led me to my playing me first Peter Hawes game, Royals. That one is published, but I forgot to take a picture, partly because I was not terribly enamored with the game. One player at the table was very frustrated with both the randomness and his seating position in a five-player game.
After some small fillers and a long delicious dinner, I tried a light Rudenger Dorn game that was a decent time-waster, and then somehow found myself playing miniature versions of ping-pong and racquetball (don’t even ask for the latter).
The only thing expected about the game was how it finished: with several hours of Times Up! Here’s Stephan Brissaud, Chief Operating Officer of IELLO, as Truman Capote at 4 am