Sunday, June 18, 2017

Origins 2017: Day 3

Today is Arkham Horror, as hosted by Rogue Judges.  To understand the game, you should have some kind of background reading H.P. Lovecraft, as quoted below.

I recall that the people went about with pale and worried faces, and whispered warnings and prophecies which no one dared consciously repeat or acknowledge to himself that he had heard. A sense of monstrous guilt was upon the land, and out of the abysses between the stars swept chill currents that made men shiver in dark and lonely places.
   –H.P. Lovecraft, Nyarlathotep

Players cooperate to try desperately to at least postpone the end of the world, preferably indefinitely.  Monsters from the various Lovecraft stories populate the town of Arkham, supernatural gates to other worlds open, and (we hope) are closed by the players.

Usually the players lose, but on this day we won one, and The World As We Know It continues to ramble on.

Arkham Horror - The Win
Joe Bazeley from Rogue Judges
We had a great time playing, thanks to our game master Joe Bazeley.  Joe has played Arkham Horror a lot, and is not only intimately familiar with the complex rules, but has a very good grasp of the tactics needed to win.  He helped us along with suggestions and assistance running the game.  Thanks for an excellent afternoon, Joe!

The game took every minute of the allotted time to play (4 hours).  Mike and I walked the dealer show afterwards, then repaired to a nearby tavern for some liquid refreshment.

Hyde Park Bar
Hyde Park has an outdoor patio which is very comfortable, and allows a nice view of the sidewalk traffic.  We went someplace else for dinner, as the dinner menu at Hyde Park requires some very deep pockets.

I enjoyed a glass of Absinthe, which I haven't had in years.  When poured it's a nice green color, and changes to the pale milky color you see here when water is added.  This is the modern version of a traditional Absinthe set up.  The decanter has ice water in it, and a sugar cube is placed on the slotted spoon.  As water is dripped over the sugar, it dissolves into the glass, and the final concoction is stirred with the spoon.  Straight Absinthe is, generally speaking, too strong a flavor for most people, hence the sugar and water.

A fine finish for an excellent day.

1 comment:

  1. Well, why not? My Dad, who is the world's biggest stick-in-the-mud, would watch us play those board games for hours. He would never play himself, but he would heckle and cheer for the players and be a nuisance when we played. :)