I failed to mention last summer that I won a free board game. Point 2 Point sponsored a contest to help Jeff Horger create some mercenary armies for his upcoming fantasy battle game, Fury. I submitted an army and my submission was chosen as one of three to be passed along to Jeff. Then Jason, the host of the podcast, rolled a D6 to see who would win a free copy of Manoeuvre for his efforts. One toss of the die and it was mine. (I later sold my old copy to Joe. And for the record, yes I am anal retentive and wanted the thicker counters offered in the second edition.)
Just a few weeks ago on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Rick hosted a game day at his house. Lots of people came and we enjoyed the board games, food, and camaraderie. Of course, Rick and his wife couldn’t help but spice up the event by putting every guest’s name into a drawing for three board games. He’s too humble to mention it much on this blog, but Rick’s thrift-fu is strong. He regularly finds great games in “like new” condition at local thrift stores and buys them for a song. Our options were Ingenious, Pentago, and Apples to Apples Jr. Each guest wrote his or her name down on a slip of paper and then ranked his or her top three choices. Sara and I both participated in the game day, so we each got a chance at getting a game. Although we didn’t stick around for the drawing (our toddler needed sleep!), each of us won. So we are proud owners of some totally free games. How cool is that?
We’ve played a few matches of Pentago, which is fast and fun. Ingenious hasn’t made it to the table yet, but it will soon because it’s one of Sara’s favorite abstract games.
In related news, I’m looking at my good luck over the last 8 months and wondering if I should start buying lottery tickets…