So this weekend, I went down to MIT's Festival of Independent Games. I wasn't too interested in the video game section, but they did have an area set aside for boardgames. I got to try a game of 49. This is a simple "connect four" kind of game played on a numbered grid. The hitch is that you turn over a card and auction it off. Win the auction and you can place your token on the grid. There are some special wild cards that provide more leeway over where to place your token and every wild card offers a payout ($7 per space you occupy up to a maximum of $49).
I was doing pretty well, but one of the other players got three in a row first and then he just sat and waited, collecting paydays, until a winning number for him game up and then just bought the game. I feel the game might be just a tad too luck-driven, but it was fun and I hope that the creator gets it published.
In the afternoon, the Interactive Fiction Society held a live action Zork-style game called Lost Pig. That was what brought me to the FIG because they asked PMRP for some people to read off the screen and provide voice talent for the game. I got to be Grunk the Orc, searching for the lost pig. Another PMRP member got to read for the gnome I encountered. It was a lot of fun. I had a good time and people seemed entertained, we got a lot of compliments on the session and it'd be fun to do again sometime.
Finally, in the evening we walked across the quad to go see MIT's Musical Theatre Guild's Avenue Q. Our seats weren't great, but we did enjoy the show. I was surprised to discover that the soundtrack really was most of the show. I assumed there was a fair amount of non-musical dialogue between the songs, but it seemed like it just rolled from one song to the other without a lot of pre-amble. Which is too bad because those bridge scenes were a lot more interesting in my head. Still it was a fun show and I ran into a bunch of people I know.
So yeah...busy Saturday