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Gathering of Engineers

Ludographic considerations from the Silicon Forest

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Decision Angst

I had planned to write a report on the that OTHER gathering (I am, of course, referring to the Gathering of Friends here) but I’ve decided to wait until next week, when I can compare (and contrast – I must be channeling one of my college profs) the Gathering of Engineers in Sun River to that Ohio gathering. I expect them to be completely different, but one thing I’m confident they’ll share is that they both will be more about the people than about the games! So – look forward to that next week!

This week, I’m going to try and address Eric’s “Question of the month”:

"What gaming-related decision have you made over the last year or two which you wish you had made differently? Why?"

A tough question, to be sure – not that I don’t have a good candidate for it (I do), but because in general I’m happy with most of my gaming-related decisions.

Most recently, I was able to attend the Gathering of Friends again this year – the added twist being that I took my wife along for the first time (not without some trepidation). It’s not that I was worried about the people, I was more concerned that she’d find that much gaming, all at once, not to her taste – luckily, that turned out not to be a problem, and we both signed up to attend next year, so I guess she liked it enough to return!

Another (less recent) decision was joining the RipCityGamers upon my move to Portland – although it wasn’t much of a “decision”, since at the time I didn’t know of any alternatives, and since it’s turned out well I’ve had no occasion to investigate if any exist! If it were a game, this would have had very low “turn angst”!

A minor decision that I somewhat regret is that I HAVEN’T done the game purge thing that others in the local group have – I certainly own games that I’m unlikely to play, but for whatever reason (sentimental, hoarding, take your pick), I’ve been unable to pull the trigger and even make a list (or, more likely, a pile) of candidates. This is pretty minor, though, and hopefully I’ll eventually overcome the resistance – if Dug can, I ought to be able to!

So that leaves the decision I felt the most disappointment about - not attending the inaugural BGG.con. The main reasons were due to being swamped at work (transitioning into a new position with the same company), and having allocated all of my (sadly all too limited) vacation time. I would’ve enjoyed it immensely, I’m sure, as I used to game with the organizers back in Dallas – and while I include Aldie and Derk here, I’m also referring to most of those who worked the con as well. Also, several folks from the local group made the trek – so it would have been a nice chance to game with friends both old and new.

Sadly, I don’t think this year will result in a trip to BGG.con either – although that could change, depending on what we decide to do with our vacation time (visiting friends in Europe – and possibly a jaunt to Essen in the bargain – are currently being pondered).

So, there you have it – my biggest regret, and a promise to discuss the Gatherings next week!

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