02CD6: Weekend Cerebral Load

Saturday Sariwon

 Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 1218

Despite the heavy rains, we've been having a pretty good (and interesting) weekend thus far.

First, we got to meet up with our full regular Friday night gaming group again after various trips and other scheduling conflicts. That meant finally resuming our quasi-legacy Fabled Fruit games and getting to explore a new game together - or at least one new to our guests. Last night's big feature was the ever-popular Brass Birmingham, which maintains an 8.6 rating on Board Game Geek and consistently ranks at the top of various lists for best board games. It's a game that we picked up during the lockdown period and one that still hasn't seen a lot of play in our groups for one reason or another. So it was nice to bring it out again last night and appreciate how great a game it is...even if that means Tobie winning again.

I started Saturday with our family book club as we're still working our way through If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. The main result of the book is inspiring a lot of us to want to revisit the works of Shakespeare again, which I suppose is a good thing. Then we had a late lunch meet-up with an associate professor for gender studies whose research for his book includes dissecting the work of O Bar and the O Divas. It made for a very hearty discussion over Korean barbeque and I'm glad that we made the time to meet him. We'll all be going to O Bar together next week to round out the experience.

Then tonight we meet up with an online contact for the first time to play board games. He's new to the hobby, so we focused on mainly gateway games like 6 nimmt!, Splendor, Azul, Hawker Wars, and The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet. While these aren't the heaviest-hitting games in our collection, they're all still pretty solid experiences and I'm glad that we continue to get opportunities to play them. Plus most have proven to be pretty effective and getting new players' feet wet in terms of this massive tabletop hobby. 

We still have an online RPG session tomorrow, so we'll just have to see what the rest of the weekend will bring. I hope you're all having a good time - well need a chance to shake off the work week and reconnect with our non-work selves.