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The Jury's In: A Successful Get-Together!

I’ve had a few people asking me via IM how the gamers’ get-together at the Courthouse Hotel went. The simple answer: Very well. More complicated, you say? Hokay, let me list the high points:

High Point #1: Everyone Turned Up.
Yep, that’s a big deal considering the last get-together I tried to organise. Now, not everyone was there at the same time, and not everyone could stay for long, but everyone who said they were coming came – which made that afternoon a gratifying one in my book!

Everyone turned out to be five people: Bruce, the local RPGA supremo; Tracey, our Shadowrun GM; Shaun and Renee, whom I’d met a few weeks ago through Gerry Webb of Castaway Arts; and finally, Brett, who e-mailed me in April after seeing my RPGnet post looking for Cairns gamers. Renee, it turns out, used to be one of Bruce’s pupils at Trinity Bay High. She, Shaun and Bruce wound up talking a lot about the local gaming scene, which, it seems, is fairly transitory; people keep moving in and out.

High Point #2: Brett Won Chez Geek.
Yes, we managed to get a game of Chez Geek in. I think we got the odd weird look from the staff (and possibly a patron or two) but I had warned them in advance what we were there for. Unfortunately, Brett, Shaun and Renee couldn’t play, as they had to leave at around one thirty (with most of the time in between being taken up by lunch), and it was looking like Vickie, Tracey and I were going to wind up early until Brett arrived at a little after two. The game was a little slower paced than our last few, mainly because Brett was getting to know us as much as he was learning the rules as he went. Even so, he managed to pull a win from his first (and so far only) game, with me coming in dead last!

High Point #3: Vickie Beat Back Pain.
Last week, Vickie managed to wrench her back while doing some weeding in the garden. She’d been laid up with some nasty pain during the week, and I wasn’t sure whether she’d be able to come along on Saturday. But she refused to let the pain get the better of her and came with me (see what I mean about mutually gratifying?) for a good lunch of tempura prawns. I was also glad that she finally had the chance to meet Bruce, who was advertising his hobby in a red “GAMEMASTER” t-shirt! I made Vickie have a nice long Shiatsu massage the next day while we were at Rusty’s Markets, though. She’s feeling quite a bit better now!

By the end of the get-together, I hadn’t raised the idea of an organised, regular meetup as I’d planned, but I’m in no hurry to wreck things by pushing too hard too early. I’ve met yet another gamer face to face for the first time and introduced Vickie to some more, and a good time was had by all; that’s a more than satisfactory outcome. With Christmas coming up, I might take things easy until early next year.

That said, though, I’ve invited all of the people at the get-together, plus some of those who had to turn down the invitation, to our place on Saturday, October 28th, for some InSpectres and, I hope, a World and Character Burning session of Burning Empires. So far, Brett and Tracey are coming, with Simon and/or Cristel waiting to see whether they can make arrangements for their kids.

P.S.: Gav, Tracey played some Shadowrun 4th Ed. in Sydney recently, and she likes the new rules. So I probably wouldn't have been one-upping the GM after all. Ah, well; it can wait until after Christmas; I'm still glad I blew the cash on Burning Empires instead!

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