So on October 31st, 1985 I sat down to a game of Dune playing the Fremen. I like the Fremen because they just keep piling onto the board turn after turn. But that's not why I remember this game in particular; I don't even remember if I won. The reason I remember is far more basic, more primal.
Across from me sat Amy Advent, in a Halloween costume of such phenomenal design that words cannot describe just how perfectly it fit her form. I had trouble looking down from her onto the board let alone pay attention to the play. I do recall she was playing the Bene Geserit. I would have done anything she told me to that night.
And these are the way small things make a difference in our lives. Boardgames are at best a diversion, yet they become anchored by the people you play with, regardless of what they're wearing. They are at their heart a social tool and if not taken too seriously can help you forge relationships and build memories that will last your entire life.
So I have the game logged on BGG, one of the earliest on the site, and I have absolutely no doubt that was the date I played. I'll not soon forget the evening.
Oh, apparently there were some other people at the table too. Whatever.