I've always hated those hypothetical "What 10 games would you want to have if you were stranded on a desert island," or "What 3 games would you save if your house was on fire." I guess I should have paid more attention to those, because two weeks ago we quite literally had about 5 minutes to grab 5 games off our selves before all our games were packed up to be put into deep storage for 8-12 months.
As many of you already know, we had a major house fire on Nov. 6. Two days after the fire, our insurance company had us inside the house working with a packing crew to get all our undamaged crap packed up and moved out. When the crew started on the games I had my hands full just getting them not to dump out the contents of the game boxes as they shoved them into the packing boxes. Our personal property adjuster snagged the Wii and handed it to Al saying, "You probably want this to keep you entertained in your hotel room. You should probably take some of your games too." So we did.
What did we take? Did we carefully consider our gaming needs over the next year? Did we choose our special and most favorite games? Hell no! Here's what we grabbed.
- Nightfall - We can play it two player. The Spawn likes it. The box isn't too big. I think someone might have already ordered an expansion for me as a holiday gift.
- Quarriors - It's all plastic dice which means there is a good chance that they wouldn't smell like smoke. And even if they did we could wash them.
- Arkham Horror 1st edition - After seeing how the packers were shoving my shit into boxes, there was no way I was going to let them get their hands on this little flimsy box.
- War of the Ring - Al picked this because he had just "fucking finished painting it, god damn it."
- Lords of Waterdeep - It hadn't been packed yet and was just sitting there. So we grabbed it on the way out.
Despite the randomness of our choices, it has turned out that they were actually pretty good ones. We are now living in rather cramped quarters, with only a small table to play on and a tiny bit of shelf space. Nightfall, Quarriors and Arkham Horror 1st edition all have a small foot print on both the shelf and the table. Since we now play regularly with a group of FATies, the greater part of our collection is now redundant. If we want to play something during the next year, other than the 5 games we grabbed, we just need to send an e-mail or make a phone call. War of the Ring, however, will most likely sit un-played on the shelf for the duration. As for Lords of Waterdeep, I haven't tried to see if the board will fit on the table yet.