The humans are doing that thing they do again, that Thing that takes days of planning and preparation, that involves moving a lot of heavy things in very hot weather, that involves cooking and cleaning and logistics enough to move an invading army over the Alps in winter without the aid of hippopotami…
I speak, of course, of the Summer Gaming Gathering.
There are friends coming from far and wide, including the Blue-haired Goddaughter and the Knittery Friend. They’ll all be bringing games and food and family members. Sigyn and I will probably go for a little bit. I like to try games I can
cheat at win, and Sigyn likes talking to people and playing with game pieces that look like little animals.
I have involved myself rather more than usual this year, by making the clubhouse in the humans’ subdivision unavailable for the final two days of the gaming. The human male and his friends looked high and low for a substitute venue and were just about to plunk down a Lot of Money to rent a space, when one of the gaming friends convinced the local Cookie Sprout troop to rent them their meeting house for those two days, very cheaply. I was sad to see the other deal fall through, because I had a kickback arranged, but I am consoling myself with the fact that there will be TWO venues for the humans to have to clean, and the second place has TWO bathrooms, one with not one but two toilets, so the human female will have extra, EXTRA potties to scrub.
The guests are arriving and the games are coming out. The human male says this one is fun to play. It has “Explosion” in the name–so I am intrigued.
Any game that involves pieces that will roll around and get underfoot and go under the furniture is all right in my book, although it would be better if some of the marbles were green.
This game has cards, as well as markers with strange symbols.
I think the artwork is giving Sigyn wardrobe ideas.
This next one is getting a lot of play. Sigyn, let’s insinuate ourselves into the fun. It involves getting someone to guess the Mystery Word using just one-word clues–and no two hinters can give the same clue, or that clue goes away. That is, one could say “wick” or “beeswax” if the mystery word was “candle,” but if two people say, “wick”, “wick” will not be one of the clues the guesser gets. So do you give the obvious clue or not?
Ehehehe! I just whispered in the players’ ears and ALL of the clues were the same, so the guesser now has to guess the word “parachute” with NO hints at all! Diabolical.
Oooh! Ooh! I know! I’ll make the next guesser have to come up with “the human female.” All right. The guesser has his eyes closed, the other players have written down their clues, and now they are silently comparing notes. The hints are “botanist,” “cookies,” “clumsy-stupid” (hyphenated words are allowed), and “sweetie.” Deal with that.
This next game is getting a lot of attention too. It’s much more complex and seems to have some sort of avian bias. I think, if one played long enough, one could learn something about birds, and the artwork is quite nice. Sigyn, unfortunately, is so occupied in trying to keep the eggs warm that she’s having trouble remembering all the rules.
Those last two games seem to have won some sort of award. I think it’s a safe bet that copies of both will eventually be coming to live with the humans. Where the male is going to put them, I have no idea. If I were nice, I’d make some sort of pocket-dimension spell for him, one that would allow him to store an infinite number of games in a single small room.
But I’m not, so I won’t.