Next week is the tenth anniversary of the weekly game night I've been a part of since the beginning. We will actually be celebrating on October 3rd.
I used to keep a long list of people who, at one time or another, had attended. I lost track at one point, and never really got back on track. I lost track before we moved our weekly gatherings to the game store, and we had well over 200 different names on the list. Since moving to the store, we have grown.
A decade ago, I had a couple of friends over to play Settlers of Catan, which a co-worker had purchased for me as a gift. We agreed to meet again the next week, and ... and we never stopped.
I eventually got burned out on Settlers, so we moved on to other games. That was ... that was thousands of games ago.
After three years, we outgrew my apartment, and we moved the gathering to Phoenix Games. Brian has been a good host for the last seven years, and his space (and parking spaces) have allowed the group to grow.
At my apartment, we were averaging eight to ten gamers per week and using two tables. The last few years, we've been between fifteen and thirty on a typical evening, with six to eight games going simultaneously at times.
Over the years, some of the people I met through Game Night have grown into some of my best friends.
My current DM is someone I met outside of Game Night, but we didn't really click until he randomly showed up one week. He has since become one of my best friends (in addition to being my DM).
It's been a good decade, and I find myself looking forward to what will happen over the next one.
Thanks to all the regulars and others who have made this possible.