Wednesday, March 31, 2021


This last weekend, I played a game in person for the first time since February 29, 2020.

It was a two-player game, played with my wife, but it's still the first time I've gamed non-digitally in over a year. And I loved it and I want to do it again.

This pandemic has been tough. in all honesty, I've had it pretty easy - I'm considered essential at work, and so my routine hasn't changed much. But the lack of gaming for me has been rough.

For a few months, BoardGameArena filled that gap, but, as time went on, it ... didn't.  I'm still gaming there.  A lot. But it's not scratching that itch that I need filled. And, honestly, I found that trying to force it to scratch that itch made me resent it a little, so I stepped 100% back from gaming on Wednesday evenings. Because if there's one thing I do not want to resent, it's gaming with friends.

My buddy Rob stepped up and has been keeping Wednesday going without me. And I really appreciate his doing so.

I hosted an online movie night for some friends - and have done so for most of the last year, in fact - and that has helped some, too.

But I still need something. I need that in-person face-to-face social interaction.

Someone on Twitter said, "I can't wait for this all to be over so I can go back to being an introvert by choice," and ... I feel that. I feel that to the very core of my being.

But we're almost through, friends. Vaccines exist, and are being distributed. People are slowly being able to come out of their homes and meet up again safely.

I expect to be hosting my weekly game night again by midsummer. I hope to be hosting it again sooner than that, but that's out of my control.

Since I haven't been gaming, I haven't had much to say here. I hope to change that soon, too. I slowed my game buying over the last year, but I didn't stop. And a few Kickstarters delivered, too. This means that I have a number of games to play that will be new to me (and new to my group, when it exists again).

Thank you for sticking with me. 


  1. I've played with my family occasionally. But I've also been playing online A LOT. So much, in fact, that while pre-pandemic 30 games was a very active month, in the last year, 7 of 12 months I've played more than 50, and once I even hit 101.

    Much of that has been a way to keep up with a good friend who's otherwise alone. However, I'm always interested in meeting up with other friends. Let me know if you'd like to play on BoardGameArena or Dominion Online.

    In any case, good luck with seeing your local friends in person as soon as possible.

    1. I'd love to play a game with you on BGA. Just challenge me to something turn-based - real-time is so very exhausting.

      My player profile is here. You know. As if my username was somehow a secret. :-)

      I'm generally playing 30-35 games at any given time on BGA, and I take turns on breaks and lunches and evenings and weekends.

      Just not Wednesday evenings right now.