December 17th, 2006

Dead Dog Cat

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So, I'm up here in the Bay Area (though not for too much longer) visiting my good friend and author, Patrick Larkin. Pat invited me to come up to participate in a gaming day he and a group of this gamer friends were having, to play out a naval miniatures battle based on the Russo-Japanese War of 1904.

Things conspired heavily against things going well. First, the home where the game was to be held couldn't have us, as the gamer (husband) was ill with the flu. This was disappointing, because his wife, a gourmet cook, had planned to feed everyone with Russian dishes for lunch. *Sigh*. Then, Patrick's brother's mother-in-law died on Friday night, and Patrick's father, who was going to be playing, had to spend the day getting ready to fly to Iowa to help the family there get ready for the funeral. Finally, several other players just didn't show.

We finally gathered in a townhouse in El Cerrito, where the gamer had converted the living room into a gaming table that essentially filled the room. Command functions were divvied up; I was a subordinate admiral commanding three Russian battleships of generally poor quality under the leadership of Tom T. Thomas, another SF author and gamer.

In the scenario, a minelayer of Russian origin had managed to lay a minefield in the region where we were going to be fighting, and we managed to repeatedly lure the Japanese fleet into said mines. TTT managed to sacrifice our cruisers while it appears likely that the Russian battlefleet in being would have managed to escape to Vladivostok.

Other problems marred the finish, but we managed to exit safely for the night.

After the game, and after a meal with Pat's family, he & I watched The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which I found to be "not bad"...

And so it goes... Home tonight...