So, the Halloween miniparty went well, despite the dearth of planning. I overprepared in some aspects (games, food)
and underprepared in others (timing, timing)
and K. arrived a little before seven. I was mostly done with preparations, although I was still brushing my teeth. We sat and talked for a while, wjukknibs
found Halloween IV
on AMC, and K. and he kidnapped my landlords' dog. A while later, cruciverbalist
called, and I had a hard time understanding who it was. See, when she talks quickly on the phone and uses her lj name, it sounds like "Crew Sumerians" or something similar. Apparently she was waiting on a delinquent spacebanana
at a Ralph's. No idea what spacebanana
was doing or why she was late.
While we were waiting, wjukknibs, K. and I decided to begin a game of Give Me the Brain. Then, the rest of the party showed up. cruciverbalist
had dragged along their friend estivalfiend
. THey handed me some party snacks and spacebanana's jacket and darted back out to go trick-or-treating. And this was odd because spacebanana was the only one wearing anything like a costume. After a bit, wjukknibs, K. and I thought we'd try playing Give Me the Brain while we waited, but after I explained the rules and dealt the cards, the prodigal trio returned. So, we opened up the game that brought us all together: Zombies!!!
Zombies!!! was, as expected a fun game, made moreso by the addition of absurd zombie arrangement, funny zombie voices and pointless revenge on other players. The game includes one hundred zombies; we needed fifteen placeholders. There were that many zombies. (Thank you, Mr. Zombie Master.)
As the game progressed, the pumpkin pie was finished, and most got some.
The game was great fun, but we had started late, and the game went long. This is because we spent a good deal of time doing silly things in between turns. Also because, when the game winning location was revealed, spacebanana
put it as far away from anyone as possible
. So as ten o'clock rolled around, there was still much game left, including at least fifteen zombies on the direct route that had to be dispatched. When it was 10:30, the time I usually go to work, the leaders were still several spaces away from the end. I started freaking out, a bit, and hopefully I didn't scare anyone as I demanded, "Just move your zombies!" and ultimately initiated a Lightning Round that froze all zombies in place. Ultimately, I kind of won. (I was one space away from the winning space, which was close enough for this late proofreader.)
Even still, it took me a few tries. One more bad roll (after the three consecutive ones I had just made)
would have sent me back to the start. But I miraculously rolled high enough, causing me to yell, "Yay! Everyone get out of my house!" Everyone left quickly and efficiently.
Despite my time-worry, it was a good get-together. estivalfiend
was very nice, and although she seemed initially uncertain about such strange Zombies!!!-playing people, she was a lot of fun, and I hope I see her again in a non-vodoun capacity. Happy Halloween, everyone, and a happy All Saint's Day as well.
[Addendum: Amazingly enough, thanks to my close freeway access and some, ahem, zealous driving, I was about five minutes late. Had I not stopped for gas, I would have sped in on time. So, no problems.]