The turnout was spectacular for our first MGT Game Night in NYC. In the short 4-5 hours we had to play games, nearly 30 people joined us at Common Ground in the East Village to play games of The Resistance, Wits & Wagers, Cards Against Humanity, Fiasco, Carcassone, Zombie Dice, and even a little Celebrities!
The night started off with Beth, Tim, Laura, Annie, and Brenna clamoring for a game of Cards Against Humanity. They were under way before 7:30pm, when Brian, Marisa, Maceo, and Ian learned (and loved!) Zombie Dice. By 8pm the tables were full with the Zombie Dice crew moving on to a rousing game of Wits & Wagers, won by the witty wagering mind of AJ. In the corner table (for the strategy nerds), Drew and Troy held a tutorial to teach Sam, Erica, Jason, and Alex how to play Carcassone.
By the time the first round of games was over, people were making new friends, and boldly conquering new gaming horizons. The Cards Against Humanity crew finally had enough of the funny, and were ready to get more serious. They learned The Resistance and while it seemed a little too complicated at first, they quickly caught on and realized it was BLAST! Patrick and Matthew joined Tim and the rest of the ladies to try to determine who the spies were in their midst, while Ari shifted over to Caitlin's tutorial of Settlers of Catan.
Caitlin, Ari, Marie, and Ashley had a nice loooong game of Settlers that, inevitably, ended with Caitlin the tutor walking away with the win (shocker). But it's always that second game of Settlers when you really start to figure out how to get the edge on your competition. Wits & Wagers passed to the Carcassone table, who were ready for a little relaxation after a close game! They were joined by Leila and Nicole, and Troy walked away with the win...by, if you ask him, "one million points."
Next to them, our Zombie Dice crew from earlier, now finished with Wits & Wagers, moved on to the RPG special guest of the night...FIASCO! Learning as they played, Brian, Ian, Maceo, and Marisa created what can only be described as a complete Fiasco, with Ian dying early and coming back as a Penguin, and Brian...in his own words...playing the role of "a lesbian demolition expert who set fire to the Antarctic coastline with helicopter fuel." Awesome.
Just when we thought the night couldn't get any better, the late night crew arrived! Coming after 10:30pm were the folks that had other events that night, but managed to fit in a visit, and in some cases a quick game! Erin, Matt, Sarah, Ali, and Mike came ready to buy some beers and learn some games. Erin acted as tutor for this one and introduced Mike, Ali, and Matthew to Forbidden Island...a 4 player cooperative game by the designer of Pandemic.
All in all, we couldn't have asked for a better night. The tables were roomy, the beer was cold, the bartenders were awesome, and the games were exciting. One side of the room would be shouting, cheering and laughing, while the other side stared intently at a gameboard, working out their path to victory. An hour later, games would change hands, and the roles would be reversed. There was a great flow to the night that helped to inlcude everyone in some way...those that came early and left early, those that came late, and those the stayed the whole time...everyone got to do at least a little gaming. In the end, people met each other that never would have met otherwise, and played games they probably never would have played if they hadn't taken a chance on coming out. And most of those people loved the new games they learned and couldn't wait to come back. Mission accomplished.
Lookout for the next MGT Game Night! Coming soon...