When I graduated high school (back in the 1970s), I wasn’t the type to go to New Years Eve parties. Even today, I’m not the drinking and dancing type, partying until the wee hours. No, instead, back then, I would gather together with a bunch of friends and we would play Diplomacy (or Machiavelli) until the wee hours. During my college years, this morphed into an annual gaming event — sometimes on New Years, sometimes on New Years-and-a-half — when we would play not only Diplomacy but other games popular in the UCLA Computer Club at the time. The activity has continued off and on during the years, and in recent years has been more focused on modern German games (Ticket to Ride, On The Underground, Tramfabrik, etc.), lighter games such as Fluxx, Cat 5, or Coloretto, and even word games such as Scrabble. There has also sometimes just been more conversation than anything else.
You can probably guess where I’m going with this, as New Years Eve is a few weeks away.
To my real-life (that is, we’ve met in person) friends reading this who will be in Southern California over New Years… we’re doing the somewhat annual New Years Eve gaming party again. This will again be a potluck (remembering that we do have Gluten-Free folks in the household). It will start around 3pm, but we understand folks arriving later as it is a workday. If you are interested, please drop me a note (commenting with your email address will work) and I’ll get you the particulars, if we still have space. I’m also doing this as an announcement on Facebook for those FB friends who are interested (if you are a friend on FB and didn’t get and invite and are interested, let me know and I’ll add you — I tried to guess at who might be interested and who was local, but I can easily miss some).