We received an e-mail a few months ago on our Sons of Kryos mail from a listener. He was best man in a good friend and gaming buddy’s wedding. Steve, the groom, also a Sons of Kryos listener (and game designer), wanted to get together with his buddies and game for his bachelor party. His best man, John, contacted us and offered to pay us for the Sons of Kryos to head down to Staten Island and run games for them all day on Saturday.
Storn couldn’t make it due to a ton of deadlines for his work but Jeff and I tossed some books and dice in a bag and headed down.
The other interesting wrinkle was that Steve’s brother, Joe would be there. Joe hadn’t gamed before but it was important to Steve that his brother have a good time.
We started off with PTA and Joe was quiet but contributed great stuff when he piped up. He was sitting at a table of guys who had been gaming together for decades; I could understand why he’d be a little intimidated. Hell, I certainly was.
After playing two episodes of PTA, we had some lunch, as Joe had the shindig catered before playing Dogs in the Vineyard.
John’s house should be mentioned; if our paid gaming day was a movie, the house would be an important character. The gaming group calls Joe’s house the man-cave. It is filled with dark wood and leather, big plush seats, comic books near every toilet and flat screen TV’s in the video game room along with a screen in the movie room. It is a geek’s paradise. I asked if I could move in when I saw that he had Conan comics in the bathroom. For some reason, that was the detail that pushed me over the edge.
The Dogs town was really solid; they all got really into it. Joe sat to the side a bit and elected not to play very much in the second or third games but he’s intrigued and will likely try it later with his brother and their friends.
After Dogs, Jeff picked up the late night third slot with some Cold City and despite ending really late, everyone was exhausted but still engaged and into it.
It was a good day. We recorded a segment with them after the gaming was over and it went really well.
They reminded me a whole lot of my gaming buddies in Jersey where I grew up. It seemed to be similiar dick jokes and goofing and making fun of one another as an activity. I knew I was at home when I playfully called them all a “buncha assholes,” and they applauded and welcomed me to the group.
On our way out, I asked them if I could run a day of 1st Quest by them at some point. They have really interesting points of view on gaming that I really liked.
In the end, we were a bit lucky. They tend to like the same things in gaming that Jeff and I like. The games went well, everyone was game and they didn’t take a money transaction to mean that they should sit back and wait for us to entertain them. They were proactive and aggressive gamers in the best way.
On Sunday, Jeff and I went into the City, to Jeff’s favorite camera and video equipment store and then to my favorite gluten free restaurant. We had our meal and some lemonade and toasted, “To the first meal paid for by Kryos.”
“I didn’t think this would ever happen.”