Last night, Zevi, some friends, and I went to the second edition of Meet, Eat, Compete. Organized by Mike and Jenna, the brains behind the blog A Couple Of Couples, these events are a super fun way to try out some new games and make some new friends in the process! Admittedly, I haven’t participated much in the meeting or the eating portion of the event since I’ve been so engrossed in the games we’ve chosen, but it’s been great to hang out with friends and play some games I wouldn’t normally try!
Both last night’s and October’s events have been held at Nicastro’s Pub, which, very conveniently, is walking distance from our house. We strolled over there at 8:00, and when we walked in the room was totally jam packed! Mike and Jenna have done a great job of spreading the word about the event, and everyone seemed to be laughing and chatting and having a great time. The place did start to empty out shortly after we arrived, and Mike mentioned that there had been a few no-shows in the later time slot. Nonetheless, it was a really fun atmosphere, and having a thinner crowd meant that we had less people to share the expert gamers with .
Speaking of those expert gamers, one of the best parts of this event is getting step-by-step instructions on new games from people who are already pros at playing them. David from Connect More stocks the room with his incredible collection of 200+ games, and he’ll walk you through the game of your choosing so that you don’t have to spend your night trying to decipher a complicated rulebook. He has more games than I’ll probably ever play in my lifetime, most of which I had never heard of! These events are a great way to try before you buy and a risk free way to test out games that you might not normally go for.
In October, Zevi and I played Settlers of Catan for the first time with our friends who are seasoned veterans of the game, and Zevi actually managed to pull out a win! I thought that this game would be a lot more complicated than it actually was and ended up really enjoying it even though I was still figuring out the strategy when the game was over. We also fit in a game of Love Letter, which is a short little card game that’s super easy to learn and perfect for those evenings where you want to play something quick and easy. This time around we went the totally random route and picked games we’d never heard of before. The first one we chose was called Cash and Guns, and if that name doesn’t give you an indication of how silly and fun it is, maybe the fact that Zevi was simultaneously shooting two people across the table with foam guns will. The next game we chose was called Steampunk Rally, a game invented and put together by a Calgarian! It was a whole lot more complicated, and we needed Paul, who had actually helped design the game, to talk us through the entire thing step by step. I don’t think I would have ever put in the time to learn this game on my own, so I’m glad we had an expert to guide us through it on this occasion!
Meet, Eat, Compete is an awesome opportunity to get to know some cool new people, or to just crush your friends in new ways . There was a big game of Werewolf going on at the table beside us, and I totally want to get in on that next time! We’ll definitely be back for some more gaming and socializing at the next Meet, Eat, Compete, which I believe will be taking place near the end of January. Follow A Couple of Couples and Connect More to stay in the loop!