Not so much a flop, but Container won’t be happening on (what is now going to be) Saturday afternoon. A friend has to leave relatively early, and our 5th won’t be making it, so we’ve opted to go with another game.
Which will let me segue into a heartbreaker and a (flip-) flop. Looks like Catacombs is the popular choice for Saturday’s replacement. My first game of Catacombs with my girlfriend was a bonafide disaster. First, a little background: she was allowed to pursue creative and academic interests growing up at the expense of all others. This is a woman who doesn’t know how to ride a bike or throw a ball. And she is intensely embarrassed about this—dont go telling all yer mates, eh? Despite my best efforts, our first game resulted in hurt feelings and frustration, and I was certain my new game was turning out to be an $80 stickering exercise.
Unexpectedly, however, my friends are eager to try it, which causes a bit of a problem. So yesterday I suggested (to my partner) that we try again and while she was out to high tea with another (geek) friend, I constructed a nice, easy dungeon, laid out all characters with their starting gear to tantalize with choice a little (rather than the suggested “easy” characters in the base set). This part seemed to help, as that extra bit of agency seemed to have piqued her interest.
A bit of a pep talk and some practice shots later, and we were playing… and having a great time!! I even beefed up the challenge on the fly for her, since she was doing too well! We’re finishing up the dungeon tonight.