GAMING NIGHT IN CANADA: We Do What We Want
By Todd Secord
Holy smokes! What a couple of weeks! Easily the most GEEKED out vacation we’ve had in a very long time. First, The Crew headed down to Indianapolis to hit Gen Con, and then back to Toronto for FanExpo the following weekend. We drank too much, gamed too much and spent gobs and gobs of cash in the pursuit of having good times with good friends*.
Have you ever been to Gen Con my gaming fellows? If not, than you may place your freshly beating heart on a plate and consume it accordingly, because it is, as the kids may say, “the shit.” We got a lot of games, all of which will be featured in future entries in one way, shape or form. In the meantime, as our hangovers fade into the last days of summer and the reality of life comes crashing through like Grond on a bad day, we find ourselves prepping for some of our favourite times of the year – and the really great excuses they give to get together and game.
Unfortunately, we’re adults. We have obligations, and families and bills to pay. And because we’re such responsible people – yes, likely ‘cause we’re geeks – gaming does take a back seat. And because gaming starts to take a back seat, the tension of not gaming begins to build, like a demonic boil, or a little tea-pot, short and stout. But really, closer to the demon boil idea.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, for us, the gaming thing happens in seasons. And as of right now, ‘Tis the Season…
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By Todd Secord
Oh, fun times on Game Night. Here, in the Great White North, “Game Night” could have a number of different meanings and associations. First and foremost, it means hockey. We Canadians have our sacred and culturally defining “Hockey Night in Canada,” televised on Saturdays, and generally the highlight of many a cold weekend night. It’s a pretty rare thing indeed if you go through a Saturday night in Canada without coming across Hockey Night in Canada in some way, shape or form. After the holiest of holies, believe it or not, at least in Toronto, the next big thing would be American Football. Football is a Game Night (or day), usually meaning Sundays but also the occasional Monday night – because sometimes the Leafs games are televised Monday nights and there is a metronome-like action of flipping back and forth between sports. After that, “Game Night” could mean a case of beer and video games, or a case of beer and a poker game, OR, and rather happily so, a family gathering to play a board game of some kind, like Scrabble, or Monopoly, or hopefully something a little more interesting like Ticket to Ride. When you have a country that spends 6 to 8 months of the year in cool to downright bitchy cold weather, the concept of spending the night in with a game and friends becomes pretty important.