Yesterday was just crazily jam-packed with stuff; I'll just sort through it briefly in bite-sized chunks. Or you know, dwell in the height of brevity & wit, anyhow. So first thing I went to the gym; Jenny gave me the oomph & motivation to do that right out of the gate & I appreciate it; I had a two-fer with yesterday & so I felt pretty tough. Then we hopped on the F train & went to La Vara in Cobble Hill. It is the sister restaurant to Txikito, where we went right before Sleep No More; our friend Jason is the manager & really the whole point of going there was to see him. Well, & eat the heck out of brunch. Jason is our friend via Carla, & since she lives in Las Vegas now, we are out of the loop; I haven't seen Jason in a minute. Or like a year? So that was nice, to catch up with him; I don't mean to give the impression that the food was the reason for the trip...but I'm going to list everything we ate because dang. We started with a bloody mary & two gin drinks; the gin drinks were basically Basque interpretations of the gin & tonic & were really solid. I found out Jason has the same opinions about bloody maries as I do; I want like, a sip, a shot, but not a whole thing. After that the courses started coming; pimientos de gernika & moje came out first; pan seared peppers & a salad of endive & tuna. Those little seared peppers are like, the only way I like peppers. Then the tostada mar y muntaya which was...goat's milk butter, honey & caviar on toast. That was really solid. The main dishes were el quim, local squid & blood sausage with broken eggs & moragas, flash fried sardines with olive oil fried eggs & muscatel vinegar. We finished up with churros & dulce de leche & our goodbyes.
On the way back we stopped at The Brooklyn Strategist. It isn't really a game store for people like me-- no miniatures, which is mostly what I buy to subsidize my local hobby shops, since I get all my books through other means-- but I'm really cheered knowing there is a place for eleven-year-olds to play Dungeons & Dragons. We ran into kromelizard & wolvus-- hi guys!-- & bought Small World. Back home we watched the Tabletop episode about it & then started setting it up; I reviewed that episode for Tor.com & it is completely responsible for my purchase. ranai came home just in time to take it for a spin. The three of us had a rousing neck-&-neck game! There are two core premises to Small World. One is that you play as a race & power combination; "diplomatic" & "ratmen" or "bivouacking" and "elves"-- the selections are random & really evocative. The other is that your empire will eventually go into decline; when you lose your momentum, you get to play a new race & power combination. My "merchant skeletons" were dominating the southern half of the board, sharing the world with Danielle's "alchemist giants" & conflicting with Jenny's "mounted humans"-- until my skeleton's pushed the humans into decline & Jenny's "pillaging amazons" wiped them out. I let her amazons & Danielle's new "berserk tritons" fight it out; my new empire were the "hill trolls" & we came in to the east & just heavily fortified ourselves. After digging in-- trolls make "lairs" which add to their defense-- I pushed them into decline & came out with "heroic orcs," which is totally my jam. Jenny's "commando wizards" & Danielle's "spirit halflings" came in toward the end but I eked out the win; 123 to Jenny's 115 & Danielle's 117. It was the merchant skeletons that put me up & over; those guys were a powerhouse.