If I've been missing in action for the past couple of days, it's because I was in Binangonan from Saturday to Sunday with Jobert and co. And of course, when I got home, the first thing I did was sleep. =)
Saturday began with me going to my Feature Writing class. As I said before, my interview wasn't exactly the best since father kept answering with one-word replies. Finally met Kapi, PJ's significant other after class though. We were supposed to eat at Jollibee when Carlos came to pick me up to bring me to Jobert's place.
Of course Jobert wasn't at home but he was eating at Red Crab in G3. There's this hobby store in G3 called Hobbes which has the Lord of the Rings board game, as well as other games like Risk, and puzzles. No Mindtrap though.
Most of the theaters were also showing either The Two Towers or The Ring. Had to eat lunch at the food court since Carlos already ate and it would be rude of me to join in Jobert's family eating the buffet. Apparently, the G3 foodcourt is quite expensive (expensive in the fact that you can hardly purchase anything that's less than P50, or even P80) so I just had to settle for a Hotdog since that was the cheapest thing I could get, which cost me P45.
We used Carlo's vehicle on the trip to Binangonan. Dennis was also supposed to come with us but by 4 pm, they just left their house so they said they would just catch up with us. Evening came and Justin, our navigator, got lost, since 1) he missed the water tower which was our landmark to Jobert's house and 2) we couldn't ask directions since neither Jobert nor Justin knows the address to their house. We backtracked and eventually found the way. Justin missed the water tower since he was expecting it to be glowing bright but its lights were turned off that day.
When we finally got there, Dennis was right behind us. Of course the gate was locked so Justin had to climb his own gate and open the lock. Thankfully, no one called the cops while Justin tried to break into his own home.
One of the things I don't like about Jobert and Justin's home in Binangonan is that it lies upon a mountain, and the climb up is quite treacherous since the planks are thin and only the bottom part had handrails. If I were ascending or descending and an earthquake occurred, I'd probably plummet to my doom.
Aside from the fact that we played Justin's mesh of D&D, D20 Modern, and Fading Suns, Henry, who just arrived from the US, brought some games with him. Got to play Earthquake, a non-collectible card game published by Wizards of the Coast (Magic: The Gathering) as well as the Lord of the Rings Tarot Card Game (which Henry gave to Patrick). The former had easy rules, quick to play, and involves some basic arithmetic and recordkeeping. The latter, as Pat would put it, was easy as long as you know how to play pusoy dos
, uno, and poker. That being said, it took us around thirty minutes to learn the rules, in comparison to Earthquake where we were playing in five minutes. Once we got to know the rules though, the game involves a lot of strategy but it really takes too long to play (around 1~2 hours) and while it's not math-intensive, involves a lot more recordkeeping than Earthquake.
Earthquake's artists are essentially the same as Magic: The Gathering. Its artwork involves one of five races (soldier, goblin, elf, etc.) each corresponding to one of the Magic colors (white, green, red, black, blue). No background art but great solo pics which are sometimes hilarious. The LotR Tarot Card Game, on the other hand, had more elaborate artwork. If you're looking for LotR movie merchandise, this isn't it. It's a cool concept though, the way the cards doubled as a Tarot deck and a non-collectible card game. Of course Pat's complaint is that some of the choices aren't exactly fitting. For example, the Nine of Swords is the Nine Nazgul. That's fine. But he complained that just because The Sword That Was Broken is what its name implies, it doesn't automatically fit that it's the Two of Swords. Anyway, for those wondering, the Wheel of Fortune is The One Ring.
We also played ASAP and I gave people some of the Mindtrap puzzles I can recall from memory. Overall, a lot more time was probably spent playing the card games than the RPGs. Which just reminds me the pleasure of playing those kind of games. Unlike RPGs were there's a lot of preparation needed on both the player and the game master, card games and board games are quick and easy. The rules are simple and all you have to do is bring the necessary materials (which is often already in the box). It's quick fun that doesn't involve a lot of pre-game effort. Pen-and-paper RPGs, on the other hand, can be a lot more fulfilling, but can be a chore to do, on the part of everyone participating (e.g. players consuming one hour making characters, the GM spending hours preparing the game and typing statistics, etc.).
Actually got to bed at 4 am, but I found the bunk was too dirty (there's some insect eggs and I felt something crawling under my pillow). But it's not like I have a choice since all the other beds weren't as clean as I'd like them to be. Carlos dozed off quickly and that left me with Jobert and Seven. Jobert and Seven couldn't sleep, so they started talking about Ring 1, 2, 0 and The Ring. Some five hours later, Seven is awake while Jobert eventually dozed off.
On the way home, the van got a flat tire. At least it's better than what happened the last time we were there when just as Jobert was about to go home, the van didn't start (not that I was there... hitched with Dennis during my previous stay).
Got home, checked email, took a bath, and slept. Now I have to cram for my Philo orals which will begin at 3 pm.