The Friday night gaming group played board games, rather than doing any roleplaying game stuff last night, and it went over pretty well.
The gaming group started off the night with two games of Ticket to Ride: Europe, but I only played in the first game, which I didn't win. I did a decent job on my Destination tickets, but other players just got more points. The second game, which I didn't play in, was a bit more cut-throat, as Nick and Ellie blocked each other at least three times, and both players didn't finish the major ticket and lost by a good 60 points or more each.
After the game of Ticket to Ride: Europe, several of the players wanted to play games of Poo: The Card Game and Nuts!: The Card Game, so who was I to say "No"? Both games were highly entertaining with the humour among the players that you expect for such a game, and Ellie had a good time playing both games.
After that, the players decided that they wanted to play the old Dragonriders of Pern board game, published once upon a time by Mayfair Games. This game is still one of the better board games out there from the days of yore, and plays well. While I've added some House Rules to the game that reflect the books a bit better I find, they don't decrease player enjoyment of the game, and make it more challenging at times. The game proved to be highly enjoyable, with all the players being able to play in the game (some working in teams of two). We managed to survive 25 Game Turns, though several of the Weyrs came very close to biting it during some major Threadfall events, and one of the Weyrleaders (and I'm not naming names here!) died in a Duel around GT 9. Quite an enjoyable game, and a good way to end the night.
After finishing up with Dragonriders of Pern for the night, we sat around chatting a bit and having (decaf) coffee (except for Nick, who needed the real McCoy, a little of which I keep in the house for just such occasions) and some biscuits. We talked about roleplaying and the focus of where the group is going, and that was good.
In the meantime, I need to do a few other things around the house this morning and early afternoon. Might blog again later about some stuff.