Steph and I met up with Tina, Adan, Lee, Kerry, Andrew, Candice, and others at Rabbit’s Foot Meadery. I had a sip of one of the drinks and it was decent. I think I got Lee curious about the product we were making and hope to get his feedback on it. The atmosphere of the place was nice, although a little loud. Since we went in the middle of the day it wasn’t terribly crowded, but it wasn’t empty by any means. The place was rather nice, and even though I’m not drinking anymore, I wouldn’t mind going back to hang out there.
Nick, Kim, and I drove up to Jekyl Brewery in Alpharetta to meet up with Chris and Chelsea. We had some beer at the brewery and had a good tour of it. They had a large Jenga set made of 2×4’s set up. We got it on some really precarious base, and Nick ended up knocking it over.
After that we went to the closeby La Parilla for dinner. During dinner I got a call from Steph about Leopold missing since the plumber came into the apartment. She ended up finding Leopold, but he was really upset by the incident.
Steph and I went to dinner at Los Charros with Jeremy, Andrew, and Lindsay. I biked there and it took about 50 minutes. I nearly got hit by a guy that came flying off the interstate at about 70 mph onto a 35 mph road, right through the crosswalk that I was in. Lindsay was a little late, so the rest of us all ordered beforehand and got the wet burritos. They were absolutely massive, at least 50% larger than the average human stomach. Being Americans and the burritos being delicious we promptly ate the entire thing. After dinner we stopped by Tea Era for some boba.
We then went to Jeremy’s where they tested out some wine aerators. I had a bit of trouble poring one of them as it splashed everywhere when going through the aerator. We talked about all sorts of things and had a relaxing time.
Jimmy is moving out of Beachhead to get married and live in Freemont. We gave him a going away dinner with Steph and I cooking tom yom and red curry. It was all very tasty and the soup turned out as the best we’ve made. Even Wit was really impressed by the quality of the soup. Tina made some amazing cookies, that turned out to be about the size of a small plate. Riley, Amit, and David also joined later with Candice coming over after dinner. Steph and I decided to break out the ginger cider and we’ll probably have people over Friday for a bottling party. I’m not sure if we have everything we need or enough bottles, but it should be fun to taste it all and get a sense of how it turned out. After dinner we watched X-Men First Class, and it was just as good as I remember it.
Last night I gave Steph her birthday present of a Paint Nite at Willow Street Pizza in Saratoga. I was doing it as a surprise, and she was guessing what it would be until she saw the canvases in the window of the restaurant. She really enjoyed it, but I’m not sure she liked the surprise aspect. The food and drink was good, and we both decided not to just paint the basic painting. The painting that was taught was more or less what you see below, but the trees in the background weren’t given the red leaves. I also added in a bit of a sun ray coming into what I made to be a clearing. Steph and I were doing really well compared to most of the rest of the class. I also noticed that there were 3 men and 27 women at the paint nite. The painting on the left is mine and the painting on the right is Steph’s.
Steph’s birthday was yesterday and she didn’t want to go out and do anything big, so we stayed in and had dinner at her place. I went to Oren’s Hummus to pick up some food, and got the vegetarian’s delight and a falafel wrap with some labane and hummus. I met her at her place when she got back from martial arts. The food was really tasty. She broke out some good sake and that surprisingly complimented the meal well. After eating we watched David play through some of a Far Cry spinoff game. It was over the top and hilarious.
I hung out with Derick at Famous after picking up dinner with Jeff. I ate the Yeah! burger on the walk from Jeff’s place to Famous Pub. Derick and I talked about all sorts of stuff, mainly just catching up on life. I brought up some of the philosophical questions I have been struggling with lately. We had a few beers and split some fries with amazing toppings.
Friday was overwhelming at PAX. I’m not a big fan of crowds, and PAX seems to be nothing but crowds. I was able to handle it for a while, and did enjoy the indie mega booth. There are a good number of games that look very interesting. It is amazing to see the influence Clash of Clans and MineCraft have had on the games that indie developers are making. There weren’t too many original projects, but a lot of them did build well on top of well defined mechanics. The originality was certainly there.
I really liked the Pixel Junk Inc. game that Steph tried out, as well as Cannon Brawl.
I competed in the Goldeneye tournament and had a disappointing first round knockout. I’m sure I could have made it to the final 4 match, but the disparity in skill level made it more of a hunt than a match. The settings were also quite strange as the organizer had never played the game before.
Nick, Steph, and I played two pretty good board games. The first was a dice drafting, resource management game called Castle Dice. It was quite good, but not good enough to buy. We didn’t finish the game either, as the guy at the booth was just showing us how to play and implied that he didn’t want us to stick around and play it.
The second game was a very fast paced interactive dice roller. It was the next in the series of Space Cadets, called Space Cadets: Dice Duel. In this version of the game you are going up against another team, and you have to load missiles, get lock, and move to be able to shoot them. Then you must also dampen their lock, build up shields, and make sure they can’t shoot you. Steph, Erin, and myself won handedly both times over Nick and the two other guys there. We destroyed their ship without getting hit both times if I remember correctly.
Steph and I went to a really nice wine bar after that. We had several flights of wine (Sweet, Alsace, and Port) as well as some phenomenal desserts. We were joined later by Andrew and Nick. We were almost done at the wine bar, but we stuck around for a bit longer and had another desert with Nick.
This was quite a nice event. We played two different games while there. Dragon’s Crown and Mario for the Wii U. They were both incredibly chaotic games, and we didn’t do terribly well in either. Luckily they are designed for people who can’t play games that well. One is the hack and slash, and the other is a very forgiving platformer.
Jeremy made his famous dip, and also the elusive pizza dip. They were both quite delicious, and I ate way to much of both of them. He also had a nice selection of beer, and I got some more caps for my collection.