I am at the world boardgaming championships this week. So far it is a highly enjoyable affair, particularly the part where I get to get reacquainted with a bunch of smart, interesting people that I met last year. It is wonderful to be able to so easily step into really intense strategy discussions and debate with people who are so talented at this thing I do.
My actual gaming results so far are pretty mediocre, but that isn't surprising considering the schedule. I played a lot of Agricola but I am not one of the sharks in that game - to be good you need to know every one of the hundreds of cards and also know just how good each of them is and how they interact with all the other cards. I know a few of them.... but I am nowhere near a strong player. I have enough skill to beat a lot of the randoms that show up but I am not the best player at the table. I ended up with a 2nd, 2nd, 3rd set of results, and I feel like that is reasonable because I think I was the 2nd, 2nd, 4th best player at the table in those games.
It isn't often I sit down for a strategy game thinking that I am the worst player at the table, but it happens in Agricola at WBC.
My food strategy for last year worked reasonably so I am following it again. I bought a ton of fruit and vegetables that would keep and lots of granola bars so I don't have to go to restaurants. I just can't convince myself that paying $25 US for a buffet is reasonable.
It is Day 2 so far and I have eaten more meat than I bargained for. My meal plan calls for half a package of meat per day, and the first day an entire pack went away. Cereal and peanut stocks remain full though, so total calories for the week is probably okay still. Last year I bought 4 pounds of carrots, and after 3 pounds I was DONE with carrots. This year I went with 2 pounds of carrots so it should be fine. I budgeted for 6 granola bars per day for the duration and I am on schedule there. My suspicion is that I will end up with peanuts left over but that the rest will all get consumed.
The absolute best thing about this year though? Instead of losing my phone at the hotel before the convention and spending days in a panic trying to figure out how to find it and get it back, I have my phone in my pocket and I am focusing on the fun bits. What a mess that was.