Well we had another poorly attended (game night) DC gathering at my house, and ended up playing a new (to us) board game called Tales of the Arabian Nights
, which i bought after reading this
The game lasted over 5 hours (!) and was very fun.
We all enjoyed it, and agreed that it was mostly random, but very fun to participate in the funny and nail-biting storytelling elements of the game. As the reviews make clear -- basically this is a board game where on each turn you encounter some creature or impediment, choose an action, and then look up in a massive book what happens to you -- told in a very enjoyable way. Kind of like those "choose your own adventure
" books for kids, made into game form. It was a little bit long for me, but even though gothic ended the game as an impoverished, imprisoned, crippled, donkey, he still seemed to want it to go on longer.
We also made hummus from scratch (including grinding cumin with a mortar and pestle so +1 point for me), and gothic got to put in some of his infinite-scoville hot sauce in his bowl (he had fed ex deliver it to my house -- shows you how desperate he was for it -- it was packed heavily enough to protect nuclear waste). to taste it i put a drop of it on a toothpic, then washed off the toothpic, then dragged the toothpic lightly across a wet piece of lettuce, then folded the lettuce up and chewed it, and it still burned my mouth.