The Gamer’s Girlfriend

In just a few hours, The Wedding Date and I will be on our way to Maryland.  It’s our first weekend away since we went to Boston back in January and considering how my schedule this time of year makes me want to kill myself (or at the very least quit everything in which I’m involved) I. CAN’T. WAIT.

We’re going to my folks’ place on the Eastern shore and we’ll be joined by another couple—friends of mine—for an entire weekend of (wait for it…) GAMING.

And hot tubbing.

And drinking.

But mainly gaming.

I’m not really sure when I turned into a gamer.

I suspect, however, that it all began when I agreed to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the movie theater.  Watching Star Wars.  In 3D.

And although Star Wars isn’t strictly related to gaming, it’s a slippery slope.

Granted, then term “gamer” should probably be reserved for an individual who knows how to play more than one game (which I don’t), or who has done something other than lose at the one game she’s learned to play but I see no need to get hung up on semantics.

Especially because I nowadays I can hold my own in a discussion of Game of Thrones.  In fact, when I stumbled across the following t-shirt last week, I actually got it:

Game of Thrones

Damn it feels good to be a Lannister

During last weekend’s college reunion, I met an old friend for dinner and found myself engaged in a rather lengthy debate regarding the alleged handsomeness of Jamie Lannister (who everyone knows is a total pansy) vs. the undeniable sexiness of Khal Drogo (‘nuf said).

I have yet to start Season Two (so no spoilers!) but I’m engrossed thanks to The Wedding Date (and his indefatigable determination for me to finish the entire first season prior to our gaming weekend… lest I fail to fully appreciate the back stories).

So wish me luck.  I’ll be learning Settlers of Catan, House on Haunted Hill and Game of Thrones the Game (not to be confused with Game of Thrones the HBO series, or Game of Thrones the book).  I’d blame The Wedding Date for turning me into a nerd but he says he’s “expanding my horizons” (and let’s face it: I’ve always been a bit of a nerd, just not a nerd of this sort).

19 Responses to “The Gamer’s Girlfriend”

  1. Zak

    Considering I’m a pretty big nerd, and I don’t get that shirt (nor do I watch Game of Thrones), I suppose you win… now…

    I still prefer the original (to me) of that saying: “Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.” Know what movie that’s from?

  2. debwill72

    I must be old…My idea of a gaming weekend includes things like poker, spoons, war…

    I suppose you will get this a lot today but as a new Star Wars fan…
    “May the 4th be with you!” (You can use that with TWD and seem really clever…”

    • Landlord

      OUR Hooper weekends of “gaming” DO include things like Scrabble, Risk, Backgammon, Taboo–it is just Kat who is changing the rules on us! For the longest time I didn’t even allow a TV in the house, never mind electronic games???? What is this world coming to? 🙂

  3. Jess Killmenow

    You should be very, very careful, because the slippery slope slides right down to being a cartoon. Believe me. I know.

    • Kat Richter

      Tyion ROCKS. But Jaime? Jaime is a freak. I don’t not him. (Then again, I haven’t started Season 2 yet… maybe he gets better?)

  4. Katie

    Hahaha I can’t believe you’ve let yourself get sucked into the dark side. For years I’ve managed to stay comfortable on my side of the line — with wine and a good book — while my husband gets sucked into Star Wars books and geek shows.

    If you make it back to this side, let me know — We can distract the boys with Episode One and bolt for a martini bar. 😉

  5. mydatingprescription

    I think you’re going to love Settlers of Catan. It’s a great game incorporating competition, cooperation, and negotiation.

    However, I’m concerned for you, Kat. I can identify with this trajectory you’re on. STB-ex was a gamer. It started innocently enough. He introduced me to Settlers of Catan, Carcazon, and then Shadowrun. Next thing I knew I was creating a Shadowrun character. She was heavily cybered with shockingly effective charisma skills, driving abilities, pistols skills, and a mild addiction to shopping. A few months later, and I’m running a game…but you, you’ve bought the t-shirt.

    Pull up, girl. Pull up!

    • Kat Richter

      Like I said: its a slippery slope! I started out with Carasonne (sp?)– it’s a gateway drug 🙂 But when I wrote I “got” the t-shirt, I actually meant that I *understood* the shirt. (It was ridiculously priced in my opinion.) So maybe I’m still safe?


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