But! Having done the work once, I now never need to do it again, because I am all about process automation.
Second Wednesday Gaming at Chris's last night. In the time that the others took to play one game of something complicated, Chris & Matt & I played a game of Toledo and one of Race for the Galaxy. I liked Toledo, and it was only in part because I won by a pretty hefty margin. It had an interesting four- or five-way balance going on. I didn't really have an overall strategy, I just played very tactically, and to some extent I wonder if it's even possible to have long-term strategy in that game. I had an awesome strategy for RftG, and got an engine going that would let me draw 10 cards, keep 8, and gain 3 victory points every other turn, but I wasn't quite fast enough to start it cycling before Chris won with his darn New Sparta colonization sprint. Curses, foiled! And then Bryree & Matt & I hung out until, like, 1 am because Chris & Rose wouldn't throw us out, but stood around in the kitchen chatting with us. (Not that I'm complaining, mind you.)
I've had too much going on to make significant progress on big writing projects lately, but a bolt of inspiration struck and forced a short little 500-word fanficlet out of my brain this morning before I came to work. It was supposed to be a 100-word drabble, but apparently I am constitutionally incapable of writing anything short.