Marathon Games

Last year, a group of us stayed up until 2:30 AM trying to finish some instance in World of Warcraft. I think we finished it but I could barely talk I was so tired. It occurred to me how I used to do stuff like that all the time when I was a younger gameguy. I remember one weekend in high school when I took part in a marathon Dungeon and Dragons game. I think we started playing on a Saturday morning and finished really late that evening. We were determined to run the entire Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module, a classic adventure that mixed traditional D&D fantasy with a little sci-fi. I remember it all going very well early in the day, but as the hours went by and our sugar rush from all the soda subsided, we got pretty silly. I remember having my head on the table looking at my dice saying things like, “I disguise the halfling thief as a sandwich and use him as bait” and “I hit the monster with my +7 pizza box of striking.”

I also seem to recall my cousins and I playing Monopoly all night while we waited for the grown-ups to be done playing poker. I just remember being exhausted and unable to keep track of what was going on in the game. I think I fell asleep before we finished.

It wasn’t too long ago that my wife and I sat down and played two games of Settlers of Catan with some friends of ours. I don’t think we started the second game until after 11:00 PM and I think I made it through about half of the game before I was so tired, I just didn’t care anymore. I was trading resources I had no business trading and building roads to nowhere. I just can’t think when I’m that tired.

Maybe I will play some JewelQuest and go to bed early, if that darned Harry Potter book doesn’t keep me up.