Last year we encountered a new concept: lots of babies. This year the babies turned into small children and the place to be was the toy box in the living room.
That's not to say a few of us ventured down into the basement with our turkey, cranberry stuffing, pad Thai, and trash can punch and broke out a game.
My friend Nate had created a full blown Game of Real Life. Gameplay and the key life events are the same, but most of the game spaces are covered over. High school careers include, military, drain on society, day laborer, and stripper. College earns you politician, zoologist, and computer whiz.
The main appeal of the game is the event deck. Land on a space that isn't a pay day and you draw a card. Win the lottery, get a divorce, lose your job, get married again (divorce is not necessary).
By the end of the game, we had a mad dash to the finish with an ex-military stripper with emphysema and a lesbian politician with two affairs and a set on conjoined twins. Of course, we were more concerned about the polygamist rock who lived in an RV with his ex-wife plus two husbands.
Of course, most traumatic card pulls require you to take a shot (or two) so everyone was in good spirits at the end.
Perhaps the most amusing thing of the night came from my buddy Hoyce, who told me he had started playing in a post-apocalyptic LARP... With zombies.
I thought I had seen it all. Actually in more pissed off that I hadn't thought of this first.