I’m here in Washington state which has had fairly tight regulations for gatherings. We had an early shelter-in-place order, which led to a reasonably early shut down of our flagship game convention, Enfilade. I have not gotten together to play a game since the end of February, and despite obvious yearnings and hopeful prayers, nobody I know is getting together to play a miniatures game.
Yes I’ve done some online gaming because . . . well, I just must. I’ve painted until I can’t see straight-literally- I’m 64 and my very long hair hangs in my not so young eyes.. I haven’t played any solo board games only because my wife has become a full-time mask maker and taken over the entire dining room table. That’s a lie, she’s become a part-time mask maker but she still has taken over the entire dining room table.
I’ve mostly avoided buying a pile of unpainted lead to add to my current pile of unpainted lead. However I have invested mightily in my bunch of tiny ships. No paint required.
But this is all a dodge. This is Enfilade weekend. I’ve taken on more responsibility for next year’s convention and leadership in NHMGS. We have an entire year to begin thinking about what that convention may look like. The virus could still be with us even if a vaccine is available and could change everything. But we’ll deal with that later.
In theory, the state could begin opening up in a couple of weeks. Maybe you are in a state, a province or country that has already begun opening. Under phase 2, we could begin gaming in groups of five or less. Game stores could open up. Will you give attention to social distancing? Run small games? What about masks?
I ask because I don’t have the answers. I’m anxious to get together with friends, none of whom are at high risk for infection. But we are all exposed to those our friends are exposed to. I have 87 year-old parents I like to visit. I don’t want to put them at risk. Many of us have spouses who don’t need the germ. Many of us are ourselves at risk due to age or contributing health factors.
I wish I had some new super cool thing to share with your or report. But rather than sharing some new toy or set of rules, this is real. What will you do as the state enters Phase 2. Game without worry or limits? Game with safety precautions? Temperature check at the door? Masks? Wait for Phase 3? What are your worries? What can we agree on?