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When my wife and I were engaged, and dating before that, we facilitated a game night for our friends. Something to provide a safe, fun environment for people to meet and have fun between her friends and mine. I had a gift card for Barnes and Noble. Now, I've never liked their pricing strategy especially when I used to have Border down the road and eventually Amazon. But I had the card so I went shopping May two years ago.
One friend had been talking about running Pathfinder and had loaned us books to build our characters (since I begged him because I like to learn before I do). So naturally I looked at those books first at the store. But then I saw PACG. I had been trying to decide between the main Player's Guide and maybe a board game and just off to the side were these in between things. It was a knee jerk decision but I picked up just the base set to try it out as an alternative between Catan, Hero Quest, and the promise of a Pathfinder game.
Well, two years later, we had been married that June (Friday the Thirteenth with a full moon and all!), we still have game night with the same core group plus or minus some new folks, and we've been subscribing to PACG ever since! My wife and I decided not long after the first game together that we wanted to keep playing this game and make it our regular game. Actually, she didn't let us play anything else until after 2015 started!
So thank you guys. You have given us almost 2 years of fun and camaraderie which has gone from a tiny one bedroom apartment with strange people making strange background noises, zero space so we were crawling over each other and the cats were too, and super hot summers to our new house where we have a nice kitchen for keeping our food off the table (and cards...), I can put the leaves in the table for larger groups and games, there's space for the cats to run around and not even be in the same room let alone all over the table, and we foresee many more years of PACG enjoyment together with each other, our group, and all of you :-)
Haha, just as an extra, last year at our one year anniversary the only thing that worked out was getting together with one of our bridesmaids to go through the first few scenarios of Season of the Shackles! :D
And for super extra bonus points, we've extended this into my other game night with a group of guys Fridays where one of them liked it so much he bought and soloed Shackles. Our bridesmaid went and got her own copies of Runelords and Shackles for when she moved down south briefly (and she got us into the OP from her time there). And I've even had -another- session with family.
The moral of the story is? Don't get PACG... or it'll get you...