Once we confirm a house sit location, we start looking for things to do on Meetup, especially gaming events. Spending a few hours around some board games is a much better way to meet new people than hanging out in a bar. It’s easier to chat and you can get to know them by what and how they play. We’ve been to several we really liked in Rockville, MD; Asheville, NC; Savannah, GA, and College Park, MD.

Our favorite by far was the LGBT+ Table Top Gaming Group who meet at Huzzah Hobbies in Ashburn, Virginia. Mia’s reaction was, “Oh, good! Fellow weirdos- they’re going to be fun.” And they are, but these 20-Somethings are also open, friendly, hella-cool, and very forgiving when we got their pronouns wrong. From the first of our three visits, they made us feel welcome and included even though we’re old enough to be their parents.

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Huzzah is a huge game store with a large inventory that includes open copies that anyone is welcome to play. Victoria, the group organizer, works at Huzzah and has a great overall knowledge of almost everything on the shelves. However, most members of this Meetup bring their own personal favorites to share. That’s how we got the opportunity to try new-to-us games like Snake Oil, Code Names, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Two Rooms and a Boom, and Secret Hitler.

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Snake Oil is a great ice-breaker party game. The goal is to create a fictitious product out of two random words then give a sales pitch to convince another player to buy it–the more imaginative, the better. Mia was good at this game, but Alison is so great at selling anything to anyone that Billy Mayes would have been jealous. On our last night, we played Secret Hitler. Hannah divided us into Liberals and Fascists attempting to take over the 1932 German government. The Liberals want to regain power while the Fascists try to keep their identity secret despite Jeanne admitting several times that they were Hitler and several people guessing James’ affiliation based solely on a single legislation vote.

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Hilarity ensued every night. This is an awesome group of young adults. We’re not sure, but they might have adopted us. We are sure we’re going to miss them. (Note our pouty faces in the photo above). If you’re ever in the Ashburn area, definitely go play with Tiffany, Elizabeth, Alison, Erika, Rawson, Alex, Dez, Hailey, Jeanne, and Hannah. And, if you tell them we said, “We’re fine. We’re fine. We’re perfectly fine. Don’t @#$%& touch us,” maybe Victoria will let you in on the road trip joke.