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It’s been two more wonderful days of hanging out with old high school friends and serious geeking out. On Friday, I went over to Dan’s place with Chris (another high school buddy), Aubrey, Matt and Robb. Since Dan and Chris have never been too keen on being photographed, I decided not to put their picture up on my blog. They taught me how to play a card game called “Munchkin“, by Steve Jackson Games. In role-playing lingo, a “munchkin” is a selfish, greedy bastard who doesn’t care about helping the group but just wants to get as much loot and experience as possible. In the card game, “Munchkin”, each player takes on the role of just such a greedy, selfish bastard.

Everyone takes turns drawing from a stack of “door” cards. That represents kicking down a door in a dungeon. Sometimes there will be a monster. You can fight them on your own or get someone to “help”, for which they will almost certainly insist on a share of the treasure. The first one to get his or her character up to level ten wins. This means that people in your “group” helps only when they can gain from it, and everyone will screw you over to keep you from getting to level 10. On top of this, the rules are intentionally vague and exploitable, leading players to bicker over convoluted interpretations of them. I got wasted because Matt, figured out a way to abuse the rules in such a way that allowed him to pick up the entire treasure deck and basically become invincible. All in all, its like role-playing in middle school, but a whole heck of a lot funnier.

Tonight I was able to borrow my uncle’s car and drive up to Boulder. I got to see my old roommate and running partner Matt, Mike, and Warren. Warren went to high school with me, but I didn’t really get to know any of these guys well until college. Still, they all ended up becoming great friends, especially Matt who I probably hung out with more than anyone else I knew in college. Matt’s wife Nicole (another old friend of all of ours) was there, too. She wasn’t feeling too well, so we didn’t chat much. I made a horrible blunder calling their baby “he” when it was a she. It probably had something to do with the downright evil way Matt used her for part of his Halloween costume last year. Hopefully nobody’s feelings were hurt!
We all went out to eat at a nearby Mexican restaurant, and had a pretty good conversation. It spanned everything from the morality and ethics question on my blog a few posts ago to eugenics, twin studies, and imbalances in sports betting. I meant to ask Mike why the heck he’s back in school going for an undergrad EE after already having earned an M.A. in Physics from UC Santa Barbara, but I forgot. He got married recently, and he’s been setting up a pretty neat charity in Guatemala. Warren’s got a drive failure analysis job that jets him back and forth between Boulder and Singapore. It sounded pretty cool. After dinner we went back to Matt’s place for some more chatting, and catching up. He had a neat stack of Rubick’s cubes there- a 2×2, a 3×3, a 4×4 and a 5×5. Having already solved the 3×3, I figured the 2×2 would be trivial. It really wasn’t. I got one layer solved pretty quickly, but I didn’t manage the right sequence to rotate the pieces on the bottom. I’ve got to pick up some of those.