For the first time in the three-year history of the Bar Room Brawl, we were able to field an Undercard game during the championship on Wednesday night. For the players in that game, it meant an opportunity to swim in water that wasn't quite as infested with sharks as the typical Weasels board. In other words, it meant an opportunity for those players to be the shark.
When plague and work thundered through the Trotta household, flattening Jake's two recruits for Game No. 285 at the Red Lion last night, organizer Matt Sundstrom was all set to settle for a six-player teaching game. Cancelling wasn't an option, as we still had two new recruits, including one playing her first game ever. A six-player game was better than turning them away.
But then a mysterious stranger named Mike darkened the doorway at the Red Lion. Instead of a good piece of hickory, he was carrying a pen. We let that slide because the game was saved.