The above is a teaser-trailer of the action we have enjoyed already this weekend, but really this post is a quick pic-heavy collage of the tables as they appeared after a modest but significant amount of lifting on Thursday evening. Next year, I must remember to request the aid of a proper team of Sherpas for this particular leg of the journey.
Well. This is a glimpse of how the tables looked in their unadorned state before gaming began. At this point, there were still a few details to finish, believe it or not, but you will get the basic idea of the layout and I will like to save those other details for the following sequence.
I am posting these by now "old" photos only to mark and celebrate the moment, which for me was a monumental part of the process. Until this moment, I had not yet genuinely seen the whole monstrosity properly assembled and completed in proper, full-frontal gloriousness.
You see, the lot upon which I live is approximately 25 feet wide. The tables are 24 feet running directly into glory, which means the we were never really able to assemble the whole bundle in one proper heap during the entire creation process. Of course, this method of manufacture allowed a problem or two to appear as if from thin air (at this point, if you cannot see them, I will not direct your attention toward them), and I will confess that I was a bit vexed to see the odd hiccup or two despite all that effort. I will also confess that I am my own worst critic; after two months of concentrating on these monster, and after at least another month of looking for all those errors, it has become a difficult reflex to ignore. Also, I am painfully aware of all the other little ideas that never made it onto the surface in a way that, quite thankfully, others will not be. Ah well. As Tall Paul has so often reminded me, "version 4.0 will be better still."
wait. what. version 4.0???
Anyway. This was a moment of peaks and valleys for me, but wondrously more up than down.
And so, with no events to run today, we (the ace team assembled specifically for these events) stole a rather selfish but modest game or two without interruption. More on that monumental event and more on the scheduled events in the near future.
Finally, I foresee another problem; one could quite easily get used to playing with this kind of elbow room.