I promised after last week’s trip down Orkfest memory lane that I would tell you more about what we did at this year’s Orkfest.
I suppose for starters, these is a shot of most of the board games that made it to North Carolina for our gathering this year.
I don’t really know when this tradition started, but one of our members, Atherin, started bringing buttons with the Orkfest logo on them (we also have t-shirts … logo made by another one of our members, Brasse!). Each time someone wins a game, they get a small button. Over the course of the week, whoever wins the most buttons gets a prize. One year we even had a rock-paper-scissors-lizard-spock tournament to help decide the winner. And just for fun. My husband won this year, but I was happy to collect about six buttons.
Here are some of the games I really enjoyed playing over the course of the week (not in any order):
1) Space Alert
2) Star Trek Catan
4) Mice & Mystics
9) Smart Ass
While a large portion of the day time gets taken up with board games, or reading, or hanging out by the pool, or sometimes napping, the evenings involve a lot of drinking. And the entire thing involves a lot of eating. We had two wonderful people who like to cook and spent a lot of time in the kitchen making yummy noms, such as mozzarella sticks, buffalo chicken dip, stuffed mushrooms, fajitas, cakes, bacon, cinnamon rolls … the list goes on. We owe these ladies a LOT, else us lazy geeks would surely have starved! Thanks, Suzanne and Kim!
We used the hot tub and pool a lot, and rarely without a drink in hand.
We played a lot of Artemis, which is a Star Trek space simulation video game that can be played by 6 players. I think one of the main things we learned is to not let drunk people drive the ship …
We watched some You Tube videos, especially the Ylvis “What Does the Fox Say?” video. Probably about 8 times. It was hilarious to hear the chorus of 18 voices shout “Ring-ding-ding-deding-deding-ding-ding!”. And at one point there was some attempt at dancing.
We celebrated September birthdays, including the big 5-0 for Linda! Suzanne made some pretty epic cakes – skull, world travel, yellow flying spaghetti monster (even though Dan and half the monster are hanging off the edge of the picture), steampunk octopus, and goat mountain! We watched a memento video from last year’s Orkfest along with a tribute video for 50 Years of Brasse.
The last two years we have started a theme day. When we were out in Vegas it was Tiki Night. This year we celebrated Pirate Day, complete with a treasure chest pinata (hiding candy and plastic mini bottles), eye patches, tatoos, hats, bandanas, and of course rum, beer, and other piratey drinks.
Yar! Drink up me hearties, yo ho! I don’t remember the name of this pirate themed beer, but it was good. Hard to see in this shot, but I am wearing the Orkfest t-shirt, which is also pirate themed with a nice ork skull.
It was a fantastic week, full of lots of good memories! Thanks to all the Inn Mates for making it another wonderful year of Orkfest!