Tara Taylor – Battle At The Lunch Table

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One by one, we sat down at the large, round table. A member of the group brought a large box with her, which we opened and distributed its delicious contents among us. Another person pulled a small box from a pocket, and gave each of us a portion of the items within it. The rest of the items were placed in the center of the table. These items were our gateway to controlling our armies. We took turns carefully placing down our warriors. We had to make sure we were sending out the right ones since only warriors of the same type or skill could effectively fight each other. When we did not have a warrior that would be effective in the fight, we had to recruit more until we found one that was eligible. Some people suffered from this rule.

Warriors clashed swords and deflected arrows. Mages cast special spells to change the tide of the game. Each character fell after the other in the pile of combat. It was going well for the five of us, then the member on my left didn’t have a warrior he could use. He searched high and low for a knight to take on the challenge but had to recruit about seven extra warriors before he found the right one for the job. The battle had barely continued for another minute before it was my turn again, and I commanded a mage to cast a spell that switched my army with his. I received a group of characters who were almost all the same type – a type I previously had none of. Then it was his turn again, and he needed the type I had – the type he used to have, but had none of now. He was forced to recruit even more warriors. If the goal of the game was to have the most, he would have won. Sadly for him, the goal was the opposite of that.

Our session was cut short by the ringing of the school bell, accompanied with my unfortunate friend slapping his hand of UNO cards onto the table and sarcastically saying he won. Taking the last bites of our pizza, which one of the group’s members kindly bought us an entire box of from the cafeteria (because why not?), we cleaned up the mess of cards and put them back into their box. Then we reluctantly headed back to our classes, leaving behind the fun time we had.

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