On-line BRC Meeting No. 1 notes
In addition to the feedback from BB, please find hereunder a few notes from me on on-line BRC Meeting No. 1 held on Friday 3 April 2020.
It was a most enjoyable evening of on-line cards (using the EasyPoker app) and good cheer shared amongst the enthusiastic participants via video-conferencing on Zoom.
I think I speak for all in attendance (BB, Mav, TC Jagger and myself) in declaring the event a great success. Many thanks to –
▪ BB for coming up with the idea, exploring and finding the EasyPoker app, and organising the event; and
▪ Mav for organising the video meeting on the Zoom platform.
Jagger’s Zoom connection was a bit flaky so in the event he turned off video and reverted to audio. As you would all appreciate, this was a great improvement. Obviously, he has either selected a cheap low-performance Internet plan, or used up his data allocation, or failed to pay his Internet bill, or some combination of these. Luckily, this in no way interrupted the card-playing and we could hear him clearly so all was good anyway. Everyone else had good connection via Zoom.
BB and Mav both applied background pictures to their Zoom images – BB was apparently sitting in a giant gaming room and Mav was at one stage in a Sheik’s palace with Mary and at another time travelling backwards in a train. All good fun.
The EasyPoker app seemed to work well – BB even took his phone with him and kept playing when he went off for a leak. His laptop stayed where it was so he disappeared from Zoom during this minor diversion (no video or audio, thank goodness).
Full deck Texas hold ‘em with no wild cards was certainly more limiting than we were used to and required a re-set of expectations. However, believe it or not (I’m struggling with this myself), we had two instances of four-of- a-kind - amazing!!
We often mention the catering of BRC meetings. In this instance it was a case of do-it-yourself. We were all able to have a few drinks without worrying about drink-driving, but moderation was exercised by all anyway. Mav provided guidance to all participants of where to obtain Greek sweets, and during the course of the night helped himself to a serving of what looked to me to be galaktoboureko. The rest of us had a few nibbles but were otherwise reasonably restrained. Notably, in this instance Jagger did not spill any drinks, which is unusual. Now I come to think of it, while he often spills drinks at BRC meetings, it never happens when he is at his own home. Maybe we should commission a study on this phenomenon, or alternatively ask Rose how she has successfully dealt with “the problem”.
To those who thought on-line cards and remote contact would be lame and lacking in spirit, my suggestion is please give it a go and join us. There was plenty of the usual banter, and some of the less desirable aspects of our traditional games were negated – no misdeals, no misunderstandings about the rules, no arguments about who had the best (i.e. winning) hand.
BB has proposed Friday 24 April for the next on-line BRC. I hope to see quite a few smiling faces that evening via Zoom. For most of us it’s not as though we have other commitments – sport and entertainment events have been cancelled and all venues are closed.
Regards to all, and best wishes for Easter.