People sit squashed together on well worn couches, jostling each other with easy camaraderie. Chairs have been pulled in from other rooms with people sitting perched comfortably on them as they share friendly banter. Glasses, cups, and bottles tinkle and clink, and the crunch and chew of snacks being enjoyed adds another layer to the sense of contentment in the room. Eventually the talking slowly peters out, drinks are placed safely on nearby tables, and then every face in the room turns to you…
“So,” one of the faces says, “How do we play?”
Panic grips your chest as you stare into those expectant faces. Your heartbeat begins to thump in your ears and your eyes grow wide as you look down at the arrayed cards, dice, and little wooden people strewn out on the huge board in front of you, the table beneath almost audibly groaning under their weight.
Oh god, you think. I can’t do this!
You lurch to your feet, your eyes darting around the room for some escape route. You let out a guttural scream and give one last look at the table surrounded by your friends before hurling yourself as hard as you can through the room’s double glazed window and falling into the loving arms of gravity.