The card arrived via email.
We had no inkling that it had any further significance. That is, until a box arrived on our doorstep.
The return address told us it was from EMP. We had received a gift last year, so we’d been wondering if there would be one this year. And here it was! So, what was inside? Ta-Da!
The game board…
A packet held a die and game pieces, and there were two boxes with cards containing questions and answers.
Instructions? Were there ever!
Here’s the section explaining the categories:
Maple – Food
Linden – Beverage
Ginkgo – New York
London Plane – ‘90s Pop Culture
Now, you may be able to identify a Maple leaf, and maybe even a Ginkgo leaf. You’re at least heard of those. Unless you are a hobby-botanist or outdoorsman or employee of Eleven Madison Park: The Restaurant, our friends “Linden” and “London Plane: …errr… To make things easier for those of us who are not botanically –inclined…
Pink – Food
Lavender – Beverage
Burgundy – New York
Grey – ‘90s Pop Culture
I think you can now see how this gift related to the holiday card. Also, if the concept of the game seems familiar, you would be correct. For us, it brought back fond memories of the gazillion hours we spent playing Trivial Pursuit back in the day when it was all the rage.
A couple of days later, we set up the game, read all the directions (after all these years, you didn’t expect us to remember how the Trivial Pursuit was played, did you?), and started. Well, it didn’t take us long to discover that Eleven Madison Park: The Game was no walk in the (Eleven Madison Park) park. I’d love to know who was the dirty devil responsible for dreaming up these hundreds of questions. Were they tough? That’s putting it mildly! And we sucked — big time! After several hours of play, I managed to fill widgets for only two categories while Michael just one. OY!
It was challenging but lots of fun. So, we’re looking forward to spending many hours in 2016 playing Eleven Madison Park: The Game.
Our sincerest thanks to Will, Daniel and our entire EMP family for another terrific holiday gift!