It happened yesterday. But before I tell you what exactly happened, a short introduction...
Ryu and Leszek founded their company three weeks ago. Ryu is my friend, he said he was looking for some room for office, and one thing led to another.. Finally it turned out that they rent a room for office just opposite ours rooms, in the same building, on the same floor. Basically, we work together now.
They do serious work I don't really get, they work on CAD software and draw some damn boring stuff like schemes of ventilation or something like that. This is exactly the work I decided I will never do in my life when I ran away from college 13 years ago.
Anyway, they planed to start work on 2nd of July. That was a good plan and of course it didn't work.
Company that was making their furniture screw things up, then router didn't work, blah, blah, blah, and it turned out that they start work on 5th of July. They began with 3 days of delay. Nice.
Leszek and Ryu worked since 7AM till 8PM every single day. They worked hard. It's their first order, first client, their first job to do. They started with 3 days of delay and they fought hard to catch up.
And that's unfortunately the moment when I came up.
It's Thursday, 1PM. Lunch break in Portal. I walk into their room. They look like zombies. They worked too hard for the last few days.
'Guys, we have a lunch break. Come on, take a break. We play Neuroshima Hex, you can join us'
'We have to work.'
'Come on, it's 30 minutes. One quick game. You need a break. You need to eat something anyway!'
'I don't know...'
'You don't want me to call you a chicken, do you?'
'One game. I crush you and we are back to our ventilation schemes. We had a tough conversation with our client today. He is not happy with the delay'
'One game. I promise.'
So they take a break and go with me. Lunch breaks in Portal are fun. We have a really long table in the corridor and many short, quick, lunch break games. Somebody plays Crokinole, somebody plays Neuroshima Hex, some people just comment and support, other test new armies. Long table crowded with people. I do love these moments in Portal.
So we play. Ryu plays Neuroshima Hex agains Piechu. Leszek is just supporting. I play Crokinole.
And at some point the door open. A man walks in. Ryu and Leszek suddenly stand up. 'Who the hell is he?' I wonder.
'What are you doing?' he asks Ryu.
'It's a lunch break. Actually we are done. Let's go to the office' he says. They go to office.
It was their first client. The guy who was unhappy with their delay. He came personally to check if they can work faster. And it turned out they sit and play games and have fun. Great first impression.
Guys were working hard as a hell for the last 10 days. I make them take a short, 30 minutes break today and their client had to come right in the middle of this break to see them play a board game. Sweet.
I feel guilty I made them play Neuroshima Hex yesterday. It was stupid. And what can I do now? Guys I am sorry!
BTW: Anyone of you had an awkward situation like this with playing boardgames? Hey, BGG users, any ideas what should I do? How to say 'I am sorry for the mess'?
(and no, a free copy of Stronghold for Ryu and a free copy of Pret-a-Porter for Leszek is not the right answer!)