Ok, so how about next Wednesday?
Ooh, we can’t do Wednesday. Thursday?
I can’t do Thursday. But what about Saturday?
It’s Friday night. You look around and realize you haven’t seen so and so in awhile, and wouldn’t it be great to just hang out? But as anyone who has attempted to plan a gathering of more than one person before knows, everyone is somehow always busy. It’s someones birthday, there’s a book that needs to be returned to the store, & the lawn needs to be mowed.
Phantom Williams game Schedule a Dinner Out With Friends handles this topic with the required level of ridiculousness, but with a dash of sincerity. People cancel plans because of their dying cat or their landlords birthday, but you also decide not to kill yourself so that you can make it to your next scheduled event. It’s that dash of severity, handled with too much of a straight face to be entirely a joke, that grounds the game in reality — even when it goes to infinity and beyond.
Phantom Williams doesn’t overstay his welcome, and Schedule a Dinner Out With Friends is relatively short. But there is plenty of replayability, and the options seem as varied and endless as they can be (except it doesn’t appear that you can really choose to stay in). The game has a good sense of humor, and is definitely worth a play through.