04 September 2014


A couple of months ago, I was on a business trip to Amsterdam, and was there for a week. During the days, I was attending a conference, but during the evening, I was more or less free to do whatever I wanted. So, for a change, I contacted the local Yelp group, and learned that they were holding a game of Werewolves (also known as Mafia) during one of the nights I was there. So I said I would be coming, and joined in the fun.

See, this is a role-playing game. There are werewolves and there are villagers. The goal of the game is for the villagers to figure out who are the werewolves first, before the werewolves all kill them. I haven't played this game before, but the rules were all simple, and it was very easy to follow along.

Anyway, we were playing for more than three hours, and enjoying the nice summer weather in Amsterdam. I loved the game because I found it interesting to see how people are bluffing and arguing that they are not the werewolves and that therefore they shouldn't be killed. I definitely am going to try and see if I can find a copy of this game.

More importantly, however, it just reminded me of what Yelp was for me. When I first moved to Berlin, I used Yelp as a social network to meet new people. It was after all a collection of young professionals who are interested in discovering what their city has to offer. And so I joined Yelp for the first time when I was in Buffalo in 2011 and haven't stopped since. I also met some very interesting people in Yelp in Buffalo, Berlin, and now in Amsterdam. I was glad that there was an event that was happening while I was there.

So, if you are in the mood to meet new people, try Yelp. It's cool.

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