Solitary Soundings

Musings of a solitary gamer. "The advantage of conversation is such that, for want of company, a man had better talk to a post than let his thoughts lie smoking and smothering." (Jeremy Collier) Comments welcome.

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Reading, Writing, and Game Playing

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"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." --Emerson
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"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." --Hamlet (Shakespeare)
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I've loved games all my life, but they're frustrating to me, and often I wonder why I bother with them. When I feel that way, my habit is to come here and blog about it. Why? Because for me writing is another lifelong love, and it rarely gets frustrating. Mostly I write to sort out my thoughts and feelings, and I almost always feel better after doing it.
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Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Badly

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That's a quote from G. K. Chesterton, for those who don't know. It's an obvious twist on the better-known "Anything worth doing is worth doing well."

All my gaming life, I've intellectually clung to the latter school of thought. That is, I've reached for the stars--sought mastery in any game I played. I didn't often believe I could actually achieve mastery, but I felt it was essential to aim and try for it nonetheless.
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Get Up Laughing, and Try Again

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When I was a kid, I hated being a beginner at anything. It was awkward and uncomfortable. Everybody else could do better than I could, and that made me feel weak and incompetent. In fact, I was relatively incompetent, of course.
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My Lifetime of Not Playing Well with Others

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Someone mentioned Uncharted Waters in a VGG thread, and I didn't know what it was, so I went and looked. Actually, he mentioned the online game; apparently it's a console or PC game that turned into a MMORPG.

And that got me thinking about MMO games, wondering what it is that people see in them and why my brief encounters with them have all been bad.
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Can Grown-Ups Have Fun? Can Games Be Stress-Free?

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I just read a few posts in this discussion thread, and now I'm reflecting on where I stand.
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Gem Hunting and Letting Go of the Past

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I was just browsing around BGG and VGG, looking for something that would catch my interest, and somehow I landed on a Gunslinger page.

What a great game that was! Still is, I guess--but somewhere along the line I managed to sell both copies I'd owned. Now it's probably sitting on a wish list, and I think it'd be a lot of fun to pore over the components and rules again and maybe play a little "practice game."

But then what?
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Is It Possible to Be an Independent Gamer?

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In the back of my mind, I've always been a little uneasy about getting into published games, be they board games or computer games. I always feel that it makes me a little dependent on the publisher, and I want to be independent.
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Isolationism

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One of my lifelong gaming-related quirks is being stubbornly self-contained. When I was a kid playing rummy with my family, I'd put all my attention on my own hand and what I wanted to do with it; I didn't care what any other player was doing. Just last night, I was playing Civilization IV, and I caught myself doing the same thing--keeping the map focused on my own territory all the time, never looking at or caring about the rest of the world.
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Is There a Solitaire Board Game for Me?

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For some reason, I'm back to thinking about designed-for-solitaire (DFS) board games and card games. I've played a number of them, and I still own some, but they've been sitting idle in my closet for at least two or three years. Are they worth my time? I wonder.
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Another Sad Milestone in Wargaming History

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I just read that Victory Point Games is no more. Though I haven't bought a VPG game in years, the company meant something to me, and the news is kinda sad.
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