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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Quest for a Perfect Trinity of Wargames

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The following is a pretty long history of one aspect of my wargaming life. I share it only because parts of it may resonate with someone else and mean something to them. And because there's always a chance that someone will read it and respond with some insight that turns out to be a Eureka! moment for me and finally brings this ongoing quest of mine to a happy conclusion. Aside from that, I suppose it's just a self-inventory writing exercise. Should you choose to forge ahead and read more, may you find something to make it worth your while.

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In 1979, I was living alone in an apartment. I had dropped out of college and was working in a factory. My former roommate and longtime wargaming buddy was hundreds of miles away, finishing his BA degree.
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What's More Fun--Sloppiness or Solid Play?

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The phrase "torn inside" seems to apply to me in most any situation I encounter in life, including games. What's on my mind today is the tension I always experience between wanting to just have fun with a game and wanting to learn to play it well.
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Do Looks Really Matter?

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In the Wargames subforum, there's a little debate in one thread about the value of game components. Some like their maps mounted, while others are happy enough with unmounted mapsheets (and a Plexiglas overlay). Some don't mind matte-finish game pieces; others want gloss, and they want the corners neatly trimmed.

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Why Not Just Read a Book or Watch a Movie Instead?

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That's the question I've often been asked when I say that "the joy of being immersed in the narrative" is the main appeal of solitaire (war)gaming for me. People wonder why I'd bother to learn the rules to a game, then go to the trouble of setting one up and playing it, when it'd be so much easier to just pick up a good novel or pop a DVD into the player.
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Moods and Cycles--Changes of Mind

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I'm not a moody person; I'm pretty constant from day to day and hour to hour. But when it comes to my gaming hobby, I seem to make some pretty big shifts from time to time. Or at least they seem like big shifts to me.

For instance, my last entry to this blog was about designed-for-solitaire games, and I said I didn't usually care for them. But just this morning, I looked at that Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes scenario on my table and wondered why I'd want to play a two-player game solo.
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Designed-for-Solitaire Games

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Though, for various reasons, most of my game playing ends up being solo, I've always had mixed feelings about games specifically designed for solitaire.
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While the Duel Is Pending . . . God Games and Hero Games

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No need to rush into the demolition derby of games I have too many of. What's on my mind today is tactics versus strategy.

I just got an e-mail about a newly published game, Space Infantry. (Well, it had been available before, I guess, but now Lock 'n Load Publishing, LLC. is publishing it.) It immediately piqued my interest, even though I've been telling myself for days, weeks, and months that I have plenty of games already--too many.
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Duel to the Death

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In a BGG thread, a fellow Geek suggested that it's not good to let two or more games in one's collection vie for attention; that can paralyze one with indecision. Rather than letting similar games compete, make them fight to the death: get rid of the loser.
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What Have I Been Playing Lately?

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With all my musings, I sometimes forget to play games. But I haven't completely lost sight of that focus or goal.

Set up on my gaming table right now is a solo scenario of Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes. Read more »
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I Love This Solitaire Game!

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Just a link to this Geeklist of solitaire-friendly games.

It turned out to be very successful and useful, thanks to the many contributors.
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