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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My Wargaming Life

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Games are like songs: you never get tired of playing the best ones over and over, and you can enjoy them all by yourself.
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"Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth." (William Blake)
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I spend so much time reflecting on my wargaming past that I thought I'd create a GeekList about it--if only as a visual aid for my own reminiscing.

So, FWIW, here's how the forty-two years of my wargaming life so far have gone.

Comments and questions welcome.
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The Many Faces of Me

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"Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth." (William Blake)
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For about as long as I can remember, I've wished I could settle down and focus on one game or maybe just a few--or at least choose one type of game to define my hobby. Otherwise I'd just be a magpie, collecting shiny new games to stuff onto my closet shelves and never get around to playing.
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My Pet Gaming Theory

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Below is a distilled version of a concept I wrote up in an article for the Avalon Hill General back in 1985. You can read the original article here (for as long as the link holds up): "Bringing Us All Together: Competitors, Socializers, and Dreamers").

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IMO there are three main things one can enjoy about games:

1. Thought--planning and executing strategy or solving puzzles--exercising the mind;

2. Interaction--connecting with people--socializing, competing, trading, negotiating, etc.;

3. Imagination/Emotion--participating in make-believe--a narrative, theme, or story.

I find that hardly anybody is pulled in just one of these three directions, though; people seem to be drawn toward two of them in close combination, while the third is less important.Read more »
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