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 Turning-Point Project

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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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Let's see--it's July, right? That means I'm just about eight months from my sixtieth birthday. Should be plenty of time.

What I'm getting lately (and maybe should have been clued into years ago) is that longtime favorites are not necessarily current favorites. That applies to games as well as foods and other things.
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Four Kinds of Gamers

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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've read that there are two types of people in the world: those who divide people into types, and those who don't. I guess I must be one of the former. Somehow, I just can't help myself.

Today, it seems to me there are two kinds of gamers: those who regard gaming as a part of real life, and those who regard games as escapes or refuges from real life.
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Reading, Writing, and Gaming

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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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When it comes to multiple intelligences, I'm strongest by far in Linguistic and Intrapersonal skills (see chart at bottom of page). IOW, I'm an introverted word person. I'm always ruminating on things and writing about stuff.

When I'm not writing, I'm usually reading. About what? Well, about anything that I get interested in. Games are something I've always been interested in, so here I am writing a blog post about games. A minute ago, I was reading BGG threads about games.
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Enjoying the Investment

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In my youth, I always steered well clear of the business world. My dad and mom worked for a living, and I figured I would too; and to my mind every businessperson was a fat-cat capitalist pig. When I approached college age, I noticed most male students were heading into business administration, while female students felt free to study fine arts or most anything. That might be the first and only time I wished I'd been born a girl. Anyhow, I majored in history and later switched to English.

Because of that background and attitude, terms like "cost-effectiveness" and "return on investment" (ROI) were foreign to me. In addition, I always ran into challenges regarding time and money; and I dealt with those challenges mainly by ignoring them--regarding time as an illusion and money as merely a materialistic social agreement.

None of that exempted me from the Law of Economy, of course. Despite my resistance, life has taught me what I need to know. Since I don't think much about money (but am content to just earn a modest living), the lessons usually come where my attention is--on games.
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Restrained Rant: First Impressions of T&E

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I bought a Tigris & Euphrates app for my Android phone yesterday. Read the rules, played the tutorial, played a game, reread the rules, and played a couple more games. Man, do I ever hate this!
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Positive Comments I've Grown Deaf To

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Fairly often when someone praises a game, I find that the comment has a negative effect on me. Let me see if I can recall some examples.


"A lot of fun with the right group of players."

Since I'm almost sure to be playing solo, the very need for other players is a bit of a turn-off. But if, in addition, it takes certain personality types to bring out the fun, my chances of ever enjoying it are slim to none.
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Get Real, but Don't Confuse Me

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Two blog posts ago, I tried to explain why I don't like individualized characters in games. After a lot of beating around the bush, I think I decided it's because they're not me. When I play a game, I want to be there myself in a sense, even if I'm just the demigod hovering over the map and manipulating resources down below. Individualized characters tend to upstage me or demand more of my attention than I care to give them, so I'd just as soon they be nameless, faceless drones instead.

Today something else is on my mind. I'm reflecting back to a game I haven't played in years: Wizard's Quest. It's a pretty small, simple Risk variant with a fantasy theme. A friend and I played it many times in the early 1980s, but I never played it again after that.
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Snob, Yes; Nerd, No

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This morning someone on Facebook asked me to take a quiz titled "How Much of a Music Snob Are You?" So I did. But when I scrolled down to the quiz itself, the word Snob was replaced with Nerd, and it turned out that's what the quiz was mostly about. I scored zero on the quiz and didn't even understand about a third of the questions.

What's the difference? Well, there's no doubt I'm something of a music snob: I often shake my head at other people's bad taste in music. But most of the questions had to do with knowing a lot about music that others don't know--and don't care about.
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Let's Not Get Personal

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A couple comments in a forum thread brought something home for me this morning: I have a very strong resistance to games that expect me to "get personal."

I'm not talking about adult games, but about RPGs and board games like the Leader Series. Or even games like Runebound (Second Edition) and Magic Realm. That is, games with characters that the player is supposed to care about.
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What's Your Playing Style?

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One of the things I always loved about studying chess was reading about the playing styles of various world champions. One had a notably aggressive style, while another was the master of defense. One was fond of using a bishop pair to win, and another would make seemingly unsound moves just to lure his opponent into making a mistake. I've forgotten most of the names and details, but I keep wondering how my game-playing style would be described. Not just in chess, but in other games as well.
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