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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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When Even BGG Dries Up

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I seem to have passed through a gateway into a whole new phase of life. Maybe it was partly the result of my "Turning-Point Project" (mentioned a few times earlier in this blog). For at least several months now, my enthusiasm for gaming--and even BGG and blogging here--has been dry as a bone.

I was waiting for a spring shower to revive me, but spring has given way to summer, and the drought goes on.
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Learning Games versus Playing Them

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I just replied to yet another thread about how to play wargames by oneself. The OP said he was new to it and asked how veteran wargamers do it. And of course the difference between playing both sides and playing against an AI came up. Fans of each method have so far expressed their views.
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The Confederate Flag

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This will probably devolve into an editorial, but really I'm just trying to put my thoughts together as usual. What prompts these particular thoughts is the recent shooting in Charleston, SC, and the current to-do over the Confederate flag flying there. A vague tie-in to gaming is that sitting on the table next to me is A House Divided, in which half of the control markers show the Confederate flag.
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I'd Better Watch My Six!

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In this old blog post, I tried to tie gaming preferences in with the enneagram. At the time I wrote it, I had recently "realized" that my enneagram type might be One rather than Nine. Now I'm beginning to be pretty sure it's actually Six.

I won't repeat the enneagram primer I included in that other blog post, so if you want that, click one of the links above. This time I'm just going to explore what it might mean to be a type Six gamer.
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I Need to Stop Worshipping the Critics and Rein Myself In

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Just a few minutes ago, I was reading a BGG thread where grognards were recommending wargames to a tenderfoot. And I caught myself reacting to a notice that something wonderful is about to happen with Band of Brothers on Kickstarter. I thought, Oh, man--I gotta get in on that!
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Oh No--Not Another What-Do-I-Really-Like Blogpost!

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Yeah, it's me again--or still. Still dabbling at all kinds of games, trying them on for size as it were, and reflecting on what floats my boat and what doesn't.

I got A House Divided back on the table and took a turn or two, and I was delighted to be back into that again. But then it got put on hold while I detoured into video games.
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Visit to a Game Store

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Actually, it was a bookstore--Barnes & Noble, to be exact. But there were several shelves full of games, and I browsed through them while my wife was looking for a cookbook.

I wasn't there long; we did it over my lunch hour, after having a meal at the Indian restaurant on the other side of the freeway. But the experience made an impression anyway.
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Ya Gotta Play against Somebody

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A bit of discussion in a BGG thread got me thinking about opponents and what gamers do to find them. So I thought I'd review some of my experience and see what comes up.
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Few Rules, Many Roads

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I received a GeekMail message the other day with a line that intrigued me. My correspondent said that with my personality, the kind of wargame he'd recommend would be one with "brief rules, yet complex to play." That's food for thought.
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Aging or Computers--Which Affects Gaming Taste More?

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Upon listing my top five "keeper" wargames in a current thread, I got to thinking about how much my tastes have changed. Just a few years ago, I'd have been ashamed to admit I even liked some of these games. I'd probably have denied it even to myself. But now I look at some of the great games others posted on that list, and I just groan; I'd never want to play any of those.
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