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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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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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Process of Elimination

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I've heard that some people focus on the positive and others on the negative. When it comes to games, I aim for the positive--I want a game that's fun and satisfying. But all too often, the game I'm playing comes up short in some way or other, or it has a feature I don't like. So, my gaming life involves a long process of elimination, where I'm trying to weed out what I dislike and identify the things I do like.

And along the way, I blog about it.
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At the Turning Point

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Last July, I posted this blog article, announcing my Turning-Point Project. I was setting out to answer some gaming-related questions for myself by my sixtieth birthday. Now that's tomorrow. So, how 'bout some answers?
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What the Heck Is Fun, Anyway?

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Everybody (well, everybody except Clearclaw) agrees that games are for fun. But if anybody questions what that means, the fun lover falls silent or shrugs; fun is apparently not something to be defined--it just is what it is.
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Mage Knight, Modern Rules Writing, Hidden Algorithms, and Expansions

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I got a new board game for Christmas: Mage Knight. It's on my table right now, and I've read the walkthrough and am all set to start playing my first (solo) game.

What it brings to mind is the weird-to-me way game rules are written these days.
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Games Are Not My Main Thing

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The following was written on November 13. Just belatedly remembered to publish it now.

I'm pretty rapidly headed toward a situation I've dreaded: putting up another whole closet full of games for sale. And it includes a game I preordered and have been charged for but haven't received yet.

It's my "turning-point project" again. I've been paying more attention than ever to my gaming life, with a view to streamlining it for the future. I don't want to be just hanging on to a bunch of old games that I used to be into. I know I'm not going to ever get back to the past or bring my "glory days" back to life, so I had better just take a good look at what works (and what doesn't) for me now.
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Torn between . . .

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(I wrote the following on October 21 apparently; I just neglected to post it until now.)

I'm beginning to think "inwardly conflicted" might be a sufficient description of my personality. It seems I'm always torn between two (or more) things--or not quite satisfied with one thing and looking for something better.

As I mentioned a few blog posts ago, I'm making an effort to get my gaming orientation reevaluated and pinned down more by my sixtieth birthday (in March). I figure that'll take some experimentation.
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I Guess Maybe I'm Just Lazy

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While replying to a thread comment this morning, I realized something about myself--and I guess it ties in with this "turning-point project" I've been into. On the whole, I'm a lazy gamer.
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Playing with Others for a Change

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Yesterday I broke my solitaire habit and played a game with my wife and another couple. Thought I'd blog a bit about how that went.
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