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Subject: When a board gamer watches the Olympics... rss

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Pete
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Last week I was watching a bunch of people swim races while staying in their own lanes...

...then last night I saw another bunch of people run races while staying in their own lanes...

...and perform feats of jumping, throwing, acrobatics, etc. while taking turns...

...last night I had a board gamer's revelation:

Most of the Olympics are just multiplayer solitaire!

Pete (wonders if the participants yearn for more player interaction)
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Never occurred to me before that golf is multiplayer solitaire.
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Most athletes have to be fed at regular intervals or incur penalties,
in some sports they seem to use fences a lot,
they need to do major investments to be succesful,
but 10.000 free condoms say family growth without room is not yet available in the olympic village...
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"Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature"
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Which is why I like fencing the best.
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Well, there are plenty of highly interactive competitions in the modern Olympics, for example boxing and wrestling.

The ancient Olympics apparently were mostly "multiplayer solitaire" (races, jumping, throwing things, etc), however there was quite an "interactive" meta-game going on as well. From Wiki:

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During the celebration of the games, an Olympic Truce was enacted so that athletes could travel from their cities to the games in safety. The prizes for the victors were olive leaf wreaths or crowns. The games became a political tool used by city-states to assert dominance over their rivals. Politicians would announce political alliances at the games, and in times of war, priests would offer sacrifices to the gods for victory. The games were also used to help spread Hellenistic culture throughout the Mediterranean.
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Seems like Pete (just found out about sports)
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Not in the 10k swim. In both men's and women's a medallist was disqualified for interfering with another competitor down the stretch. Apparently, this is commonplace. I expect to get bumped around a bit in my Ironman swim on Sunday.
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No, this is completely false! There's tons of interaction! Runners can look over at their neighbors to see how fast they are running! Throwers watch each other throw (presumably)! They also probably make faces at each other!

Multiplayer solitaire indeed... hmph.
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It would go so much quicker if they took out all of the qualifying heats, but everyone wants to watch the finals. A lot of events use head-to-head knock-out competitions where individual best-score would work just as well. It's only things like tennis, judo, hockey, etc, where they have to go head-to-head.
 
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So, its just like board gaming then - some games are interactive, some are just multiplayer solitaire
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By the time the third edition is out the mechanics will have been streamlined so you can go straight to the medal ceremony.
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Then there's relay and synchronised swimming, which are kind of co-operative.
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Suggestion for catch-up mechanism: while competing athletes must wear all previously won Olympic medals.
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comiwe wrote:
No, this is completely false! There's tons of interaction! Runners can look over at their neighbors to see how fast they are running!

And any one who thinks longer distance running is not interactive should Google for "Mary Decker" and "Zola Budd"!
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I'm sure I'd enjoy the Olympics more if it wasn't for the pasted on theme.
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MWChapel wrote:
Which is why I like fencing the best.


But that seems more like a 2 player abstract.
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CarlosSpicyweener wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
Which is why I like fencing the best.


But that seems more like a 2 player abstract.


Plays very fast though.
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CarlosSpicyweener wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
Which is why I like fencing the best.


But that seems more like a 2 player abstract.


They're the only one that wear 17th century knickers...sounds pretty thematic.
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MWChapel wrote:
CarlosSpicyweener wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
Which is why I like fencing the best.


But that seems more like a 2 player abstract.


They're the only one that wear 17th century knickers...sounds pretty thematic.


Very expensive knickers with electronic sensors in them. Hey! There's the app integration we've been waiting for!
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comiwe wrote:
No, this is completely false! There's tons of interaction! Runners can look over at their neighbors to see how fast they are running! Throwers watch each other throw (presumably)! They also probably make faces at each other!

Multiplayer solitaire indeed... hmph.


That's like saying a boardgame isn't multipayer solitaire because you can look at your opponents.
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Prop Joe wrote:
comiwe wrote:
No, this is completely false! There's tons of interaction! Runners can look over at their neighbors to see how fast they are running! Throwers watch each other throw (presumably)! They also probably make faces at each other!

Multiplayer solitaire indeed... hmph.


That's like saying a boardgame isn't multipayer solitaire because you can look at your opponents.
That's the joke. A lot of defenders of these games make similar arguments...that it's not solitaire because you have to watch what others are doing and use your poker face or whatever.

Pete (appreciated the joke)
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Let's see...

d10-1 Not very interactive.

d10-2 Everyone tries to achieve their personal best.

d10-3 Whoever has the most metal at the end wins.


The Olympics is one big Euro game!
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Arcology wrote:
Let's see...

d10-1 Not very interactive.

d10-2 Everyone tries to achieve their personal best.

d10-3 Whoever has the most metal at the end wins.


The Olympics is one big Euro game!


Wait where is the worker placement part?
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takoyakioc wrote:
Arcology wrote:
Let's see...

d10-1 Not very interactive.

d10-2 Everyone tries to achieve their personal best.

d10-3 Whoever has the most metal at the end wins.


The Olympics is one big Euro game!


Wait where is the worker placement part?


The whole Olympics are a large worker placement game, where the countries of origin are the "players" placing their athletes (workers) in the individual events.
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