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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Outgrowing Games

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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I guess I've gone through countless changes during my life. And yet I have what another VGGeek calls a present bias--an irrational sense that the way I am is the way I've always been and always will be. So, when I think about gaming, I expect to continue enjoying the games I've had fun with all my life. When I look closer, though, I find that's not the case.
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Putting Things in Perspective

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While I've loved games all my life, I have to make an effort to keep the hobby in its place. My tendency is to go "all in," or even overboard, with anything I get passionate about. But when I step back for an overview, it becomes clear that there's no time for everything. And some things are more important than others.
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Off the Beaten Path

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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Thought I'd change tack here and sail off into a topic that's not strictly game related: How does the title of this blog fit other aspects of my life?
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The Long and the Short of It

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I've heard others say this too, but I'll say it here for myself: the older I get, the less happy I am with long games.

When it comes time to relax and settle in to immerse myself in a game for a while, I browse through my collection. Everything there catches my interest; after all, they're my favorite games. But I catch myself quickly rejecting this, that, and the other thing. And sometimes my process of elimination leaves me with nothing at all.
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RPGs (Role-Playing Games) and Me

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For all my blogging verbosity, this is a topic I rarely touch upon. And it's simply because it has so rarely been any part of my gaming life. Yet, it has been there--ever since 1973 or so--and maybe it's worth a few words.
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Playing by Hope: Skills I Never Get Around To Building

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It occurs to me that there are genuinely useful things I could do, but rarely bother with, in every game I play. And whenever one of those things comes to mind, my initial reaction is always, "Oh, no--I'd never do that!"
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Back to the Tabletop--Maybe

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This particular blog was originally about board gaming. At some point I drifted back into video gaming and blogged about that instead. Then VGG came along, and I started a new blog there, just for video games. I never could keep the two modes of gaming separate, though.
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New Blog

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Just in case anyone who reads this is interested, I've created a new blog, about my gaming experiences in 2022.
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Warlords and Three Points of a Triad

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My wife and I had a blow-up yesterday morning. When you've been married for over thirty years, you've more or less figured out what those things are about--the same old bit of incompatibility as always.

Then, this morning (my wife and I are getting along quite harmoniously today), I played a tough game of Warlords II Deluxe and won. And now I love the game and feel great about myself too. After playing strategy games for decades, I pretty well know what that's about too.
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WTF--Where's the Fun?

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Have I ever done anything just for fun? I wonder.

I may have when I was a child. In my teens I sometimes aspired to it: I saw my friends raising hell with carefree abandon, and I wanted to find the courage and spontaneity for that. I always (or almost always) came up short, though. I was too reflective or self-conscious. Whatever I did, I automatically graded myself on my performance, so to speak.

Over time, the grade became more important to me than the raw experience.

Games are supposed to be for fun. But at this stage of my gaming life, I'm not sure I ever do it just for fun anymore. I'm not even sure where fun fits in.
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