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.

1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5  Next »  [31]

Recommend
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Which Games Are Worth It?

p55carroll
United States
Minnesota
flag msg tools
"‘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—’"
badge
"‘But what did the Dormouse say?’ one of the jury asked. ‘That I can’t remember,’ said the Hatter."
Avatar
Microbadge: CaliforniaMicrobadge: French Press Coffee drinkerMicrobadge: Interested in Language(s)Microbadge: The Prisoner fanMicrobadge: Minnesota
I just read a short article on how to determine whether something is "worth it." Synopsis: It's subjective, but you can consider three factors--use, enjoyment, and cost.
Read more »
Twitter Facebook
3 Comments
Mon Dec 5, 2022 6:02 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
7 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Steering Clear of Frustration and Time Sinks

p55carroll
United States
Minnesota
flag msg tools
"‘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—’"
badge
"‘But what did the Dormouse say?’ one of the jury asked. ‘That I can’t remember,’ said the Hatter."
Avatar
Microbadge: CaliforniaMicrobadge: French Press Coffee drinkerMicrobadge: Interested in Language(s)Microbadge: The Prisoner fanMicrobadge: Minnesota
The more games I play, the more I appreciate time-honored classic games.

It's not just that they're venerable; it's also that they're relatively small and short. They last long enough to be interesting and satisfying, but they don't overstay their welcome. Thus they fit neatly into a typical person's daily life.
Read more »
Twitter Facebook
0 Comments
Fri Nov 11, 2022 4:02 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Why Am I a Gamer?

p55carroll
United States
Minnesota
flag msg tools
"‘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—’"
badge
"‘But what did the Dormouse say?’ one of the jury asked. ‘That I can’t remember,’ said the Hatter."
Avatar
Microbadge: CaliforniaMicrobadge: French Press Coffee drinkerMicrobadge: Interested in Language(s)Microbadge: The Prisoner fanMicrobadge: Minnesota
I just read an excellent personal-history article here on the Geek, and it's got me reflecting on my own gaming-hobby experiences.

I don't want to write yet another personal chronology, so instead I'll consider some specific topics.
Read more »
Twitter Facebook
1 Comment
Fri Sep 16, 2022 5:33 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
9 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

An Epiphany

p55carroll
United States
Minnesota
flag msg tools
"‘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—’"
badge
"‘But what did the Dormouse say?’ one of the jury asked. ‘That I can’t remember,’ said the Hatter."
Avatar
Microbadge: CaliforniaMicrobadge: French Press Coffee drinkerMicrobadge: Interested in Language(s)Microbadge: The Prisoner fanMicrobadge: Minnesota
Yesterday I was bored and poking around online, when I hit upon a solid answer to a question I've agonized over most of my life: If I have such a high IQ, why do I suck at chess, checkers, and other games?
Read more »
Twitter Facebook
14 Comments
Thu Aug 18, 2022 6:00 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Outgrowing Games

p55carroll
United States
Minnesota
flag msg tools
"‘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—’"
badge
"‘But what did the Dormouse say?’ one of the jury asked. ‘That I can’t remember,’ said the Hatter."
Avatar
Microbadge: CaliforniaMicrobadge: French Press Coffee drinkerMicrobadge: Interested in Language(s)Microbadge: The Prisoner fanMicrobadge: Minnesota
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.
Read more »
Twitter Facebook
5 Comments
Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:45 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
10 
 Thumb up
0.01
 tip
 Hide

Putting Things in Perspective

p55carroll
United States
Minnesota
flag msg tools
"‘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—’"
badge
"‘But what did the Dormouse say?’ one of the jury asked. ‘That I can’t remember,’ said the Hatter."
Avatar
Microbadge: CaliforniaMicrobadge: French Press Coffee drinkerMicrobadge: Interested in Language(s)Microbadge: The Prisoner fanMicrobadge: Minnesota
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.
Read more »
Twitter Facebook
5 Comments
Fri May 27, 2022 4:01 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
5 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Off the Beaten Path

p55carroll
United States
Minnesota
flag msg tools
"‘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—’"
badge
"‘But what did the Dormouse say?’ one of the jury asked. ‘That I can’t remember,’ said the Hatter."
Avatar
Microbadge: CaliforniaMicrobadge: French Press Coffee drinkerMicrobadge: Interested in Language(s)Microbadge: The Prisoner fanMicrobadge: Minnesota
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?
Read more »
Twitter Facebook
1 Comment
Sat May 21, 2022 4:03 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
11 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

The Long and the Short of It

p55carroll
United States
Minnesota
flag msg tools
"‘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—’"
badge
"‘But what did the Dormouse say?’ one of the jury asked. ‘That I can’t remember,’ said the Hatter."
Avatar
Microbadge: CaliforniaMicrobadge: French Press Coffee drinkerMicrobadge: Interested in Language(s)Microbadge: The Prisoner fanMicrobadge: Minnesota
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.
Read more »
Twitter Facebook
1 Comment
Mon May 9, 2022 6:01 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
12 
 Thumb up
1.00
 tip
 Hide

RPGs (Role-Playing Games) and Me

p55carroll
United States
Minnesota
flag msg tools
"‘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—’"
badge
"‘But what did the Dormouse say?’ one of the jury asked. ‘That I can’t remember,’ said the Hatter."
Avatar
Microbadge: CaliforniaMicrobadge: French Press Coffee drinkerMicrobadge: Interested in Language(s)Microbadge: The Prisoner fanMicrobadge: Minnesota
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.
Read more »
Twitter Facebook
26 Comments
Sun Apr 10, 2022 6:39 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
11 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Playing by Hope: Skills I Never Get Around To Building

p55carroll
United States
Minnesota
flag msg tools
"‘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—’"
badge
"‘But what did the Dormouse say?’ one of the jury asked. ‘That I can’t remember,’ said the Hatter."
Avatar
Microbadge: CaliforniaMicrobadge: French Press Coffee drinkerMicrobadge: Interested in Language(s)Microbadge: The Prisoner fanMicrobadge: Minnesota
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!"
Read more »
Twitter Facebook
4 Comments
Mon Mar 14, 2022 6:24 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls

1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5  Next »  [31]

Subscribe

Categories

Contributors