If Edgar Allan Poe was a gamer
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Think of the last game that you played, and both where and when you played it. Now think of that last person(s) who shared their time playing it with you.

Be it a significant or seemingly inconsequential choice, how would you feel knowing that this was the last game you will ever play against an opponent? And what if you still had the rest of your life yet to live with no other gaming prospects?

With that thought in mind, presented here is a revision of Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale of sorrow, loneliness and heartbreak... 'the Raven'

Special thanks to my fellow gamer and sibling, for whose muse, inspiration and contributions here cannot be overstated...
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TL;DR: This is the story of a gamer who lost the last gaming partner of his gaming group. Although he knows he will never be able to reform his group, he always has the hope of the annual Essen convention, or so he thinks. He is visited by the black meeple, but is this merely a token that has fallen from a game box, or the harbinger of a bleak future? He allows his mind to conclude that he is forever condemned to play solo and which ultimately kills his spirit.

Now conjure your best James Earl Jones voice and enjoy...
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1. Board Game: The Raven [Average Rating:4.64 Unranked]
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Once upon a gamenight dreary, while I waited, bleak and teary
O'er many a pint and countless boxes from my forgotten stores.
While I solo'd, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my gameroom door.
"Alas, a gamer!" I fluttered, "tapping at my gameroom door-
Only this, and nothing more"
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Clipping chits to make them neater, that came with Advanced Squad Leader
As each fallen counter wrought its unplayed cardboard on the floor.
Eagerly I wished a neighbor;- vainly so I had sought to haver
From my games surcease of solos; pining for some duels of yore
For a rare and steadfast rival of whom I would have rapport-
Gameless here for evermore.
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And the wooden, sad and scornful look of ev'ry untouched sheeple
Bade me- bayed me with a chorus of terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the bleating of my 'Gric, I stood repeating,
"'Tis some neighbor entreating entrance at my gameroom door-
Some late player yet entreating entrance at my gameroom door;-
This it is, and nothing more."
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A cardgame by a man named 'Z'; or a Euro from Asmodee...
"Carc," said I, "or even Dixit, choose and on the board I'll fix it;
With the bits that I was sorting, and the rules that I'd been porting,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my gameroom door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you"- with hope I opened wide the door;-
Darkness there, and nothing more.
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Deep into my dark hall peering, like a dungeon crawler fearing,
Dreaming scenes no dungeon master ever dared to scheme before;
But the silence was unbroken, by the clack of dice nor token,
And the only words there spoken were a gamer's plea, "One more?"
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the words, "One more."-
Merely this, and nothing more.
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Back to my game of Race I turned, now depression in me burned,
I have to play the Gath'ring Storm; or with Keldon as before.
"Surely," said I, "surely there is someone who still play games unplugged."
Let me join them, as if drugged, and their mystery explore-
Of console games and online stores, this misery I do abhor-
"Filled with trolls and nothing more."
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A new game -- unshrink the cover, do so without mirth I mutter
When I step hard on a Meeple overlook'd upon the floor;
Not the least sympathy given; but compelled by that obsid'an;
As if conscripting me to play, I perch him by my gameroom door
Perched upon an old dice tower; just beside my gameroom door-
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
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Then this ebony piece beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the humonculus I see.
"Though thy countenance be wooden, a gamer thou must surely be.
Perhaps Dominion: Dark Ages, 'tis one I've never played before-
Tell me what thy chosen game is and then shall we play one more?"
Quoth the meeple, "Nevermore."
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Much I marveled this dark figurine to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning- little relevancy bore;
As if under a pale white moon, like tense ghost stories spoke in June -
My lonely haunters must be vexed; but yet his word leaves me perplexed
Saint or devil on the tower stationed by my gameroom door,
Calls for a game of "Nevermore."
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But the token, sitting lonely on the dicey perch, spoke only
That one word, stinging me as if snake eyes from that perch did pour
When in my turn I needed more. Nothing further then he uttered
'Til I scarcely more than muttered, "Other hopes have come before.
As fleeting as a die roll's promise, all my dreams have gone before"
Then the piece said, "Nevermore."
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While his visit keeps enduring would a co-op be alluring?
"Shall we meet in a magic realm with its smoke valleys to explore?"
When suddenly my face grew wan, like sunset hills of Avalon.
Could this caller be no savior, no white knight in his behavior?
A black knight, a stealthy adder, sent to mock me to my core --
Thusly croaking "Nevermore."
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`Prophet!' said I, `icon of people! - prophet still, if man or meeple!
Sent from Essen when leaves are fallin' - a pilgrimage we both adore -
Tell this soul with war suns laden who pursues with such elation,
It shall claim that central station from the hated Sardakk N’orr.
Rival for that epic station from five players maybe more?
Quoth the meeple,'Nevermore.'
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"Ancients!" said I, "a Command of Borg! The war game with a simple core!"
Blocks neatly stacked or blithely tossed are stickered by a hundred score.
The general waits, the flanks not moving, in the desert land cemented -
no calls to glory proving. Tell me truly, I implore.
Is there, will there be cards worth drawing?-- tell me, tell me, I implore!"
Quoth the Meeple, "Nevermore."
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"Be that word our sign of parting. Meeple fiend!" I shrieked upstarting-
"Get thee back into a game box at thy friendly local store!
Leave no shadow of a token of the lie thy soul has spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken! Quit the tower by my door!
Take your grim placement off my heart and thy dark form off my board!"
Quoth the meeple, "Nevermore"
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And the meeple, never stirring, still and staring, still and staring,
Through the Ages his turn waiting, never playing, always baiting.
His blank eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming...
Now the bits before him streaming as I send the board careening.
And my soul among those tokens that lie scattered across the floor
Shall be lifted- nevermore!
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