Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Games We Play (Part 1)

Everyone knows the power of words.  They can be the catalyst for a new idea; they can topple governments.  The stories woven by such little things can come to define all who touch it.  Words and stories are the lifeblood of the human experience.

What then about the games we play?  Aren’t they also just as far-reaching, but on a smaller scale?  What would happen should games take on the same life as the stories we tell?

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Risk 2210 (game session)

The Players:

  • Peter: a 5-time winner of the trophy; The Risk Master
  • Gary: the previous holder of the Risk Master trophy; The Atlantean Champion
  • Alan: has never won the trophy, despite his love of nuclear explosions; Proponent of “Peaceful Coexistence”
  • Steve: perhaps the only one who could prove a threat to Pete’s might– if he played more games; The Occasionally Present
  • Jim: he, too, has never won the trophy, but his unpredictable nature has caught many off-guard; The Hated One

The Game: Risk 2210

Though we all started at equal footing in our quest for world domination, we five did not all end whole and sturdy.  Alan’s strategic thinking allowed him to take over Australia, and after the first year of war Pete nearly had Africa.  Away from Pete and Alan, Jim seemed to prosper; the oceans swiftly fell to his might.

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Enter: The Big Booms (game session)

The Players:

  • Peter: a 5-time winner of the trophy; The Risk Master
  • Gary: the previous holder of the Risk Master trophy; The Atlantean Champion
  • Alan: has never won the trophy, despite his love of nuclear explosions; Proponent of “Peaceful Coexistence”
  • Steve: perhaps the only one who could prove a threat to Pete’s might– if he played more games; The Occasionally Present

The Game: Nuclear War (x2!)

Game the First

Apparently, people want to keep the person in the lead from winning more games. Who knew? Through the use of propaganda, Steve’s population dwindled so quickly that he never even entered the nuclear-phase of the war. Gary fared much better than Steve, but not better enough. Nuclear weapons took him out soon enough.

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The Aliens Should Have Developed Better Weaponry (game session)

The Players:

  • Peter: a 5-time winner of the trophy; The Risk Master
  • Gary: the previous holder of the Risk Master trophy; The Atlantean Champion
  • Alan: has never won the trophy, despite his love of nuclear explosions; Proponent of “Peaceful Coexistence”
  • Steve: perhaps the only one who could prove a threat to Pete’s might– if he played more games; The Occasionally Present

The Game: Risk Halo Wars

The Aliens were not prepared for their war against the humans on the planet of Arcadia. Their weapon and defensive systems were no match for the might of Steven and Gary (the so-called humans). No discussion was ever entertained by them; if the humans wanted something, they just took it. No amount of planning could have prepared the aliens for the genocide perpetrated by the humans.

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