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Gathering of Engineers

Ludographic considerations from the Silicon Forest

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Now That Was A Bad Idea

Kudos to Eric for coming up with a truly stellar question of the month. What gaming-related decision did I make in the last year or two that I wish I'd done differently?

This is a toughie, as most of my gaming-related decisions have been good ones:

o Selling off a bunch of games through a local FLGS auction,

o Changing the night RCG meets from Thursday to Tuesday,

o Stopped going to WBC, electing instead to spend the same amount of time wargaming with friends at Sunriver,

o Got into blogging (yes, that's a plus),

o Smacked down the Dice Tower, even if a bit harsher than I intended,

o Started gaming more often (4-5 times a month instead of 2-3), and

o Stopped playing wargames online (and stopped waking up at 3am thinking about what I should have done).

The list goes on and on.

In fact, I can think of only two truly painful decisions made recently, outside of a poor decision within a game, which would take several days to list all of them. The two things were:

o Chose to cancel the fall '05 Sunriver retreat when it was down to myself and two others, one of which I'd met once (and haven't seen since), and

o Bought Rocketville at retail.

Since I still think that cancelling the Sunriver retreat was a legitimate choice, I'd say that the winner goes to buying Rocketville at retail. Although even that has a silver lining in that I can whine about it for at least a few months.

When I was younger, so much younger than today, my mother told me that everything happens for a reason. While I have to admit that I don't buy the idea of a Higher Power manipulating things in my life at that level (it would correspond to us taking an active role in the life of an anthill every minute of every day), it does give me some motivation to look for positive results in any negative events in my life. The only place I have trouble doing this is when the negative event is health-related, I simply can't get past feeling crappy (or terrified, as in when my singing voice crashed for six months a few years ago and no one knew what caused it or if it would get better - and no, prayer didn't help).

As such, the only truly negative thing that could happen that would be game-related would be to lose one of the long-standing members of Rip City Gamers, especially to death. So stay healthy, guys.


  • At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    >> Smacked down the Dice Tower, even if a bit harsher than I intended

    Understatement of the year.

  • At 11:46 PM, Blogger Dug said…

    Must have been a slow year.

    If you liked that, you'll love Dice Tower #51. Hehehe.


  • At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Your timing was less an impeccable. ;-)

    For regular listeners, it was fairly clear that Joe was about to leave (I don't think it was made explicit, but the introduction of Sam and the news (through other channels) of Joe's return to the US were fairly clear signs). Given that background, it made some of your comments seem particularly harsh...


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