Game Theory

Want to play a game? Sure you do! We like games, don’t we? 

First, we need to decide what kind of games we like or otherwise it won’t be much fun.

Me, I’ve never been a fan of “Risk.” I can see very plainly that others enjoy this game very much (Putin comes to mind) and it’s still on the shelves so somebody is buying it. It’s just not my kind of game. I guess winning isn’t worth the effort to me. (Same thing with Chess. Apparently I’m not the conquering type.) 

“Monopoly?” Not so much. I always think I might like to play and it is fun setting everything up and snagging the cool car (dibs!) and stacking up the cash just so but then the game starts to lose its charm for me. Seems to me that “Monopoly” is only fun for the one who is winning and, even if that one is me, it’s still not much fun to me. All that pressure to bleed others dry in order to win soon becomes tedious. I’d rather lose fast and get out and go play something else so…I don’t think I want to play that game. 

I like “Clue” well enough because it’s a story of sorts and I’m really good at it. Like really good. It’s an easy process of elimination. Not much in the way of skill or challenge there. The best part about it is the interaction with other players while we all work out the big mystery together. We can play “Clue” if you want to but I could go either way. 

DO NOT suggest “Operation.” Not worth the constant jolts of sound and fury. I’ve had my share of jumps and fear dumps, thanks. Besides, I don’t much like being reminded I am made up of removable parts. Let’s play something else, okay? 

I guess I’m more of a “pop-a-matic” gal. Those kinds of games are competitive, which I like a bunch because I do so oh so like to win, but are still fun for everyone. Good natured competition, I guess. Nobody holds any reigning “pop-a-matic” titles, ha. 

I will play “Twister” at the drop of a mat. Just let me get my bendy-pants… 

I like cards (but not “Solitaire,” okay?) I love “Rook” or rummy or poker or any card game that matches wits with mystery and a little favor from the Gods. I love the way a deck feels in my hands and the smell of cards—old ones and new ones. I love sitting around a table with others as the cards fall. So much possibility within each hand dealt! Cards would be good. We can play cards all night if you want. 

I guess we all like to play different kinds of games. One is no better or worse than the other (shut up chess guy) —just different. 

As long as we are clear on the fact that it’s all just games and nobody has a fit and we play ones we know we like… then it can be fun and games. 

I am glad I know what kind I like to play today. Nothing worse than getting stuck in a game I don’t want to play even if I thought I might when it started. Live and learn, I say.

In the end everything goes back in the box.

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