Games (was: thru Potter to DWJ)
Philip.Belben at pgen.com
Philip.Belben at pgen.com
Mon Jul 17 13:30:14 EDT 2000
Tanaqui, quoting me:
>+ But the rules to ochmir? I've only ever read "Golden Witchbreed", which
>+ contained a brief description in the appendix.
> Enough to understand the game (especially as political allegory), but indeed
Yes, enough to understand what sort of game it was, and various political and
social implications. But I found that the appendix at the back didn't give
significantly more than there was in the text. For example, a piece of which I
can't remember the name can only move to an adjacent position; another has "full
mobility" - which could mean you can pick it up and put id down anywhere else on
the board, but didn't appear to from the context. So I was left with the
feeling that the appendix was somewhat pointless.
> not enough really to build a game set and play. Especially since we don't
> have the Orthean mindset about cheating. I thought you were going to read
> _Ancient Light_?
I think it is possible to play a game even with a quite different mindset from
the culture whence it originated. You should see how we play mah-jongg in our
family! Bears little or no resemblance to the Chinese game.
Ancient Light? My good woman, I have every intention of so doing, but while the
pile of unread books beside my bed still numbers in the thirties, I am hardly
going to start scouring shops for it unless I have more than just a
recommendation and an unfinished duology to resolve...
>+ DWJ, in the blurb on my copy of GW, says that the book makes her feel as if
>+ she's played ochmir - and cheated!
> oooh, which edition?
Signet, 1985. Paperback with blurbs from a dozen or so authors on the first
couple of pages. She doesn't get a cover slot for the blurb, alas.
>+ (FWIW, my brother's degree is in maths and he did his final year
>+ dissertation on game theory)
> I know game theorists, too. I'm a peripheral member of the Oxford roleplayers.
Interestingly enough my bro. is also a keen roleplayer, something that's never
appealed to me. It took me ages to persuade him to read Homeward Bounders,
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