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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Back in the day...

Anyone who has played games for any appreciable amount of time has used these words. They are usually suffused with the warm glow of memory, recalling bygone days when games were games and dice quaked in fear!

There are games that still create fond memories, games like Car Wars, Illuminati, OGRE, D&D, Magic Realm. It was because of these games that my love of gaming was created. I can still remember being able to buy Microgames for less than $5 each, new, in Canada no less!
We played these games back when we were teenagers, when we didn't have dates or girlfriends, jobs or mortgages. They were simpler days, when all we cared about was getting together to slay the dragon, loot the treasure, maybe level up...

When I look at the instructions for Magic Realm, I have a hard time believing that we ever had enough time to spend an hour setting the game up before we even started to play, and that we played for hours one Saturday, with nothing we would have rather been doing.   Now, as an adult, we still get together to play, but time is at a premium. There are always things to do and bills to pay. At least now, when we get together, we know that, for a few hours at least, the world will be a simpler place, where wit, will, cunning and luck will decide the victor. But victory is never the goal, rather, the game itself is the thing.

These days, when we get together to play, it truly is like we are back in the day....

1 Comments:

Blogger Yehuda said...

Nice. Would even be nicer if it was longer...

Keep it going.

4:21 AM

 

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