Monday 7 January 2013

Board Games

I've been watching a lot of Breaking Bad recently on Netflix and it occurred to me that you don't see a lot of people called Walter anymore. Also, the elements from the periodic table look like Scrabble tiles for cheaters. Scrabble of course is a gateway game, first you play it with a couple of friends for an hour maybe, no big deal, I can stop when I want to. Then before you know it you're organising games nights every Sunday and sitting up 'til 4 playing Monopoly 'the game without end'. You want to stop but you've played for 6 hours already and to give up now would just make all those hours meaningless. So you continue on, envious of each player who goes bankrupt one by one and gets to go home to bed. 'I bet they went bankrupt on purpose' you think to your self. 'look at him, the coward taking the easy way out. What a flake, I don't even know if I can call him a friend anymore'. You carry on long into the night until you ultimately win or lose. Both feel hollow. You've had no sleep for 22 hours, no food for 10, the sound of the dice still rattling in your ears and all you can think about is how much you want to play Mousetrap next sunday but you no longer have any friends......

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