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Deep down, we all knew this would happen eventually. Pakku was going to figure this out. Picking out tiny, seemingly inconsequential inconsistencies is his job. Alas, playing it cool under pressure is NOT among his skills. Or keeping his mouth shut. Or defending himself in a close-quarters closet fight, while we’re listing things Pakku is not particularly good at. As a random, non-specific example.

Bishop takes Knight. Your move, Una.

I wonder how Pakku would be at chess…I myself enjoy chess, but cannot for the life of me actually create the situation of check mate. Except by occasional happy accident. I had a friend in high school that taught me how to play. We had to wait a long time for the buses to arrive, so he brought a board so we could pass the time. He once told me I was very unique to play against, because I tried very unusual strategies. Little did he know that it was not so much that I had some masterful mind-bending strategy, but that my memory was so bad that I’d forget my plan two moves in and have to come up with a new plan to replace the old plan, only to lose that plan two moves later and have to come up with yet another course of action. It was one part reactionary tactics, one part proactive planning, one part pretending to know what I was doing. Which is kinda a summary of my entire life approach.

If you had to pick a board game strategy that encapsulated the way your brain works, what would it be and why?

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Oh Pakku. You need to install a mute button.

I’m afraid to admit what my board game strategy might be. It might be one of “If I’m going to lose, let’s see who I can pull down with me.” Hopefully that doesn’t carry over into everyday life.

I also had a long wait for the bus, and played chess against a teacher one year. It was a much better way to pass the time.
I normally can be too distracted to have a long term strategy (my mind goes “Squirrel!” too much sometimes), so games like Risk aren’t really the best. Of course, I prefer card games, like pinochle or solitaire over board games (though my family doesn’t bet at all, just plays). Though if I had to choose a board game, I would say Connect Four.

Good nose, Pakku! Let’s see if you can keep it out of troubl– aaaannnnd nope.

The board game strategies that resonate with me are the “make the other person seem like a threat so you can sneak the win” (usually Mark gets the tail end of this) or Dominion-style unlimited chain combos. Also, stupidly good dice-rolling luck.

Haha, my game strategy is about the same as yours! Except I would add to that that I have a tendency to make aggressive, often risky moves that annoy my opponent. I don’t play chess but I, too, have been told my strategies tend to be unusual in such games.

Also, I love this page ahahaha. Can’t wait to see what happens!

He just- In the- Just blurted out-
I’m allowed to call him an utter moron, right?
Argh…

Ever heard of a game called Labyrinth? I really think my brain works like that: keeping an eye on the myriad details, making long-term strategies, then freaking out when one of the other players does something unexpected that ruins my carefully laid plans… And then starting all over again with each new round. My brain tends to re-run a lot of stuff.

I know at least one Scribe that works at this Guild Branch that would be inclined to agree with you regarding Pakku’s idiocy.

And yes, I have heard of Labyrinth! Is it the game where you have pieces that sort of slot together on the board, thus creating or disrupting paths?

Yes, yes it is! I absolutely love it, but as the only physical copy I’ve ever seen is located at my grandparents’ in Colorado, I get to only play once or twice a year. Fortunately, they know this, and always plan for a night or two of indulging the teenager, as long as we mix it up a wee bit with Sorry or Scrabble.

And would it only be that certain scribe you agrees with me? Are there not a multitude of others scattered around the country? 🙂

(Excuse if I make a grammar or vocabular mistake in your language)

What a interesting page… You have me truly surprised there! And now I am intrigued by the next move of Una.
Surely, they will be good friends with each other at the end of this chapter, right?

Hmmm… A board game strategy as a example of how I think…
‘I will confuse them all, and when others are attacking each other, I will claim the prize!’
I love a game that is constantly changing and where you have to use your wit and bluf.
A bit of Poker, I guess.

XD I’m supposed to pick just one strategy? I HOPE I go at life the way I play Go…intelligently and creatively and always trying to learn from my mistakes. Kinda hard to be sure looking at it from the inside, though.

??? my brain works?
Probably more like a clogged sink drain, more than like any board games I know.
About as soon as I decide what it is I want to do, my brain (subconscious?) begins throwing distractions (or seizing on them?) in my way, and if I persist towards the goal, the self-sabotage begins.

I don’t see how this is going to go that badly. What is Una going to do? It’s not like she can stab him in his office right this second. Either she’s going to instigate him more, get him worked up enough to storm out and accuse her to his Oh So Trusting colleges and let peer pressure sort it out. Or look embarrassed, flush a bit and ask for his discretion as he tends to dally in certain quarters and doesn’t want it known.

I’m rubbish at board games. All of them. I have very limited capacity to foresee what moves my opponent might make, so I end up just moving my pieces and hope for the best. Needless to say, I get beaten almost every time, even by a computer…

So yeah! I’d say that’s pretty analogous to the way my life generally works. Haha XD

This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, right? Right. But seriously, I think these two together would be awesome. With Pakku’s brains and Una’s skills, they’d get to the bottom of this in no time. And they are working towards the same goal here, just not with the same motives. A very potential pairing, from a writer’s point of view, with an element of danger and betrayal, once their task is done.

As to how my mind works with games: I used to play “Mister X” with a good friend of mine when I was younger. She was a mastermind at it, planning her moves ahead, accounting for every possibility, adjusting her plans seamlessly according to any move I made. Me? I just ‘went with the flow’, meaning I never had any strategy whatsoever, I just did what struck me as a good move in reaction to hers and I certainly did not think ahead more than two moves at best. Needless to say she beat me every single time *g* And dear god, I hope that this approach of mine to games does NOT reflect on how I go about in life. It is chaos, pure, creative chaos.

I also play the zero-sum strategy, except often times it ends up devolving to “I am no longer playing to win even from the start, merely to screw with everyone and see how much I can f**k them all over.”

Especially in Munchkin. Do not play me in munchkin.

I’m not much of a planner or a strategizer – I tend to have very short-term goals, if that. I simply play to what looks advantageous at the moment, though it’s odd as after playing games for long enough I almost instinctively assimilate tactics without having to process them. I’m very bad at games like Chess, but give me a Pokemon TCG deck that I know the general gist behind and I can really wreck somebody’s day.

Note taken. Never play Munchkin with Miri.

Second note: Robin, you have the memory of a goldfish. You will never remember the first note. Or this note. You will be a lamb to the slaughter, Robin. A LAMB I SAY.

Third note: …Hey, Miri, we should totally play Munchkin someday!

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