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February 19-20, 2010
The card games that
I like best are solitares The cards are
played with all cards never used to The function of
face-up, e.g. freecell. conceal a piece the cards is
of information. typically to
There's a really The card game random layout,
obscure one called equivalents of and the goal is
"Gaps" that I found chess. to impose order.
in my old book of
"101 Ways to Play
One reason I was fascinated by
You lay out all the this game is the book claimed
cards in 4 rows, and it was purely "mechanical"
pick up the aces to without room for exercise of
create "gaps". skill.
You are then allowed Clearly not so: it's just
to move cards only so hard to think about, it
where they follow in might seem that way to you.
sequence and match in
suit the card before It's pretty cool,
the gap. though impossible
A gap at the front
may be filled with As opposed to "freecell",
any available 2. which is probably always
winnable, though you won't
Goal: order the entire always see how.
deck in suit and sequence.
There were a number of
(largely) solitary atheltic
pursuits that I liked when
I was a kid, (such as tree
I was prone to inventing new
game-like activities... for
example "frisbee juggling":
once you've mastered the art
of throwing a frisbee up
against the wind so that it
comes back to you, can you do I found I had to work
that with two frisbees? More? really hard just to
How long can you keep them in keep two in the air,
the air? and could manage three
One of the more interesting ones
I came up with was "vampire".
This requires an open field, speckled
by shadows of cumulus clouds. I had access to these
in New York... in
The goal of the game is to get California the skies
from one side of the field to are depressingly
the other. You're only allowed clear, except on the
to move through the shadows. rare occasions when
If you're touched by sunlight, they're completely
you have to stand still and overcast.
wait for the clouds to move
and put you back into the shadows.
If you're playing this
with a partner, the
two of you can race.
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