thread: 2013-06-20 : The Sundered Land

On 2013-07-15, weeks wrote:

I’ve played both sides of the Doomed Pilgrim and I’ve failed to push as ardently as possible for getting through and for doom.  I’ve also played Chess where I strung the game along either because I was teaching my little kids how to play or because I wanted it to be more fun for them.

So, in the Chess example, there’s always this notable power disparity that leads to playing soft.  I’m the master (only relative to five-year olds) and I have goals way more important than winning by the rules. 

In the case of Doomed Pilgrim, I also have my own goals more important than merely winning—stretching it out when it seems like it’s been too short or making the narrative more exciting or wanting victory (for either side) to feel like it was hard-fought.  But the power disparity present in Chess, isn’t there.  That seems to me like an interesting distinction, but I’m not sure if it goes anywhere from there.


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