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What a Game or a Story Can Be

Gaming can be a place to show that you understand complex things and can implement your plan towards success inside a framework or against these complex rules (things) toward success.  For some, this is the ultimate feeling.  Power, excellence, pride for yourself and your team. Satisfaction.

Games provide a place for companionship,  camaraderie and competition, often all together in one time and place.  These games are my favorite, the ones that happen with multiple people in one place at the same time.  For me, many of the best moments of my life were spent ‘in game.’  Not just RPGs and board games, which I do enjoy the absolute most, but backyard football, volleyball and many, many hours spent building MtG decks and playing them against friends.

Now, as I have finally, and with much backsliding and resistance moved into adulthood.  I would like gaming to provide me an income.  Gaming and writing. But, not for nothing, I want to provide people with quality games as I have seen them throughout my life.  I want to give people the chance to connect to others in one of the few ways I know how, through games and stories.  In the next few days I’m going to post a couple products here. A game, and a story.  The game I made for a friend.  Because that is what gaming has always been to me, a friend. The story was going to be a game, but became a novella.

I consider games to be sacred. First, because they bring us together.  Even solo games bring people together to discuss rules and strategy etc. That makes games good, and of course this is what makes stories good too.  And to me a story is a game too.  A game of, can I surprise you, can I put you in suspense, or bring forth an emotion in you. Can you relate to this series of events, people and places that I have described?  Second, games are sacred because for a short time at least, games and stories give us purpose.  Purpose is why we are here.  What purpose?  Well, it depends on the game.

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But If I Pay Attention…

To what? The News? Read this first:
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/apr/12/news-is-bad-rolf-dobelli/
From the above:
“We need reporting that polices our institutions and uncovers truth. But important findings don’t have to arrive in the form of news. Long journal articles and in-depth books are good, too.”

Years ago, I wanted to start a blog called “Why Is This News?” I’ve always been of the opinion that we just don’t need every weird thing that happens for 7 billion people.

Worse though, our news is simple “Public Relations” from large corporations. All of which support the new Trump Kleptocracy.

I think, and I’m just speculating now, that the merely wealthy are running the government. With permission from the 1%, for now. People like Trump who can’t figure out why their super wealthy friends keep getting more money and they are stagnating. Must be the system’s fault. Must be all those lazy people who just go to work everyday.

Remember too, the wealthy hate you, you are a resource to be exploited. Like all those hard working contractors Trump didn’t pay for one bullshit reason or another. They will continue to screw everyone they consider ‘behind’ them in this money making game, or ‘less than’ them in the social/clout game. And it’s just a game for them. They don’t have to work. At all. They could make some lame investment and live on the interest, maybe lose some of their money. But what fun is that, these are people accustomed to wielding power and if you are not out there doing (horrible) things, who will you wield power over? Power. Money. It’s just a game for these people.

I don’t mean to insult wealth or wealthy people. I’ve learned that there are good men and women out there who wield whatever money, power and influence they have with responsibility and thought. People who understand that social program spending and infrastructure spending will help the poor and generate jobs. People who understand that the commons are not for exploitation indefinitely.

I respect our systems,institutions and western traditions, in the capacity that I understand them. But this latest ciphering of wealth to bolster giant corporations, the super rich or even the merely rich is simply, morally wrong. To me it’s obviously morally wrong. I wanted to see this too, I voted for Perot. I believed business processes would cleanse the overspending and inefficiency of government. But what we are getting is so much worse the removal and non-replacement of programs, jobs and governmental functions altogether is not what I wanted. What is needed is no less radical than what we are getting, an overhaul of processes and people who have simply stagnated. Government is not a resting place or hiding place for people who are lazy. It cannot be. But it should not move at the speed of business either. It cannot take on the amorality of business. It cannot be driven by profit. It must be moral and ethical, or we will be lost, all of us.

Processes are in place to protect the people doing the governmental work and to protect the people that the work is done for, which is all of us.

So what is my point. Government is NOT a business. It cannot be run by business, or money. That IS what is happening and it looks to me to be an oncoming flood that that fills me with dread and worry.

To those good wealthy people. If you think you can hide in your wealth when this flood comes, I’m not sure that we unwashed masses, in our rage, will be able to distinguish between you and Trump.