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Never Get Board of the Past

View of a game of Strange Synergy, a card and ...Today’s daily prompt is about sensations that can figuratively whip you through time, all the way back to a time of innocence and fads.

“Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood.”

There aren’t many sensations I can remember from my past. I’m not a supersensitive person by any stretch of the imagination. There is one smell though which takes me right back my childhood and nearly every Christmas or Birthday.

The smell of new board games.

I wouldn’t say it’s a very nice smell exactly but it is very evocative. I used to lift the lid, and be faced with a mixture of new cardboard, ink and plastic sensations.

It wasn’t just the smell though; nearly every part of a new board game triggered some part of my character.

  • The perfect box played to my geometry obsession, as did the plastic wrapped cards, perfect and untouched and the sprues of plastic pieces.
  • There were the pristine rules, which I would painstakingly go through before even thinking about setting up the game.
  • Even down to the childish but painfully funny farting noise that the box would make when the lid was put back on.

Board games played with me, pardon the pun.

I still love board games now and even though I’m an avid gamer, I still have more fun playing boardgames with other people than playing online with them. It’s just so much more personal.

I haven’t really grown up. I can play chess, backgammon or solitaire but I have just as much fun playing Going for Broke, Game of Life or Mousetrap.

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Gamium? What?

English: Statue of Dr Samuel Johnson in Market...Afternoon, today’s Daily Prompt invites us to get all a bit word-smithy and lexicographal as we are invited to create a new word and give the meaning for it.

“Create a new word and explain its meaning and etymology.”

My mind instantly flashed to the episode of Blackadder Third with Doctor Samuel Johnson and the dictionary, where Blackadder tries to convince Dr Johnson that he’s left some words out.

Well, now it’s my turn. Not to confuse and anger Doctor Johnson of course, I think that boat has passed by several decades, but to discover and explain my own word.

I let my brain ponder and think (yeah, like I can stop my brain from thinking anything) and within a few seconds I knew exactly what my word would be.

“Gamedium” (gey-mee di m)

Right, any idea what it could mean?


Well, I’m not surprised really.

Gamium or gamiuming is when you are playing a video game, even though you are no longer getting any pleasure from doing so. The word itself is an amalgam of the words gaming and tedium (see it all starts to make sense now)

…but before I go into more detail, I should probably provide a few more examples of its usage.

  • This is too gamium – (gey-mee-uh m)
  • I feel / they felt gamiutic (gey-mee-uh tik)
  • I should stop gamiuming (gey-mee-uh ming)

For example, I found myself playing Dragon Age Inquisition. It’s a very good game and I am playing it a lot. However, there are a lot of side quests to do, and due to my completist nature I don’t feel I can continue with the main storyline until I have done all the side quest areas.

So I found myself stuck just playing through these areas out of a misguided sense of duty. I was bored there was no two ways about it, utterly bored to tears yet did I stop and play something else for a while? Nope, you bet I didn’t. It wasn’t the game itself that bored just my own self-deluding obligations.

It’s not the first time it’s happened, World of Warcraft often has a similar issue for me. I’ll log on to do some daily quests, not because I want to – heaven forbid, but because I feel that I should, or worse still, feel that I must.

Though gamium refers to video games, there is nothing to say that it can’t be used for other sorts of games, maybe playing a board game you don’t want to, or playing a football match you really don’t care about.

So, there we have it gamium, not a bad word in a game of scrabble either.

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Too Early to Rise

Hand Alarm Clock awake sleep wokenIt’s daily prompt time, and today is all about what I have to do as soon as I get up. I’ll try and not let it devolve into a woe-is-me-situation, but the brain wants what the brain wants.

Right, so the prompt is.

“What are the things you need to do within 30 minutes of waking up to ensure your day gets off on the right foot? What happened the last time you didn’t do one of these things?”

Firstly, chances are I am up early. I leave the house for work at about 07:00 but I tend to wake up anytime between 03:30 and 05:30 at the moment. So the very first thing I do, is look at my watch and try to decide if it is worth getting up.

Often it is, because my choice is lie there in bed and let negative thoughts flood my sleep deprived mind, or get up, do something positive and do my best to stave them off. Not every day is like that of course, I do have some good days, but generally speaking it’s an early start for me.

Anyway, I’m up and I’m understandably a little bit groggy, so coffee is the next thing on the agenda. I got given a venti coffee mug a couple of Christmases ago and it is a godsend for a large instant coffee. This year I have been bought a cafetierre mug so sometimes it’s a filter coffee.

Oh, and god knows whether the coffee is the thing waking me up, it could be. It’s in a line-up of a few other things, but right now it at least brings me back to normal levels. In fact someone once said, that you should drink coffee all the time or never, otherwise you zig-zag all over the place. Which I seem to be doing anyway. Oh well.

Well, I’m awake and I’m now caffeinated or at least I  soon will be, and with work a little more than an hour or two  away, it’s time to get some gaming done.

Oh, before I go on, there might be a chance that I’m waking up just to game. Again, I don’t know if this is true, but it is within the realms of possibility.

That, my friends, fellow bloggers, and people who Google kindly brought here, is what I do within the first 30 minutes of waking up. Although this passive almost lazy approach to mornings is changing, slowly but surely.

This year, I am going to do my best to fill those mornings with practical stuff. I’ll write, I’ll exercise, I’ll do something positive. The theory being, that if I do something positive with that time, I will feel more positive with myself, and then maybe, just maybe, I’ll stop waking up so goddamn early.

What do you do in that all-important first 30 minutes…?

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Just A Perfect Day

cropped-savoypizza5.jpgToday’s daily prompt is all about how I would spend my perfect day off, and quite frankly it’s nice just to stop and think about it, especially as actually having that day off is at least weeks into the future.

“What’s your idea of a perfect day off: one during which you can quietly relax, doing nothing, or one with one fun activity lined up after the other? Tell us how you’d spend your time.”

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Pedantic Parodoxicary

Messy Desktop
You’ll never see this on my desktop

Aha, so Mr D. Lee Prompt you want yet another little pry into the sanctity of my home-life, eh? Well, ok, seeing as it’s you.

What’s that you say…?

“What’s messier right now — your bedroom or your computer’s desktop (or your favorite device’s home screen)? Tell us how and why it got to that state.”

Well, I’m married so I can state with confidence that both the bedroom and my desktop PC’s desktop screen are immaculately tidy.

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Worked Hard? Game Harder

English: "Joystick" icon from Tango ...Todays’ Postaday daily prompt is all about what you do to relax. Specifically…

“After an especially long and exhausting drive or flight, a grueling week at work, or a mind-numbing exam period – What’s the one thing you do to feel human again.”

This is an easy one to answer.

In order for me to function as a human being, and not some weird combination of a brain-dead zombie and a stressed-out psychopath I need to absorb a large amount of gamma radiation by way of a TV or computer screen, or to put it more simply, I need to game. Continue reading Worked Hard? Game Harder