My father and I used to share all my Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club books every month.
How old is your son now? Clearly old enough to read but probably not college-age because probably still living at home.
‘Though come to think of it my father and I still shared books while I was in college.
My only child is a 23-y/o woman living in a different but nearby town. We sometimes cook together but in general our tastes overlap; we like a lot of the same things but also she likes things I don’t and vice-versa. We like some of the same games but mostly different shows.
(But she knows I like Phineas and Ferb and will indulge that.)
Posted April 10th
Chiarizio, what games do you like? I was gonna guess rpgs and games with great lore like Elder Scrolls.
Posted April 10th
For computer games and online games I have mostly liked Civilization and other Sid Meier and Firaxis games, as well as the Gabriel Knight games, and games similar to those. (Including Prates of the Caribbean, eg.) I played a lot of them with my ex-wife. But after the divorce Civilization was pretty much the only one we kept playing together.
For in-person group RPGs, I and she were in a D&D or AD&D group run by a cop and a fireman. She was a knight and I was a priest. Friends of mine from work, and many spouses and/or siblings of other players, were also members of the group. We also played other tabletop RPGs, such as TWERPS.
In high school and junior college I was one of the founders of an eventually-big Risk and Diplomacy group. Every weekend at least eight (but usually fifteen or more) of us would get together. Six of us would play Risk and seven of us would play Diplomacy. The ones who for one reason or another didn’t join either of those games would pair off and play one of a variety of two-person games we kept available.
I kept up Risk and Diplomacy, with other groups, in college. In college I joined the chess club.
In graduate school my office mate (later my [r][s]commander[/s]*[/r][b][g]commadre[/g][/b]) had a husband who befriended me. Because of him I joined the USCF sometime after my first divorce and before the conception of my goddaughter. My compadre was a graduate of a military school, a chess expert, and an amateur military historian. I am certainly no expert at any of that. I played many many Avalon-Hill war games, on tabletop mostly until I got an Apple IIe, and he bought computerised chess and a computerised Avalon-Hill tank warfare game. Some of these games were multiplayer and I played with some of his or their friends too. They had some interesting friends. They were both schoolteachers (different schools) and many of their colleagues, or colleagues’ S.O.s, were tabletop gamers.
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During my first marriage one of my managers from work got me to play some Steve Jackson tabletop games with him, including BOLO (Keith Laumer inspired and IIANM licensed) and its successor GEV (ground-effect vehicle).
Both of my ex-wives were cardsharps. They taught me how to play several games. I never won any of them.
But my daughter learned those games too, and they are among the games she and I like to play when I visit her, especially if we can get one or two of her housemates or housestaff to join.
On-line, I played at least two MMORPGs. One was NationStates. The other was a parody-game about pasta, whose name I’ve forgotten. In playing those games I accidentally discovered webcomics and became so caught up in them that I knew nda dropped the games.
There was a simulation game about a global epidemic of some brand-new pathogen that I played, where the player was the disease, and the computer was the human race, and the disease tried to wipe out the human race. It was near-impossibly difficult. Pretty much every advantage the disease could have was usually automatically countered by a consequent advantage civilization would have as a result. You almost couldn’t wipe out Madagascar unless you started in Madagascar; and you almost couldn’t wipe out Iceland unless you started in Iceland. And of course you could never have one and the same disease originate in both Iceland and Madagascar simultaneously.
It was a reassuring game, I guess, but only if you lived on an island.
I really enjoyed Afterlife; and SimCity; and SimEarth.
In comix, including webcomix, I enjoy stories where God or the Devil or Jesus or their friends and relatives are protagonists or antagonists or just major deuteragonists sometimes. I like Mercy Sparxx, a non-angel-non-demon sort-of limbo-native quasispirit who thinks she’s on a mission sent to her indirectly from Heaven, only to find out she’s the dupe and pawn of a corrupt megachurch televangelist. Unless I’ve got the name wrong and Mercy Sparxx is really that werewolf motorbike repairwoman.
Hell. My memory isn’t what it used to be. Or maybe it is; maybe I’ve just forgotten how bad it used to be.
Does that answer your question, maybe?
I hope it’s not tl;dr.
Incidentally thanks for recommending Elder Scrolls. I’ve never tried it; maybe I’ll like it!
When it comes to stories I like the ones that are totally absorbing, where I can enter a completely different world for as long as I’m reading or watching or playing or listening.
Donald R Morriss’s “The Washing of the Spears” is a non-fiction story that did that for me.
Edited April 22nd
Civ III is my jam. I broke my mouse though so I can't play it.
If you play Elder Scrolls I recommend starting with ES4 Oblivion. Then based on what you liked or hated about it I would suggest Skyrim or Morrowind next.
I would play chess any time. Maybe Xhin can work chess (and checkers and other games into the coding here).
Edited April 12th
Oops. I edited my last post while you were replying to my pre-edit version!
I’ll try to take your advice about ES4 etc.
Posted April 12th
I edited mine too. :P
Posted April 12th
I looked into Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (briefly) and it looks like it can only be played on platforms I don’t have and probably won’t ever buy.
The library rents out the software cartridge(? I don’t even know if that’s the right term!), but I don’t know if they rent out the machines.
I’ll try to find out this week.
Posted April 15th
> Not me.
I end up buying it for my Son because he kept bugging me to do so.
Its an ok story but its not well written. The Author written it to be read like a script.
Its not the best written book and you can tell this is the author's first book but it does leave off on a cliff hanger I hope the author finishes the story in their 2nd book.
(If this is not allowed I will edit and remove the it you can buy the book on Amazon at
The cover on the E-Book is not on the Paper Back.
It turned out the Author lives not the far from me My son wants me to see if the author would sign the book
The story is about their Group of hears from the Planet Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto having to defend Earth from a Alien Army that has turn the Heros of Mercury, Venus, and Mars to their side.
Each Chapter has a Planet Hero faces off with one of the Generals of the Army on one of the planets till later on the the story then the entire group fights together.
My Son loves it and that is what counts.
> How old is your son now? Clearly old enough to read but probably not college-age because probably still living at home.
30 But he has a mental disorder that he has the mind of a middle school child
> (But she knows I like Phineas and Ferb and will indulge that.)
My Son loves that show
Edited May 4th
by Sonic the Master Racer
When I was in college, me and my girlfriend took my father to see Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. We also took him to a petting zoo.
He was an MD, a coroner, and a county medical examiner.
I don’t think he had a mental disorder.
Any more than I have one for liking Phineas and Ferb.
My late second ex-wife (my daughter’s mother) was a law clerk in an area of town mostly filled up with law offices. There was a sports bar and tavern catering to attorneys there called “The Inns of Court” if I am not mistaken (and I may well be). They had television screens usually tuned to sports broadcasts to attract the lawyerly lunch and wait-out-the-traffic crowds. But the interesting thing was, that, whenever Spongebob Squarepants was on, these power attorneys with their LLDs and JDs would ask the bartenders to switch from the games to Spongebob!
@Sonic the Master Racer:
Edited May 5th