12 String Dreams Journal
2001-09-23 10:40:12 (UTC)

The Game

The Game

Description: Please read all instructions before playing
the game. Take the time to read and understand all the
moves and strategies. Make the time to explain these rules
to your opponent. Communication is a must and a true
understand is a plus. Agree on as much as possible and
compromise on everything else.

Setup: First verify all parts of the game are present. Take
the time to inspect the box and unpack all the components.
In the box should be one board, two pieces, two dice and
thirteen blank cards. Cards will be filled out as needed by
the players and erased after each round, so don't discard
them. You only have so many cards to play.

Carefully set up your board where detractions will be a
minimum. Games interrupted may sometimes have to be started
from the beginning. Although restarting a game may sound a
little extreme, sometimes it's the only way to be sure both
you and your opponent are on the same page.

Each player must select a piece, an icon to hold their
position on the board. On the square marked "Start" place
these pieces, side by side. Deal all cards. Each player
should be holding the same amount when all cards are dealt.

Objective: The object of the game is simple. First player
to finish didn't follow the instructions. The last player
to finish didn't really want to play in the first place. If
all rules are followed and the game is played as planned
both players should finish at the same time and the next
round can be started immediately. In the case of one player
finishing before the other, that player should re-read the
instructions while waiting for his or her opponent to
finish the round. If one player continually finishes first,
round after round, both players should re-read the
instructions and the game should be restarted from the

Rules: When all the preparation is complete and both
players are ready to start the game, either player may
start the round with a roll of the dice. Upon completion of
the roll, both players move their corresponding piece the
number indicated on the dice. First the person that rolled,
then his or her opponent. Follow the direction on the
square you land on and play your cards as needed. The turn
is over when agreed upon by both players, cards have been
played, and directions have been followed. The dice are
then collected by the other player and thrown again.

Strategies: Simplicity can lead to complications. When the
rules are simple the mistakes can be complicated. Most
problems arise from not following the instructions on the
board, not following the games instructions, or lack of
interest and/or communication between opponents. There is
no time limit and some rounds can last a very long time.
Don't hurry and don't hurry your opponent. Relax and enjoy.
To finish a round is only the beginning, to truly win the
game, one must never try to finish.

Advance: When first starting a game it can seem a little
overwhelming. Between the rules, instructions and
communication, there's a lot to learn and some things
you'll have to accept you just aren't meant to know. Since
the cards are blank at the beginning, these to may seem a
little strange. Just remember when playing your cards, you
can allow yourself to move, you can force your opponent to
move and sometime you can make the game even more
complicated. In later rounds, after you become more
confident in the game, you will be able to make moves both
small and complex with little worry of complication. You
will be able to accept complications while still finishing
the rounds correctly.

Conclusion: Although, as mentioned before, games can last a
very long time and usually the final round will be finished
before being completed. If all rules were followed you
should finish the game with a feeling of satisfaction. Upon
completion of the game, once again erase all cards and re-
pack all the pieces back in the box. The player having not
finished the final round should give the game to another.
Explaining the rules may help but don't always insure the
game will be played properly. Keep the game and memory of
your opponent close to your heart. Keep in mind you to will
complete the game and then you and your opponent can play