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Ticket To Ride

Played a game of Ticket To Ride online tonight.


I was playing someone whose name I've seen there frequently ("cats-bc"), so I have to assume s/he is not new to the game, or even new to the online version. (For the sake of pronoun simplicity, let us assume that the player is female.)

But near the end of the game, she was doing some really unwise stuff, making it very obvious that she was heading toward Los Angeles. When I had only 3 trains left, she took the Salt Lake City to Las Vegas route ... leaving the two GRAY spots from LV to LA open.

Uh. Hello. Stupid move. I've only got 3 trains. Chances are that I've finished my tickets and I'm going to end the game soon. I have 4 wagon cards. What are the chances that I'll be able to block your piddly 2 gray route? Pretty damn good.

So OF COURSE I played my trains on the two grays, blocking her from LA.

Her response? "bad behavior, thanks for blocking"

Me: "not bad behavior. this is a game."

Her: "yes, but you can play it fairly or unfairly"

Me: "my play was entirely fair. you might not like it, but it was fair. it's a competition, not a campfire sing-a-long."

Now, this is rather ironic, because I'm generally not fond of games where you can screw other people over ... but I also know that's about ME and what games I like, not about other people being "unfair." Now, if she had accused me of not being "nice," I would have agreed with her. My play was not "nice." On the other hand, I still would have pointed out that the point of the game is not to be nice, it's to try to outsmart the other person and win. And I outsmarted her and won. She doesn't have to like it, but that doesn't mean it was "bad behavior" or "unfair."

And, anyway, this kind of play was her own fault. She left herself wide open, just trusting that I would look the other way, because apparently that's how she plays. Well, when I'm playing a game, I try to avoid giving my opponent an opening, and if I get caught out like she did, I acknowledge that it was my own damn fault for making such a stupid play.

What a whiner.

Perhaps she would be happier playing Go Fish.

And yet I find myself bothered by the accusations. I feel defensive. Probably because I know how she feels. Intellectually, I know I'm right and she was just a poor loser, but emotionally I don't like it when somebody says I'm not a nice person.

I'm as bad as she is, in my own way.

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margarks
Jan. 11th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
uhm? Me? I like to win. I'm very competitive in everything I do. I ALWAYS play fair, but if its within the rules, then I don't see how you did anything wrong. I'm surprised she plays anyone with 'good behavior' if that's the way she see it. It seems to me that anyone who beats her will be exhibiting 'bad behavior'. huh.
kimberly_a
Jan. 11th, 2005 08:17 am (UTC)
It's funny. I'm very competitive, too, but I tend to be a bit hesitant to play "mean," even when that's how the game is set up. Shannon likes a lot of games that involve ways to purposely hurt other players in the game, and I often don't like those. But ... it's part of the game.

In this particular game, blocking other players can be crucial. Otherwise, you're just playing simultaneous solitaire.

Personally, I like simultaneous solitaire types of games, because I'm not very confrontational, but when I'm playing a game that involves blocking, I take that into account.

I can only assume that this player doesn't understand the game very well, since this whole "blocking" thing is so foreign to her.
michaelarick
Jan. 11th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
SLC->LV->LA is a quirk in the board
I've noticed that "flaw" in the US board in the past. It always stresses me out, when I need the SLC->LA connection. I always try to go via the direct route. Or if I have to, I play the 2-grays first (LV->LA), leaving the 3 orange (orange? pink? I forget) for last. It's the better play, to be sure.

Incidentally, I've been playing the online TTR too, and I have been blocking and been blocked a bunch. Nobody seems to complain, except maybe in german. :)
kimberly_a
Jan. 11th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
Re: SLC->LV->LA is a quirk in the board
Yep, I've been in the same situation, and the obvious play is to grab the two grays first, and hope that the other player doesn't happen to have 3 browns. But, hey, they're less likely to have 3 browns than they are to have two matching cards of absolutely ANY color. She made a poor choice and blamed me for the outcome.

And, yeah, I've been blocked quite a few times, too. It's part of the game. I must admit I've been frustrated once or twice when I played someone who blocked me repeatedly, but only because I was frustrated that I couldn't complete my tickets. I never actually blamed the player for playing aggressively.

Strangely enough, once I investigated, I saw that this player "cats-bc" has played more than 400 games of TTR online. You'd think she'd have noticed that blocking happens sometimes. Maybe she pouts about "bad behavior" and "unfairness" every single time. *shrug*
shannon_a
Jan. 11th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
Re: SLC->LV->LA is a quirk in the board
Y'know, if I ever play her, I'm just going to have an immense urge to be "mean" the entire time.
kimberly_a
Jan. 11th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: SLC->LV->LA is a quirk in the board
Hee hee hee.
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