Playful Thoughts: too much games’ knowledge

Sometimes could be a problem too much games knowledge ? I often wonder, when I think of my children, that may know Le Havre, Zoloretto or Rumble in the Dungeon but have never played Risk or do not know Trump and Scopa.

When talking about games with other children probably they have a strange feeling to know much more, but to feel, at the same time ignorant. Perhaps a “revision of the classic” would be appropriate, but frankly sat down to play Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit or Rummy not stimulate me how to read and try Robinson Crusoe ,Al Rashid or one of the other new Essen releases.

Yesterday, however, this problem manifested itself in a clear manner: Caterina called me because there was a problem in mathematics (set theory) that just she wasn’t able to solve … something really unusual. We look at the problem that said “Draw the set of numbers in a deck of 40 cards and those that may come out with the die and highlights their intersection.” Well, pretty easy. I ask “Caterina, what’s the problem?” and she told me “How do I know which numbers are in a deck of 40 cards? The problem don’t tell me which game. And what die means ? Six ? Eight ? Ten or even Twenty ?

At that point I really think that, sometimes, an excess of games culture can be a problem!

3 Responses to Playful Thoughts: too much games’ knowledge

  1. VitamineK says:

    La domanda di Caterina evidenza una spiccata attitudine al pensiero laterale, e alla libertà dalla cristallizazione dei concetti.. il mondo ha bisogno di individui come lei.

  2. Monty says:

    Caro Liga,

    in occasione del ponte dei morti, consiglio di lasciare Caterina con nonno Pino per una intera giornata in cui le illustrerà i passatempi da Bar del secolo scorso, prima dell’avvento dei cubetti e dei giochi per PC.

    Consiglio, nell’ordine: (mazzo da 40 carte)
    Chili di Me.da
    Rubamazzo
    La Scopa
    La Briscola
    Il Piguno
    L’amico del Giaguaro
    Scopone Scientifico

    Seguito da: (mazzo da 108 carte)
    Machiavelli
    Ramino
    Scala 40
    Pinnacolo
    Canasta
    Bridge

    Viste la capacità di Caterina, dubito che provare 12 giochi a difficoltà crescente per categoria sarà per lei un problema.

    PS: ovviamente, quando un comune mortale parla di dadi, si riferisce ai d6.

    Buon gioco

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