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  •  This was like reading a story about my own life (2+ / 0-)
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    leftyparent, 207wickedgood

    Although I only dabbled in the miniature side, being too young and poor to really do more than watch others play and my longer term direction was a sidetrack into RPGs rather than the mega-games.

    As an adult - my career involves an awful lot of similar things to what I did playing those games.   Nothing military - but breaking down a strategic problem, looking for weaknesses or potential future problems and shoring them up, logistics, probability and risk management all kinds of things.   Not to mention the cooperative aspects of RPGs left me much more suited to work with a team of engineers than the competitive/exclusionary style of a typical sports team, where you compete for both a slot on the team and to "beat" the other team.

    I also had a good education, but it is hard indeed to say if I'm good at what I do because of the education - or if the education was shaped by my hobbies and passions into a more sophisticated set of tools to take into my life's journey, adding polish to the rough amateur edges that were forged in those solitary games, where I took both sides and tried to be "fair", finding the best solution that luck and circumstances allowed.

    A strength in my life has always been to take whatever I was given, and to try to make the most of it.   If you're playing a Germany 1944 Eastern Front game, you probably are going to get crushed.  Where the interest lies is in doing the best you can.    Most choices in my professional life are kind of like a wargame scenario setup - the macro choices are made from outside in terms of resources, time available etc, but how I use them is up to me.

    I've read studies saying that whatever you really liked to do in your teens tends to be not only what you continue to enjoy in the rest of your life - but what you tend to be good at, physical health permitting.

    Perhaps indeed we should be spending less time in the scholastic equivalent of cubicals.   I found school easy, and as a latchkey kid had a lot of unsupervised free time as a teen.  Yeah, some of it was wasted.  But the stuff I remember is the foundation of the man I became and the skills I have not only made my living from but have brought to my other "Adult" social hobbies and activities.

    •  Wow greblos... really do sound similar! (0+ / 0-)

      Being able to think abstractly and strategically while anticipating the goals of others is a huge plus in any kind of business "knowledge worker" kind of job.  That generally IMO has nothing to do with what conventional school is all about.

      You sound like an interesting person that I would enjoy having a few beers with and swapping stories!

      So do you have a favorite game out of all you have played?  Mine would either be "World in Flames" because of its scope and sophisticated systems or "The Napoleonic Wars" (GMT Games) because of the simplicity of the play mixed with the sophistication of the card-driven system.

      BTW... Thanks for reading the piece and commenting.  It was so long, I was not sure anyone would make it thru!

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 04:40:18 PM PST

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