April 24, 2006

Set of Problems

I hope that last post did not sound like bragging. I didn’t defeat the idiot stick through sheer genius, it’s just that my father always had me doing puzzles and you start to learn how many types of puzzles work. You learn the tricks of the puzzle world. People come up with new tricks, but the old ones are still there for you to draw from when you see new forms of the same old puzzles. So it was experience.

In any case, here’s a story about a deficit of mine. The game of Set.

Apparently, Set is not my strong suit. If you want to win at Set, play against me.

After Maggie retired for the evening on Saturday, Julie and I decided to play Set against each other. She soundly defeated me. By a lot. I “won one round” of set, but winning a round doesn’t count because the true rules simply add all the scores from each round together to determine the final score. And in the final score, Julie kicked my ass because she won every other round by a wide margin.

It’s true, I haven’t played much Set. The kids have played against Maggie in the past. When we first got the game I played against Maggie a little bit, but I was so bad at it that I don’t think I enjoyed it. But Julie hasn’t been playing long either.

So, to get some practice, I started playing against my daughters. M mainly likes to watch from the couch and call out “Set!” if she sees a set, sort of half-involved. But K is right there playing with me.

K beats me easily, at almost the same margin Julie did. I need practice, or my brain is just plain deficient at it, similar to why I have problems with those stupid CAPTCHAs that stop spam on certain websites.

However, I still enjoy the game, even though I suck. My ego can take the beating. I still have my Pictionary crown!

Posted by James at April 24, 2006 2:46 PM
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You keep killing us at "Apples to Apples," too. (I've only played Pictionary once, but between that and my Cluedle attempt at a food court, I think you've seen the range of my artistic skill.)

Hmm. Maybe I need to challenge K to a few rounds of Set.

Posted by: Julie at April 24, 2006 3:58 PM

BTW - the round that I "won" I won narrowly - by only one point. Just in case people aren't getting how badly I got my ass kicked.

I know it's nto the only game I suck at, and it's not unusual for me to lose at stuff. I have smart friends, so they kick my butt at many things. I despair of winning if I step into the Scrabble arena with any of my friends (and I'm not that bad at Scrabble) and in online video games like UT, I steer clear of Chuck and my cousin Bob.

OK - anough talk about my inadequacy.

Poker, anyone? I suck at that, too.

Posted by: James at April 24, 2006 4:32 PM

Suck like a fox! Er...that sounded better in my head.

Posted by: briwei at April 25, 2006 12:26 AM

I tried Set online recently... think there was a link posted from your blog. I did pretty dismal myself--I don't think I really got it.

Posted by: Chuck S. at April 26, 2006 7:34 AM

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