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Is Winning everything?

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After having been watching the role play circuit now for a few years, its always interesting to sit in and watch a text combat spar. Now I personally am a fan of T-1 Combat (turn based paragraph text combat). Watching a fight is not only a learning experience for both competitors, but also those spectating as well. The attitude of the players and how they conduct themselves as well as the way in which the post attempts, and counters says a lot about a players understanding, not only of their character, but also of how to use their knowledge of basic rules.

A text combat fight should be about the game, testing your characters abilities and weaknesses against an unknown entity. One thing I have learned in my experiences, that its not at all about winning. As much as it is great to get a win under your belt, I consider the way you fight, your tactical ability and strategy, so much more important, then trying to win as fast as you can. Text combat, especially T-1 is all about detail. Its about getting across your characters actions, and movements, so that the other player and audience, are able to easily grasp, just how your character is going about his/her attempt or counter.

How do you feel about winning at all costs?

 

 

John Farnham
Playing To Win lyrics

Songwriters: GOBLE, GRAHAM / FARNHAM, JOHN / HOUSDEN, STEPHEN / PROFFER, SPENCER DANIEL / NELSON, WAYNE STEPHEN / HIRSCHFELDER, DAVID

 

If you want me, come and get me,
You don’t have a chance if you don’t move now,
I’m not waiting any longer,
You know that I’m playing to win this time.

When you make your move, I won’t hesitate,
If you take too long, you could be too late,
This time I’m playing to win.

If you want me, come and say it,
Don’t wait around for another chance,
Make your mind up, make your play,
You should be playing to win this time.

When you make your move, I won’t hesitate,
If you take too long, you could be too late,
This time I’m playing to win.
All those wasted years, I didn’t know I was only emotion away,
I got what I wanted from me, but I didn’t see it was not what I needed,
I was a fool,
This time I’m playing to win.

If you want me, come and get me,
You don’t have a chance if you don’t move now,
I’m not waiting any longer,
You know that I’m playing to win this time.

When you make your move, I won’t hesitate,
If you take too long, you could be too late,
This time I’m playing to win,
When you make your move, I won’t hesitate,
If you take too long, you could be too late,
This time I’m playing to win,
This time I’m playing to win,
This time I’m playing to win,
This time I’m playing to win …