“The Game of Babylon – II” / Memorable Fancies #516

     In the new game that’s sweeping the country, the scoring system is a closely held secret. No one knows whether his skill, efforts, or physical prowess helps achieve a high score, because no one knows the results of his play. Winners are announced, however. It is vague what “winning” consists of, what is won. Perhaps the winners win nothing but the pleasure of knowing that others have lost. <END>      If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in … [Read more...]

“The Game of Babylon” / Memorable Fancies #507

     In the game our rulers require us to play, there is no apparent correlation between skill and results, or effort and results. No one has figured out the scoring system. Some say there is no scoring system, that success is only a matter of chance. But few believe this, because to believe would make our lives futile. Instead, there is training in what are believed to be the most effective techniques for winning, but it’s apparent to us that the trainers know no better than we what to do: … [Read more...]

“The Game I Always Win” / A Memorable Fancy #388

[“I could lose, but I always win.” – ‘M,’ in Last Year at Marienbad]      In the sequel, M has invented a new game for four to six players. Each secretly chooses a number from 1 to 10. Whoever has chosen the highest number that no one else has also chosen, wins. A man called X gallantly plays but always loses. M always wins. A, the ravishing femme, this time leaves with M, having always liked the idea of being with a winner. Perhaps he will reveal the winning strategy to her; then she can be … [Read more...]