Like chess, only different

During quiet time yesterday Primo came up with a game. He lined up various small pieces in two lines across from each other with a canon and gold chest in the middle. After playing a few rounds himself he came out of his room and asked if I wanted to play his new game. It’s like chess he said, but not really like chess at all. I asked how you play the game and he said its easier to just get started. So we lined up our pieces with no real rhyme or reason for who went where. He told me I was team two and he was team one and team one went first, naturally.

“The guys can move forward or ‘dee-oganally’ like this” he told me as he moved the Flash figure in front of my Mater. I moved The Penguin forward and he told me that was a great move. “How do you win?” I asked, and he told me that “you have to capture the canon and the gold and who ever has both of them wins. If you get one and someone else gets the other then no one wins and no one ties and no one is good” This sounds like tough game but I push forward. Hawkman captures The Penguin on his next move so I counter with Mater taking out Flash. He tells me we have a really good game going and I am proud of myself for some reason. He is clearly making this up as we go but it feels good to be doing well in his imagination.

After a few more piece swaps he uses Professor Z to knock the canon over and declares that he has now captured the canon. I use Superman to knock over the gold and he tells me that no one wins and no one ties and no one is good. Where I felt pride before I now had a troubling feeling. “No one is good?” I asked. “That just means we play again.” So we set the pieces up again and I got to go first. I tried using Superman to block him from the canon and I had once again made a great move. He even had Beautiful come in the room to see what I just did. She had questions about the game that had no answers so she was quickly sent away again. He captured the canon with a ‘dee-oganal’ move and when I used Superman to capture one of his pieces he let out a loud AHA! and captured the gold too. The bad news is I had lost the game, but the good news was that everyone was good.

I still don’t understand the game but I love playing with the little man. He even told me that it would be hard for me to win since he can change the rules when ever he wants because it was his game. I’m fine with never winning this game, as long as I get to see his eyes light up when I make a great move, or hear him explain how to move ‘dee-oganally’

  5 comments for “Like chess, only different

  1. 02/25/2012 at 3:39 am

    He even told me that it would be hard for me to win since he can change the rules when ever he wants because it was his game.

    Heheh … it’s nice when the fine print is upfront like that 🙂 Sounds like your son is a good sport to play a game with. Very supportive of his opponent.
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  2. 02/25/2012 at 7:21 am

    This is a great story beautifully told. Now I just want to go play with my kids. Thanks for sharing, sir.
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  3. 02/26/2012 at 2:59 pm

    He plays just like they do in D.C. – making the rules that suit them at the time!
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  4. 03/04/2012 at 10:06 pm

    Love the imagination he shows. And I think he is on to something with that game. I want to play now.
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  5. 03/17/2012 at 3:37 pm

    NIce! Love the creativity in the kiddos. Keep up the good writing, James!

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