I’d like to start this post with one of my favourite lines by Tim Robbins in Bull Durham. “Man I love winning. You know what I mean … it’s like better than losing.”
I voted no that I have something to prove but I think it’s kind of a grey area.
Good survey. I’d have to say that I am one of those people that can get over losing but occasionally I do throw some dice around and my friends do too. But cooler heads always prevail. For the most part as long as I don’t loose because I did something absolutely stupid (like being invaded by Germany as the UK within the first 3 turns – hasn’t happened yet) then I don’t get mad. My friends and I do get competitive and since some of us are roommates so there are bragging rights involved. This has led to some finger gestures and the occasional bad word but no punches have ever been thrown and we always have a few beers after the game and discuss what went right or wrong for each player.
The dice usually get thrown due to very bad rolls (I guess that is obvious). In fact my friends and I started a Loosers log that we figured would help us learn from our mistakes. We’d put the reasons why we thought we lost. Well after a while this got boring so we decided to keep a dice throwing log. Who threw the dice? Why the dice got thrown? Etc. We always have a good laugh about dice being thrown. Usually only happens once/twice a game. My last entry was; (I was UK)
T1 Germany attacks Egypt with 1 tank, 1 art and 2 inf. 1 hit. Ok here’s my chance to stop or hamper German campaign in Africa.
Defence roll: 1 ftr, 1 tnk and 1 man. 3 SIXES!! :evil: Ahhhh! Dice thrown in the laundry room. We laughed about it later.
But I do my best to keep in mind that it is just a game. I always remind myself of one thing. If I get mad when things don’t go my way and kick the board or slap someone … then no one is going to want to play against me and I don’t want that.