The luck we all have
Date: January 29, 2009 12:37PM
Reflections on luck
I think most of us can agree, that luck is a big part of the game - both the luck we have, and the luck we dont have. Especially the last people are good to point out themselves.
Yesterday I experienced a bit of both. First Master and I played a game from a very uneven map, where we had worse lands, that made armies or forts, while our opponents had the opposite. Neither Master nor me complained about it, but it was pretty fast clear that the game was lost - not to our opponents, but more to ai (I think my battles with my direct opponent could be counted on one hand.....). Still they would have us to say the word "concede" before we could end/restart. Well, they can count it as a great victory if they want to. On no point we complained about our luck, although the whispering between us was flooding with cursing. Later I played against OZ - damn I had a good start, and OZ - well he just made all the right moves, but had no luck what so ever... quick "victory" - but I chose to write to him point out my own luck, and said that it wasn't me that won but ai. I know Oz doesnt "believe" in luck, but I still like to believe he was glad, that I pointed it out myself, and thereby showed some recognition and sportsmanship towards a great fighter. Anyways the response was only positive.
What I am trying to say, isn't that one have to point out every time one has a battle that is extremely lucky - that happens in 99% of all games, but when a game is won, and it was clear that ai had more to do with it, then my experiences are good with not claiming a great "victory" but pointing out my own luck. I will try to get even better to carry out this policy my self, and you are always welcome to remind me if I forget it.
*Yesterday I was called an idiot by the mighty Zakistan for stating that a 1v1 with Normandy vs Muscuvy cant be "won" by Normandy - only lost... You can agree or disagree with that statement, it all depends on the view and the moral of the player, but the statement is not idiotic in itself. Calling me idiot for making the statement on the other hand is...well, pretty idiotic.....
**Credit to players like XuuL and Kobra for not whining. I cant remember hearing you whine in the games I have played against/with you.