The 2020s are beginning…

The 2020s are beginning. It’s time to take stock and make plans. What was the situation in 2010? Where are we today? What is the outlook for 2030?

Huge food for thought, I agree. Compared to this, the immediate choice of the right move to play in a game may sound as easy as 1-2-3. And yet it’s not always easy: you have to anticipate a few moves of your opponent in order to steer to your advantage the future of the game.

But if you think about it, doesn’t this prepare for that? In both cases – game and real life, with its real problems – isn’t it a question of looking for the best possible future, individually or together?

Good thinking, good choices, and a happy new year 2020! To all of you I wish all the best for the future!

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Back to the roots of Abalone

It all started 30 years ago… After the first edition in 1988, the game Abalone has spanned generations and years with the same authenticity and it became a classic and powerful abstract game.

Here is a beautiful video from the official Abalone Facebook account, showing a testimony of the designers Michel Lalet and Laurent Lévi about the origins of their game:

Mindgames are for everyone.

June 16, 2019


(source: Gallica)

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[…] les jeux d’esprit sont de toutes les saisons et de tous les âges ; ils instruisent les Jeunes, ils divertissent les Vieux, ils conviennent aux Riches, et ne sont pas au-dessus de la portée des Pauvres : les deux sexes peuvent s’en accommoder sans choquer la bienséance.”*

(Récréations mathématiques et physiques, Préface, 1694)

Jacques Ozanam, French mathematician (1640-1718)

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* “[…] mind games are for all seasons and all ages;
they instruct the Young, and divert the Old;
they are not beneath the Rich,
not above the ability of the Poor;
they may be used by either 
Sex
without
transgressing the Bounds of Modesty.”


Agon, French strategy game from the late 18th century

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Fight The Power and Make America Rage Again!

10/02/2019


Fracture, an Abalone variation by Laurent Pagli.

Since 2016, America is fractured. And everybody knows who did this (^_-)—☆

So they say it loud and clear:


Rage Against The Machine + Public Enemy + Cypress Hill = Prophets Of Rage


Prophets of Rage – Tour 2019 (click on the pic to access it)

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Failures teaches success.

January 6, 2019

“You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time.”

(2009 National Address to America’s Students)

Barack Obama (1961-)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Yellow vests protests: an abalonian vision


Police officers facing ‘yellow vests’ in Charleville-Mézières,
(Ardennes, France), in December 1, 2018
(click to enlarge)

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‘Yellow vests’ facing police officers in Charleville-Mézières,
(Ardennes, France), in December 1, 2018
(click to enlarge)

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How much does a French police officer earn? (in French. The figures date from 2013, but it’s roughly the same in 2018…)

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