EppsNet Archive: Games

Put Away Childish Things


When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. — 1 Corinthians 13:11 I’ve noticed in recent years what I’d call adult men playing card games and board games that seem to be intended for children. When I was growing up, men played adult games like poker or chess, maybe backgammon or checkers, Hearts or Spades. I’m not saying one way or the other is better for society, but . . . well actually, I guess I am. Read more →

Paul Epps

I don’t like to play a game unless I know I can win. It’s a characteristic trait of the sociopath or psychopath, I forget which.

Competitive Programming: POJ 2488 – A Knight’s Journey


Description Background The knight is getting bored of seeing the same black and white squares again and again and has decided to make a journey around the world. Whenever a knight moves, it is two squares in one direction and one square perpendicular to this. The world of a knight is the chessboard he is living on. Our knight lives on a chessboard that has a smaller area than a regular 8 * 8 board, but it is still rectangular. Can you help this adventurous knight to make travel plans? Problem Find a path such that the knight visits every square once. The knight can start and end on any square of the board. Input The input begins with a positive integer n in the first line. The following lines contain n test cases. Each test case consists of a single line with two positive integers p and q, such… Read more →

Incan Gold


A couple of coworkers are playing a board game called Incan Gold. “What’s the objective of the game?” I ask. “To decimate an indigenous civilization and plunder its riches?” Evidently Incan Gold requires a lot of concentration because neither player answers my question. “Why is ‘Redskins’ a bad name for a football team but ‘Incan Gold’ is an acceptable name for a board game?” I ask. No response. “Is there a board game called ‘Aztec Genocide’?” No response. “How about ‘Mayan Massacre’?” Read more →

Twitter: 2010-07-08


RT @Aimee_B_Loved: Just because I'm unemployed doesn't mean I'm not busy. These mines aren't gonna sweep themselves. # Read more →

Twitter: 2009-10-02


http://bit.ly/2djWf1 via @TheOnion – Federal Judge Rules Parker Brothers Holds Monopoly Monopoly # I just poured hot coffee in my shoe. No, not on purpose. Yes, it was on my foot at the time. # RT @Aimee_B_Loved: I think Chicago needs a hug. # Man bites dog biting dog: http://bit.ly/i9fhA #news # Read more →

Women and Solitaire


We’re driving home from the hockey rink in Corona . . . my son’s playing solitaire on his iPod. As we’re pulling off the freeway in Irvine, he says, “I just won my first game the entire trip.” I say, “When I play it on the computer, I lose most of the time, but once in a while I’ll get like a three-game winning streak.” “Yeah, me too.” “It’s like women in that respect. The overall goal is to make you feel bad about yourself, but they throw in just enough positive reinforcement to keep you from giving up completely.” Read more →

Bank Error in Your Favor


A Swedish woman got the shock of her life when she found $US1.13 billion ($1.76 billion) more than expected in her bank account. — The Sydney Morning Herald Hmmm . . . where have I heard of this before? Oh yeah, I remember now . . . Read more →



I was trying to get my son to think ahead a little in Bejeweled instead of just clicking on the first match he sees. Result: He clicks as fast as ever, but he now adds a running commentary in a dopey voice whenever I’m in the room: Should I click here? Or should I click here? Or should I just sit here thinking and not click on anything? Thinking is better than life. Well — when you put it that way, you have to be alive to think. But still, thinking is the best . . . Footnote: My high score is still way better than his. Read more →