Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Suuboq: Continued

Finally, at the highest level of play, the two sides are evenly matched. Neither has an advantage, and victory comes not through the inherent qualities of the pieces but through skill alone. The purpose of suuboq is to mimic war, to learn the strategies and tactics that will serve a commander well in the heat of battle. This is the goal of suuboq. Sometimes a commander controls a force of infantrymen or artillery: slow, but very powerful. Other times he commands over recon ships and helicopters: fast, but weak, and unable to press the attack. Only by learning to control both types can the aspiring general hope to achieve victory. For this reason games among my people are considered a noble pursuit, and as a gentlemen one is expected to be conversant in the playing of many games. On more than one occasion, my very life depended on the outcome of a game of suuboq.

1 Comments:

At 6:11 PM, Blogger Audley Rye said...

Hello Mister Jeneliya desha Nismukanian!
Your last post was written some six years ago so I don't know if you'll get this message, but oh well.
I stumbled upon some comments you made about where you come from there is no conflict between science and religion and I was struck by how simply, beautifully and vividly you expressed your view on the whole 'issue'.
You say that English is not your first language, that you may not be expressing yourself clearly - then how is it that I understand every syllable of what you have said, more so than I understand most people for whom English is their first language?!
I don't understand why the question has to split and divide such otherwise intelligent, educated etc etc people.
Anyways, I hope all is well with Aeramais and the children.
With love, Audley

 

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