CHRISTMAS (ALREADY?) COMPETITION
May I propose a Christmas competition for the next
edition of the Newsletter?
The computer games I have seen (Hangman, Mastermind,
Moon-Lander) involve a personal confrontation between a
computer and a human being, whose intellectual capabilities
are put to some kind of test.
With the festive season in mind, I should like to see
a prize offered for a different kind of game – one that
can be really enjoyed by a group of mildly intoxicated
The game must therefore satisfy the following criteria:–
- It must be original.
- It must involve several participants.
- The rules must be simple, and must be displayed by
- The result must not depend directly on the skill
of the participants.
- The screen display must be easy to understand from
- Input must not involve much typing skill.
- A typical game must not last longer than, say,
- The game must be suitable for family entertainment.
- The program must run on a minimum Nascom 1.
As obvious candidate is some variation on the old
game of Consequences (“aaa met bbb at ccc; he said to
her‘’ddd’; she said to him ‘eee’; and the consequence was
fff.”) However, this is literally vieux jeu, and I am
sure that your members could come up with something more
original which could contribute to the hilarity of
Christmas parties throughout the country.