Whac-a-Mole. You ever play that game?
Years ago, when I was just a kid, I would go to Coney Island, hit the arcade and pump lots of coins into pinball and Skee-ball and Whac-a-Mole. For those unfamiliar, a brief description.
With Whac-a-Mole, you were armed with a hammer. (Not the construction kind, but a hammer with a a soft end). In front of you was a “field” that had holes in it. And once you paid your money, “moles”, one at a time, would pop up unexpectedly from these holes. Your job was to pound them back into the holes from whence they came. The harder, the faster, you did, the more points you scored. It was harmless, silly fun! But it seems like we’replaying that game now – and it ain’t fun!
I live in New York and the Covid-19 virus hit us very hard early this year. But we’ve turned the corner on it – by wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands. We knocked that Covid-19 down (if not out) and New York, at least as of this writing, is enjoying great success in battling this invisible enemy. But then…
Just as in Whac-A-Mole, just when you think you have it beaten, it pops up again – and again – and again! As the curve gets flattened and New York cases go down, Coronavirus cases in California, Texas, Arizona and Florida are going through the roof! And the threat is still alive in other states and countries as well. Can you win against this terrible health threat? The experience in New York proves you can IF you use a proven winning strategy.
We gamers understand the value of a winning strategy even when others don’t quite get it. It may be awhile until we can have those large Game Nights and Game Days we have gotten used to over the years. But by following a winning strategy of wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing – and encouraging those in our orbit to do the same, we can bring those “good old days” back that much sooner and “whac” that virus so hard it doesn’t come out of its hole again!
In this issue of Gamers Alliance Report, we become vikings, collect monsters and get slightly maniacal! Chris Kovac hits the tabletop, Pevans get civilized and Andrea “Liga” Ligabue finds himself under a barrage! Joe Huber revisits Essen, Greg J. Schloesser finds the world to be a wonderful although it seems James Davis prefers to be on Mars. Selwyn Ward tells a gloomy saga, Kevin Whitmore is on fire and Chris Wray gets the picture. And of course, much more.
Until next time, Be Well, Stay Safe and Good Gaming!
Herb Levy, President
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