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Spanners*
Misses his big brother :(
Mon 21st Nov '05 1:23PM
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Aw come on, are you saying you ain't tempted by Ferdinand here:
    

Malcolm*
My ape goosed a Bishop. Who are you?
Mon 21st Nov '05 1:52PM
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Aaaah - she looks just like her father.

Anyway, Mildred - you are now the proud custodian of a set of heterozygotic pegtwins.

Over to Clara (also currently childless, but seemingly less worried about it), who spins a 3 which takes her to "Art auction. Pay 20,000." A popular square, this one, and one which results in 20,000 going to Mildred.

Kelly, then, spins a 1 (Crikey, Kelly, you're making slow progress around this board) taking her to "House Fire. Claim insurance of 60,000." Good grief!

And, so soon, we return to Mildred "Family Values" Pifflehead, who spins a 5 and lands on "Storms. Pay 20,000 to repair damage." Hope the newly-decorated nursery is still intact.

Spanners spins a 3, landing on "Casino. Receive 20,000. Keep it or risk it for 120,000." Feeling lucky, Spanners?
   

Spanners*
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Mon 21st Nov '05 2:11PM
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5 and 8 please Malc, I feeling lukkie!
    

Malcolm*
My ape goosed a Bishop. Who are you?
Mon 21st Nov '05 2:18PM
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And the spinner is spun, and the spinner spins a number, and the number that the spinner spins is... THREE.

When are you folks going to learn that gambling never pays?

Leaving that aside, though, it's Swoop's turn. He spins a 1 and lands on "Hire a luxury villa. Pay one card holder 35,000." Swoop, as the only owner of a beach villa, you have narrowly escaped... this time.

Arabstrap now - spins a 3 and lands on "Option to purchase Status Symbol for 28,000." Are you interested, Strappers?

We move swiftly onto Clara, who spins a 3, thereby earning a "Holiday in America. Pay 25,000". Again, since we are pilotless, the money goes into the Great Black Hole.

Kelly, next, spins a 2, bringing her finally to "Take one Status Symbol. On your next turn, declare which path you wish to take." You have been awarded a luxury yacht, resale value 7,500. Which route will it be?
   

Mildred
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Mon 21st Nov '05 2:20PM
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Spanners was bold enough to comment:
Aw come on, are you saying you ain't tempted by Ferdinand here:




Now Spanners, I think we all know that simply grafting one's own head on to a giraffe does not make it any easier to parent said giraffe! If anything it makes it much more terrrrifying!

Rather wonderful to see myself as a giraffe, though - hee hee! Thanks very much for that
 

Kelly*
Poke me in the knees and call me Roger
Mon 21st Nov '05 2:24PM
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I'll have the low path thanks Malcolm.
   

Clara
Even red onions have a silver lining
Mon 21st Nov '05 3:15PM
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Have I missed my chance for baby pegs? Sob! Stardust and I will have to obtain many cats instead so that I can make them into child replacements...
 

Malcolm*
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Tue 22nd Nov '05 10:51AM
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Clara was bold enough to comment:
Have I missed my chance for baby pegs? Sob! Stardust and I will have to obtain many cats instead so that I can make them into child replacements...



You have indeed. ALthough I'll allow you to negotiate with the Piffleheads to steal one of their twins, if you so wish.
   

Malcolm*
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Tue 22nd Nov '05 11:04AM
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Mildred, next, spins a 4 - bringing her to the next Stop space. Rather like the one before last, this simply says "Take one Status Symbol. On next turn declare the path you wish to take." First things first - you now have an art collection, resale value 6,000.

Second things second: which path will you choose?



The Long Route consists of:
  • Option to purchase Status Symbol for 28,000.
  • Buy a new car. Pay 30,000 (to a Salesperson).
  • Discard one Status Symbol to pay off debts.
  • Host charity Police ball. Pay 35,000.
  • TAX
  • Win the National Lottery. Receive 165,000.
  • Lose a court case. Pay 78,000.

and the Short Route consists of:
  • Caught evading taxes. Pay 25,000.
  • Set up an art gallery. Pay 50,000 (to an Artist).
  • Hire luxury yacht. Pay one card owner 38,000.
  • Summer school. Pay 5,000 per child (to a Teacher).

and both routes conclude with "Hire a private jet. Pay one card owner 100,000."

Your decision, Mildred?
   

Malcolm*
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Tue 22nd Nov '05 11:13AM
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Meanwhile, Spanners spins a 6, bringing him to "Exchange one Status Symbol with any other player." Interesting one, this. To help your decision, I think the time has come for a run-down of the current state of play.

Arabstrap
Actor
134,000 savings

Clara
Teacher
94,000 savings
Credit card debt of 25,000
4 life insurance certificates
Antiques collection, resale value 5,000
Luxury yacht, resale value 7,500

Kelly
Lawyer
130,000 savings
10 life insurance certificates
Luxury yacht, resale value 7,500

Mildred
Artist
68,500 savings
Credit card debt of 25,000
2 life insurance certificates
Oil well, resale value 8,000
Antiques collection, resale value 5,000
Art collection, resale value 6,000

Spanners
Athlete
147,000 savings
9 life insurance certificates
Art collection, resale value 6,000
Antiques collection, resale value 5,000

Swoop
Scientist
226,000 savings
1 credit card debt of 25,000
Beach villa, resale value 9,000

Spanners, you have until your next turn to negotiate your exchange - this may be done openly or by private message, but your decision must be posted here.
   

Arabstrap
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Tue 22nd Nov '05 11:17AM
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gimme!!! i want status!!!

Mildred, i will happily swap you my only child for a status symbol.

Spanners*
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Tue 22nd Nov '05 11:25AM
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Since Swoop is the rich one I think I'll swap his beach villa for my antiques collection. Bonus!
    

Kelly*
Poke me in the knees and call me Roger
Tue 22nd Nov '05 12:09PM
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Arabstrap was bold enough to comment:

Mildred, i will happily swap you my only child for a status symbol.



This is a marvellous, marvellous sentence and just made me do something a bit distasteful with my cheese and mustard sandwich.
   

Malcolm*
My ape goosed a Bishop. Who are you?
Tue 22nd Nov '05 12:35PM
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Kelly was bold enough to comment:


Arabstrap was bold enough to comment:

Mildred, i will happily swap you my only child for a status symbol.



This is a marvellous, marvellous sentence and just made me do something a bit distasteful with my cheese and mustard sandwich.



It certainly is, and I'll therefore allow the transaction to take place if all parties are agreeable. Also, Swoop and Spanners have now officially exchanged status symbols. Hope you took adequate precautions, guys.

But let's continue.

Swoop spins a 1 and lands on "Find buried treasure. Receive 55,000." Very impressive, Swoop!

Arabstrap's turn next - but let's wait a while to see how his childselling negotiations go.
   

Mildred
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Tue 22nd Nov '05 1:11PM
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Arabstrap was bold enough to comment:

Mildred, i will happily swap you my only child for a status symbol.



I wondered how long it would be before people started offering to sell me their babies!

Actually it took longer than expected - I thought you'd all be cashing them in at the drop of a hat

Thanks for the kind offer Arabstrap, but I'm so busy with little Marmaduke and Narcissa, my adopted heterozygotic twins brought to me by the stork known as 'Malcolm', that I'm no longer in the market for any offspring - you could try Clara perhaps? Although her and Mr Stardust might well be happy with their numerous cat babies.

Oh yes - I should like to saunter along the Long Route please, Malcolm.
 

Malcolm*
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Tue 22nd Nov '05 3:17PM
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OK, Mildred has spoken - so I can now reveal that Arabstrap in fact spun a 3 for this go, bringing him to "Commodities tax. Pay 10,000 per status symbol." Now you can see why I was awaiting Mildred's decision before announcing.

Fortunately, your statusless existence has spared you this particular expenditure.

Over to Clara, who spins a 10, landing on "Write a bestseller. Receive 60,000." Stunning work, Clara!

Kelly next - spins a 9 and rockets all the way to the far end of the lower route to the previously uneventful "If you are the last player to reach this space, take another turn at once." She is! And, therefore, she does!

And it's another 10 - sending her all the way to "A daughter! Take a pink peg. Receive 2,000 from each player." That's FOUR children now, Kelly - please try to control yourself in future.
   

Amanshu*
Giggity Giggity goo
Tue 22nd Nov '05 3:59PM
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Malcolm was bold enough to comment:
Over to Clara, who spins a 10, landing on "Write a bestseller. Receive 60,000." Stunning work, Clara!



Ooooo... What's it called? What's it about? Where do you get your ideas from and do you give lessons?
   

Clara
Even red onions have a silver lining
Wed 23rd Nov '05 8:28AM
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It's about a little alien called Graham P Winterbottom who managed to come to earth from the planet Zincorel and settle, disguised as an accountant. Of course this was with his wife Winnie T Winterbottom (nee Higginbotham), a librarian from Gorkel.

It was a surprise when it sold so well...
 

Malcolm*
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Wed 23rd Nov '05 2:32PM
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We bow, Clara, to your extraterrestrial atristry. Sounds like a corker.

To more serious matters, though: Mildred spins an 8, and therefore proceeds to a, frankly, rather disastrous square: "Hire a private jet. Pay one owner 100,000."

The situation is eased slightly by the fact that nobody here has a private jet, so the money will come to ME (well, the bank). However, Mildred, with only 80,500 you don't have enough money. You're going to have to raise some funds. Options are:
  1. take out a second credit card - this would cover it with 500 spare
  2. sell both of your life insurance certificates back to the bank - this would cover it with 10,500 spare
  3. sell all of your status symbols back to the bank - but this would still leave you 500 short
  4. come to some kind of arrangement with another player

It's looking tricky, Mildred. What do you think?

Meanwhile, Spanners spins a 6, bringing him to the next Stop space. He is therefore awarded an oil well with a resale value of 8,000, and must declare: which path do you fancy, Spanners? Long or short?

Let it also be known that Spanners has just purchased the final Life Insurance certificate.
   

Spanners*
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Wed 23rd Nov '05 4:26PM
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I think I'll take the short route please malc. And Mildred, if it would help I'll buy your oil well from you for 15,000 big ones
    

Kelly*
Poke me in the knees and call me Roger
Wed 23rd Nov '05 5:03PM
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If you're interester, Milders, I'll buy your life insurances for ?30,000 - I may be open to negotiation of a higher price if you'd care to name one. Actually, this is a bit distasteful on a public forum - I think you should PM me with a figure if you're interested.
   

Mildred
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Wed 23rd Nov '05 5:03PM
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Spanners was bold enough to comment:
Mildred, if it would help I'll buy your oil well from you for 15,000 big ones



Thanks Spanners, that would be Very Helpful Indeed if you could buy my oil well for $15,000! I accept your offer, and if Malcolm can just oversee the transaction you should receive the oil well in the post any day now.

Arabstrap, if you're still wanting to get your hands on some status symbols, would you like to buy either my antiques collection or my art collection, or both? I could let you have them both for the *special offer* price of $25,000!

(quick question while I'm in the process of selling off my assets - am I allowed to sell my husband?! He's very useful round the house if anyone's interested in a second spouse )
 

Malcolm*
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Wed 23rd Nov '05 6:31PM
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Mildred was bold enough to comment:

Thanks Spanners, that would be Very Helpful Indeed if you could buy my oil well for $15,000! I accept your offer, and if Malcolm can just oversee the transaction you should receive the oil well in the post any day now.

Arabstrap, if you're still wanting to get your hands on some status symbols, would you like to buy either my antiques collection or my art collection, or both? I could let you have them both for the *special offer* price of $25,000!




Oil well duly sold, for 15,000. (Note that in the Game of Life there is no currency involved, just numbers. Interesting that Mildred has chosen to assume that we're dealing in dollars of some kind, but nobody, as far as I've noticed, has chosen pounds. Except Kelly.)

However, this still isn't enough to get Mildred in the clear, so we wait for further offers/decisions from Mildred and others.







And no, you can't sell your husband.
   

Arabstrap
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Wed 23rd Nov '05 6:38PM
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Mildred was bold enough to comment:


Arabstrap, if you're still wanting to get your hands on some status symbols, would you like to buy either my antiques collection or my art collection, or both? I could let you have them both for the *special offer* price of $25,000!





I'll take them, as long as you pay the p&p.

Malcolm*
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Thu 24th Nov '05 9:39AM
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Hmm - interesting scenario, this. Having completed the transaction with Spanners, Mildred is now only 500 short of her required 100,000. But Arabstrap has offered 25,000 in exchange for both of her status symbols. A good deal? A frivolous waste? It all depends on how you see these things.

"I think we have reached an impasse."


With the situation in the fragile state it is, I think it would be unwise to have any more goes. Anybody else having a go, you see, might have an effect on their (or someone else's) wealth or property, which would all get very confusing given the tense negotiations going on. So I suggest we all sit back, relax, keep our eye on the Stock Exchange, and wait.
   

Arabstrap
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Thu 24th Nov '05 9:42AM
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Malcolm was bold enough to comment:

"I think we have reached an impasse."





A noble observation, Malc.

Mildred
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Thu 24th Nov '05 12:38PM
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Gosh, things have suddenly got a bit tense haven't they!

Arabstrap, I accept your offer of 25,000 for my antiques collection & art collection, and if Malcolm could once again 'oversee the transaction', they will be posted to you forthwith in one of those padded manilla envelopes

It is quite liberating to divest yourself of your worldly goods. It's a shame I'm not allowed to sell my husband (I could probably have got a pretty penny for him) but Malcolm is probably right to take a strict line on such matters as human trafficking is a wee bit naughty isn't it.
 

Malcolm*
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Thu 24th Nov '05 1:39PM
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Transaction duly overseen. Arabstrap, you now own two shiny new statys symbols, and Mildred, you now have a total savings of 20,500. Phew, that was tense!

Let's have another couple of goes, then: Spanners spins a 6 and proceeds all the way along the Short Route and out the other side, arriving at "Win a prize for industry. Receive 35,000." Nice work, Sir John Harvey-Spanners!

Swoop next - spins another 6 and storms along to "Cash in one Life Insurance Certificate - receive 35,000. A mixed blessing, perhaps, Swoop. However, it means we do now have one life insurance certificate available for purchase.
   

Malcolm*
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Thu 24th Nov '05 1:40PM
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Arabstrap was bold enough to comment:


Malcolm was bold enough to comment:

"I think we have reached an impasse."





A noble observation, Malc.



Thanks. It was a quotation from Spooks.
   

Arabstrap
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Thu 24th Nov '05 1:57PM
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Malcolm was bold enough to comment:
However, it means we do now have one life insurance certificate available for purchase.



I want it!!!! Gimmie!!!!!

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