The Goal

The Goal

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

CWG Day 3 - The Player of Games

I very often read when I'm shooting. One of my favourite books is The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks. The protagonist in this science fiction novel, Jernau Morat Gurgeh, is the eponymous player of games and is the most prolific and brilliant player of all forms of game in the vast, futuristic, pseudo-socialist, meta-civilisation called "The Culture". During the first half of the novel he dedicates two years to learning how to play a game called "Azad" (which translates roughly as "system" or "machine") for about 21 hours per day, and when his vital signs are monitored during apparent sleep, it is noted that he isn't really asleep but is instead lucid-dreaming about the game. When I shoot many days in a row I feel a little like the game player; when I close my eyes I see sight pictures, when I sleep I dream about shooting.

Chris and I decided to only shoot the 300x this morning and take a bit of a break. We've done a lot of shooting over the past two weeks and needed a bit of a break. We duly banged in a couple of possibles each and called it a day on the fullbore range.

Taking the opportunity to wander around the ranges, we went and took a look at our team mates practising on the smallbore, air, pistol and clay ranges before heading back to the hotel for a bit of R&R and a sensibly early night.

1 comment:

  1. I thought I stole this book from you ! Get it on, bro !