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February 24, 2003

MAKE a FORTUNE selling the detritus of your YOUTH on EBAY

Mike IMed me, to let me know that he'd sold our Cosmic Encounter set on eBay. This made me unaccountably sad. I haven't played the game for many years; I rarely play board games any more and when I do it's probably going to be Sorry! It was clearly Mike's to sell, for all that if I'd anticipated eBay I might have made more of an effort to hold onto some of the accumulated stuff when we divorced.

But, back when we were students, back when the Internet meant e-mail in the library, when we had no easy access to phones, televisions or cash, we were heading gloriously for thirds*, and did no work whatsoever. Instead, we played games of all kinds, including a great deal of Cosmic Encounter. When Mike describes it as 'frequently played', he's not kidding. And everyone except Mike drank endless coffee whilst playing; I'm astonished that only the rulebook is stained.

Oh well, in fewer years than I like to think about, Marianne will be old enough to play Cosmic Encounter, and I can get a shiny new set that only contains those rules that aren't totally outrageous.

Cosmic Encounter Player

Goodness, disc cameras were rubbish

*At the time, this seemed tragic. Now, it's scary to consider how our careers might have gone with better degrees.

Posted by Alison at February 24, 2003 11:07 PM

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Gosh, Alison looking young sweet and innocent!

What a scary thought.

Posted by: Sue M at March 5, 2003 12:22 PM

Instantly recognisable. But who is depicted on Alison's jumper?

Posted by: Damien Warman at March 11, 2003 04:37 AM

It looks like a Robinsons Golliwog on the jumper. Bet you couldn't buy one of them today...

Posted by: Max at March 11, 2003 12:16 PM

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