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03 September 2011 @ 10:03 pm
Meta Month, Day 3: Games  
I was chatting with saffiremoon21 tonight and asked if she had ideas for a post. She suggested Joshua's favourite pastime: games. (Okay gambling games specifically in Joshua's case). So I was checking the game scripts and support conversations to try to track down what's mentioned.

Of course there's betting at the arenas. Joshua likes to place bets on coin tosses as we see often enough. Dicing is one of the oldest forms of gambling and though we don't see Joshua play dice, he does say in his B support with Marisa that he prefers "rolling the dice to swinging the
sword."

What's really interesting is what's not mentioned: cards. Cards are now one of the most common forms of gaming but they're a relatively recent invention compared to dice. Our modern deck is based off the minor arcana of the tarot deck. According to Wiki anyway, they came to Europe in the late fourteenth century. The earliest decks were handmade but printed ones followed. Another site suggests that "the printed or mechanically-produced versions, cruder in design and execution, were viewed simultaneously by larger audiences but were prone to deteriorate more rapidly especially if they were heavily used." I imagine, though, that it was a while before card decks became widely affordable.

So I can think of a couple of reasons why Joshua never mentions cards.

1) They don't exist in Magvel, or have only recently come into use for games.

2) They do exist, but are still a luxury item and Joshua doesn't want to blow his cover of being only a mercenary.

(Ack! This makes me want to write fic and I need to concentrate on my original story right now!)
 
 
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saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on September 4th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
fic! fic! fic! fic!

:D

[/bad influence]
wolfraven80: Evilwolfraven80 on September 4th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
;_;

But-- but-- Don't you want me to become a famous author?
saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on September 4th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Yeah but....I also like your fic! A LOT.

*signed, your #1 fan*
Samuraitersamuraiter on September 4th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Or Joshua is not good at cards and loses money whenever he plays.
wolfraven80wolfraven80 on September 5th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
See? There's another great fic idea right there! ;D