Random Thoughts on Predestination [ COMIC ]

This comic reminds me of Candy Land. In Candy Land, after you shuffle the cards and the order of participants has been determined, the winner has already been established as well. Granted you don’t know who the winner will be, but the order of the cards already determines the winner.

I don’t think that’s so much the case with Magic: The Gathering, but there is a factor of “who has what cards in their deck” that majorly decides the outcome of the game. Still that’s the nature of collectible card games.

Chez Geek… Now there’s a card game that requires a little luck, but definitely some skills too.


  • Xuncu

    I should be sleeping, so I’ll try to make it short:
    Quantum Mechanics, basically.

    There’s no “sure” prediction of what occurs; that usually one outcome is “more likeley” over the other, but the unlikeley is still possible — and in some cases, there are outcomes that can only have happened as the result of multiple, singlular outcomes happening simeltaneously and intefereing with itself (the double-slit experiment and the interference patterns).

    It’d be like kicking a soccer ball, watching it become every possible outcome of your kick, then seeing all but one dissapear: one in the Goal. The others as good as never have happened at all– except the 1 remaining ball, when you watch the instant replay, it origionally was going to go out, but those “other” balls that never existed, one or more ricocheded off the goal and each other and knocked that one ball into the net.

    As for free will and human action (ie, an Athestic viewpoint): free will’s source is in quantum mechanics (though obviously going through physics, chemistry, then biology and sociology).

    While not truly random, one can still make predictive models based on variables. ie: after the deck is shuffled and players chosen, no variables remain in Candyland (though I’ve never played it, I’m going off what you said). Solitaire, some variables (though I have had truly unwinnable games). While, say, Settelers of Cataan, the dice is a variable, resource use choice is a variable, tile location, the thief, ect ect.

  • yue

    *flips table*
    You’re a terrible playing partner!

  • Fran89

    It doesn’t matter as long as you believe in the heart of the cards, my friend.

    • Sensei Le Roof

      Oh, that’s my mistake. I’ve been relying on the pancreas of the cards.

      • JulieR

        Magic shiv’d me and stole my kidney during a match in Singapore