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I guess the only way to start is at the beginning. My wifes brother has a serious problem with Meth. Those of you who are from Missouri know of how much damage that drug has caused here. It's even been said that you are more likely to find meth in a pocket here than chewing gum.

Withing the past few years his son has developed problems from being exposed to his fathers lifestyle. Dabbling in it as well along with stealing cars and some other petty things. He has been bounced from different foster homes been in boys town and has been expelled from school.

He has returned here to live with his grandparents and is trying to make an honest effort to turn things around. He is considering job corp, abandoning olf friends who got him in trouble and such. The one thing he has latched on to is gaming as a way to keep him occuopied.

He has said that he sees why I chose gaming as an anti-drug of sorts since I have had my own fights with addiction, depression and other things. He's a great gamer. Has matched me move for move in an epic Battleball game as well as trashing other opponents. He plays a wicked Assassin in one C&C game and we worked together to multiclass a seriously scary Assassin/Mage.

So to the Trolls I want to extend a serious heart felt 'Thank You' for coming up with C&C and in a way helping him out. I've grown quite attached to him lately since I see similar sparks in that way he plays, thinks and acts to a younger version of myself.

The game alone didn't do it but it is a serious help to him since he does want to trun things around and not end up like his father who is currently serving a year+ stint in a state rehab. ( after various terms in prison) Both seem to want to change and I feel I may be helping that some.

Again TLG, You have some hand in this and the gratitude of a simple ozarks hillbilly who wants to see him make it out of the trap he was in.
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It is great that C&C has provided him with such a great outlet. I have read many posts by many people that said gaming helped keep them out of trouble, kept them from suicide, helped them see that there life could be better and that they could make it so. Most of the recent ones I have read are over on the Paladium boards where people were explaining their willingness to save Palladium, simply because Paladium had saved them.
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Here here. This is just another great example of how people use gaming as an positive escape. I don;t know how many times gaming has kept me from slipping into depression. The vest example of this was my four years in the Marines. I was stationed in an out of the way, middle of nowhere desert airbase. The only things to do where go to the strip clubs or one of the Indian Casinos nearby. However I spent my weekends playing D&D with a great group of guys. My tour in the desert would have been awful if not for the gaming group.
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Gaming is great for the soul. I hope it's a very effective anti-drug for him. Life does not change all of a sudden. It's all the little changes that a person makes that really add up. Sounds like he is on the right track, with gaming and especially with trying to get out of that social circle. I hope, and offer a prayer up, that everything falls into place for him, and his father. Game on Grimm!

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Julian Grimm wrote:
So to the Trolls I want to extend a serious heart felt 'Thank You' for coming up with C&C and in a way helping him out. I've grown quite attached to him lately since I see similar sparks in that way he plays, thinks and acts to a younger version of myself.

The game alone didn't do it but it is a serious help to him since he does want to trun things around and not end up like his father who is currently serving a year+ stint in a state rehab. ( after various terms in prison) Both seem to want to change and I feel I may be helping that some.

Again TLG, You have some hand in this and the gratitude of a simple ozarks hillbilly who wants to see him make it out of the trap he was in.

Thank you for the kind words, but I should think that you Julian are the one deserving thanks, not us. You've managed to take something postive in your life and use it to help someone else. And that, my friend, is no small feat. Its hard to look after one's own demons, much less the demons that haunt others.

We're from Arkansas of course, spitin distance from the Show Me State, and we know the ails you speak of quite well. For every meth house that goes down, it seems another two pop up. I think its become our number one export.

Meth is just another thing that distracts from the task at hand, another addiction that some knucklehead is passing on to you to pay his way. So hats off to your brother in law as well for kicking the habit . . . or starting to. I wish him all the luck! And you as well.

Next you should get him on these boards. I'm sure he could find a few friendly folks to chat with and get into war story conversations about that assassin of his!!

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Kudos to you Julian. Sometimes what it takes is an older male role model to connect with and care about a troubled youth to pull them back from the brink. Some poor kids just don't have a very good model of what an adult is or how one should behave. I think this is more of a credit to you, not to disrespect the Trolls and what they have done, but you should taake credit for your own good deeds!

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ConnallMac wrote:
Kudos to you Julian. Sometimes what it takes is an older male role model to connect with and care about a troubled youth to pull them back from the brink. Some poor kids just don't have a very good model of what an adult is or how one should behave. I think this is more of a credit to you, not to disrespect the Trolls and what they have done, but you should taake credit for your own good deeds!

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Here here!

Think of it this way Julian - C&C is the computer, you are the programmer. Without you, it could not have helped him.

I have a niece that is involved in a co-addictive relationship (Alabama, hit hard by meth also), who just can't get rid of her ex husband, and he just can't stay off of meth. It's destroying their kids, and I wish I was close enough to be more help. I'm glad you were there for him.

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Thanks for the responses. I'd have posted earlier but we've been in a Risk game thats been getting more interesting by the minute. Seems My nephew and my brother-in-law thought I was contained (only three territories) enough to smack on each other until I turned my cardfs in for 51 new troops. Now I may be on a comeback.

Between that and our Bocce addiction we've been rather busy.
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For risk, mathematically, attacking in the first three rounds is self destructive. Better to build up a horde on a single country (usually in Asia since nobody tries for that so early) then surge after trading in. I've won more games that way.

As for the other subject, I agree that gaming can definitely keep the youngsters out of trouble. In fact, I'm counting on that for my own kids and so far I haven't been disappointed.

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