Playing solitaire may rob us of the social dimension of a game, but we are compensated by depth of engagement. In fact, we might turn this around and say that ‘game’ may get in the way of immersion.
Quotes by Jeremy White
I once played against a guy who used to make airplane noises every time he placed his air units onto the map or moved them […] Rather than aid in evoking what was being represented by game actions, his antics reminded me all the more that I was playing a game. It made me acutely aware of the room and the table and especially my opponent, while the steppes of Russia faded further away.
As crazy as it may seem, not knowing how to play did not stand in the way of me playing, nor did it preclude my enjoyment. In fact, having to fill in some gaps with house rules or personal interpretations made it easy for me to add new rules that seemed to make sense or added a bit of flavor.