May 26, 2004

Further biographical remarks about our patron saint, Trabsact Sagme.

Trabsact Sagme was a mystic and game player of the late BC years, Tibetan. Widely regarded as the mother of abstract games, and in particular Go. She had an affinity with Parrots, Snails and Spiders (qv). Her writings on abstract games were preserved for posterity by Megas Bactras, (or Bacttras), a central Asian of mixed Bactrian/Greek, who transmitted them to the West soon after Alexander's conquests. Though eventually lost sight of, they were rediscovered by Bart MacStages, a British adventurer of late C19, (who incidentally helped Col Younghusband's expedition to Tibet).

Trabsact Sagme was the Earth's 1st serious ExoLudologist. She was born around Ulan Bator, in 2293.

Yes; widely regarded as being the same Sagme!

The mystics and physicists at both ends of this great journey, as well as we here in the middle, have all para-simultaneously been groping toward this same conclusion. Trabsact Sagme of BC 454 and Tabsact Sagme of AD 2293 are in fact THE SAME ONE. Apparently this can be achieved by some sort of Quantum gravity effect involving trivalent logic, snail-shell spiral symmetry, and other physico-mystical effects. I'm a bit hazy on the details; it's the sort of thing you chaps would know more about than me anyway. I gather it has something to do with the timelessness and non-locality of abstract games in particular and the abstract world in general; (OC, as a mathie I am more familiar with these concepts.)

The fact that we play almost all our games with o and x symbols these days is in honour of Sagme's fondness for snails and spiders. That she was also fond of parrots is not so much reflected in our games, though we often quote from the Book of Parrots, one of Sagme's most popular!

"The novice squawks loudly, but the wise parrot plays her eggs silently on the board." - The Book of Parrots (Trabsact Annals)

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