Unlocking The Secrets

electriccoachby Maurice Robertson
July 24, 2012

I remember when I got my first set back in 1980. The instruction book talked about how to use the TTC base by turning the dial. I did that and the base didn’t run in the direction that the book said that it would. So I tried the same thing with another base. That base ran in a totally different direction than the last base. That’s when I turned the base over and saw that the prongs, which at the time I didn’t know what they were called weren’t straight. The prongs were crooked. That’s when I started moving the prongs with my fingers in an effort to straighten them out. At 10 years old, I didn’t know anything about tools; especially precision tools like the pliers we use. I kept stroking and bending those prongs until those bases at least ran decent.

I wasn’t the only one going through this. I had friends who had the game as well. I thought like a lot of people. Since the bases look alike they must perform the same. My friends at that time shared what they found about the game with me. Through them I discovered how one base was stronger than another. Early on, I began to understand what needed to be done in order to play this game.

I don’t know if Mr. Sas knew what he was doing when he created this game. Did he know that each of his bases would perform erratically? Did he know what we were going to have to do to get the game work? If he did know, he probably left that information out because it probably would have kept people from buying it.

What I am saying is that this game requires one to work and practice. I have learned that this game is not for everybody. Given the manual nature of this game one must be patient and responsible. One must be willing to engage this game every day in an effort to become proficient.

If the people who had this game in the past failed in those virtues and\or endeavors, the game will be found buried in the back of a closet or some dark, damp basement with the bases and figures strewn about the place. Did Mr. Sas foresee this?

Believe it or not, this same phenomenon exists in technology. I have experienced installing software that appeared to be incompatible with the hardware that it was installed on. The manufacturer didn’t document the issues that may occur with the installation. Just like I was when I was a 10 year old; I had to figure out how to make the software work. Unlike this game, I can contact the programmers of the software and tell them that their software has bugs. Most of the time, they can create a patch that has all of the fixes, which can be installed later.

It is my opinion that there was never anything wrong with the game. I believe that many people who had the game failed to unlock its secrets. As a result, they were not able to bring out the game’s full potential.

The Electric Coach


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