Webmaster's note: John Opincar is the developer of the online 42 game at www.42now.com. He has an interesting background in the game, and I invited John to share his story with the 42 community. He provided the following comments for posting. Thank you for sharing, John. - PP
I learned to play 42 about 15 years ago from my friend, Rodney, and his family. Rodney comes from a native Texas family while my family's from the midwest, although I've lived in Texas since I was 5. Rodney and I used to go out to his family's fish camp on a shell island in Bastrop Bay. Often times his brother and sister-in-law or his Aunt and Uncle would be out at the camp as well. Once we got tired of fishing or gigging flounder, we would play 42 for hours and hours. Since everyone else had been playing their whole lives, I had to learn quickly. They frequently complained about how long it took me to bid (starting with my first game), or that I didn't remember this or that domino had been played. Eventually, I taught my own family to play (my wife Monica, son Alex, and daughter Lila as seen in the game). I also taught and played with several members of my extended family, including cousins in Michigan.
September 17, 2014