As many of you know, my employer decided to shut down its Madison office, so I no longer have a job. It was a sad day when I found out, as I greatly enjoyed working with everyone there. Being a rather large office, we had a lot of stuff to get rid of like refrigerators, televisions, a grill, and an old arcade game called Robotron: 2084. Some of the guys at the office got the idea of having a mock casino night and a raffle to decide who gets to keep what.
The casino was set up with several blackjack tables, a roulette wheel, and a craps table. I decided to start at the craps table and was given a generous $1500 of chips to play with. There were a few rule changes – a “phantom five” was added to the field bet, payouts were rounded up, and most importantly, when someone crapped out on their first try, the dealer gave them a do-over. I wish the real casinos worked like that!
I ended the night with something like $7000, which I exchanged for raffle tickets to be used for individual items. Each employee was only allowed to keep one item, and while winning a grill, television, or refrigerator was appealing, I had my eyes set on Robotron. I decided awhile ago that Robotron is the greatest video game ever invented because of its difficulty and its dynamic nature. There are so many variables, including the layout of the boards themselves, that the game never gets old.
I put about half my tickets in for Robotron, and spread the rest around the more practical items. Prize after prize went by without me winning anything, and then the moment came. Dan M. fished around the many tickets inside the box and called out “Dan Perry!”
I won! Now I just have to figure out how to get it to my house.