Dave Gorman vs. the Rest of the World: Whatever the Game — Dave Takes on All Comers!

Dave Gorman vs the Rest of the World Whatever the Game Dave Takes on All Comers Remember when you were a kid and you used to go round to a friend s house to see if they were playing Well as adults we re not supposed to do that Which is a shame because Dave Gorman likes playing

  • Title: Dave Gorman vs. the Rest of the World: Whatever the Game — Dave Takes on All Comers!
  • Author: Dave Gorman
  • ISBN: 9780091928476
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dave Gorman vs. the Rest of the World: Whatever the Game — Dave Takes on All Comers!

    Remember when you were a kid, and you used to go round to a friend s house to see if they were playing Well, as adults we re not supposed to do that Which is a shame because Dave Gorman likes playing and he really likes games So he knocked on the biggest door you could ever imagine the internet and asked 76,000 people if they fancied a game This is the story of what haRemember when you were a kid, and you used to go round to a friend s house to see if they were playing Well, as adults we re not supposed to do that Which is a shame because Dave Gorman likes playing and he really likes games So he knocked on the biggest door you could ever imagine the internet and asked 76,000 people if they fancied a game This is the story of what happened next Dave was up for anything and gamely played them at whatever they chose He played some classics Monopoly, Scrabble, dominoes and cribbage He played many games he d never heard of before Khet, Kubb, Tikal or Smite anyone He played board games and physical games He s thrown sticks, balls, Frisbees and darts He s rolled dice and he s drawn cards From Liverpool to Hampstead and from Croydon to Nottingham, Dave travelled the length and breadth of Britain meeting strangers in strange places their homes, at work, in the back rooms of pubs and getting some hardcore game action From casual players to serious game geeks, from the rank amateur to the world champion, he discovered a nation of gamers than happy to welcome him into their midst He s travelled all around the country and met all sorts of people And it seems that playing games can teach you a lot about what makes the British tick Of course, Dave hasn t been keeping score Much.

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    One thought on “Dave Gorman vs. the Rest of the World: Whatever the Game — Dave Takes on All Comers!

    1. Georgia

      It's not often that I enjoy non-fiction. However, in this case, I did. I picked this off the shelf in my local library to read as a bedtime book (the only time when I really read non-fiction) something light, without a narrative, so that it doesn't matter if I fall asleep half way through a chapter. But what I found my self doing, was reading for chapters and chapters more than I meant to; getting much less sleep than intended. It carries all the wit of Dave Gorman, along with a genuinely intere [...]

    2. David Baird

      Interesting book, not exactly what i expected. I assumed from the title it was Dave playing a bunch of random games well it is but it's so much more than that it's his journey and the people he meets his life etc. It was a good read but even now i can't decide if i liked the format or not. That being said it was well written and interesting and even i'm tempted to look into a few games he mentions.I love Dave, this book just wasn't as lighthearted as i expected this isn't necessarily a bad thing [...]

    3. Mike Steven

      I'd read and enjoyed a couple of other Dave Gorman books - Googlewhack Adventure and the search for other Dave Gormans - so had high hopes of this one. The premise is that Gorman invited Twitter to a game and visited people to play various board and other games. On the plus side, his writing style is very much his own voice and that is therefore easy to read and engaging. On the downside, the book lacks the narrative thread of the other adventures so you end up with a book that is a series of ep [...]

    4. Nick

      More Dave Gorman doing odd things in a funny way. Not as mad as Are you Dave Gorman? or GoogleWhack Adventure as he's just pottering round doing it for fun but still an enjoyable romp to see what games he plays and what he gets up to.Khet sounds a fun game i might look up and Mrs Gorman (as he refers to her in Modern Life is Goodish) now has a name!The incident with the IDVE is like something out of a Steven King novel but luckily he doesn't end up with broken legs just s lightly sore cheek.Grea [...]

    5. Bryan

      a good read of an interesting project. I had been inspired by his 'are you Dave Gorman project and defiantly need to play more games.

    6. Jo Everett

      As a fan of Dave Gorman’s work, including his stage shows, tv shows and the radio show he hosted on Absolute Radio, I am no stranger to Gorman’s style. I enjoy his witty observations and sarcastic humour, and I envy his lyrical prose style. This is the second of Gorman’s books I have read within a year having previously feasted on ‘American Unchained’, an experimental adventure and a comment on commercialism, testing whether it is possible to travel a set route across America solely us [...]

    7. Iain

      Much as I like Dave Gorman, this is his weakest book to date. Not that it isn't well-written, just that it's a bit disjointed and not as "madcap" as his earlier works.There just doesn't seem to have the drive of Googlewhack of I'm Dave Gorman, probably as both of them had a deadline he was racing towards. This one is based around a series of meetings he had over some time which happen to have a common theme.If there's any build-up, it's to the game he plays with one individual towards the end of [...]

    8. Richard

      More of the same from Gorman. Which is a shame really, because I really wanted something good.In this book, Dave Gorman travels around the UK meeting people and playing games. It's standard Gorman fare then, travel + people + some vague 'aim.' But it doesn't hold up to the others in my opinion, and generally feels like an all-round more muted experience.For a start, there's no real challenge to speak of. The beauty of Googlewhack / AYDG? was that it was a race against time to find/do something. [...]

    9. Rachel Gilbey

      I'm a huge fan of Dave Gorman and also would class myself as a bit of a gamer. I love playing all sorts of games, so this book appealed on many levels, and didn't disappoint.When Dave sent out a tweet saying "Does anyone play any games? Real life, not computer games. Would You Like a Game?" to his 75,000 followers, he unsurprisingly got an overwhelming response. Dave Gorman likes playing games as a way to relax and pass the time. At the time he sent the tweet had a couple of months not touring w [...]

    10. Gwen

      I have read Dave Gorman's work before namely, 'Are you Dave Gorman' and 'Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure', seen him live twice, with the aforementioned 'Googlewhack Adventure' and his return to stand up a little while later. Safe to say, therefore, that I am a fan. I was pleased to find out that my loyalty and fan-dome was not misguided. This time, his weird and wonderful 'project' is to play ordinary folk at some ordinary and some extraordinary 'real' games. By 'real' he means anything, suc [...]

    11. Ellie

      "Does anyone play any games? Real life, not computer games. Would you like a game?"That was what Dave Gorman tweeted to the world and he wasn't short of replies. There's card games, board games, darts and more sport-like games. He meets an assortment of people, gets locked in an attic and plays with lasers.I like the conversational writing style of Dave and I'm sure I'd enjoy his books on any topic. I did find myself losing a little interest on the poker game but there was plenty of interesting [...]

    12. Jennifer

      Dave Gorman is a master of this genre (whatever it is) and Vs the Rest of the World was thoroughly enjoyable. The card-carrying cardigan wearer finding himself with a temporary spot of free time without the company of his fiancé appeals to the Twitterati to offer him games - not computer games 'real' games, old and new. So he pootles round Britain meeting interesting and not-so-interesting-but-he-makes-them-interesting people and playing traditional board games, new board games, card games, qui [...]

    13. Tweedledum

      When Dave Gorman sent out an Internet message inviting random members of the public to invite him to play a game with him he had little idea what a unique and extra-ordinary journey he was embarking on. Funny, serious, clever, well-known and curious games followed with enthusiasts of all kinds. From Lewes Toad to the Ultimate frisbee championships, from Settlers of Caton to the Welshman who secretly plays Subuteo in his attic and shut Dave up there when his wife came home unexpectedly, the tale [...]

    14. Andrew Mcq

      I have been a big fan of Dave Gorman's books, but I found this to be the weakest by far. The premise seemed good - playing games with strangers wherever the whim took him. However, it had none of the bizarre twists of the previous books. At one point he chortles at having to double back along a route rather than taking stops in a logical sequence - forgetting that doing this on a global scale was part of the most engaging things in his first two, more substantial odysseys (Are you Dave Gorman an [...]

    15. Chris Harvey

      A good read with some funny bits and some very nostalgic feelings (I had the same thoughts about the new Cluedo!). It's the first Gorman book I've read but doesnt have the same level of hilarity and desperatness as the TV versions of Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewack Adventure, I also saw him live in PowerPoint Presentation and listen to the Absolute Radio show which are both much better. I feel that it is simply the subject matter, there is no real room for twists and turns and no logical end [...]

    16. Lucy

      The last time I read a Dave Gorman book (America Unchained) I was disappointed by the lack of funny, but fairly interested in the topic. It seems that this is just Dave Gorman’s style of writing now, more about topic than funny. In America Unchained it did at times feel a bit preachy, but it’s probably pretty difficult to be preachy about games. With Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack it was really the humour I liked about Dave Gorman’s writing. With this one it was certainly finding out [...]

    17. Mafiu

      Dave like travelling. Dave likes meeting people. Dave likes travelling to meet strangers. This was the premise behind his first book - and this one as well - and I honestly think that the old Dave is back with this book. Its much more like his old journeys, and adventures, if somewhat cheaper for him. He seemed much less bitter in this one - which in a way spoilt his previous one, at least for me. Dave still remains the only standup I have ever been to watch live and after this - I might go and [...]

    18. Pj

      Dave Gorman first came to my attention following his Googlewhack adventure. I liked him then and, as I dug intoAre You Dave Gorman?and his BBC Radio seriesGenius , became a fan. When I heard the set up for this book, I couldn't wnat to read it more. I love board games and expected some wonderful gaming stories and travel/human stories that you find in his other books. While there is plenty of the things that make him good here, I felt let down by the overall experience. It just sort of ends - pr [...]

    19. Hil

      Fairly enjoyable though it's clear that Dave didn't intend to make this a 'project' like he has before, or if he considered it he abandoned the idea. Not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes I question his motives when he travels round getting into funny situations seemingly just to write about them, but maybe I'm just envious. I suppose the main point of this book is that he goes around playing different games with strangers, but some games were more interesting than others, and I did find myself [...]

    20. Michael Mills

      Despite what the cover and your own expectations might lead you to think, this isn't really another of Dave Gorman's 'quests': it's a collection of tales and thoughts from someone who's tried an unusual way of enjoying life a bit more. It's closer to A La Mod or Year Of Reading Dangerously than Googlewhack Adventure. As a result there isn't the narrative drive of Gorman's previous books, but he did reawaken in me the joy of playing games. Of not thinking about anything else while you're thinking [...]

    21. Keir Thomas

      I'm currently living in Korea, and am experiencing a few pangs of homesickness for the Oxfordshire countryside. Reading a charming book about travelling the UK (something I enjoy) and playing games (something I enjoy) as part of a silly man-project (something I enjoy), this book couldn't really fail for me. Not his best, and the 'climax' is hardly up to Are You Dave Gorman, Googlewhack or Danny Wallace's Yes Man standards, but as an English gentlemen, it is a very enjoyable read. Dave is a wonde [...]

    22. Luke

      Gorman's trademark comic writing makes this very readable, and the curiosities he uncovers are quite interesting.However unlike previous works there's a distinct lack of any particular narrative. Unlike "Are You Dave Gorman" where he almost has a mental breakdown, the narrative suffers here from nothing particularly exciting happening, and Gorman's life as he undertakes fairly undramatic trips around the UK being obviously rather pleasant.A running tally of wins vs. losses appears to be abandone [...]

    23. Alan Lund

      A fairly light piece that suggests more about Dave and the British public than the games themselves. Serendipity suggests the venue, time and the nature of the game with the one constant being that Dave wants to win. And quite often he does. He has the happy knack of being quite goodish at most of the challenges he accepts. Heartwarmingly he finds most people to be generous, interesting and characterful with the game serving as an entrance into their world and thoughts. A happy and contented Dav [...]

    24. Ipswichblade

      I haven't read any of Dave Gorman's earlier books but liked the look of this due to him playing games such as Cluedo and Monopoly. A simple premise he tweeted (is that the right word?) asking if anyone fancied a game of something and he ends up playing all sorts fron skittles, extreme frisbee all the way through to the aforementioned board games. He finished with a very strange encounter which I won't spoil here. A very good read and look forward to reading more from the writer.

    25. Nick Davies

      This seemed less forced than 'America Unchained' and made me reassess my assumption about the author getting less funny/enjoyable as he gets older. Gently amusing, witty and enjoyable to read - which is all I expected and all you could ask for. The only drawback was the shortness - I'd have enjoyed it more had it lasted a couple of hundred pages longer.

    26. Hywel

      I've read a few of Dave Gorman's books now and i enjoy reading about his random journeys meeting random people. I especially enjoyed the bit about Splott as a Splott resident. It brought back memories of long forgotten games I played when I was younger and has made me want to play those games again but to try some new games too.

    27. Mitsu

      Wasn't as enjoyable as I thought it would be, mainly finished it for the sake of it. Some parts were funny but majority was a bit boring, descriptions of game rules and Dave himself finding the experiences not really worth while. There wouldn't really have been an ending to the book if he hadn't had a a bad experience and been hit by one of his game partners. Surprisingly boring.

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