"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," they say. Well, I don't want to be dull. So I play a variety of games. I love all sorts of games, whether sports, board games, word games and puzzles, cards, miniatures, or role-playing. This page lists some of the diversions I enjoy the most.
[Kolya said,] “... and finally, another thing, there's a slanderous rumor going around about me, that I played robbers with the preparatory class last week. That I played with them is actually true, but that I played for myself, for my own pleasure, is decidedly slander. …”
“And even if you did play for your own pleasure, what of it?”
“Well, even if I did ... But you don't play hobbyhorse, do you?”
“You should reason like this,” Alyosha smiled. “Adults, for instance, go to the theater, and in the theater, too, all sorts of heroic adventures are acted out, sometimes also with robbers and battles—and isn’t that the same thing, in its own way, of course? And a game of war among youngsters during a period of recreation, or a game of robbers—that, too, is a sort of nascent art, an emerging need for art in a young soul, and these games are sometimes even better conceived than theater performances, with the only difference that people go to the theater to look at the actors, and here young people are themselves the actors. But it’s only natural.”
— Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 4.10.4