A Sporting Chance

Writer_smallerAn Olympic Dream

I think maybe if you can wearing a tuxedo doing it, then maybe it shouldn’t be an Olympic level sport.

Sometimes I wonder if maybe events like dressage bother the other Olympians. Like maybe the marathon runners are sitting around drinking protein shakes at the Olympics after-party, talking about how many six day weeks they have trained. How they have spent literally their entire lives preparing, building, running, sweating, crying. How rain, hail or shine, they throw away their social lives, miss their families, dedicate their bodies and minds to the goal of not just winning at the Olympics, but even just to compete at the games. And in walks a showjumper with a medal around their neck and a top hat on their head and they shake their heads and think “for f$ck sake.”

Joking (and dressage) aside, though, I do have mixed feelings about the events in the Olympics. On the one hand, I think it’s absurd that things like pistol shooting and trapping are still featured. But on the other hand, they are just modern forms of archery. If you were to weed out the sports and games whose roots are in violence and war, you would lose a shocking number of events. Martial arts, wrestling, even dressage, as Aileen has pointed out to me, has its roots in training warhorses, and why should we celebrate that? The Olympics date back too far for it to be a simple matter, but it is nonetheless an interesting question.

On the other hand, though, I am perfectly fine with things like board games not being featured. As nice as it would be, I don’t think it’s the right fit. Outlets already exist for those who want to play board games competitively, and that’s something that is growing all the time. Besides which, I don’t think the majority of gamers have any particular interest in making their hobby any more competitive. It’s more important to advertise the past time as a fun, social outlet that provides an engaging, memorable play experience. And you don’t have to dress formally to do it.




But the horses are SO amazing! I’d still watch it to see them . . .

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Light at the end of the dungeon

Writer_smallerCompetition winner!

And the winner is …

(If you don’t know what I’m talking about, we ran a draw to win a free signed print of your favourite TWP comic by commenting on last week’s comic, and now we’re announcing who the winner is.)


…Curtis J. Reubens! Congratulations, and thanks for commenting! If you send us an email with your contact details, and of course your favourite comic, we’ll get it sent out. Our email address is:


I want to thank EVERYONE who commented, and everyone who comments here every week. We love talking to you all, and hope the conversation continues and grows.


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The most fun you can have

Writer_smaller100 comics!

What better way to celebrate a 100th birthday than taking your clothes off. Also I can now cross ‘take my clothes off on the internet’ off my bucket list. (it’s a pretty weird list, and I won’t lie, there are more than one Shia LaBeouf-related items on there)

I don’t honestly think either of us ever thought we would get to 100. It seems crazy now that we have, but two years ago it was laughably so. But we did, and we don’t intend on stopping, and if you’re reading this, it’s because of you that we are still going. So thank you. We would love to have done something special, something more for number 100, but unfortunately things are a little crazy here at Tiny Wooden Towers.  Aileen is wrapping up college just in time for a wedding abroad, and when we come back we have a house move (so many games to pack up!). But we still plan on doing more with the site, the least of which is a design overhaul. Just a little later on in the year now.

So for now we’re just gonna run a contest, to make it feel like we are doing something special. If you leave a comment on this week’s comic, you will be entered into a draw to win a signed A3 print of your favourite Tiny Wooden Pieces comic. Any comment will do, all will be entered. And you don’t have to list your favourite comic either, that can wait until a winner is announced. But we won’t hold it against you if you do list your favourite comic. We would love to hear what some of people’s favourites have been. The competition will run until midnight next Thursday GMT, so we can announce a winner next week.

So for now, thank you all so much, and I look forward to hearing from you in the comments.

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