Value Building

Still wouldn’t open her.

I’m currently setting off on my first jaunt of the year and this seems like a convenient point to reflect on the madness so far. I’m only going to Poland for a few days, but anywhere has to be better than London right now, the grass is always greener as they say.

This year I’ve done a total of 72 sets and I’ve got one measly lay to show for it. 1 in 72!

That’s 13 sets a month or 3.25 a week or 0.46 a day. Obviously, the Chinese virus has had a large part to play in my lack of sets, forcing me to take all of March, April and May off. It was the longest break I’ve ever taken in my 6 years of game.

I’d like to report that I used this time off productively, reading lots of books, learning a new skill, starting an online business, working on my SMV, all that type of stuff that you read about on twitter. The reality is, I spent most of it playing FIFA 20 on my shiny new PlayStation 4. However, this was not time wasted entirely. I massively enjoyed beating 12-year-old Chinese kids online and I am now pretty fucking good at FIFA. I progressed from a division 10 player to a division 1 player whilst only giving up approximately 400 hours of my life in the process. Bargain.

On a serious note, I did do some productive things, and I did work on my SMV.

I had a hair transplant. My hairline has been receding/thinning for a few years now, as is common for many men in their mid-thirties. I have always planned to shave it all off Krauser style when the time came. But then one day in February, I was walking up Harley street in central London and I walked past two or three clinics all offering “Free” consultations. I called one of them up later that day, went in to see them and before I knew it, I’d paid a £1000 deposit for a transplant in mid-April. How did that happen?! In hindsight, I know exactly how it happened, the consultant was a REALLY good salesman, and despite my in depth knowledge of sales techniques, I remain excellent at parting with my hard earned money when a good salesman gets his tenterhooks on me. The onset of the virus lead to the clinic bringing my appointment forward and I got it done on the day lockdown started in the UK (24 March), they had to smuggle me out the back door and sneak me home in an uber so that neither of us got gestapoed. They’ve done a great job, and most of my mates and colleagues didn’t even notice any difference in my appearance, that’s mostly because I don’t look any different yet, apparently it takes 6-12 months for the new hair to grow through.

I lost 6 kilos of puppy fat. This was not intentional; I basically stopped drinking alcohol for three months as all the bars were closed and I’ve never been a fan a drinking at home, so I just didn’t. However, I’ve put a couple of those kilos back on since the pubs have re-opened.

I’ve started learning Russian. On another dangerously expensive walk, I passed Pushkin house in central London, and outside it was a sign saying that their Spring semester would be fully online and that registrations were closing the very next day! Scarcity, scarcity, they’re trying to get you with the old scarcity tactic! I told myself. I then quickly typed in the url of the website on my phone and parted with another £400 of my hard-earned dosh, phew, just made it!  I have since completed the 10-week course and have even signed up for a second semester which starts this weekend. My reasons for doing this were not game related. I would like to be able to speak basic Russian with the aim of getting a contract and living there for a year or so. I would dabble in a wee bit of daygame on the side.

So, has the time off doing all these value building activities improved my results?

Of course it hasn’t. I HATED IT.

I’ve never been a fan of taking breaks, no matter how much experience you have, any time off will make you rusty. Throw in a virus that makes girls even more scared of strangers, then you will find that the old daygame gets a lot harder, and so, that is what I have found. Here’s a rundown of the pre and post lockdown stats.


Sets Number FB/Insta Flake Date Flake idate D1 D2 D3 D4 Near Miss SDL Lays
25 16.00% 8.00% 66.67% 0.00% 0.00% 4.00% 4.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 4.00%
1.92 4 2 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1


These numbers are for January and February. As you can see, I wasn’t exactly spamming, but I was still comfortably inside my 1 in 30 level of the last 2 years or so. My enthusiasm for daygame was possibly at its lowest ebb at the beginning of the year, I made the false assumption that things would be much better in Spring.


Sets Number FB/Insta Flake Date Flake idate D1 D2 D3 D4 Near Miss SDL Lays
47 12.77% 8.51% 50.00% 0.00% 0.00% 2.13% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
2.35 6 4 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

I have been out and about pretty much every day since the shops have re-opened, which was 15 June if I remember correctly. I live just off Oxford street and I do like to get my 10,000 steps a day, so I don’t really mind THAT much if I don’t see many sets on my walk. But the past couple of weeks has been taking the piss.

Almost every day I’ve gone out, I’ve spotted on average 4 daygamers and one or two sets, i.e. there always seems to be more daygamers on the streets than actual sets, how do you square that circle?

I’ve stopped and chatted to quite a few of my fellow daygamers just to gauge how they’re getting on with the “new normal”. Most seem to be struggling, but a few guys have told me they’re still getting laid. Fair play to them. I also see several twitter bros posting +1’s on a regular basis. Fair play to them too.

I’ve been thinking over whether it’s me or whether it’s London that is fucked. Have I forgotten how to do a good daygame set? Have I aged rapidly during lockdown and now girls are repulsed by me? Have I turned into a reclusive creep??

Well, I can safely say, even though you can’t see it in the numbers, I can see it in the sets. My game is fine, maybe a little rusty, but fine. I look pretty much the same, and I always was a creep anyway. Girls still like me, I’m getting good reactions. My open to close ratio has gone to piss, but I’m putting that down to girls being a bit extra cautious due to our Chinese friends. I’m confident the results will filter through soon enough, I just need to keep tapping away.

Anyway, I’m just about to touch down in Poland, London can do one.