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Perhaps the pen and paper is the means to not deplete the most powerful chemical weapons in anyone's arsenal: dopamine, oxytocin, endorphin, cortisol, and adrenalin :D.

The game, imho, is to maximize the use/production of the first three, and choose carefully where to spend them.

The last two are interesting. I believe they act in an inverted U curve. So for the person themselves, a medium amount of those followed by a great success (that releases dopamine, and endorphin) leads to the unicorn state of "zone". Too much of these chemical, or a prolonged exposure, and they hamper your senses and cognitive abilities. But that means those two are quite important weapons to be inflicted on your adversary :).

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