What’s your board game pet peeve?

I'll start - telling someone in my group over and over that it is their turn.

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3 months ago

Definitely agree that anyone at the table not being fully engaged with the game and everyone else is frustrating.  It's also frustrating when someone complains because you remind them of the rules, and then complains that "you never told me that" because they weren't listening when you went over the rules.

Premium User3 months ago

Oh my gosh, when someone is dead set that I "never explained that" and I know for a fact that I did, it's so frustrating. Kinda funny when a third person comes in though - "Yeah actually he did."

Partner3 months ago

Yes! 1000 times yes!!

Moderator Level 13 months ago

The rules thing is a touchy one at my house with my family, not so much with my small game group who are a little more forgiving as all of us are learning games each month and we tend to review the rule book as needed for clarification. 

My wife and son don't want more than a 90 second game and rule overview.  Any longer then that and their eyes glaze over.  They get very frustrated when the rule they didn't hear/understand and were reminded of limits their final score.  Ouch!

3 months ago

Yes, it's a challenge for sure!

Moderator Level 13 months ago

Oh! Picking up your phone while waiting for your turn and doing social media instead of actually 'being' with those you're playing the game with.  (mostly because some of our exchange students have been notorious for this)  I'm all for taking photos of the game in progress so you can post it later (it's what I do), but scrolling through Instagram, Snapchat, and everything else drives me crazy.

And I'm going to add one more: telling someone how long it's taking them to take their turn (on a mid-weight game or their first time playing), then having to be told it's your turn (and it better not be becuase you're on social media!).

3 months ago

A thousand times this.

You want to play with your phone? Stay home and do it on your time, not mine.

Moderator Level 13 months ago

Amen!

Partner3 months ago

I have a friend who, almost every round, needs to check the score by working backward through the last few turns and recounting the moves. Like in #Terraforming Mars he would be like you did those ten things and then those ten things so you should have one less energy. Then I have to say no I did THESE then things and then these then things to justify the total is right. It is exhausting.

Premium User3 months ago

Because he doesn't trust that it was done correctly?

Partner3 months ago

That is correct. 😭

Premium User3 months ago

I'd suggest paying closer attention on everyone else's turns so they don't have to review it every time it gets back to him lol. That is indeed frustrating.

Partner3 months ago

Not sure if this is a pet peeve or just an annoyance, but going to throw this out there:

3 months ago

I am very particular with food. I had a bad red wine spill during a #Kingdomino game a few years back and I have never fully recovered. You can have food and drink, just don't be careless.

Moderator Level 13 months ago

Ouch! About two years ago we began to play a new game I had just received with some friends and someone knocked over a glass near the board.  We quickly grabbed their cards and tokens and cleaned up the board. That's the only spill we've had (knock on wood!).

We always pull out the Italian Soda syrups and some snacks for our game nights, and just make sure napkins are really close and that we're all very careful.

Premium User3 months ago

Ouch...luckily it was a smaller game like Kingdomino and not something larger and more expensive, but that still sucks.

3 months ago

Set up time. My partner and I find games that get to the table more often are those that are less than 5 minute set up...

As for (after set up/in game) "analysis paralysis" gamers. I will admit to this to the "pleasure/displeasure" of my gaming group...

ArrOOoo!

3 months ago

Oh, pet peeve with the players?  That would be those who don't listen to the rules, and then act annoyed when a rule they didn't learn bites them in the butt.

3 months ago

A completely different peeve is when game rules/ components have been corrected/ updated, ( almost always because the game wasn't playtested enough or had terrible editing/quality control) but the publisher doesn't send you updated rules/components, or even offer them at a low cost.  

Premium User3 months ago

That is just bad practice. I get that this is going to be a financial problem, though they will not make that mistake next time. I cannot think of a game where this happened though, can you?

3 months ago

The most recent I have is Sea of Legends, it's too early to say if they will adequately remedy the awful rulebook and component misprints, but I haven't heard anything that they are.planning to fix anything other than that app.

3 months ago

Another frustration is when people jump to the conclusion that a game is unbalanced or has major flaws that need to be immediately house ruled after the first play.  Yes, some games.do need houserules, but you need to play them a few times before deciding that for sure, and what they should be (and most games don't need them)

Supporter3 months ago

I see this kind of stuff on BGG threads all the time.  Trying to fix games that aren't even released yet.  It's like give it a chance first.

Although unlike I do love me some house rules as long as they work well and everyone agrees.  I don't over do it but every once in a blue moon we'll add a rule or make a variation or use one I've seen elsewhere.

Supporter3 months ago

::Shudder::

Supporter3 months ago

Don't touch anything after grabbing chips or anything greasy until you wipe you're hands.

Premium User3 months ago

If there are greasy foods around the table, I get out sets of chopsticks to anyone who wants to use them.

3 months ago

We hate the feel of sleeves too, but everyone is great about taking care of the game components in our group. However, my son (who is also an avid board gamer) had a problem with someone in his game group who had sweaty hands and always held and played with his cards, actually wore the Scythe combat card edges out in just one game night! Fortunately Stonemeyer sent him free replacements when he told them what happened.

Supporter3 months ago

Thankfully my group is all older guys and we don't ever have this problem but I just say a reminder for some guys who don't own games and aren't aware that it's a big deal but as soon as I say something they do.

Yeah Stonemeair has great customer service.  Jamey is my second favorite designer/publisher.

Glad it worked out for your son.  I have young kids but already have my 8 year old playing some games including #Root so I'm hoping to create an in home gaming group as all my kids get older.

Premium User3 months ago

Oy, yeah. That one grinds my gears as well.

Supporter3 months ago

I mean it's not a problem with my group they know to take care of components.  I also don't like to sleeve cards so this adds to the need to make sure we handle everything with care.