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What are some of the "unwritten rules" of board gaming etiquette?

I started thinking about how a lot of new players have no idea about the etiquette that most of us just sort uf... know. What are some of these unwritten rules that come to mind? Have you ever seen a new player break these rules?

On numerous occasions we've had people abruptly leave before a game is finished. A common one is "quarterbacking". We had a game of #Space Alert made pretty miserable by one player telling the person next to him exactly what he should do. 

 

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2 months ago

I think a huge one is: try to win. It sounds silly, but if not everyone is trying to win, the game falls apart. If someone sets out with their only goal being to screw over another player, the targeted player will not have a good time, and the perpetrator will also not be performing well, thereby making it easier for a third player to win the game, even though it may not have been earned.

Now there are times where you may want to perform less optimally (e.g. playing against a less experienced player), but I think you can usually do things to make the game harder for yourself but still try to win.

Premium User2 months ago

Or simply...try. LOL.. I've had a few games where people I was playing with totally checked out and had no idea what was going on or when it was even their turn. Totally ruined the game for me and let me know who to avoid playing with in the future.

2 months ago

It's summed up by the brilliant Knizia quote. I'm probably butchering it but the one that's like "Your goal should be to win, but it's the goal that counts, not the winning"

In other words, the unspoken social contract is that everybody is playing to win, and when one person fails in that responsibility the whole project falls down. 

2 months ago

Yep I do remember seeing that quote before. That pretty much sums it up!

Supporter2 months ago

Kinizia is an amazingly productive game designer. 

2 months ago

I agree, sometimes it's not fun when not everyone is trying their hardest to win

2 months ago

I never thought about this, it's a good one. I don't think anyone really broke this rule around me. There was this one time during #Architects of the West Kingdom where one of the players kind of gave up for some reason, and decided to just round up as much of our players as he can and keep on putting them in jail for profit. It was slightly annoying but still pretty funny as it put us all on edge and changed our strategies to adapt to the chaos. He wasn't targeting anyone specific, so I don't think he was really breaking the rule

2 months ago

Haha, I could see how that could be entertaining. If he wasn't targeting anyone specific, you could just think of it as the game punishing everyone lol

2 months ago

Yeah, that seems about right. It created a fun memory too

2 months ago

DO NOT TRY TO HELP SOMEONE TEACH A GAME! LET THEM GET THROUGH THE TEACH AND THEN FEEL FREE TO ADD CERTAIN THINGS THEY MAY HAVE MISSED!

 

Phew. 

2 months ago

My partner does this a lot. It annoys me because in my head I have a logical sequence of how to explain things, and when she jumps ahead to explain something that won't make sense yet it throws me off. 

Supporter2 months ago

Oh lord, so many times for me. I always cringe cause I see people at the table trying to keep up and then spacing out because it gets convoluted and confusing.

Supporter2 months ago

Hmm yes I've had that happen to me too. 

Supporter2 months ago

yes. yes and yes!

2 months ago

1. Put the phone away. (unless you're taking a picture to post).

2. Pay attention.  Drives me crazy when a player has to be prompted repeatedly that it's their turn.

3. Do the best you can. Don't intentionally throw the game away.

4. Finish the game.  It's rude.

5. Follow the rules and play like everyone else. One thing that drives me crazy in a deck-building game is when someone takes their turn by just laying all of their cards down, then discards them in 5 seconds and takes all of their actions, not allowing other players to see the cards they played.

6. Be a good sport, not a sore loser.

2 months ago

Almost forgot, dont try to teach when there is someone who is already trying to teach. And piggybacking off of that, just listen to the one explaining the rules haha

2 months ago

Yup, I've had to stop myself when other people are teaching, and I've had to stop asking questions when someone else is teaching.  The line that I've found helpful for dealing with someone jumping in when I'm teaching is a polite "Yes, I haven't got to that yet, please wait."   If they jump in again a polite " Hold on. If you don't mind, wait till I get done teaching and then you can jump in with anything I missed." I haven't had anyone keep pushing past that second reminder. 

2 months ago

haha thats good! I am just so non-confrontational.. lol

Premium User2 months ago

Oh that's a really good one! I HATE when I'm trying to teach a game and someone (mainly my brother lol) will jump in and start to try to clarify things I just didn't get to yet...

2 months ago

THE WORST. I'm internally whining about how it's MY game and that I get to teach the rules... then realize, oh wait I'm a grown man hahaha

2 months ago

WIPE YOUR HANDS OFF. whether its food, nosepicking, nail biting, toe touching, or going to the bathroom...just please wipe/clean your hands... please... other people touch these things too... lol 

2 months ago

Oh yes. I always ask my friends to wash their hands after we take a break to eat. The hard part is snacks that are just out that people get up between turns to eat. Like they're not going to wash their hands after 3 chips, but chips are so greasy...

Even worse is watching my one friend eat and then lick all his fingers and touch the game...

Owner2 months ago

Thankfully, you have several options

Supporter2 months ago

We've come so far as a society...lol

2 months ago

Wait... how are those any better than a pair of chopsticks?

2 months ago

the little hands are hilarious, that's how lol

2 months ago

Valid point lol

2 months ago

Hahahaha ooooo finger savers!

2 months ago

Hahaha, that's perfect

Supporter2 months ago

Ouch disgusting 

2 months ago

That made me cringe...