Explaining the Rules

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Saw this going around a facebook group xD

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Premium User15 months ago

Oh man, there have been times where someone starts to chime in to "help" me explain, and I've just held up my hand and said "no" and kept going myself. It works surprisingly well.

Supporter15 months ago

Lol! That’s great 

Owner15 months ago

My brother-in-law and his wife did that to each other while explaining Catan to me and my wife during Thanksgiving. My goodness they would constantly interrupt each other as soon as someone finishes a sentence and take it over believing he/she can explain it better xD

They were so serious and my wife and I just tried our best to be focused haha

Premium User15 months ago

Man, it really is tough to follow. I'm sure I've got a long way to go in terms of explaining games well, but trying not to let that happen gets you pretty far, I think.

15 months ago

Haha I should try this technique!

15 months ago

I never look forward to teaching a new game because of exactly that. Then halfway through the game I hear "you never said that!". I wish I had a battle axe for those moments.

Premium User15 months ago

Ugh, the worst is the "What? You never told me that!" you get from them later in the game

Supporter15 months ago

I’m fortunate to not run into this almost ever.  Sometimes I’ll get questions but that has trained me to add an “I will get to that in detail in a minute”.

Supporter15 months ago

Typically I’m in your boat too Scott. My game group is pretty good at listening. 

15 months ago

Hahaha this is so good!... and so true...

Premium User15 months ago

I'm not sure that is big or sharp enough. :P

Supporter15 months ago

I love it 

Premium User15 months ago

I have also worked at tailoring rules to the folks that I'm playing with.  If I'm playing with someone who needs to know EVERY rule before playing then I'll explain everything up front. Most of the time I try to explain what people need turn by turn and offer two choices or three at most.  As they begin to grasp the game concepts I'll add in a bit here and bit there. 

Once in a while I get the annoying person who only wants a 5 minutes rule explanation but then complains later that I didn't emphasize something that I told everyone twice. Usually with something like, "I'm going to repeat that because it's important."

Owner15 months ago

Oh yes, it really depends on the personalities of the people present. And it's hard to stay on track and cover the overarching flow of the game when you have to constantly stop and address every question lol. I'm glad that my wife is the type where she doesn't mind just dipping her toes in first and let me introduce one thing at a time. The only bad part is when I forget to mention a rule and take an action that she had no idea about (now that's a whole another pet peeve that I need to try and not commit haha). The other funny moments are when my wife repeatedly makes an illegal move and I need to give her a reminder. It's funny because it's just the two of us, but it would probably be more frustrating if I had to do it with my regular group!

Premium User15 months ago

Um, yes...lol

Supporter15 months ago

I've could of used that bottom "knife" a few times.

Owner15 months ago

This hasn't happened to me very much since the only times when I need to explain rules are when it's with my wife or with my wife + my parents who are pretty patient haha. And when I'm playing with my regular group, @trentellingsen is the one who does all of the explaining.

The worst example I've seen is when my wife and I played Catan with her brother and sister-in-law. They had recently purchased Catan and were in love with it. They kept interrupting one another and intercepting the role of explaining the rules thinking he/she can explain it more clearly than the other. My goodness that was hard to watch lol

Owner15 months ago

It's why I'm happy when people who know how to play are just on their phone, or if I bring a game that's new to everyone :P

Premium User15 months ago

Now that I think about it, next time I have to explain a game and some of the table already knows how to play, I'm going to preface with "If you already know how to play, please don't add anything until I've finished explaining. If I've forgotten anything, you can bring it up then. It will be simpler that way."

Supporter15 months ago

That’s a good idea 

Owner15 months ago

That sounds like the best way to go. Sets the tone and is respectful toward everyone.

Owner15 months ago

Lol. I think the worst I've seen was when you were explaining Root to the guys.

15 months ago

Ugh the worst. I feel like a teacher in a classroom, crossing my arms, saying "I will wait" with a stern tone...

Premium User15 months ago

Totally. Usually accompanied by a very deep sigh.

Owner15 months ago

For sure. It happens with my high school youth group more often than I'd like hahaha. I'm close with them though so I can be more like an older sibling trying to get them in line.

15 months ago

Oh I present in front of high schoolers all the time and I do not take their shenanigans lol. 

Owner15 months ago

Oh boy, I can't imagine trying to teach a board game to them (or I guess it's more like... I clearly see how it'll go and it'll test my patience lol)

15 months ago

Haha this is why I love games with you and Charlie.... none of that!

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