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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

How to have a good game

1. Don't be a dick

and

2. It is EVERYONE's responsibility to make the game fun for everyone (including yourself) around the table.

The first is common sense but is sometimes forgotten.
The second is a little trickier as it requires empathy and communication.

I can have fun playing Go Fish if I know that is what everyone wants to play and I enjoy the company.

5 comments:

  1. Pure wisdom!

    I quit my last reliable gaming group about 5 years ago because one player refused to obey rule #1...and openly admitted he didn't believe in rule #2.

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  2. Ignorance of or disbelief in these two points, as displayed by all too many gamers I have known, is one of the main reasons I game so little in recent years.

    One of my theories is that some (or even many) players come to a game to do stuff they can't get away with in real life - that is, having fun being a dick, in a pretend situation with imaginary characters, doesn't have the same consequences that it would towards real people in real life.

    One of my other theories is that most gamers are by definition dicks and idiots. I'd rather not see any confirmation of this one.

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  3. "One of my other theories is that most gamers are by definition dicks and idiots. I'd rather not see any confirmation of this one."

    Gamers no more than most other groups, I think, and good gamers much much less. The seeking-a-game population just has a disproportionate number of jerks because many groups don't tolerate tham.

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  4. Rule #1's importance cannot be underestimated.

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  5. It seems like over the years, everyone has acquired a story about a player that violated Rule #1. Is it possible that it is the same person, just migrating from gaming group to gaming group?

    Maybe "the Dick" is an evil spirit like the Wendigo or Twin Peaks' "Bob." It flits from town to town, inhabiting bodies of corrupt gamers and being passed along at game cons...

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