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I've recently played a game with a group of developmentally challenged adults and teens. I thought I would be more of a moderator and less a player but boy was I wrong. It was a blast! This group has social and playing skills that at times are missing in other groups. These folks are great gamers, I'm so playing again next time they have a game night. The experience got me thinking about what skills and attitudes folks should develop to make gaming a better experience. So here's what this group has in abundance and some of us need to learn (not in order):
1. Learn to enjoy the play more than the win.
2. Learn how to level a game and do so if you're a radically better player; handicapping https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handicapping.
3. Learn when to help and when to back-off.
4. Learn how to win and loose gracefully; sportsmanship https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sportsmanship.
5. Learn to play as fast as others or get a timer if your AP prone.
6. Learn to pay attention to the play. If you need to take a call step away from the table; proxy your move if necessary.
7. Learn from and laugh at your mistakes.
8. Learn the difference between social and tournament play.
9. If you can, learn the rules before you play a new game.
10. Learn how to banter, ad-lib, praise and lightheartedly tease.
What's your list?
Challenge yourself. If you find that playing is becoming easy, raise the level. Try out new strategies, learn new games, seek out stronger competition. If you aren't losing as often as you win, you're going too easy on yourself.
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If the rules need to be explained to a new player, have only one person explain: nothing is more confusing that a bunch of people explaining different rules at the same time. If you think he missed something, remember it and mention it after he's done; he may just explain in a different order than you do.
One thing I heard recently on the Secret Cabal podcast was...allow yourself to learn the strategies of the games you're playing. An example: I just got Scythe, and the person that wins all our games beat me by a few points. I was really excited that I won and then I didn't when we did the final tally. I figured I'd come here and learn strategies of the different Factions. That was until I listened to this podcast and they mentioned that part of the pleasure of playing a game is the discovery. I may get my butt kicked a lot, but I will have so much fun trying different things out for myself. That's my $.02.