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David SL
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I do. In fact, I think in many ways I love learning to play a game as much as I sometimes do playing them. I didn't realise this passion until I started buying board games but I genuinely get excited to read the rules when I get a new game. I also love teaching the rules.

I only ask this because for the first time I've ordered a book for a game I'm not entirely sure I'm ever going to get to the table, but I'm so excited to read about it that I don't really mind!

Anyone else share this passion?
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Absolutely! I love reading rule books because I don't get much time to actually play the games. :) My favorite rulebooks are ones that have soooo many rules that you have to read it multiple times. I also liked how Eldritch Horror gives you tips on how to play and offers multiple ways to learn.

If you ever get a chance -don't- read the rulebook for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game I think has to be the most painfully memorable.
 
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I do.

There are three stages for me.

1) Unboxing a new game and savouring (hopefully) the components.

2) Reading the rules and understanding how the game works (in theory).

3) Playing the game and seeing how it works (in practice).

I love all three stages.
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PowerOfPinesol5 wrote:
My favorite rulebooks are ones that have soooo many rules that you have to read it multiple times.


So bad ones, basically.
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dougposkitt wrote:
I do.

There are three stages for me.

1) Unboxing a new game and savouring (hopefully) the components.

2) Reading the rules and understanding how the game works (in theory).

3) Playing the game and seeing how it works (in practice).

I love all three stages.

It's always fun when 2 and 3 vary wildly. Having a game sound so simple, you're not sure how there could be anything to the game and seeing it in practice completely open up is awesome. I find it strange that people can judge a game just from the reading of the rules.
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DavidSL wrote:
Anyone else share this passion?


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I do enjoy reading rulebooks. I think this is driven by the fact that I have a hearing loss so I prefer to sit down to a game knowing the rules rather than having them explained & missing a key rule in the process.

I've just got used to it; plus it helps me decide whether a game is for me or not.
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What else do you think I do on the commode?
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On those uncommon occasions when I have some time to myself after undoing the household damage the children have caused, and if my wife has already passed out on me, one of my favorite bedtime activities is to curl up with a good rulebook for a game I haven't played yet.

Pete (gets to do that about once a week)
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I love to read rules while soaking in the tub.
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PowerOfPinesol5 wrote:
If you ever get a chance -don't- read the rulebook for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game I think has to be the most painfully memorable.


Oh dear. My friend thought she'd like this game, so I asked for it in a math trade and got it. Now what should I do? I haven't looked at the rule book yet - only to inventory the contents when the game arrived.
 
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Jan Probst
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It's basically porn.
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Geoffrey Burrell
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I find it a necessary evil. But you have to be familiar with the rules to better enjoy the experience. It is also necessary to police the cheaters. I understand the games better after I have read the rules myself as opposed to have been taught the rules.
 
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Weltenreiter wrote:
It's basically porn.


Well then that would be pedophilia as some games are made for families and children.
 
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I enjoyed reading rulebooks until Bios: Genesis arrived and I discovered I need reading glasses to read it.
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JVallerand wrote:
PowerOfPinesol5 wrote:
My favorite rulebooks are ones that have soooo many rules that you have to read it multiple times.


So bad ones, basically.


I love reading rule books. It's fun to learn new things, and I like to learn new things (as well as learn new board games).

Reading rulebooks is just like learning a big new idea -- you have to have the chance to think about it and figure out how the pieces come together. Rereading a rulebook helps make that happen (as does playing a sample round, watching a how-to-play video, and so on). Things that didn't connect the first time (because you didn't have them all in your head at the same time) have a chance to come together. It's part of how learning works.
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JVallerand wrote:
PowerOfPinesol5 wrote:
My favorite rulebooks are ones that have soooo many rules that you have to read it multiple times.


So bad ones, basically.


Eh, my brain isn't absorptive enough to be able to read a game's rulebook once or twice and be able to sit down and play it book-free. For example I think the Space Empires 4X rulebook is written just fine but I needed to play with it alongside me and I read it multiple times. I'll have to re-read it again before I play it next. I'm not sure how much more efficiently it could convey the game procedures.
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tonksey wrote:
I do enjoy reading rulebooks. I think this is driven by the fact that I have a hearing loss so I prefer to sit down to a game knowing the rules rather than having them explained & missing a key rule in the process.

I've just got used to it; plus it helps me decide whether a game is for me or not.


Good point. MY hearing loss (and other factors) means I almost never play games with others unless I really know how it works already--mostly old favorites but also ones where I've had a chance to familiarize myself with the rules ahead of time.

But on the other hand, I was an avid rules reader long before the hearing loss, especially if the rules were simple, clear and entertaining. (I'm not a fan of "sooooooo many rules" mentioned in a previous post.)
 
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Mikko Linna
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Depends on the rules. Rules of Dungeon Petz are funny and simples. I read those rules just for fun.
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Most of the time, I really love reading rulebooks and making myself familiar with the nooks and crannies of a game.

There are some exceptions to this, though. I hate the FFG double rulebook approach. While I can enjoy the Learn to play book quite normally (although with a sense of dread that I am not being told everything), I just loathe reading the Reference Guide. It just has so much repetition and no concise train of thought you could "hop on" to. This way of reading about a game just makes it harder for me to build my inner "Mind Map" of the rules.

It is like I learned a game, but wrong - and then someone tells me that I am wrong, but doesn't point out all the little ways in which I am wrong and I have to find them myself in this unstructured dictionary that I have to read from cover to cover...

Another case of me not really liking to read rules is, when they are ordered in numbered paragraphs (Magic Realm or some Wargames come to mind). Just like the Reference Guide from FFG, the train of thought is constantly broken by the paragraphs that in many instances explain the rules as if they have nothing to do with each other. It is just more difficult to follow and get a clear overall picture and the rules seem to become more drawn out by this. After understanding the rules, I always think that there must be a way to write these a "better" and more readable way.

This last type of rules is why I already dread the arrival of High Frontier 3rd Edition, since the rules seem to be in just this format.

While I ultimately will understand the game (hopefully), I just have no fun in reading them.
 
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Less board game, but used to love reading RPGs. That hobby has trailed off for me now, but I still own rule books for games I've never played.

Special mention to the two Warhammer "Realms of Chaos" books "Slaves to Darkness" and "The Lost and the Damned". Absolutely brilliant reading, dripping with theme, just what a young metal-head was looking for.
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There may well be others but this one sits more readily in my memory:

Anyone else enjoy reading the rules?

 
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Do any of you LOVE reading rules?

I do not do it just randomly for games in general, but certainly I enjoy doing it for games I am researching, getting ready to play, or have recently played without prior reading.

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I very much enjoyed the reading of the old Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization rules, with the layout in sections where you could read 30% of the rules and then play and enjoy the coherent introductory scenario with multiple players, and then read 30% more, play, and then read and play the full game. Excellent! We never got around to play more than the introductory in my group though, but that was not due to the rule book in any way.
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I love it. Mostly I do, because some rulebooks are at best mediocre, to put this gently.

I have a long history of video gaming, starting vith the Amiga in 1989, I think. I love to play role playing games and strategy games, and both of these came with thick rulebooks (and back in the day you had to read them, because there were no tutorials and no sophisticated help systems or question mark indicators and such).
The booklets were often made with love and dedication and I really enjoyed reading them.

This also applies for board game rulebooks. I usually download them (if available) and read them on my tablet while traveling by train or during coffee breaks at work (most of the time before I actually buy the game).
 
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