I got the rules wrong... again.
Karl Schmit
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I'm the one that buys and owns nearly all of the games that I play with my friends. Therefore, when I get something new it typically falls on me to read the rules and explain them to the group. Right now I have a pretty good streak going of screwing up at least one aspect of the rules of the last few new games we've tried for the first time.

I'm usually ok with games that I've played before. It's just the new stuff that I've bought without having played it live or online that seem to have a voodoo on me.

What I'm really waiting for is a geek with a video camera and some video editing software to do rules explanations video files. We could download them, burn them to a DVD and play them before gaming. It would surely eliminate my mistakes!

Am I alone in this or do other Geeks screw up rules to new games as well?

Tune in next week when I screw up Medici and Princes of Florence...
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Played a rule wrong in this game for the first 10 games.

In two player the governor gets 2 roles, the library can be used with only one of these roles.



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Battle is a good example.
If two armies meet on the road, the may choose to fight, but you can also interpret the rules so that armies only have to be in the same province for a battle to occur.
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Like I said...

I even gave this to a friend the week before we were going to play it, just so two of us would have read the rules and there would be less of a chance of something getting by. That still didn't prevent us from dealing 4 profession cards to start the game and keeping all 4!

Well, that and the first time or two someone won a Prestige Card auction they just grabbed the top one and not the top 5. I caught it after that.
 
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Been playing with roll a 5 or 6 to kill zombies with ranged weapons for about 2 years.

No wonder the body shot ruling (on a 5) never came into play.

All because the text on the card refers to using the weapon as a baseball bat (kills zombies on a 5 or 6).
 
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So when the Wandering Monk was travelling for free, he was really travelling for free. We didn't pay the fee from the bank, we just didn't pay a fee altogether!

For 3 games.

I think the 4th will be a lot different.
 
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