Hey, That's not how you play! ... Oh well, still a good game.
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I'm amazed at how often I'm playing a game with someone, or someone leaves a comment on one of my How to Play videos, and they say, "Hey, that's not how you play." So I have to pull out the rulebook.

In fact, one of my growing pet-peeves is when someone doesn't like a good game, and then I find out they've been playing the game wrong and that's why they don't like it.

I was sharing these feelings with a woman at the Surprised Stare Games Ltd booth at Essen this year and she told me:

A great game is one that you can play with a few rules wrong and still think it's a great game.

I like that idea.

I'll admit that occoasionally I might get some rules wrong, even in my favorite games. (But not in any of my videos yet.whistle)

I've decided to create this list for games that are still great to play even if you botch a rule or two.

Please feel free to add any games where you messed up a rule but still enjoyed the game, and what the mess up was.

Hey, feel free to add any game where you've messed up on a rule and share the story, good or bad.

We all love stories.
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:20]
This is one of my favorite games. But after not playing it for a year, I probably should've looked through the rules again before teaching it to some friends because we played several games where we would add new colonists to the ship equal to the number of players plus any empty building spaces.

Maybe it threw off some of the balance, but honestly I didn't even notice until later that something wasn't right. It did make the game a lot quicker, maybe I'll botch this again in the future for faster games.
 
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2. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:47]
Another of my favorite games, It's not so much that I forget rules in this one as I forget to use my powers.
With so many cards and so many powers it's easy for me to forget, "Hey I was supposed to keep more cards when exploring" or "Oops, I was supposed to draw some cards on the consume face."
Oh well, even when I forget I still love the game.
 
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3. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:176]
In a rare exception where I didn't read the rulebook myself, I was taught this game by a friend who was himself taught the game without reading the rules. So needless to say, we had to pull out the rulebook quite a bit. And it turns out the rulebook is kind of ambiguous and we had to go to the internet for more answers, especially with so many cards with so many powers its hard to agree on the order and definition of some powers.
But you know what, even if we were always updating the rules or playing them wrong, I still got addicted to the game and played it everyday for a week.
 
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4. Board Game: Warhammer Quest [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:726]
I used to love playing this game as a teenager (If anyone wants to send me a copy now, please do.)
One time we were short a regular player and I asked my friend if she would play. She reluctantly agreed and afterward said that 10% of the game seemed fun, 10% was dice-rolling and 80% was arguing about the rules.
Hahaha, so true. I'm just glad she never saw us play warhammer fantasy, that was 97% rule arguing and we loved it.
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5. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:41]
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So I played my first games thinking the "2/2" symbol for building a shelter meant I needed 2 EACH of wood/fur. Made it very tough - but I still enjoyed it (I recorded my cock-up for posterity in a session report/review, too, just to ensure my humiliation )
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6. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
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People say that temple track is too overpowered in this one. Well, you don't know half of it. As I understand you need to put a Crystal skull on temple gear to advance on temple tracks. We played 2 games of this one and always just used this track without any skulls. Just imagine the temple races we had. Of course, not much attention to other things in the game, maybe except corn. Game still was interesting enough, but I really want to try it with correct rules.
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7. Board Game: Hawaii [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:599]
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After many games played we finally discovered that you can't place buildings of one type (except fruits) in one row. That sure explains, why 2nd level hula dancers were so powerful and almost nobody built more than 3 rows in his village. Great game though, even if we played it wrong.
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8. Board Game: Keltis [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1482]
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Apparently this is good. I play all tiles down. First person to tile snatches tile for their side for end game scoring. I do not care to learn how to try it the correct way or really even to try it the intended way even once. It might mess up what I enjoy about it, playing with two players. Such hard choices. Probably a lie (as this game my way is very luck heavy and can be swingy but fun too eh and still enough strategy!) and yeah faster is sometimes better. Frequently better. Which adds tension to your perfect and long sets you are building. Move too slow and not watch out for me stealing tiles and I will destroy you, leaving you wanting to not mess up next time with that ordered fiddly flam stuff. Speed matters too.
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