A New Series of Reviews - The Rules
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When I acquire a new game, be it through a purchase, a trade or a thrift find, the first thing I do, as do most of us, is open the game like it is Christmas morning, check all the bits and pieces are present and then smile like I have just opened up a Red Ryder BB Gun ("Oh my God. I shot my eye out"). The second thing I do is read the rules.

Rules are important. While the artwork is the book cover, the rules are the preface. They are our first glimpse at how much we might enjoy the actual playing of the game. Yet reading the rules can vary from anywhere to enjoyable to frustrating. Quite often a game won't see the table immediately as the shear torture of reading through the rule book has given me a migraine!

SO...I have decided to do a series of reviews - REVIEWS OF THE RULES

I am sure there is a general consensus as to what criteria a rule book should adhere to but here are my criteria:

1. Aesthetics ~ does the rule book look good (/5)
2. Can it be physically read easily ~ size of font, graphics interfering with ability to read text etc... (/5)
3. Does the rule book follow a logical format (/10)
4. Could I explain and play the game after the first read (/5)
5. Use of examples (/5)

**These are not reviews of the games - many great games have poorly written rules and many poor games have well written rules**
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This is a game that I recently acquired via a trade and had not played before.

http://boardgamegeek.com/article/6868172#6868172
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I had not played this game when I had read the rules. I guess this was almost a 'mail-in' review as the game is light and easy to play but I wanted to get the list going. I am going to try to mix in heavy, medium and light games. Again, the game may be easy to play but that does not mean the rules will be easy to follow.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/660564/a-review-of-the-r...
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