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Barry Roy
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Folks,

Just received Bootleggers. Bought it based on theme and good reviews. However, wow does it look hard to learn. My question to you all is -- how do i go about learning it and teaching it to others. The folks i play games with generally do not like complicated stuff.

Is there anywhere on line i can play it to get a feel for the game. Is there anyone out there willing to be a tutor?

Thanks,

Barry
 
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Dwayne Hendrickson
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It sounds & looks like a lot to learn.
I handled it by walking through each step myself by putting things on the board and acting out each step. Things get a lot clearer once you do that.
Next, teach it to 2 other people, play a game or two. They'll pick up quick. Next play with all 6 players, having your prior pupils hold the hands of the newbies.

You'll be sailing through a game in 45 minutes

Also, if you are stuck, post a question here on the geek. The designer haunts this place and quickly answers questions. Look through the questions already here & see if it clears things up.
Bootleggers is a great game.
Have fun.
 
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Mike Neff
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I just got mine a few months ago.

I sat down by myself and played a simulated 3 player game to get a feel for how things ran.

By the 3rd round I was pretty comfortable with things.

After introducing it to different friends, they all caught on by the 3rd round, and wanted to immediately play it again when we had finished. I don't think I'll have any trouble getting them to play it again, and many of my non gaming friends want to try it simply based on the theme (who wouldn't want to run shine?).

Enjoy
 
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Travis Cook
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I know it sounds strange, but the best way to teach others is NOT to explain it and just play. The way I do it is just give them their pieces and immediately start the game. I explain each step as we play. By 3 or 4 rounds, the other players will have it down and start playing on their own.

I tried to explain the game BEFORE playing and its just too overwhelming for most. I found just jumping in and showing them how to play along the way is the best method.

Plus, give them good advice on their play. Point out strategies or "Maybe I'll do this because this will do this for me." Don't go out to stomp them their first game. They'll never play again.

It might be better to play a shorter game as opposed to the regular length game to avoid burn-out the first game.

As for learning the game yourself. Play a mock game by yourself or someone else who has read the rules. Stumble through the game or two before showing others. You’ll be much better off.
 
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Mike Bazynski
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I found it best to explain the rules by starting with showing the most important moment first - i set up some open bars (whatever they're called), had some truck drive by, some improvements added, and showed how the payout works. once they see what is it they should try to achive all the rest of the rules is just explaining how the different parts of the final picture get added...
 
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Michael Campbell
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Come over to my house on Saturday. I'll teach you.
 
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Don Beyer
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okiedokie wrote:
The designer haunts this place and quickly answers questions.


Boo

I have an RSS feed setup for the game though it didn't pick up this post, Hmmm...

Use the family still as a guide but be careful on taking the extra influence only on rounds 4 and 8 (the description on the stills seems to trip up some). Give a shout if you have any questions, though I sometimes have to go look up the answers...

Enjoy.

Don
 
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Glenn Drover
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Definitely worth the effort to learn this amazingly fun game! I occasionaly play boardgames with my poker buddies who would be categorized as extremely casual gamers and they loved it!

Still one of my favorites!
 
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Jon Greisz
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We played a 4 player game over the weekend and had a blast. Both times we've played now we've had someone hit 100k early, on the 8th & 9th turn. We'll need to learn to gang up on the leader better. Played the soundtracks to Chicago and the Godfather for mood.
 
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