Brian M
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There you are, happily playing your new game, when someone draws a card and says "Hey, what does this mean?" Maybe the card has a big in the top right corner that the other cards you've seen so far don't have. Nobody can remember what it means.

What do you do?

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What do you do when you don't know the rules for a game element?
Stop and look it up in the rulebook.
Completely ignore it for now, like it wasn't even there, and look it up after the game.
Completely ignore it and don't bother looking it up, ever. Must not be important.
Just make up your own rule for it for now and look it up after the game.
Just make up your own rule for it and don't look it up, ever.
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The best way is to ask in the rules forum of the game.
Usually within 10 minutes, while taking a break with a drink or whatever, a fellow geek will answer.

edit:
That is if the rulebook is not clear
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G Strobel
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Stop and look it up in the rulebook. Our first game of 7 Wonders took a really long time. lol
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Get super frustrated and grumbily about yet another symbol and try to look it up online on your tiny phonescreen without using your rulebook because you think it will be faster. Everyone eventually takes a smoke break while you stubbornly google and try to remember your BGG pw.
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Most probably look it up straight away. Possibly ignore it and look it up afterwards. It would depend on:
a) The game mechanics - is it likely that it can be safely ignored (e.g. in Race for the Galaxy you could safely ignore a card you don't understand and use it to pay for a card you do understand). If we think the might mean "do something now" then we would look it up.
b) How log do we have and how much do the other players care about finishing the game vs learning the rules now.
c) How easy it is to find stuff in the rules.
d) How bothered by understanding the card the person who drew it is
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Ian Taylor
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Might be the most one-sided poll in the history of BGG
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piemasteruk wrote:
Might be the most one-sided poll in the history of BGG

Looking like it.

This is interesting, since I've had and seen quite a few discussions that indicate the contrary.
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piemasteruk wrote:
Might be the most one-sided poll in the history of BGG


I was thinking the same thing. I'm not sure I've ever seen a poll with 100% of the answers (at my time of posting 73) all on the same selection.
 
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I like to invent a new rule on the fly.

Oh, a star at the top right? That means that the card has to be discarded whenever... the turn order changes. Yup. Oh, yeah, you should have gotten rid of that card when I took start player. Sorry buddy, better luck next time.
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Brian, you're a long time member of this community, and one I genuinely respect.

My guess is that this community is skewed towards veteran gamers who are no strangers to sizable rulebooks.

Ignoring rules or not bothering to consult a rulebook sounds more like something a casual (or non) gamer would do while playing Risk on a Saturday afternoon (for instance)

I can't for the life of me understand your motivation for this poll.

Again, absolutely no disrespect intended.
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Put the game away and play something else wasn't an option.
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garthasl wrote:
I can't for the life of me understand your motivation for this poll.

Several things that have me wondering about it:

* A few play experiences where the person teaching the game simply disregarded game elements that they weren't sure of.

* Castle Ravenloft was the first major place I saw this, where comments were made that people who tried to look up rules for unexplained icons/pieces were an indication of the "dumbing down" of the hobby.

* Myth discussions in which people stated that trying to look up a rule rather than just making up your own rule indicated a lack of imagination.

* A few forum threads lately indicating that looking up unknown rules at all was rules-lawyering and that people shouldn't play like that.
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Horror Leader wrote:
Put the game away and play something else wasn't an option.

Heh. No, it wasn't. I wonder if anyone does that.
 
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You left out "open a thread on BGG".
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Etiquette demands that the person triggering the issue must either pause play while they RTFM, or they must permanently destroy the offending item (e.g. by smoking it with their preferred herbal preparation). Opting for the latter often encourages the owner of the game to intervene and RTFM.

(...and if RTFM fails to solve it, consult BGG and the rest of the interweb and/or play something else)
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If it's a brand new game - look it up absolutely.
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Close one.

Pete (wonders which poll option will "win")
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I really do dislike extensive use of icons without text.
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StormKnight wrote:
garthasl wrote:
I can't for the life of me understand your motivation for this poll.

Several things that have me wondering about it:

* A few play experiences where the person teaching the game simply disregarded game elements that they weren't sure of.

* Castle Ravenloft was the first major place I saw this, where comments were made that people who tried to look up rules for unexplained icons/pieces were an indication of the "dumbing down" of the hobby.

* Myth discussions in which people stated that trying to look up a rule rather than just making up your own rule indicated a lack of imagination.

* A few forum threads lately indicating that looking up unknown rules at all was rules-lawyering and that people shouldn't play like that.


Personally, people with that kind of mindset scare me. I can see disregarding a rule or symbol that you do not think is necessary in the game but not even trying to find what it means boggles my mind. Of course, I am an engineer by training and in my profession, ignoring symbols and notations you do not understand gets people killed.
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I'll always attempt to look something up in the rules.

But if several people have tried looking unsuccessfully, and the game is getting held up, we might ignore it, and look it up after the game instead. Particularly if we're still new at the game.
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