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Kirk Thomas
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Assuming a good teacher, I'll almost always enjoy a game where somebody knows it well enough to just explain it and off we go - no rules references, no refresher for the person who "knows" the game. Somebody who can efficiently make sure a game is played appropriately is huge.

How many games can you do this with? I'd estimate there are 25-30 non-trivial games I could set up and teach without referencing the rules.
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Probably only 5-6ish, but it goes up to about 30 or so if you include referencing the rules for setup (I have the worst memory for starting hand sizes and stuff like that)
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Just counting from my current collection, about 70.

Much more if you let me peek at how many cards/how much money each person starts with. Some games I've played a hundred times and still can't remember that little bit of info shake
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I'd let you both look up small details like number of $ to start with, etc. The key concept is being able to teach a game without spending much time "re-learning" the game.
 
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I have ~40 or 50 games…

There are 7 or 8 I know like the back of my hand, and could teach them practically blindfolded.
There are another 5-10 I'd need to brush up on setup, and maybe reference the rules for the fringe events…

Then, there are the rest, and I've played them, but between setup and some of the turn order/resolution, I'd say I know them like a distant relative… Say, what's the dog's name again? Oh yeah, how's he? Oh he had puppies.
So, it's a girl…. shake
(I'd need a cheater/aid, as my last play has been too long ago.)

If I put some effort into it and played more games, more regularly, I could probably bump the "back of hand" up to 20-25.
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stlkt wrote:
I'd let you both look up small details like number of $ to start with, etc. The key concept is being able to teach a game without spending much time "re-learning" the game.
Given that, somewhere between 250 and 300.
 
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109 out of my 179 owned games.
 
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My entire collection and about 20 more.
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stlkt wrote:
I'd let you both look up small details like number of $ to start with, etc. The key concept is being able to teach a game without spending much time "re-learning" the game.
In that case, I count at least 160
 
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I can teach lots of games without needing to go through the rules to relearn anything, but I like to go through the rules as I teach, so I can present the information in the same way. Like, if I open the rules and it first explains the actions you can take, then how combat works, then the event cards; then I'm going to explain things in the same order. I don't need to relearn how those work, but it's just easier for me if I can see the header of the section, then be like "Alright, gotta explain that, now."
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i'd guess around 200-300 definitely any game currently in my collection. But I've often done demo/teaching at game conventions as a volunteer
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Probably around the 200 mark if not more. I retain rules incredibly well to the point that my friends when feeling unkind call me rain man.
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Somewhere between 30 & 40 I think (not counting expansions and re-implementations), maybe a few more. I think I could teach almost any game I've played more than 10 times without checking the rules (except for set-up).
 
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Without investing serious effort into a learning of the rules, I think I need like 5 games to teach a game with looking up setup rules and 10 games without. The former would amount to 11 games. However, the latter would be only 7 games currently, out of which are 5 fillers and the other two take less than an hour.

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120 ... with about 20 to 30 of those being pretty simple kids games
 
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stlkt wrote:
I'd let you both look up small details like number of $ to start with, etc. The key concept is being able to teach a game without spending much time "re-learning" the game.
Given that, then probably around 250-300 or so.
 
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stlkt wrote:
I'd let you both look up small details like number of $ to start with, etc. The key concept is being able to teach a game without spending much time "re-learning" the game.
Where do brief memory lapses fit in? Are quick rules speedreads/scans (<30 seconds, << 1 minute) allowed also?

With me, most rules are on 'standby' in my memory, to use a computer term. It takes a short while to get them up to speed, but after that it's smooth sailing all the way: it's not that I need to meticulously re-read every paragraph again, look up rules discussions, etcetera. It's more that my opponents need the verbose treatment again meeple (although they sometimes surprise me by remembering more than me).

If the above is allowed then it's anywhere between 250 and 500. I don't really know the upper bound because I also remember a lot of games which are not in my possession, and many owners of games defer to me for the explanation.
 
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Pascal Paquin
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About 10-12 games that I know really well (will perhaps just need to check for the starting setup).
Another 10-20 that I need to always check some details just to be sure that we played it well.
And the rest of my collection, about 25 games, I will need to read the rules again before I play, and even then I will probably keep to rulebook close when we play.

To not play that much doesn't help me remember all the rules, but it seems the more game I have, the more I'm able to remember for a longer time.
 
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