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Austin Norris

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So as the title suggests I have gotten to the point that I have too many games to remember the rules to even half of them it seems. Usually I can remember the basics of how to play, but forget smaller rules like when you go here you have to do X. It doesn't help getting half of them played is no easy task. Sad part is I am only 23, it can only get wrose from here.

Anyone else have this problem?
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Yes, I do have the same problem. Probably the internal booklet will solve it time to time.... :-)
 
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I started suffering your same problem around 25 or 26 when my collection got to be about the same size as yours.. It's like this... :I know this game uses line of sight but it is center to center or any corner to any point".

Since we can remember 95% of any rule set without looking it up, we basically just make cheat sheets for those rules we forget or simply just look them up.

Another trick is to keep your game collection small enough that you'll reasonably play any game in it maybe once a year or so.

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I don't have this problem unless I have only played the game once. It sure seems like everyone else I play with has this problem, since I often have to remind people of the rules.
 
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And this is why you make crib notes to make quick-start rules for games.
In every game box, I have my own notes. The thing is, that it isn't just me who has to be reminded of the rules, it's everyone else. It's a lot easier to remember things in a group.
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With close to 200 games, I pick 2-4 games the day before gaming night and reread the rules.

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Yup. I blame it on age ... my wife blames it on buying and owning too many games. For me, it's mostly when I'm trying to remember games of similar scale/theme.

I can remember without problem Pandemic's rules versus Ticket to Ride versus Kill Dr. Lucky vs Alhambra without a problem. Wildly different games and rules.

But ask me to sort out the nuances between Conflict of Heroes vs. Combat Commander vs Valor and Victory without the rulebooks in front of me and I'm lost. That why I have to have a favourite (Valor & Victory) and then also play other unique games for that period (Frontline: D-Day) or minis rules (Troops, Weapons & Tactics).
 
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Reprint wrote:
And this is why you make crib notes to make quick-start rules for games.
In every game box, I have my own notes. The thing is, that it isn't just me who has to be reminded of the rules, it's everyone else. It's a lot easier to remember things in a group.


I agree. Making summary sheets are the way to go. Usually, my game summaries run about 1/4 the length of the rules. (So a 12 page rulebook will yield about a 3 page summary.) Organizing the rules this way makes for a much quicker study of the rules. It's especially important to put the easily forgettable rules in the summary.
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dcorban wrote:
I don't have this problem unless I have only played the game once. It sure seems like everyone else I play with has this problem, since I often have to remind people of the rules.

Not sure why this surprises you, since you play any given game more often and more frequently then most of your opponents, as well as read every rules question posted on BGG.
 
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Universal Head has an excellent resource for game reference sheets at his website, Headless Hollow.

He does a great job, hitting the key points and helpful tips. Plus, he's a graphics whiz, and his products are very professional. Two thumbsup from me!
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BakeliteTM wrote:
dcorban wrote:
I don't have this problem unless I have only played the game once. It sure seems like everyone else I play with has this problem, since I often have to remind people of the rules.

Not sure why this surprises you, since you play any given game more often and more frequently then most of your opponents, as well as read every rules question posted on BGG.


It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Otherwise, that copy of Brass would still be sitting in shrink.
 
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This is one of my qualifications for a great game. If I can put it down and then pick it up and play without looking at the rules 3 months later, then the game has passed the hurtle. Obviousness in rules is also a boon. I
 
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I don't have any expectation that I will remember the rules the next time I play it. If it is a big game I will read them the night before, if the rules are only a few pages we can go through them before we start.
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Yes. Especially if you play games like Arkham Horror on an irregular basis.
 
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