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Nick Lamy
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Has anyone else noticed that a good number of serious board gamers often have unclipped fingernails? In my experience about 3 out of 5 gamers have unusually long fingernails. Ever since I noticed I have been self conscious about it.
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Well, I guess I'd call myself a 'serious gamer.' I keep mine trimmed. Can't stand them when they get too long. I haven't noticed others' fingernails, really.
Interesting observation.
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As a wargamer, I use my long fingernails as forceps to pick up small chits commonly used in wargames.
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Right now, there's maybe 1 - 2 mm of white overhang beyond the bed of my nails. From the title, I feared that this thread would be about much worse nail problems: black grime under nails, bloody cuticles or nails chewed off in the quick. In my personal opinion there's a somewhat sizeable range of acceptable nail lengths. I've noticed that European men tend to keep their nails slightly longer than Americans for whatever reason. For that matter, what does it say that I've assumed to this point you were talking about male gamers? /stream of consciousness
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Yea I'm talking about American Male gamers that don't necessarily have gross grime. Just longer than normal fingernails.
I would say slightly longer than as if they forgot to cut them. Maybe 2 - 2.5 weeks of growth. I'm not judging but just wondering what the correlation is.
 
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sullafelix wrote:
As a wargamer, I use my long fingernails as forceps to pick up small chits commonly used in wargames.


That's exactly why I claim that The Battle for Normandy is a girly game -- because long fingernails are so very useful in play. (For those not familiar with it, it's a massive WWII hex-and-counter game that takes a triple-size table to set up and hundreds of hours to play out.)

As for the gentlemen I play games with, no, I have not noticed unusually long fingernails -- but here in Silicon Valley I deal with eccentric people all the time...
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Lamynator1 wrote:
I'm not judging but just wondering what the correlation is.


I don't know, but I could see the utility of having a slightly longer nail for picking up cards. I do use what little nail I have to get under the edge of a card lying flat on the table. The only alternative, as far as I can tell, is sliding the card all the way to the lip of the table where it can be picked up.
 
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I blame my long nails on the fact that clipped nails and stuff getting between the nail gap and touching my finger drives me nuts....
 
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Kiraboshi wrote:
Right now, there's maybe 1 - 2 mm of white overhang beyond the bed of my nails. From the title, I feared that this thread would be about much worse nail problems: black grime under nails, bloody cuticles or nails chewed off in the quick. .../stream of consciousness


Oh god, this. What is UP with that?? gulp I clicked on this thread thinking the same thing since this has actually been something I have noticed (not with most of the players I have played with but enough to know it's more than the average population I work with, have interacted with in the service industry, or ride the subway with). I have just chalked it up to the same bucket as the other social differences I have noticed with some players. Some people just have different definitions of 'clean' or 'groomed' or don't really notice or care.
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Maybe they happen to play classical guitar? Its common for classical guitar players to keep their finger nails slightly longer as it aids in finger picking. Dont be to quick to judge some one as socially inept just because they are different than you. Thats a trend I see in gamers and to me thats worse than greasy hair, dirty finger nails, etc.
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Nails? Really?

I'm happy I even have some left, with the amount of chewing I do.

Any time I've thought about having them removed, for example, I think, "what the hell would I chew then?" Cuz, if chewed fingernails are gross; what does a nubby stump that used to be a finger look like?
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What are these fingersnails?
 
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I have long nails on my right hand, but that's because I'm a classical guitar player. Most of my group are pretty well groomed.
 
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I don't know if my avatar broadcasts it, but I'm a pianist, so keeping my fingernails trim is a lifestyle for me.
 
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kvenosdel wrote:
Maybe they happen to play classical guitar?
This is O' so very true. If you google site:www.boardgamegeek.com and either guitar or ukulele (yes, ukulele among board gamers aren't all that uncommon as you might think), you get 657 000 and 775 000 results. So there is one reason for all the naily lads.
 
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After reading (and now replying) to this thread, I realize a lot of us have a lot of time on our "hands."
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My honest opinion is to keep it traditional- women long nails, men short nails.
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Titanis Walleri wrote:
My honest opinion is to keep it traditional- women long nails, men short nails.


You forget teeth and nails had been weapons for a very long time before we became "civilized" or became "girly".
 
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Now that you mention it, I guess they are getting a little long.

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sweetgotham wrote:
Kiraboshi wrote:
black grime under nails
What is UP with that??
Simple, that is from painting miniatures!

To answer the original post: No, no trend observed, either in US or UK.
 
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frumpish wrote:
Now that you mention it, I guess they are getting a little long.




I saw this some time ago and hoped I would never see it again.
 
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Titanis Walleri wrote:
My honest opinion is to keep it traditional- women long nails, men short nails.

Long nails for women are unattractive when they start to be impractical. I can't respect men or women who deliberately restrict their abilities, just for fashion.

Edit: I'm trying to ignore the picture that showed up while I was posting this, even if it proves my point. yuk
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sullafelix wrote:
As a wargamer, I use my long fingernails as forceps to pick up small chits commonly used in wargames.


Exactly. I feel like I'm wearing gloves if I try to pick up cards or counters and have my nails trimmed too close, I just can't get a grip.
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kvenosdel wrote:
Maybe they happen to play classical guitar? Its common for classical guitar players to keep their finger nails slightly longer as it aids in finger picking.


Yep. Classical guitar player here (22 years). My thumb and pinky nails are long and shaped. My others are also shaped, but are still short enough where someone might just think it's neglect. Not so with the other two, though.

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my nephew plays with us and works in an office his fingernails are so clipped he can't pick up the chits involved in many of our games we most normally do it for him as its so sad watching the nailess man struggle to lift chit shake
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