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Ok, I love new games. I love getting them, unwrapping them, punching them, baggying them, organizing them, making them all pretty. I like reading the rulebook on my commute. All these things that would annoy me normally, I find calming. When I sleeved my copy of Mage Knight, all 200+ cards, I sat there for 90 minutes and I was just calmly sleeving the cards, relaxed, no music.

So why do I find it so hard to read the rules for games I don't own? There are games I want to buy, games I want to play on yucata/BGA, and I can't freaking get it together enough to learn the games. My big success is Troyes, a fantastic game I want to buy thanks to playing it online.

How do you folks handle researching games you don't own?
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I am totally with you. I am never able to get myself to read rules pre-purchase. I usually read through some threads about the game to see what the general feel for the game is. Then I talk to the local board game store workers. They are good at steering me in the right direction.
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If you're attempting to read them on a screen, I can understand your reluctance. What I've been doing recently is downloading the rulebooks of games that interest me and then printing them double-sided using only black ink rather than full colour (in order to save both paper and ink). It's almost as good as having the real thing in hand, and it gives me plenty of bedtime reading material!
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Been printing some games as well! Did so with Troyes, Wealth of Nations (now own it), and Glen More just the other day. Maybe I should do so with one of the Feld games available online....
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Sometimes you can watch the game being played on youtube. You can get the gist of the rules and watch how the players do their turns. It's not going to give you every detail but it's a good way to research a game.
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Yeah, why read the rules when you can watch the movie?

But seriously, I do like to watch youtube videos on games and try to find more than one viewpoint on any given game I might be interested in. I also look at various threads on these boards. With a variety of views, thoughts, and other information I can often narrow down my choices to a good few games I want to get.
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I'm the opposite!

I had downloaded the Zombicide PDF rulebook, read it, inwardly digested it, and was answering rules questions before the game even shipped!

But, with Flash Point: Fire Rescue I don't even know if the rules are available online, and even if they were I know I'd still not read them that way, 'cos I've got the game, and I've only read the Family rules thus far, suspect there parts of that I've missed, and would be very wary about answering any rules questions!

And it's not that Flash Point's rules are more complex, or badly written - in fact Zombicide's are almost certainly more complex, and they're probably as well written as each other, I think.
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squash wrote:
If you're attempting to read them on a screen, I can understand your reluctance. What I've been doing recently is downloading the rulebooks of games that interest me and then printing them double-sided using only black ink rather than full colour (in order to save both paper and ink). It's almost as good as having the real thing in hand, and it gives me plenty of bedtime reading material!


Yep. I can't read on the computer. Prefer the lack of color too.

But, I don't learn much by just reading rules. Gotta see how it
all holds together, and at least move a few pieces around.
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I will always prefer reading a paper copy of a rulebook, but I have found reading .pdf files on my ipad to be much better than staring at a computer monitor. As such, I have been pre-reading some rule books lately.
It also helps that I can read a rulebook on my ipad and people assume that I'm working.
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I was asking myself the same question the other day. I can just sit down and read rulebooks of games I own all day (when I don't know the rules yet) but for stuff like Yucata, I find myself bored so easily.
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How do you folks handle researching games you don't own?


Bung them on my wishlist with a comment stating my intentions to read the rule book and hope that santa believes me


In truth I generally look at a box I find interesting on the shelf and take that one home with me....I bought Rex: Final Days of an Empire because the box was bright yellow.

I am currently resisting Ark & Noah as its a bright green box with animals on sat at the front of the game shelf in my FLGS.
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squash wrote:
If you're attempting to read them on a screen, I can understand your reluctance. What I've been doing recently is downloading the rulebooks of games that interest me and then printing them double-sided using only black ink rather than full colour (in order to save both paper and ink). It's almost as good as having the real thing in hand, and it gives me plenty of bedtime reading material!


When I went to bed last night I counted the number of printed rulebooks I had lying next to the bed. There were 16, as well as a few other expansion rulebooks. And I've also got about 10 others stored with my game collection.
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Moe45673 wrote:
Ok, I love new games. I love getting them, unwrapping them, punching them, baggying them, organizing them, making them all pretty. I like reading the rulebook on my commute. All these things that would annoy me normally, I find calming. When I sleeved my copy of Mage Knight, all 200+ cards, I sat there for 90 minutes and I was just calmly sleeving the cards, relaxed, no music.

So why do I find it so hard to read the rules for games I don't own? There are games I want to buy, games I want to play on yucata/BGA, and I can't freaking get it together enough to learn the games. My big success is Troyes, a fantastic game I want to buy thanks to playing it online.

How do you folks handle researching games you don't own?


You seriously just described my gaming life! I hate learning games that aren't mine. I don't know why...

I would suggest YouTube like others have. It really is a great resource when a bunch of people have posted videos of how the game works and their personal thoughts on it.
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I think when you've had a chance to see and feel the components it becomes much easier to understand the rules, as they tend to be describing them.
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