IntroductoryIntroductory Wargames at BottosCon 2014
Guys, Rick Smith, rick_ww@..., will be coordinating/overseeing introductory wargames at BottosCon this year. If there is an introductory wargame you want to run, or learn, please message Rick Smith.
- Hi Guys,http://www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/comments/2csl51/how_to_explain_games_a_guide_from_a_professional/
Coincidentally, on this topic, I just saw this this morning. Is good stuff.
It's surprising how often, when we try to explain games, that we get absorbed in minutiae. I love that the first point is: Explain the objective. Often both explanations and the printed rules fail to do this.
Fr'instance, there are Richard Berg games where I will intentionally go right to the end of the rules to see how to win the game and then hop-scotch backwards through the rules to back-fill the rest of the algorithm (and yes, our board-games are essentially algorithms, but that's another story).There are other good points in here as well. Frequently when people explain a game, they do it in an ad hoc fashion and for every rule they present, before even finishing that thought, they want to point out all the exceptions to the rule :( but, but... I still haven't got my head around the rule yet (and I still don't know how that rule fits in with the objective... sigh) (ah! And I see here this is the first point he mentions in the "Don't" section... I recall once getting really frustrated about this specific point while listening to endless digressions of exceptions to a rule. People just assumed I was cranky... go figure ;)
Anyway, hope this helps :)
- Hi Rob,
I was gonna wait to hear your thoughts, but I'm certainly open to it and
it's always pretty fun at conventions.
Am watching for other game openings/options... well, anything ancient
roman seems to be my thing these days (obsessively it seems) :)
- Troy, CC Epic Ancients is a great convention game and a good gateway game. It's your call if you want to run it. I'm looking for a 4th player for Successor's on Friday at noon.
- Hey Rob,Have you been to Wood Badge?
Troy, CC Epic Ancients is a great convention game and a good gateway game. It's your call if you want to run it. I'm looking for a 4th player for Successor's on Friday at noon.
- Ok, sounds good Rob. Maybe you and me have a big CCA Epic Ancients
rematch on the Saturday afternoon? (with up to 6 others playing with us).