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"Games in bags = Don't Touch!" ... and other etiquette

Christopher
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Melbourne, AU
Just a quick reminder, while I've got your ear ...

Remember, when you come to Café Games, or any games clubs, that all the games you are playing with belong to someone. Someone who has been kind enough to bring their favourite games along to share the fun with you, and trusts you to take care of their prize possessions.

While you're playing their game, take extra care of the cards and pieces. Would you be prepared to buy them a replacement if you damaged or lost some of it? It would be like giving back a borrowed book with some of the pages torn out.

When you're finished, make sure that at least one of you carefully repacks the game and returns it.

** Lastly, do NOT touch games in bags, or games not displayed on table tops...

Even if you think you see some games in someone's bag, that does not give you the right to go into the bag and take the games out to play. It makes no difference whether the bag is an open-topped supermarket bag or a backpack. If the games were available to be played, they would have been already taken out of the bag. If they're in a bag, leave them there. If something precious goes missing from a bag, and you've been seen rummaging around in bags, then you'll be the prime suspect.

There may also be other reasons why the games haven't been made available. Perhaps the owner is about to leave? Perhaps the game is fragile, or there are already missing pieces? Just don't touch.

The same goes for games that have been placed on the floor, under a table or otherwise not prominently displayed. If the game was available, then it would be put on display on top of the table. If it's not, then don't touch it.

So:
* Games in bags - Don't Touch
* Games on the floor - Don't Touch
* Take care of other people's games, or be prepared to pay up

We don't usually have issues with these sorts of things, but from time to time, some people get a bit excited with all the fun they're having and act inappropriately. If you act inappropriately towards people's games, then they might decide they don't want to share their games.

Be nice,
Christopher
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