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Gaming Etiquette

1. Show respect for the games. No touching the game pieces and board with greasy fingers or wet hands, nor folding/bending/dinging/marking cards (You don't want to be the idiot whose has his best hands picked or stolen because your cards are marked)

2. Help put the games away. Count the pieces, make sure everything gets packed. Do a once through to check everything is in the box. And make sure the baggies are ziplocked. You don't want to be the dude using a one rupee coin as a counter while everyone else has the original poker chip in Lords of Vegas.

3. If we're gaming in a restaurant, eat and drink. We're renting the space. Don't forget to pay your bill before you leave. Moochers don't get invited again.

4. If we're gaming in someone's house, help the host cleanup when you're done. Be a good guest and bring along something to share with the rest. If there is a BYOB or BYOP or BYOH or BYOC option, feel free to do so.

5. Bring your A-game. Play like it is life and death. Because if you play like an dumdum, it will soon become just that.

6. Play rationally or as rationally as you can. Don't let your relationships with other players influence your game play. It is only a game, so you can cut throats and back stab as much as you like if it is allowed in the rules of the game. You're not going to catch a knife in the back on the way home.. I swear.. I promise.. Really.. Truly...

7. You're not going to win every game you play. Don't be a sore loser.

8. Don't be a narcisstic loser. Don't be the asshole who keeps saying "Ayeee, I made such a bad move.". Because really, you never had a chance any way.

9. Every move is not the end of the world for you. Don't agonise over a decision for too long. Play and learn from your actions. People with Analysis Paralysis get marked as such in our phone books like so "NAME SURNAME AP BASTICH".

10. Learn to improvise, if you haven't already done so after a hundred games of Innovation. Improvisation is not a skill taught in ITTs or IIMs. You learn it on the streets and during board games or bad coitus.

11. Don't leave a game in-between. Play till the end even if you lose. You will become a better person... truly.. I swear.

11. Do not give up on a game no matter how hard it seems at first. You just may end up winning. Most games when played for the first time have newbies scratching their head for a good 2/3 of the game, before they experience a Eureka moment. If you're not like most newbies, don't worry, they shoot horses.

12. Listen. Listen when the rules are explained. You can apply this rule to listening to your spouse as well. I'm told it is very rewarding.

13. If a game states that some aspects of the game are meant to be open or secret, then those are the house rules. You're not special. Maybe you are, but we aren't going to tolerate telling you more than twice because you're "special" or "ADHD" or "a crummy moronic type"

14. If you leave the table for a long phone call, let people know so they can have a quick break. If you're gone for too long, we'll just steal all your money and resources and you can whine for the rest of the game.

15. It is just a game. Don't be an asshole if you win or lose.

The following rules are borrowed in part from the Bangalore Board Gaming group. They've been modified here to make you laugh a bit... or a lot.. whatever.

Table of Contents

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A Helpful Guide to Games April 3, 2015 1:11 AM former member
How to Organise a Meetup March 24, 2015 4:05 AM former member
Rules for RSVPing for our gaming meetups March 24, 2015 4:06 AM former member
Gaming Etiquette April 3, 2015 1:24 AM former member
Why was my account deleted ? March 24, 2015 3:44 AM former member
About Mumbai Board Gamers March 24, 2015 3:37 AM former member

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