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Gaming pet peeves
Erik Twice wrote:
san il defanso wrote:
Because whenever I try to play Dune or 1830 or whatever, I get a lot of confused people who have been told over and over these games are "too difficult for them". And since important figures in gaming have told them, well, who are they to disagree? The end result is that they are afraid to sign up or realize they are much more fun and acccessible if they do.
Ok, enough rant.
If Dune gives you problems, then you fail at reading comprehension. The rules are set out like USDC CCP. Dry, yes. But clear and systematically set out. I could give you pass on Magic Realm, though, because there are a ton of rules to remember.
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I'll agree on "it's just a game, lighten up" and I think that can be applied regardless of how deep or engrossing the game is. If you like big games that's fine, but it's still a game. Keep a proper perspective.
My bigger issues are with the "stop wasting my time" category of complaints that seems to be a consensus in this hobby. I enjoy learning a game for the first time with other people at the table. I don't mind someone cracking the rule book open for the first time. And if someone is taking longer on their turn than I do I'm probably not going to care very much. It's leisure time, and I'm not looking to play seven games in a single evening. So slow play is OK with me even though everyone else doesn't dig it. In some cases I think it does me some good to slow down my life and spend time having social interaction with other players at the table that are also waiting.
My earlier post on food stands though it appears I'm in the minority. It seems every gaming event has someone bringing cake and a five pound jar of M&Ms. I don't need the temptation, and I'm not here for the food. I'm just as happy to sit down and consume the game instead of all the junk sitting on the table next to it. I think the entire hobby would do well to have a Foodless Game Night week where everyone abstains from eating crap. I know the chairs at the local game store would welcome the change.