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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2017 1:37 a.m. PST

Are you able to get other players to actually read the rules you are going to use?

Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2017 1:41 a.m. PST

If you're playing against the cat, there is not point.
Their interpretation is always right.

RittervonBek20 Aug 2017 4:36 a.m. PST

I gave up trying new rules or periods with a former opponent because he refused to read rules. It took away all my enjoyment having to waste half the game tutoring. Volley and Bayonet,Piquet Cartouche and Rapid Fire all fell victim to this.

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2017 7:33 a.m. PST

There are a few I rely on, for the rest I try to make a good QRS. As for the felines, I find they view rules as abstracts, it is whatever they want it to be.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2017 8:26 a.m. PST

My longest serving and most reliable opponent is very good at reading rules, and the rules profit from this. But it's not uncommon to find players who won't read two sides of one sheet of paper.

Ottoathome Inactive Member20 Aug 2017 10:24 a.m. PST


I had one guy who FOR TWELVE years played the same game with the same set of rules, (only 10 pages,) and who continually asked how many dice a machine gun rolled.

Always there is the cry ..

"Oh -- I thought it was the same as in "Fire and Flatulence" or " Umpires, Ego's and Liars" or "Bother against Bimbo" … and guess what! It wasn't like those three either.

What really drives you up a wall is when you have the game and he guy asks (after he's played the game for three hours already) "How far does infantry move again?" And you point out again "Ummm it's the number on the tag on the stand under the word "Move."

When it comes to players assume they are brain dead.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2017 11:09 a.m. PST

Almost never. On one or two occasions there have been attempts tho. My cats usually know the rules as well as the other players! Love the pic!

steamingdave4720 Aug 2017 11:27 a.m. PST

Read them? One of them always tries to rewrite them.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2017 12:43 p.m. PST

I would say about half of the guys who game at my house read rules and the other half do not.

I appreciate steamingdaves's comment about one always trying to rewrite them. My experience with that has been it is done orally while the game is being played. The rewrite of the same rule would vary depending on whether it helped him or hurt him.


Dave Crowell20 Aug 2017 6:20 p.m. PST

I have one friend who always wants to rewrite the rules before he has even played the first game!

Zephyr120 Aug 2017 8:19 p.m. PST

You have to be subtle. Like by leaving an extra copy of the rules in the bathroom…

Walking Sailor21 Aug 2017 4:57 a.m. PST

Knowing the rules is a tactical advantage. At the FLGS where I game, we know this. We also know that buying a copy of the rules there, supports the establishment at which we game. There is peer pressure on both counts. That said, assistance in the nature of "you could'a', 'you should'a', or 'why dintcha" is freely given, after the fact.
I have never gamed miniatures with a cat. On those occasions when I have faced a cat at a table with a board game, they have never betrayed knowledge of the rules, but they have always immediately acted with the genetic imperative: NO STACKING. Then, while I pick up the counters, they chase the D6 cat toy across the floor.

SultanSevy23 Aug 2017 5:04 p.m. PST

I would say it's about 50/50.

Bismarck07 Sep 2017 1:58 p.m. PST

I once had a cat that I named Bismarck,Biz for short, due to "her" personality and Prussian gray color. She would lay beside me at the head of my bed as i read. I told her…let's read about Biz. Of course, she sat on my nightstand, meowing loudly if I did not bring her a glass of water with ice cubes hours prior to our turning in for the night.

dapeters08 Sep 2017 12:14 p.m. PST

Yes I hate this, it takes all of the joy out of playing. And while the may not have read the rules they are happy to plug in rules from other games. Then they take offense and challenge the set that they not read.

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