I've been contemplating posting some "Rules of gaming" in my loft. It started a couple years back with a great gift from my wife, a long frame with a antiqued game theme (more poker/checkers, but it still looks nice), and a poem that reads:
Game Room Rules
Welcome to the place where we like to play our games...
We want you to enjoy yourself, and we'll try to do the same.
No Temper Tantrums Please!
Don't be a sore loser, and...
Don't brag too much if you win.
It's only a game, so just Have Fun!
I like the idea, though some days I read this and the rhyme seems a little awkward; while this espouses most of my gaming philosophy, I thought it would be better if it were rules that I expect people to follow. Despite being thought of as a gaming tyrant by some (just read that as "most") of my family, I want people to play boardgames, and I want people to know that the games are there to be played. Still, I don't want Captain Cheeto-Fingers messing the games up--I want the games to still be around years from now, especially as my daughters reach the age where they can enjoy them as well.
Sooooooo, I'll post these up here as I think of them. I do have a vague idea of many of them in varying importance, so there will probably be some re-numbering as each one is added. Anyhow, here we go...
Rule #1: Have fun.
Alright, that's it for this week...
There will probably be competition, with my family there will probably be a lot of trash talk, but it's all in the spirit of fun, such that it enhances the experience.
Sort of a short post this week, I'm really having trouble with hay fever; currently my face feels as if someone has pulled the skin a foot away and let it snap back into place. No, it doesn't feel good. And in case you were wondering, no I didn't miss a post last week. You just didn't read it, and it made me so upset that I simply removed it entirely. Thanks a lot.