Read the Rules Carefully
So you think you know how to play that favorite game of yours, don’t you? How sure are you that you’re playing by all the right rules? When was the last time you read through the rules book to make sure?
I’ve played any number of games where, since everyone was new to the game, we played one or more rules wrongly or missed some rule altogether. But I think after the game we played last night, I should reread all the rules of all my games just to be absolutely certain we are literally “playing by the rules.”
You see, last night I learned that, after 84 plays of Carcassonne, we had been doing the farmer scoring incorrectly all along. I remember back in 2006 reading some discussions about two methods of or interpretations about scoring them, but I didn’t really understand the difference. Now that I understand the game (or thought I did), it all makes sense. Unfortunately.
So I’ve wasted four years of game play and will never know who really won any of those 84 games. All the scores are bogus. We obviously can’t go back and recheck the scores. Sure, maybe most of the relative results would have been the same, but the doubt will remain.
Good thing we weren’t playing for money. Does anyone play Carcassonne for money?
And so it’s back to square one for rule reading and possible rule relearning. Ah well, it’s not really such a bad thing, is it? What true gamer doesn’t enjoy reading and rereading a good rule book?
Um, most rule books. I’m kinda glad I don’t have any war games. I seen those novels and don’t have much of a desire to crack one open. Sorry, grognards.
Got a story about a rules faux pas to share?