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How To Teach Board Games Like a Pro

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30 Comments

  1. Doesn't he sound like Vision? Well done, well done

  2. The Who, how and most importantly why will this be fun is rather difficult with Hansa Teutonica.

  3. On the can, reading the rules for TI3, game night in one week.

    (People are ordering tests and staying isolated.)

    Thank you SUSD for all the great videos and podcasts.

  4. I find that a whip and cattle prod are effective tools of pedagogy.

  5. I'm really really bad at teaching games. My friends will thank you

  6. I was teaching five tribes to a friend last week but I found it hard to balance between giving helpful tips and playing the game for her, do you have any advice for that?

  7. I actually dont believe in rule 2. Instead i get my friends to help me set up the game. Eg, hey Mike can you find me 4 of these counters and Dave please find me 5 of these cards and put them here etc. I find it makes them feel more invested in the game so they want to get something out of it. Also they're less intimidated when they see how the game is set up as opposed to walking in and seeing a massive sprawling board game ready to go

  8. I felt so bad when the tip for two experienced players came up because I always do the exact wrong thing and try to explain the game together with my boyfriend which almost always ends up confusing new players and annoying him. I will try to incorporate your awesome tips into my next game night, thanks for the great video.

  9. Quinns assisting Quinns in teaching the Power Rangers game is so wholesome.

  10. This feels prophetic considering forced isolation with family started 4 minutes after this video went up.

  11. I began teaching board games in order to get rid of the fear of public speaking. Now I work as an auctioneer at a sheep market.

  12. Tip 5 is also important because it's a great way to cement someone's name in your mind that you just met.

  13. the first game I ever teached me and my friends (we all never played any tabletop games except stuff like chess, domino or UNO)
    was Machina arcana. I got myself and my friends hyped for the hard adventure full of Lovecraftian monster and hundreds of different weapons, armor, items and magic stuff.
    spent about 1 hour explaining afterwards we had a test run, and now we have played for over 50 hours the same first level!
    why we don't go forward? we are playing a free version on a site, but one day we are planning on buying the full version with all expansion and play together!
    since then we have played 20 news games from simple to complex

  14. "In 2020 of course you do have the option, quite often, of putting on a how to play video… but I don't like to do that because it has the stmosphere of inviting people over to my house for a Skype call."

    That little quote aged… interestingly.

  15. This is a great helpful video, with your familiar cheery manner, sharp wit, and brilliant editing, to keep it interesting. Well done! Thanks 🙏

  16. I can watch the video over and over. It’s so dang helpful. Thank you!

  17. My biggest tip is to consider if ALL the rules need to be explained at the beginning of the game, or if you can save them for when they become relevant later on. One good example is Ticket to Ride. In Ticket to Ride, you choose from one of three actions each turn. However, you never need to do the third action (getting new tickets) until at least 25-40% of the way through the game. So when I teach Ticket To Ride, I tell people there are 2 actions you can do: draw cards, or spend cards to play trains. Then when we're about 20% of the way through the game, people have those basics totally down, I introduce the third possible action: getting new tickets.

  18. There is a trick to getting people to ask questions. I used to run meetings with a lot of young managers. No one wanted to ask questions, because they didn't want to let their peers know that they didn't understand something. Especially something that the rest of the room appeared to understand. I would always "seed" the room beforehand. I would pick a manager and tell them to ask questions during the meeting. Even if they knew the answer. It would break the ice, as it is always much easier to be the second person to ask a question than it is to be the first.

  19. I can follow all these steps but the hardest one would be to lose the game

  20. Next time I'm playing with my brother who's too angry to ask me a rules question, I'm going to ask him if he's "an unhappy bottle full of farts" to know if I was rude about questions before.

  21. 3:20 Cheeky Slytherin mug, I see you… now I know who I'm playing with 😉
    From: a fellow Slytherin

  22. Addendum to Tip #9: If you're the only one at the table who knows how to play, then just ignore the rules for assigning first player, and take the first turn yourself. The new players probably aren't entirely sure that they know what they're supposed to be doing, and are planning to watch the first player take their turn. If you follow the rules, then you're likely assigning that responsibility to another new player, shoving them into the deep end and forcing them to try and swim while everyone watches. It's just an awkward and uncomfortable experience for everyone involved.
    Or, if there's anyone else at the table who's played before, offer them the first turn. Because they've had time to plan their turn while you've been busy with the explanation.
    Also, a huge middle finger to the designers that assign the first turn to the youngest player. You're dumping the responsibility of understanding the game on the player who's the least likely to have fully understood the explanation, and the most likely to get upset if they mess up.

  23. I relate to explaining to dads so hard. Even Ticket to Ride was too much for him. I think it's an issue where many old people aren't used to thinking abstractly.

  24. This is brilliant. I've been doing demos at cons for some time and this really coalesces some stuff I've been missing and doesn't make me feel stupid about it. Bravo!

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