Reflections on Gaming Etiquette

While most of what is discussed in this article is a basic human interaction (or so you would think ED!), we have all met and played “that guy.” It might not have the cheesiest list but it’s their attitude that gets on your nerves. Now we can’t expect to get on with and like everybody we meet, but at least you can reduce the possibility of YOU being “that guy.”

Good sportsmanship;;simple acts such as greeting your opponent and shaking their hand at the start/end of a match.

This would be classed as the bare minimum (IMHO), no matter how bad your previous game has gone; you should at least congratulate your opponent. The majority of the time they will have worked just as hard on deck building as you have.

Sore Winner, Sore Loser: try to avoid gloating when your winning, especially if you’re obliterating your opponent. Like wise, when you’re losing try to remain positive, last stands are what heroes are made of! You never know what might be in the next dice roll or draw from the deck. Always remember you’re rolling dice and drawing cards, there is an element of luck involved within that; it’s not “the dice” (although I’ve been sure it is sometimes!) that are causing bad luck it’s just a run of bad luck! Don’t let it get you down and try to see the funny side no matter how angry it makes you.

Explanation is key: while you may know exactly what you are doing in your turn, the same cannot be said for your opponent. Take a second and state what action you are taking and make it clear to your opponent who is activating and their actions. Likewise, when playing cards good etiquette is to read the cards effects on the game and allow your opponent to read the card if they desire (I read the card, then place it on the table top to allow my opponent to read the text).

Forgiveness: we are all human, we all make mistakes. Sometimes in the heat of the moment your opponent may misinterpret a rule or do something in the wrong order. A good example of this is playing a reaction card in the power step after the event has occurred. Simply allowing your opponent the benefit of rectifying a mistake can go a long way to a much friendlier game.

It’s all about Banter; everyone is here to have fun. That’s what the games about, creating a bit of funny narrative can sometimes be great in the game. There will be situations when this isn’t possible (rarely) but a few laughs and jokes make games to remember.

Have a breather: sometimes if it feels like the game is getting on top of you the best course of action is simply to “take 5”. Go grab a cup of tea or take a leak, count to 10 and breath. We all know how easy it is to be angry at the game or your opponent so cool off, have a breather and come back with an apology, most people will understand and will have been in your situation (more than once!).

Always remember everyone’s a Culprit; we are not all innocent at one time or another we will have all “thrown the toys out of the pram”. We will have sulked or bemoaned at a loss (I am as guilty of that as anyone) or been horrible to someone we have never met, but if we all try to be a little nicer to our opponents then surely it will make the community a better place? But we have to forgive the odd bad show of etiquette, after all (as previously said) we are only human!

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