Variant: How Do You Learn a New Game?
I love new games. Every game is a different experience and, usually, an enjoyable one. But, you’ve got a new game in hand, you’ve got to learn to play it. So, this week’s question is how do you typically learn to play a game for the first time?
Of course, there’s always the rulebook. In my game group, I’m the designated rule reader and game explainer. And, honestly, I prefer to learn a game by the rulebook. Always, learning a game for the first time includes mistakes. And, I find that I make less if I go by the rulebook rather than by learning from another player. Plus, for whatever reason, I remember things I read better than any other method.
But, that’s not the only way to do it. Others prefer to learn from someone who already knows the game. Not every rulebook explains the game in the most intuitive and straightforward manner. Having someone explain it can put things in context. And, better yet, they can answer the questions directly rather than needing to flip through the rulebook and find the right page.
Another way I’ve learned is through a computer or app version. These can be great because its impossible to get a rule wrong. But, sometimes you don’t know why a certain move is legal or illegal. So, it can be tough to figure out the whole game.
So, how about you? How do you usually learn a new game? And what method do you prefer?