Errata: Drinks at the Table?
This week’s question concerns a bit of gaming etiquette. Drinks are a delicious addition to game night, but their liquid nature makes it easy to spill and damage game components. So how is this dilemma solved?
The Drinker asked, “When I get together with my friends, we have different rules on drinks at the table. Usually we allow them. Playing thirsty is never fun. But one friend in particular refuses to allow us to play his copy of a game if there are drinks at the table. How do I change his mind?”
Well, the bad news is that I don’t think there is going to be much mind changing. To be perfectly candid, I line up with you. I always allow drinks at the table. Snacks too (with a few major offenders – like cheese puffs – prohibited). I like keeping my games nice and all, but the purpose of games is to have fun. So if having a soda in one hand and your hand of cards in the other contributes to the fun, then I say go for it. Of course, I have had spills before, but they are infrequent and a small price to pay.
That said, I think its perfectly legitimate to ask other players to keep their drinks off the table or to avoid snacks that might transfer gunk onto cards or bits. Games aren’t cheap. When someone buys a new car or gets a new couch, there is this instinctive desire to keep it preserved as long as possible. The same is true with games. If he wants to protect his game, then I say more power to him. If it really bothers you that much, then you can buy your own copy and play with that one. Otherwise, his game, his rules.
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