Combating Board Gamer Bashfulness Disorder
Recent session reports indicate we're still having periodic outbreaks of the dreaded board gamer bashfulness disorder. For those not familiar with this malevolent malady, symptoms include:
- Multiple gamers sitting around the table, unable to decide what to play
- Uncomfortable shifting in seats with eyes wandering around the room
- A distinct lack of games being played
To help prevent further occurrences of this pernicious pestilence, I've compiled a few helpful recommendations on how to behave to avoid becoming infected:
- Fortune favors the bold. Don't worry about speaking your mind about what you want (or don't want) to play. It is always better to speak up rather than get sucked into a game you really don't feel like playing. Or, worse, if everyone is too shy to speak their mind, then the group flounders with indecision.
- Bring your baby to the fight. Try to bring at least one game you'd really enjoy playing. Chances are someone else will want to play it as well. Don't be shy about slapping it down on the table for play.
- Something for everyone. If possible, bring a few games that might accomodate a variety of player numbers and interests. If everyone does this, we should be covered.
- Divide and conquer. Don't be afraid to split the group into two or more subgroups. If you try to find a single game that will enable 5, 6, 7, or even 8+ people to play, you're probably going to arrive at an experience not everyone is going to enjoy anyway.
- Early birds rule. Don't hold up the many to accomodate the tardiness of the few. If people show up late, they can just catch up on the next game or pair up with other late-comers.
- Be prepared. Advance planning and scheduling of games helps everyone. Rules get read in advance and people come ready to play.
Okay, my brainstorming just ran dry.... Any other thoughts, comments, or ideas?