Did you know there was such a thing as board game etiquette? In fact, there are numerous rules and guidelines that will help you get along with your playing partners no matter what type of games you play during the quarantine. Even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over, you’ll be in a good position to make and keep friends if you know how to act while you take part in Scrabble, Monopoly, Sorry, or hundreds of other popular pastimes. For adults who are looking for ways to pass the time from the rising popularity of board games during quarantine according to a recent study from Betway, it’s a good idea to spend a few moments reviewing the rules of gaming etiquette.
Be on Time
Eventually, the COVID quarantine will be over and life will continue as a new normal, but board games will still be here to stay. Still, you want to be a polite and positive gamer. So, if you are invited to a special gaming night at someone’s home, make an effort to be on time. If you’re late, you might force a group of folks to be left sitting at the table waiting, with social distancing of course.
Don’t Allow Distractions
While you’re in mid-play, don’t allow your phone or children to distract you. If your kids aren’t able to behave during this kind of event, hire a sitter or don’t attend. Phone etiquette is another matter. Let the host decide what the rule is. Some people have a strict all phones off rule. We all have busy lives, and for these brief couple hours it would be nice to take a break from the chaos for a little entertainment.
Don’t Hold Grudges
Never let personal grudges interfere with your fun activities. If you don’t get along especially well with one of your competitors, put the feelings aside while the gaming activity is in progress. You might be surprised to notice that the other person reciprocates your behavior. More than a few differences have been patched up this way, when people see that they can sit down and have fun together amid personal differences.
Practice Patience & Respect the Rules
Don’t hurry others along, even when they are playing slowly. If there’s a problem with one person taking too much time, the host is the one to gently nudge them with a few encouraging words. After all, it’s not a life or death duel, so don’t treat it as one. If there are acknowledged house rules, follow them. But, if you are the host, make sure that everyone knows those special exceptions before the games begin. This can be a common point of contention but is easily avoided when all players know what the exceptions are in advance.
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