Friday, September 27, 2013

The Reading of the Rules



Have you ever read anything that was so technical, or full of exposition that you couldn't understand what you were reading?

While there are a lot of well-written gaming rules, others can be great cures for insomnia.  It's even harder for someone with a working-knowledge of the rules trying to impart his wisdom on a pack of newbies, moments before they start playing.

That's the situation I chose to depict in this comic strip.

I know the game being played is Flash Point and not Squad Leader, but I couldn't find a more suitable run-on sentence for this picture.

I should also clarify (and apologize), that Chris Ewick, owner of The Game Matrix, is actually very good and enthusiastic about explaining games and their arcane rules.  During Dragonflight, he sat down with my friend Joe and I and was an invaluable help to us with our session of Last Night On Earth

3 comments:

Kris Marquardt said...

Yes, the best cure for insomnia is to try and read a section from ASL or Star Fleet Battles, closely followed by any SPI monster game, but especially North Africa

DeanM said...

Nice shot of Chris - so that was at Dragon Flight? Deab

Ted Henkle said...

Kris: I agree! I think just about every gamer has been scarred for life reading ASL or SFB. :)

Thanks Dean! Yes the photo was taken at Dragonflight. My friend Joe & I did a "fly-by" a couple of years ago. This was the first time I sat down and played a couple of games during the convention. But in both cases, I was able to attend for only one day.