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Explaining rules... was: Re: [Rabbits] Secrets no more!

  • FromDi <sudduthd@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateSat, 16 Dec 2006 09:58:15 -0600
On 12/16/06, TheLoneGoldfish <thelonegoldfish@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I find saying "but it's easy!" is quite possibly the worst thing you can say in those circumstances (I've said it a few times sadly). It usually just leads to more frustration and pain.

It was pointed out to me at work a few years ago that responding to a coworker's question, "Do you know how to do X?" with "Sure! It's easy!  I'll show you!" was somewhat 'insulting'.  The logic apparently was 'if it was easy they wouldn't have had to ask'.   Seems to work in gaming, too.

Recently I've started using phrases like, "it only seems difficult for a short time" or "it's not as tricky as it first appears"   With less applications to the Looney line of games, when speaking of the german-style board games I often say, "the rulebook can seem quite intimidating at first, but people catch on really quickly if they give it a chance"

Happy demoing!

Di  <*>

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