Questions tagged [etiquette]

Regarding "table manners" in the play of the game.

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Is it good etiquette to gg the opponent when they gg you, even if you haven't won yet?

Say you have some strong board position and are clearly winning, but you have not won yet. Opponent ggs you (i.e. uses the in-game 'good game' command). Should you gg back? For context: you are ...
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Discarding before laying down a hand

Can I throw out my discard, and then lay down my hand? Or am I then supposed to wait until the next turn to lay it down? If I do lay down after I discard is that cheating? My Stepdad throwed his ...
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In Scrabble, what happens if a player has to leave the game early?

Earlier today, a group of us were playing Scrabble. One of us had to leave early due to something external. What happens to that player's tiles?
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Can you change your mind after discarding during Monolith Arena? [duplicate]

In Monolith Arena, the rules state: after the tiles have been drawn, the player must DISCARD ONE OF THE THREE TILES into the discard pile. This is during the player upkeep step, so the sequence of ...
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What is the etiquette behind "thanking" partner for dummy?

When you are a (bridge) declarer, and partner lays down dummy, it is customary to say "thank you partner." But suppose a declarer got into a sloppy habit of saying "thank you partner&...
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Does reading strategy guides before a game count as cheating?

We play a board game once a week. Before our last session read a good strategy article for Great Western Trail, followed the strategy suggested there and won by a lot (This wasn't our first time ...
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Is there a penalty for constantly calling a revoke to disrupt the play?

A player in duplicate bridge constantly calls a revoke to disrupt the play. Is there a penalty to this player's side for this discourtesy?
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Is it ok to show my cards when I know I I’m the only one with spades left

Is there any formal rule, or perhaps etiquette, that prevents me from showing my cards once I know I am the only one with spades left? I was recently playing a game and I got down to 5 spades left and ...
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Are there any time limit per move in Ticket To Ride?

Is there a time limit for each person to make their move? My wife (a scientist) is very analytical, always strategising (which is why she beats me most times) but she can take upwards of 4 minutes ...
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How do I deal with 'take backsies', particularly in Twilight Imperium? [duplicate]

I was playing twilight-imperium with an opponent who would often 'take back' or 'adjust' moves. In general I'm OK with this if: The player is new to the game It is a minor tweak on a part of the ...
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What is the best way to deal with cheats? [duplicate]

I play TCGs a lot, and often, the same cheater would challenge me to a duel. I know they are cheating, but I don't have any proof. What is the best way to deal with it? A few examples of the bad ...
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How to keep the game interesting if a player is 95% certain to win?

Yesterday I played "Fury of Dracula" with 4 friends. One friend became the Dracula, and he is the owner of the game, so he's the one who explained the rules to us. He knew most of the rules. We are ...
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Can opponents ask for "alerts" in bridge?

Suppose a bidder makes an unusual bid that is "alertable." The bidder's partner is then supposed to say "alert," and then field questions about the bid. But suppose the partner fails to do this. Can ...
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Backgammon stacking rule

When can we stack checkers one on top of other on a single point? Is there a rule that stacking allowed only when a position has more than 5 checkers? Can I stack the checker when a position have ...
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Is table talk acceptable in tournament play? [closed]

I'm interested in playing boardgames competitively. I want to know if there are any unwritten rules or written rules when the stakes are high. I'm really concerned that cross talk (conversation ...
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Etiquette for the Stack in MTG

More often than not it doesn't matter, you cast a spell and it either lands in its designated spot on the field, or it resolves and heads into the graveyard. What I always wondered is, whenever there ...
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Under what circumstances is a declare allowed to "pause" upon seeing the dummy?

My understanding is that this is allowed when a declarer has "technical" problems. So in a sense, the question is about what constitutes a legitimate technical problem. If the declarer wins the first ...
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After I finish my match in a draft, is it okay to observe other matches?

In a draft or sealed event I often finish my match before everyone else in the event is done with theirs. Is it impolite to walk around and observe the matches still in progress, given that I may be ...
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What do you do when one or more adults is upset or acting inappropriately?

As a host (and as a guest) to a gaming session, I like to help make the experience as gratifying for as many people as possible. I sometimes run into certain types of people or behaviors that are ...
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How inappropriate is it to track semi-secret information using paper or other memory aids?

Many board games have information which is semi-secret, where it's possible to keep track of it, but not easy. For example, which resources you get and spend in Catan is public knowledge, but which ...
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New Bridge Partner and Etiquette

I joined a duplicate bridge group and was matched with a partner; we are doing pretty well when it comes to points. Question: My partner sometimes criticizes not only me but also opponents, ...
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What constitutes "wrongful" hesitation in bridge?

The protagonist is West (W). Declarer leads a small card of a suit in which dummy, to W's left, has A8. West hesitates before playing in the following four situations: He has Kx (x<8). This ...
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What should I know before my first MTG draft?

As a birthday present, I'm taking my cousin to a MTG draft at a local game store this weekend. I haven't really played Magic since Tempest block, but I've been keeping up with rule changes and so ...
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What to do in long games with players who are way behind?

When our group plays longer games (6+ hours), we usually choose games where players who fall behind still have chances to recover, so all players remain interested in and engaged with the game. (...
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Can "aggressive" or unusual play in blackjack get someone thrown out of a casino?

One example of such a play is "splitting tens." That is an agressive play that's usually foolish, except when someone is "card counting"? When suspected, card counters are "barred" from casinos (or ...
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Are there many mandated "time outs" in tournament bridge?

In "Points, Schmoints," Marty Bergen related an instance in which he announced "skip bid," before "jumping" his partner's two diamond bid to the five level (instead of three). According to him, his ...
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Can one ask for a "time out" to study the hand in bridge?

"West" (the opening leader) has to lead before seeing the dummy. Both declarer (South) and partner (East) ought to study the dummy before playing. But often they do not. Suppose South wins the trick, ...
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When is it ok to king-make?

The other day whilst playing an epic, 4-deck game of Munchkin, I found myself well behind and in a position to let someone win so we could quit. I didn't want to leave early (I did anyway!) but the ...
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How can I play games with closed information with players who cheat?

Some would call it cheating. The perpetrators sometimes call it creative play. These players are the kind of people who think it is ok to peek at the bottom card while shuffling a poker deck to give ...
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Is it allowed for the next player to take the next tile while the current player hasn't finished his move yet?

A Korean-Japanese player I occasionally play Mahjong with insists that it's okay for the next player to take a tile from the wall and contemplate it while the previous player hasn't yet discarded. She ...
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How do I properly place handicap stones?

Handicap games are very common in Go. The weaker player, taking black, gets to place (usually) up to 9 stones on the board, depending on the difference in skill. Both free and fixed placement are ...
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In Warhammer fantasy, is it permissible to make an army using an old version of a race's codec?

In Warhammer fantasy, new codecs for the races are released periodically that tweak units' attributes, cost, etc. About 15 years ago I remember comparing two versions of the High Elves codec, which ...
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How to make Settlers of Catan less cut-throat?

I know some people enjoy playing this way, but the other 50% of players seem to prefer a more casual game. This often stops people wanting to play at all, and so Settlers gets left on the shelf. The ...
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In Bridge, Can I Ask About Previously Played Cards to the Current Trick?

In Bridge, one is allowed to look at the four cards played to the last trick (if the next round hasn't started). Can I similarly ask about cards played to the current trick? I was sitting at East, ...
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In chess, when is it appropriate to resign?

I know I should not resign after losing the exchange, or a piece, and probably not even if I lose a Rook. But how about if I lose a Queen for a Knight? Would it be expected of a player to keep ...
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What is the broader acceptance of resignation?

Games that have developed a strong professional circuit generally consider resignation a courteous behavior. Some consider not resigning discourteous. This question is about the rest of board gaming: ...
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How Unethical Is A Purely "Blocking" Move In Ticket To Ride?

Here's a scenario to illustrate my question. My wife and I were playing Ticket To Ride: Nordic Countries earlier this evening - apologies if you don't own this particular edition, but hopefully the ...
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Is it unsportsmanlike to concede when you believe you cannot win?

I've had a long running debate with some folks I play with regarding concession. Some argue that is it is unsportsmanlike to concede a game if you are not doing very well. I contend however, that if ...
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What are the standard rules of etiquette for Rummy?

Most card games have a fairly common etiquette. One rule for Rummy I know of is that you should announce any intention to adjust the visible cards before touching them, to indicate you are not taking ...
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What's the proper etiquette when a Euchre trick is earned?

When a team has 3 tricks and the other scores a trick, you can throw in all the cards because you know the team of 3 tricks will get one point only. There is no sense playing out the final trick. I ...