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Subject: curious about the games...
Date Posted: 6/12/2008 11:28 AM ET
Member Since: 10/4/2007
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i finally ventured over to the games forum and got totally confused and afraid to actually join in... does anyone have a 'tutorial' (for lack of a better word) on how these things work? and when they say you have to have delivery confirmation, can it be the kind you get at the PO and not printable?

i know i want to join a game, its just so overwhelming and it doesn't look like there is a 'newbie' one going on right now...

thanks so much!

Mendy -
Date Posted: 6/12/2008 11:36 AM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2005
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Megan any kind of DC is fine... if you print it at the computer or get the green one from the PO.

The games seem confusing at first but everyone welcomes newbies and are helpful.  You can start out with an elephant game that interests you since there isn't a specific newbie one right now, let them know you are new and the hostess and other players will be sure to help you along.  You'll receive PM's when it is your turn to pick and when it is your turn to reveal.  You don't need to worry about missing anything.

The best part about games is the conversation.  People hang around and chat throughout the whole game.  It's a great way to get to know others.

The red sticky threads at the top of the forum are a great place to get started.  Try this one first: (scroll down in the first post to "types of games" to get a feel for the basic structure) Games Etiquette



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Date Posted: 6/12/2008 12:20 PM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
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games are sooo much fun!!

They are very simple.  The elephant game(not sure where the name came from) is a great one to start on.

You don't reveal your book until you are asked to by someone playing.  When it is your turn to play, you caneither steal a book that has already been revealed, or pick someone who hasn't revealed yet to show you their book.  The games continue until everyone has revealed.

On the top of the games page there is a red thread that will tell you what games are taking sign ups.

You have to put up one of your credits to play, but you get it back when the game is over.

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 12:25 PM ET
Member Since: 3/31/2007
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Megan, I just recently joined my first games so I can relate.  I also suggest that you spend some time reading the sticky threads, which are really helpful.  You might also want to take a closer look at one of the games that is underway and that sounds interesting to you--I found it helped to scroll through the thread for a game to get a better sense of how things work. 

I encourage you to give it a try.  I've found it to be really fun so far, and everyone is very good at answering any questions.

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 12:37 PM ET
Member Since: 10/4/2007
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Thanks to everyone who has answered my questions and made me feel welcome. I think I am going to join one! ;)

Mendy -
Date Posted: 6/12/2008 1:03 PM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2005
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Megan the #1 thing I remember most people saying is that they don't understand it at all until they actually play for the first time.  Just jump in with both feet and don't feel bad if you have to ask for help.

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 1:21 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I didn't get it all either until I joined one. Everyone is very helpful especially when they know you're a game newbie. 

Be careful though-the games are very addicting.  Before I had to stop all games because of my upcoming move-I had 7 going.  I ended up sending out 2 books I hadn't read because I ran out of time to read them and mail them by the deadline.  Luckily my library had them. So go slow unless you have books you've already read that fit the swap requirements.