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Subject: Can someone explain Games to this dummy?
Date Posted: 10/8/2009 6:18 AM ET
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I look through the games forum and totally don't understand what is going on.  Can someone explain to me the basic idea?  It looks to me like some of them require buying new books to give?

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 6:40 AM ET
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Most games are a variation on the elephant/Yankee swap you might play with people you know in real life.  There's a theme, and everyone who wants to play selects a book or two that meet the theme (most of these books are books they already own).  Then, the first player chooses someone to ask for a reveal, and they "hold" the books that the player selected to use for the game.  Player two can eiher steal from player 1, or ask for another reveal, and play continues until all the books have been revealed.  Sometimes someone will host a game and call it a "limbo" swap or invent new rules, but most are a variation on the elephant swap.

There are games where people shop for each other ("buddy swaps", usually), but I don't play those because my personal rule is that the only money I can spend on a game is the price of postage to mail my book to the other player.


If you decide to play games, you have full control over how much money you spend. 

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 6:44 AM ET
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Kim, I know how you feel.  It is a bit overwhelming when you first look in there, and when I first looked, I said to myself "There's no way I'm getting involved in that!"  Four months later, I'm right in the middle of three games and getting ready to host one for the first time!  LOL!

I think there may be a few that either require you to buy a new book, or at least be willing to buy a new book. But most of them are not.  For most, you pick a book off your bookshelf or TBR that you are going to offer.  You have to pony up a credit as a "deposit".  The actual games take a variety of forms, but in the end, somebody has to mail a book to you, you have to mail your book to somebody else and then your credit is returned.  Some games require the book to be wish listed, others have publication date requirements, others are for a specific genre.  It's a great way to find new authors to try.  I've picked up some great books during the games that I never would have tried otherwise. Plus there is a bunch of fun chit chat as the game progresses. 

I'd suggest that you look for one that is in genre you like, and that says it is a "standard elephant swap".  That is the most basic type and once you get the hang of that, you'll pick up on all the others.  Come join us! We are always excited about new players!

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 10:16 AM ET
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Some do require you to buy a book just to send to someone else. I don't do those either.  I don't mind buying a book for a specific swap but only if it's a book I would have bought anyway.   I do occasssionally buy a cheap book at a thrift store that I have no interest in reading because it works for a swap I'm in but only if I happen to come across one and suspect that's it's WL.  Then I don't have to worry about reading a book by the deadline. But most of hte time I use a book from my TBR. 

I've also learned to primarily stick to swaps for genres I like.  When I've done the open genre ones I usually end up with a book I have no interest in reading.  I also tend ot avoid the paranormal swaps.  I like some paranormals but I'm picky about them and I keep ending up with books about Demons or something that I don't wnat to read. 

I would start with only doing one swap at first and also make it a simple Elephant swap.  I did a limbo swap recently and there were several newbies and they was some confusion. 

I also tend to avoid the one with complicated rules and where you need to also send a gift.  I have enough crap in my house. Not that people send crap but I dont' need anymore candles, knicknacks, candy etc...,  

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 5:59 PM ET
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I personaly like the buddy swaps, especialy the ones that reqire that someone buys you something off your wishlist.  I like the surprise of what I'm going to get, the fun of shopping for someone else, and a book that I really wanted is on it's way to me.

Everyone's got their different take on games, I play both kinds.  :)

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 6:18 PM ET
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I like all the swaps. I'm addicted! Come over and join us! Someone will lead you through - we have newbies all the time! And nope, you don't usually have to buy a book - you can use something in your stash as long as it fits with the theme and the criteria.
Date Posted: 10/8/2009 6:33 PM ET
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I was also afraid of the games...  but then someone started a newbie swap, and I joined that one.So you may want to look for that one to start with if they do it again.  I have since joined 2 other elephant swaps and 2 games as well.  They are so much fun, but I still make mistakes... but that's ok because everyone is willing to help.  Now I am waiting with baited (sp?) breath for a bookmark swap... hint, hint, nudge, nudge...  lol

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 6:34 PM ET
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This came from the help docs - the link didn't work   http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/search.php?terms=blue+symbols

 


That is all I can tell you - I read the posts above and I am still confused.



Last Edited on: 10/8/09 6:35 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 10/8/2009 6:37 PM ET
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I've read the directions several times, and I'm no further along in understanding them than I was before I ever read them.  LOL.  Consequently, I don't play in the Games Forum.  Pat

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 7:09 PM ET
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I think if you are a newbie reading all the directions can be intimidating.  I think you should just go to the game forum and find a game in a genre that you like that is accepting sign-ups and sign-up.  When you join in a game just mention that you have never played in a game.  Most if not all of the other players will help you out if you have questions or don't know what to do.  And don't worry about screwing up because everyone has done something they shouldn't have at some point and it has been ok.  Also don't be afraid to ask questions at any point in the game.  The games are a lot of fun,  very addictive, and you meet some great people who like reading what you do.  You are also introduced to a lot of new authors and books that you may not have heard of or paid attention to and your horizons, wish list, and TBR pile explode.

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 7:27 PM ET
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adrienne -- i think if you look at the virtual boxes, there is a bookmark train that goes around.  you could possibly sign up for that for the next time it goes around.

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 9:25 PM ET
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Jessyka,  I have seen that but when I asked about it found out the postage is higher than I would like.  So was hopin for the swap to come back. lol

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 9:42 PM ET
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No one felt more like a dummy that I did when I looked at games rules.  I read them and still didn't understand!  But a friend convinced me to try an elephant swap (where you don't buy anything) and I was hooked!

If you aren't ready to join a swap may I suggest that you choose a swap you think you would enjoy. Choose a game either just starting or one still taking signups. Put it on your watched topics list and read what's going on at least once a day - several times is even better.  Just pretend you are playing.  You can even post and ask questions in the swap.  We love to teach newbies how it works.  This will give you a great feel for the swaps.

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 9:56 PM ET
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My first foray into Games, I was quite confused.  I settled down by going simple.

First I started out in the Tea Swap.  Just get paired up with people to send them tea and receive tea in return.  Easy peasy.

Then I saw the Graphic Novel/Manga swap.  It was simple - get paried up with people and send them 2 GN/M from their wishlist and get two in return from another participant.

From there it was WL swaps, Reminder List swaps, Friendship Swaps, Elephant Swaps...

They can be fun.  Most of them you play to enjoy sending someone else something.  Especially the WL/RL swaps - You could very easily just buy for yourself and bypass the entire swap.  But if you do that, you don't get the surprise of seeing what other people choose to get you, or the fuzzy feeling of sending something to someone else.  Elephants and twisted WL swaps are fun seeing what you may get or send to someone else.  Friendship swaps are more of a fuzzy-wuzzy for shopping for someone else. 

Date Posted: 10/8/2009 10:08 PM ET
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double post for the win.  =)



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Date Posted: 10/9/2009 12:12 PM ET
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Kim,  going to the games forum can be overwhelming especially when you read through the rules and you think..."oh my ! ".  I've hosted a few "newbie" swaps as a few posters before me can attest to and I agree with Cozi.  Check out the first red thread in the games forum that lists new swaps taking sign ups.  If one interests you, stop by, post that you are new to games and ask if you can sit on the sidelines and watch.  With the games, it's always the  more the merrier.  That way you will get to know some people and follow along with the game.  Ask questions !  Questions are good.  And remember, there really is no way to "screw" it up.  The worst thing that can happen is the wrong person takes their turn at the wrong time.  Good luck !  See you in the swaps !

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 12:21 PM ET
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I'm now the hostess of the mystery/thriller virtual box.

But it's only been a year since I decided to give the games a try, & I'll never forget how terrified I was.

The  virtual boxes (vb's) run continually, usually 1-2 rounds a month. Simple concept, from the list of books choose the number of books you want & replace with the same amount. There are vb's for almost every genre that might interest you.

Also there are often beginner or newbie elephant swaps being played. Watch for those! The hostess & experienced players will walk you through step by step.

If you have any questions at all about any of the games, please feel free to PM me and I'll try to answer any & every question you might have :)

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 1:27 PM ET
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I didn't get them until I played one either.  I think it took me maybe 5 swaps before I remembered to PM someone after I revealed.  And in the first few swaps I could not make a book link to save my life.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 7:03 PM ET
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Thanks everyone for your encouragement.  I've gone ahead and signed up for two.  Wish me luck! hehe