Game nights are supposed to be fun. A time to get together with friends, stretch your brain muscle a bit, and pursue some personal glory. Nevertheless, game nights can quickly go downhill if one of these guys* show up:
The Ten Types of People Who Ruin Game Night
Not the braggart type. Although that is annoying too. Sally Show-Off doesn’t pay attention and is always showing your her cards. Seriously, stop showing me your cards. Now we have to redraw. Or, I could just keep my mouth shut, but why play if you’re going to cheat. I’ve actually made a rule where my husband has to go look at his Secret Hitler cards in the other room because he can’t seem to keep them to himself. Yet another reason why There Are No Spouses in Board Games.
Speaking of cheating. Dale? Seriously? Are you playing for money? Really? Then you and your friends are too rich for us. Money or no, don’t be that person; keep your gaming compulsions to yourself. It isn’t worth losing friends over a game of One Night Ultimate Werewolf. Unless your friends suck. Then you should get new ones.
We all know a Nancy. “I’m not playing this game, I never win. This game is too hard (substitute easy, slow, fast, boring). I never get good cards. Why did you play that?” If this sounds like you, stop it. We are here to have a good time, not listen to you complain.
Dave is never paying attention. It doesn't matter what type of board game you're playing; every time Dave’s turn comes around he must be nudged or reminded, again. Maybe Dave is checking his phone, or maybe he is lost in his thoughts. We don’t care. You are here to play. Get your head in the game, Dave!
Our game night group feels strongly about the need for beer outweighing the risk of spills, but overindulging isn’t going to win you any friends, much less a game of Pandemic. Drinking to the point where you are sloppy in your game play or make a mess is just not cool, my friend. Just say no.
Bob has forgotten that civilized adults don’t throw tantrums when they lose. Maybe Bob got a participation medal for all of his childhood sports and hasn’t learned how to lose gracefully. Whatever. We all win, we all lose. A red-faced and grumpy Bob brings us all down.
Sticky Fingers Freddy
Despite the name, Freddy isn’t a master thief, he is a little too focused on the bowl of chips you’ve set out. Some game groups have a strict rule about food on the table, but our regular groups understands the need for some sustaining snacks. We are using our brains here after all. Yes, we need some fuel, but whatever you do KEEP YOUR GREASY FINGERPRINTS OF MY SECRET HITLER ENVELOPES! Trust me, the game’s owner will not be able to concentrate if you are trying to use their game cards to soak up the mess on your fingers.
Last Minute Lisa
Everyone is so excited because we are finally going to get to play that 6-player game. Then Lisa calls. She has to cancel at the last minute. Again. Good friends understand sometimes things come up. Just don’t make a habit of bailing at the last minute or you might stop getting invited to game night.
We know, we know, Bill has won all night long. Good for you, Billy. He just help him himself from reminding you about his win. Hey ya'll do you remember the awesome play Bill doled out in the last game. Yes, you do remember, because Billy won’t let you forget. Yes, we are all playing for personal glory, and a little victory dance doesn’t hurt anyone. Just don’t be a Billy, and win with some grace. Know when to shut up about how awesome you are, and try a little self deprecation if necessary.
Seriously, what is with this guy? He can’t lose. He doesn’t even brag about it. He is just plain good. He is so dang irritating. The best solution here is the gang up on Mr. Perfect. Attack so hard that he'll never get out of last place. Everyone deserves a fair shot to win. Just not this guy. Bring him back down to earth.
*Or girls. We’re all about equal opportunity when calling out jerks.
Written by Fifi. Don't annoy Fifi at game night. She'll hurt you.
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