Posted on January 19 2020
We all hear the stories of experiences at gaming groups and shops all over. Most are tales of how epic battles were, or how amazing the selection of items and the customer service received was. Others however, are far less positive, and always feature a central character known as “That Guy”.
The figure mentioned is a fellow hobbyist who for lack of a better description, was not an ideal member of our wide and supportive community. That person whom wins at all costs, or always has something negative to say about our favourite games or models, or is a sore loser/winner (yes, it is very possible). In short, not very sportsman( or woman) like.
As we all profess to do, being a good sport doesn’t always happen no matter how hard we attempt it. This can happen even without us noticing until the next week we go for a game at our favourite club, only to find no one wants to play, even though they aren’t currently in a game.
How do we avoid becoming “That Guy”? I have 4 simple steps, that if used at every possible chance, will ensure you are not at risk of being, or becoming our less than favourable person of mention.
- Shake hands before the game.
- Play with respect to your opponent.
- Play to the best of your ability.
- Shake hands after your game.
Simple, straight forward, nothing too out of the ordinary here. Plainly, just be the opponent you would hope to see on the other side of the table. Be willing to play in the spirit of the match, and not argue every rule that may or may not be correct. Don’t get hot tempered and start to throw your dice or models aggressively. Keep your sailor speak at the table in check. Even watch out for complaining, how your rolls aren’t coming up favourable, or how they always come up in your favour. Boasting is just as negative as being condescending.
Always keep in mind, you are there to have fun. Believe it or not, so is your opponent across the table! I think some hobbyists overlook this concept. Everyone likes to win, yes. Is it worth it at the cost of a potential friendship or tarnished reputation at your club?
As long as you are mindful, every game will be one to be remembered and those challenges and invites for another match will be many and often, and you will never be seen as “That Guy”.