Short Guides - Game Summaries for Game Explainers
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Originally I created these guides simply for myself to solve two problems:

First, I am the game explainer, or teacher, for about 90% of the games I play. Earlier in my gaming career it was easy to remember all the rules for every game I owned. However, as my game collection grew, it became exponentially more difficult to remember all the small details and specific rules for each game. I needed something that quickly reminded me of the nuances of each specific game and what points to emphasize when explaining it to new players. I take my game explaining responsibility very seriously.

Second, due to the fact that I was the game explainer, I was usually the person setting up and cleaning up each game. I needed something to reference when I was setting up... telling me how much money to deal out and what buildings were available in the first round, etc.. I also needed something for clean up that would tell me how many blue cubes there are suppose to be and how many influence cards, etc.. I have always been fearful that I'm going to lose a piece, so I'm extremely anal during clean up.

When I started checking out the many great game summaries and player aids found here on BGG, they didn't quite seem to meet my needs. I wanted something smaller and more concise. Also, most of these summaries didn't include components lists to solve my second problem.

Therefore, I started creating my own. Introducing...

Short Guides_Game Summaries for Game Explainers. These are basically 'index card' sized cheat sheets to aid in teaching the game and refreshing your memory on subtle hard-to-remember rules. They also include components lists for quick setup/cleanup.

These have become such an asset to me for efficient game explaining, I decided to share them. I hope you find them useful as well.



NOTE: These are not meant to be used as rule replacements. In fact, these might not make much sense to someone who isn't quite familiar with the respective game. These don't include all the rules to the games nor all the rules for player variants. I have personally chosen to highlight rules that I found necessary and/or difficult for me to recall.

Click on the red text for each geeklist item below to go straight to the file download page on BGG. There you will find the full resolution file for perfect printing (instead of just the low resolution proof I have provided on this list). The Short_Guides are sized at 5.5 x 4.25 so that 4 of them can fit on one landscape 8.5 x 11 piece of paper:



Subscribe, or check back often, as I'll continue to update and add to this list with each new Short_Guide that I finish.
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