Everybody knows the familiar feeling of frustration and even anger encountered while playing a challenging game. Sometimes if we become careless, that anger and frustration may lead to really horrible moments on a time that’s supposed to be fun. Here are some gaming etiquette tips to help keep everything fun and entertaining during group play gaming sessions: 1. Encourage one another. In any competition, whether it is a sports match or model kit building, take some time to congratulate other players for creating a smooth or clever move. You don’t necessarily be a kiss-up, but when tensions run high, andthe urge to impress is also high, you can help loosen any stress just by tossing bits of compliments here and there. 2. Have patience. Your gaming team mates may not be equally as quick, as coordinated, or as bright as you are. So whenever you observe your usual game pace slackening, don’t insult them. You can quietly plan your next attack or you could offer assistance if you notice that your fellows seem disoriented. This can promote cooperation and relieve some of the tension involved in playing a hard game. 3. Take some breaks. Allow your team to find suitable places during a game for some intermission, have time to stretch, grab a bite, relieve themselves, talk about something else, or share some jokes. A long game play is equally exhausting and stressful. 4. Play an inclusive game. That means to take some effort to ensure everybody in the group contributes to the game play. You would not want to make a team member feel excluded or
just waiting to fill the space. Give opportunities for everybody in the team to participate and assist in the game. 5. Listen to others. You may believe that you know all the solutions in a game or game system, but also listen to what the rest of the members of the group have to say. You might just learn something new technique. 6. Invite the "weird guy." This piece of advice came after the horrific Virginia Tech massacre incident. Stories circulating about this event suggest that the young man responsible for the crime was a loner and was bullied by his peers during his adolescent years. Sometimes, a simple effort to reach out to somebody is all it takes to prevent such things from happening. This does not suggest though that a simple invitation to a gaming party could have saved the 33+ lives of students, instead, it suffices to say that making an initial effort to make others feel welcome and needed is a significant step towards decreasing the isolation known to cause many destructive acts. 7. Aim to keep the voice volume and cussing to a minimum. To help prevent arguments, agree in advance to not cross the line with regards to debating about a specific strategy or deciding on a game to play. Some of the severest fights merely stem from the most unreasonable arguments. Flare ups within your group may be prevented just by keeping a cool composure during the whole session. All the things suggested here are surely achievable and they actually do work to create a cool and enjoyable gaming environment.