The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming

Rules Every Gamer Must Live By

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About The Book

Don't Be a Beardy Gamer

"A very funny and useful read on its own, but it also makes a great gift for that sore loser in your life." --The New York Times

"An indispensable, laugh-out-loud guide to the pitfalls and pleasures of gaming." ~Graham McNeill, Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 novels author; former Games Workshop designer

"For anyone looking to be a part of one of the greatest communities in the world!" ~Brittanie Boe, editor of GameWire

"A warm, insightful guide for exploring one of geek culture's oldest realms." ~Aaron Dembski-Bowden, author of New York Times bestselling book The Horus Heresy: The First Heretic

Whether you're new to the world of tabletop games or a veteran gamer, The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming is your go-to game-night etiquette guide. Expert gamer Teri Litorco, of the gaming site Geek and Sundry, helps you to get along as you play and make the most out of your time with your gamer group.

Packed with insider advice and etiquette tips, this essential guide includes advice on everything from sharing crib sheets and meeples to avoiding drama and poor sportsmanship at the game table. With 100 gaming etiquette rules, The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming provides you and your group with all you need for a fun and respectful game night--without rage-quitters, bad losers, terrible winners, and Incredible Sulks!

Product Details

  • Publisher: Adams Media (November 2016)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781440597961

Raves and Reviews

“Teri Litorco … has written a hilarious book … .Ms. Litorco’s book teaches all sorts of useful skills, like proper hygiene for being in proximity to other gamers, how to play gracefully so you don’t get smacked down, how to keep your gaming group from killing you and how to host a game night like Martha Stewart … .A very funny and useful read on its own, but it also makes a great gift for that sore loser in your life.”

– The New York Times

"Wonderful ... full of useful advice for bringing everyone, even your family, to the gaming table."

– Vice Motherboard

“Litorco’s writing style approaches the hobby with a clear passion and warmth … . The book’s patient and down-to-earth style is likely to be ideal for a complete newcomer … opening up this wonderful hobby to a wider audience.” 

– Tabletop Gaming Magazine

“Teri Litorco’s new book, The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming is about much more than gaming … .The practical advice that Litorco dispenses with equal parts humor and candor will help make you a better person.  The prose is friendly, informative, and illustrated with real-life examples.  If that’s the kind of experience you’d like to have, grab a copy … you’ll be glad you did.”

– Games World of Puzzles

“Teri … has a great perspective on the hobby, so it’s perfect she’s crafted this guide as an insider with a wealth of experience to share. Teri’s got a great sense of humour and brings that into her writing. I really enjoyed my read of the Civilized Guide – it was personable, fun and interesting. This is a perfect stocking stuffer for these holidays, or for a quick read between rulebooks.”

– The Daily Worker Placement

“The book covers a lot of evergreen topics like finding a good Friendly Local Gaming Store … . A great gift for that gamer wanting to get deeper into the gamer scene, FLGS owners looking to reach out to new customers, and more!”

– Geek and Sundry

“In this book, Litorco outlines how to participate in every facet of the tabletop gaming hobby … .This is a book that’s built to last, to grow alongside the reader. It’s a handbook and should be approached as such. Whether you’re just learning the ropes or planning your first con, there’s something here for just about every kind of gamer.”

– Entropy Magazine

“A perfect introduction to all things gaming. This delightfully nerdy tome is loaded with thoughtful advice … .Teri has dealt with every obstacle imaginable, and she offers her hard-won first-hand knowledge in easily digestible tidbits. Even as an experienced tabletop gamer, roleplayer, and puzzler, I found this to be a very worthwhile read.”

– PuzzleNation