Ep 7 House Rules
Steve and I got together again to talk about board games. Surprised?
This time we decided to get in on the house-rules conversation. Everybody gets around to this topic eventually so why not? Naturally, you can’t talk about house-rules without the nod to the hot mess that is Monopoly. Almost everyone we know grew up changing the rules to Monopoly. House rules have become so prevalent that Hasbro put out a survey in order to compile a list of the top House Rules apparently with the idea to start including some as official variants in the rules.
Eventually, we leave Monopoly and our childhoods alone and get around to the games we play today. Here we talk a bit about how the concept of house rules seems a bit different. With modern hobby games having such developed and solid rule sets (comparatively) house rules have become matters of convenience for patching temporary holes or helping new or younger players along. Our most prevalent rules at our table are about picking the first player. We just scratch the surface for solo games too.
Give a listen and let us know what your take on house rules are. How do you use them at your table? What’s the earliest house rule you remember learning?
Edmond Hoyle (1672 – 29 August 1769)was a writer best known for his works on the rules and play of card games. The phrase “according to Hoyle” came into the language as a reflection of his generally perceived authority on the subject.