Tabletop Gaming Etiquette

James Gray, December 5, 2009 – May 11, 2021.


This is a guide based on my personal views of etiquette. The main reason to play tabletop games is to have fun, so etiquette demands that we constrain our behavior in order to try to make sure people can enjoy themselves. Not everyone will object to the same behavior, but there are some rules of thumb. Although etiquette is not technically the same thing as morality, some actions of etiquette are “right” or “wrong” to a minor degree. There are at least three main categories of etiquette: obligations, beyond the call of duty, and indifferent.

Tabletop Gaming Etiquette is mostly an issue when you are playing at a tabletop gaming event, such as a tournament or convention. It also applies more when you play with strangers. If you are playing with a group of friends that you know well, then you probably already know the best way to play together. Etiquette is not as much of a concern for that context. Continue reading

General Tournament Guidelines

Tournaments are events that rank players based on how many matches or “rounds” they win. A group of at least four players are needed. In general, each match can be 30 minutes for a single game (“best of one”), or 40 – 50 minutes for best two out of three. Tournaments usually have two player games, but multi-player is an option as long as one winner can usually be determined. Continue reading